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Posts Tagged ‘House of Representatives’

Ranking Member DeFazio speaks on House floor on investment in transportation

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) addresses the house floor on issues of transportation infrastructure. “So now I’ve taken to calling us 4th world,” said DeFazio. “We used to be the world’s leader in infrastructure and now we’re vaulting over everybody, including places like Zimbabwe, to the back of the pack.”

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Five Key Differences Between House and Senate Water Transportation Bills

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
The House and Senate water transportation bills (WRRDA and WRDA, respectively) have some key differences. Image: Port of Miami container terminal, via PortMiami.

Transportation Issues Daily
The Senate passed its version of a maritime transportation bill (WRDA) last May. The House begins debating its bill (WRRDA) today, so we don’t yet know what the final language will be…But based on the version coming to the House floor for debate, here are five key differences between the two proposals which have financial implications. The first four come courtesy of the Congressional Budget Office, in its Cost Estimate report. The CBO is nonpartisan and produces “independent analyses of budgetary and economic issues to support the Congressional budget process.” The fifth difference is one we’ve written about before, and follow the CBO section.

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Another Temporary Extension As House and Senate Confront Their Differences

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Innovation NewsBriefs Vol. 22 No. 25 With Congress in session for only 11 days during the month of September, there is not enough time to act upon substantive transportation legislation which expires at the end of the month. Consequently, both the Senate and House transportation leaders have agreed to support a temporary extension of the […]

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A Fresh Look at the Prospects for Transportation in the New Congress

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Last month we conducted an informal survey among colleagues in the transportation community about the outlook for the federal surface transportation program in the year(s) ahead…One comment from a veteran transportation insider summed up concisely the collective mindset: “There will be nothing ‘transformational’ about the future program,” he opined.

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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act–Transportation and Infrastructure Implementation

Thursday, September 9th, 2010
Recovery Act Awards by Project Type

Of the $64.1 billion provided for transportation and infrastructure programs under the Recovery Act, Federal, State, and local agencies administering programs within the Committee’s jurisdiction have announced 19,754 transportation and other infrastructure projects totaling $62.8 billion, as of August 13, 2010. This amount represents 98 percent of the total available funds. Within this total, Federal agencies, States, and their local partners have obligated $51.9 billion for 19,488 projects, representing 81 percent of the available funds.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Congressman James Oberstar (D-MN), Chairman, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Congressman James Oberstar represents Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District. Now in his 17th term, he is the longest serving member of Congress in Minnesota history. In the 34 years he has served in Congress, Jim has become known as the body’s leading expert on transportation policy. From 1989 through 1995, he chaired the Subcommittee on Aviation, passing important legislation that has led to better maintenance and safer aircraft. Later, as the ranking democrat of the full Transportation Committee, he worked in a bipartisan manner to take the Highway Trust Fund off budget to ensure that gas taxes are used to fix roads and bridges and not to make the budget deficit look smaller. In January 2007, Jim was elected chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. He is also the first member of Congress to have served both as a committee’s administrator and its chairman.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Congressman Jerrold Nadler represents the Eighth Congressional District of New York. He began his political career in 1976 in the New York State Assembly, where he served for 16 years. In 1992, following the death of Congressman Ted Weiss, Nadler was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election and has served in Congress ever since. He is the highest ranking Northeastern member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, an Assistant Democrat Whip, and the New York State Congressional Delegation’s representative on the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Thomas Murphy, Senior Resident Fellow, ULI/Klingbeil Family Chair for Urban Development, Urban Land Institute, and former Mayor of Pittsburgh

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Thomas Murphy is a senior resident fellow, ULI/Klingbeil Family Chair for urban development, Urban Land Institute. Since January 2006, Murphy had served as ULI’s Gulf Coast liaison, helping to coordinate with the leadership of New Orleans and the public to advance the implementation of rebuilding recommendations made by ULI’s advisory services panel last fall. Prior to his service as the ULI Gulf Coast liaison, Murphy served three terms as the mayor of Pittsburgh, from January 1994 through December 2005. From 1979 through 1993, Murphy served eight terms in the Pennsylvania State General Assembly House of Representatives. He is an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects; a board member of the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities; and a board member of the National Rails to Trails Conservancy.

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US Senate Action Fuels Infra Expenditures

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

“With $15 billion of investments, it unleashes tens of billions of dollars more in infrastructure – to build the infrastructure for the future in terms of how it unleashes funds from the highway trust fund.”
-Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Speaker

“One proven way to create good jobs in America is to build and maintain transportation infrastructure. By also authorizing the Highway Trust Fund through the end of 2010, this bill guarantees that states will be able to continue doing just that.”
-Ray LaHood, U.S. Secretary of Transportation

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What Can We Expect from Congress in September?

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

“Congress has adjourned for the summer recess with neither house taking action to extend the federal surface transportation program. Understandably, the transportation community is rife with speculation about what is likely to happen in September when the existing program authority is scheduled to expire.”

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