Boxer to GOP: Focus on highway bill, not Keystone – Newly-installed Republican leaders in the Senate should focus on approving a new transportation funding bill instead of pushing for passage of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Wednesday. – Keith Laing in The Hill – January 7, 2015
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Can a new Congress bail out transportation in five months? – As the smoke cleared on a new political reality last week, transportation was a bit of an afterthought in the “what will the election mean for” discussion, which focused mostly on immigration, health care, trade agreements and tax reform. Roads, bridges and transit got a fleeting nod as “infrastructure,” the more elegant-sounding category to which they belong. – Ashley Halsey III in The Washington Post – November 10, 2014
House rejects Senate highway bill – The House on Thursday shot down legislation from the Senate that would have extended federal transportation funding until December. The 272-150 vote puts pressure on Senate Democrats to accept the House-passed transportation bill, which would provide funding until next spring and avert a late summer shutdown of construction projects. – Keith Laing in The Hill – July 31, 2014
Now is the Perfect Time to Raise Gas Taxes – The House on Thursday shot down legislation from the Senate that would have extended federal transportation funding until December. The 272-150 vote puts pressure on Senate Democrats to accept the House-passed transportation bill, which would provide funding until next spring and avert a late summer shutdown of construction projects. – Howard Gleckman in Forbes – November 11, 2014
July 30, 2014 (The Hill) – WASHINGTON – President Obama pushed lawmakers on Wednesday to finish working on a bill to extend federal transportation funding before they leave Washington for the August recess. Lawmakers spent much of Wednesday squabbling over competing versions of a short-term extension that would prevent road and transit funding from drying up next month. Read the full story.
July 29, 2014 (Politico) – WASHINGTON – The Senate has passed a bill to rescue highway and transit funding that House Speaker John Boehner says he won’t accept, keeping the specter of a “highway cliff” alive with just days before Congress is set to leave for its August recess. Read the full story.
July 22, 2014 (The Hill) – WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he plans to hold a vote on the $10.9 billion House measure extending transportation funding until the spring as early as Wednesday. Read the full story.
July 15, 2014 (Associated Press) – WASHINGTON –With an August deadline looming, the House voted Tuesday to temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs while ducking the issue of how to put them on a sound financial footing for the long term. Read the full story.
July 10, 2014 (Bloomberg News) – WASHINGTON – Lawmakers in Congress are uniting behind a plan to replenish the U.S. fund for road and mass-transit projects through May 2015 as they delay a debate over raising taxes for long-term infrastructure financing. Read the full story.
July 8, 2014 (The Hill) – WASHINGTON – The House Ways and Means Committee is proposing a $10.5 billion, eight-month transportation funding bill to push the debate over road and transit spending into the next Congress. Read the full story.