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Congress passes $1.1 trillion spending bill; cuts billions from federal construction accounts

Dec 15, 2014

Congress passes $1.1 trillion spending bill; cuts billions from federal construction accounts

Two days after the legislation was passed by a tight vote in the House, the Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill Saturday night that includes both good and bad news for federal construction accounts in 2015. The bill keeps the ...

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Attention Congress: Two-thirds of jobs created by transportation investment occur in non-construction sectors

Dec 10, 2014

Attention Congress: Two-thirds of jobs created by transportation investment occur in non-construction sectors

  If Congress somehow lacks the motivation needed to agree on a long-term Highway Trust Fund, a new report from IHS Inc., a leading global source of critical information and insight, may lead to some more serious discussions. "Congress has decided to leave ...

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President Obama calls America’s infrastructure ‘embarrassing’

Dec 03, 2014

President Obama calls America’s infrastructure ‘embarrassing’

President Obama is embarrassed by the current state of America's transportation infrastructure and he made no bones about it while talking to corporate leaders. "I’d much rather have our problems than China’s problems. That I’m confident about. On the other hand, ...

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VIDEO: CBS’s ’60 Minutes’ spotlights America’s neglected infrastructure

Nov 24, 2014

VIDEO: CBS’s ’60 Minutes’ spotlights America’s neglected infrastructure

In case you missed it, CBS's "60 Minutes" did a feature on America's neglected transportation infrastructure on Sunday. During the segment, 60 minutes talked to former transportation secretary of transportation Ray LaHood. “Our infrastructure's on life supports right now. That's what ...

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Highway Trust Fund: A look at who’s in and who’s out in next Congress

Nov 19, 2014

Highway Trust Fund: A look at who’s in and who’s out in next Congress

  The Republicans delivered quite a trouncing in the recent mid-term elections, and conventional wisdom says a Republican Senate, to go along with a Republican House, is probably good for trucking. On the regulatory front, certainly. As for the chances of a ...

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Ray LaHood calls for ‘a big pot of money’ to fix America’s roads and bridges

Oct 30, 2014

Ray LaHood calls for ‘a big pot of money’ to fix America’s roads and bridges

Continuing his “America is one big pothole” theme, former U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood used an appearance at a Caterpillar press event Wednesday night to lambast the present direction of U.S. transportation policy. Calling the 2-year transportation bill passed ...

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ARTBA Video: Fix the Highway Trust Fund …NOW!

Oct 15, 2014

ARTBA Video: Fix the Highway Trust Fund …NOW!

American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) President and CEO Pete Ruane has released the above video urging transportation design and construction industry professionals to let their voices be heard during the mid-term elections. Ruane's video highlights the current political situation with ...

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Dear Congress: Time to show some urgency

Oct 09, 2014

Dear Congress: Time to show some urgency

The Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) is urging Congress to pass a new long-term surface transportation measure as soon as possible. TCC says failing to do so will lead to another self-imposed funding crisis would undermine vital road, highway and transit ...

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New ads urge Congress for HTF solution

Oct 02, 2014

New ads urge Congress for HTF solution

The Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) coalition has launched a regionally focused, multiplatform ad campaign urging Congress to develop a long-term solution to the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). The advertisements will appear in 33 congressional districts across 10 media markets ...

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Highway users, road builders oppose bill to surrender federal highway authority

Sep 19, 2014

Highway users, road builders oppose bill to surrender federal highway authority

Transportation interests have written Congress to express opposition to the so-called “devolution” of the federal highway program and the proposed Transportation Empowerment Act. The bill, introduced in the House and Senate last fall, transfers almost all authority over federal highway and ...

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Nonresidential projects push construction spending to largest monthly gain in more than 2 years in July

Sep 03, 2014

Nonresidential projects push construction spending to largest monthly gain in more than 2 years in July

After seeing its first drop in one year during June, construction spending in the U.S. fully recovered and then some in July, with its largest monthly gain in more than two years. Construction spending rose 1.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted ...

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Highway Trust Fund 2014: Timeline of Events

Aug 15, 2014

Highway Trust Fund 2014: Timeline of Events

t felt like an eternity went by before Congress passed a bill to fund the Highway Trust Fund through May 2015. Unfortunately, for or as long as it took, nobody ended up happy with the outcome. Congress had months to ...

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