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Is reauthorization liftoff closer now?

John Latta - Nov 07, 2011

Bipartisanship. It has been said for a long time that transportation is the most bipartisan of issues on the Hill. Maybe it still is. So now the Democratic-lead Senate and the Republican-lead  House agree on funding levels for a new surface ...

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What? Another extension? Really?

John Latta - Aug 19, 2011

This will surprise no one. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Ca), chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works committee and therefore the key senator in any reauthorization legislation process, is setting up another extension for dear old SAFETEA-LU. Boxer said she will schedule ...

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Senate vote: SAFETEA-LU extended to March 4

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Dec 21, 2010

The Senate voted 79-16 on Dec. 21 to temporarily extend federal highway and transit programs as well as appropriations for the U.S. Department of Transportation and other government agencies until March 4, according to a report from the American Association ...

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LaHood lauds Senate for transit safety bill

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Jun 30, 2010

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood yesterday commended the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee for reporting out the Obama Administration’s transit safety bill, the first transit-specific safety bill ever sent to Congress by any administration, by a unanimous vote.  The bill ...

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ARTBA: Senate climate bill ‘shorts’ transportation sector

Tina Grady Barbaccia - May 13, 2010

A majority of the revenue generated from a new transportation user fee included in a climate bill proposed in the U.S. Senate would be diverted to non-transportation purposes —- a departure from 54 years of federal policy, according to the ...

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Congress introduces toxic chemicals legislation

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Apr 26, 2010

Congress introduced legislation this week to revamp the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), according to the National Asphalt Association (NAPA). The Senate version, "Toxic Chemicals Safety Act" would shift the burden of assessing chemical safety away from ...

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Senate votes to move ahead with ‘jobs bill’; final vote March 17

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Mar 16, 2010

The U.S. Senate voted 61 to 30 on March 15 to end debate on the amended version of the “jobs bill” H.R. 2847 and proceed to a final vote on the measure Wednesday, March 17at 9:30 a.m. EDT, according to ...

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Alabama Senate OKs $1 billion in road funds

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Mar 12, 2010

The Alabama Senate approved a $1 billion package on March for road and bridge construction during the next decade that would be nearly twice the size of the federal stimulus funding Alabama received for highways, the Associated Press reports. The Senate ...

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House OKs $15 billion jobs bill, Senate to vote on amendments March 16

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Mar 12, 2010

Congressional Democrats made headway on their top legislative priority — job creation — when the House of Representatives approved a $15 billion package of tax credits and highway construction. The 217-to-201 vote gave Democrats a much-needed victory after weeks of ...

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Is the Senate’s approval of a highway bill extension a step in the right direction or two steps back?

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Feb 26, 2010

The Senate passed an extension of the highway bill through the end of December, which seems like it would be a move in the right direction. But that one advancement forward may very well be one move in the right direction ...

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