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Funding talks on The Hill lay groundwork for reauthorization

John Latta - Jun 06, 2013

Funding talks on The Hill lay groundwork for reauthorization

Debriefing a number of contractors and agency folk who spent most of the daylight hours yesterday talking to politicians on The Hill last night was not a very uplifting experience. They had gone to talk to members of Congress who are ...

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Truck safety advocates push for stronger underride legislation

Amanda Bayhi - May 10, 2013

Truck safety advocates push for stronger underride legislation

The Truck Safety Coalition is urging lawmakers in to increase federal standards for underride guards, The INDY Channel reported. An underride guard is the metal assembly on the rear bumper of most large trucks. This required part is intended to provide ...

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Let’s start ramping up reauthorization pressure

John Latta - May 02, 2013

Let’s start ramping up reauthorization pressure

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has, helpfully, stated the obvious. The CBO is essentially confirming for us that when reauthorization rolls about next September, MAP-21’s replacement, facing a nearly bankrupt Highway Trust Fund, will either have to dive into the General ...

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Max Baucus to retire from Senate

Amanda Bayhi - Apr 23, 2013

Max Baucus to retire from Senate

Max Baucus (D-MT), Montana Senator and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has no plans to seek reelection in 2014, Politico reported. Baucus has worked with key transportation issues such as transportation funding and the Highway Investment, Job Creation and Economic ...

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Industry professionals lobby Congress to spare construction from sequester cuts

Amanda Bayhi - Mar 15, 2013

Industry professionals lobby Congress to spare construction from sequester cuts

Construction professionals have begun lobbying Congress to spare their projects from the sequester cuts that took effect March 1, the New York Times reported. Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) has flooded Congress with emails and letters to protest the hundreds ...

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Tower to Air Congress: Land that thing!

John Latta - Aug 31, 2011

Okay so the President today calls on Congress to extend the surface transportation authorization before the current extension runs out September 30th. He is supported by nearly all the major stakeholders. Even Republican House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman John ...

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Congress, send me that bill!

John Latta - Aug 12, 2011

I keep wondering if there is a tipping point for our transportation infrastructure, a point where the entire game changes. Somewhat in the way a breached levee in New Orleans changed the work being done to defend the city against ...

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We’re Marching on Congress, May 25

John Latta - May 13, 2011

May 25 is the day, 11 a.m. is the time. Don’t bring pitchforks and torches, just your conviction that we need to do something more than we have been doing to get Congress off their assumptions and do the right ...

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EPA regulations battle surfacing

John Latta - Apr 29, 2011

It had to happen. As EPA regulations continue to require industry to do more and change existing practices, the chafing had to eventually lead to some sort of outburst. And now it begins. Now a group of the country's top executives has ...

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Zen and the Art of Parachute Jumping

John Latta - Jan 06, 2011

I wonder. If politicians, wearing government-issue parachutes,  jumped out of airplanes (or were pushed, remember they're politicians) and decided not to deploy the chute to show their voting constituents how reluctant they are to waste taxpayer dollars (remember, they're politicians) would ...

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SAFETEA-LU Extended Again. Again.

John Latta - Dec 10, 2010

I suppose the best that can be said of it is that they didn't go playing brinkmanship games. The House just went ahead and approved a $1.2 trillion continuing resolution to keep federal agencies (including Federal highway programs) funded and thus ...

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Bye Jim; Hi John

John Latta - Nov 03, 2010

I'm not surprised John Mica will become chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, but like most of you I am surprised that Jim Oberstar will not even be in the House. The turnaround adds more uncertainty to the existing ...

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