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Senate committee set to vote on “comprehensive” transportation reform Wednesday

Jul 13, 2015

Senate committee set to vote on “comprehensive” transportation reform Wednesday

U.S. Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota) announced the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will consider and vote on transportation reforms on Wednesday. The Comprehensive Transportation and Consumer Protection Act would authorize the office of the Secretary of Transportation ...

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Larsen co-sponsors bill calling for 15-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase for transportation funding

Jul 10, 2015

Larsen co-sponsors bill calling for 15-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase for transportation funding

Representative Rick Larsen (D-Washington) has cosponsored H.R. 680, the UPDATE Act, which would raise the gas tax by 15 cents per gallon over a three-year period. The bill was first proposed by Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) and was referenced in a recent ...

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Bipartisan group of representatives want to use “Queen of the Hill” rule to make gains on transportation bill

Jul 10, 2015

Bipartisan group of representatives want to use “Queen of the Hill” rule to make gains on transportation bill

A group of 10 members of the House of Representatives have had enough of the back-and-forth that has plagued and stalled the discussion over a long-term transportation bill leading up to the expiration of the Highway Trust Fund at the ...

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Portman, Schumer release bipartisan principles for international tax reform with intent to fund transportation

Jul 09, 2015

Portman, Schumer release bipartisan principles for international tax reform with intent to fund transportation

Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Charles Schumer (D-New York) have released an outline for international tax reform aimed at reducing taxes on U.S. corporation overseas profits with a “transition tax” to help fund transportation projects. “We need comprehensive tax reform because ...

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McConnell: “We’re not going to raise the gas tax”

Jul 09, 2015

McConnell: “We’re not going to raise the gas tax”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) said transportation legislation could be on the floor next week as the July 31 Highway Trust Fund expiration looms. McConnell also backed off of the idea that Congress would pass a long-term transportation bill and rejected ...

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More than half of Americans thinks Congress needs to increase spending on roads and bridges

Jul 06, 2015

More than half of Americans thinks Congress needs to increase spending on roads and bridges

A new poll found that that 53 percent of Americans want the federal government to spend more on the nation's highways. The poll, conducted the Associated Press and GFK, revealed that while most think Congress should up the spending on roads and ...

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NSSGA urging people to talk to lawmakers about passing a transportation bill during “Driving It Home 2015″

Jul 02, 2015

NSSGA urging people to talk to lawmakers about passing a transportation bill during “Driving It Home 2015″

The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association wants people to take advantage of the Fourth of July break in Congress to talk to their representatives or senators about passing a long-term transportation bill. The NSSGA is calling the push "Driving It Home ...

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Full Senate Appropriations Committee approves transportation, HUD bill making it available for full Senate consideration

Jun 25, 2015

Full Senate Appropriations Committee approves transportation, HUD bill making it available for full Senate consideration

The Senate Committee on Appropriations in a 20-10 vote has approved the FY2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill that had been given the nod by subcommittee earlier this week. The full Senate will now consider the bill. “The American ...

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Senate appropriations subcommittee approves $55.65 billion spending bill for transportation and housing

Jun 23, 2015

Senate appropriations subcommittee approves $55.65 billion spending bill for transportation and housing

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development has approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill, which will now be turned over to the full committee for consideration on June 25. The bill ...

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A bipartisan group of Senators introduced a new six-year highway bill

Jun 23, 2015

A bipartisan group of Senators introduced a new six-year highway bill

Another Highway Trust Fund deadline is fast approaching, and the looming loss of funds has some U.S. Senators reaching across the isle to get a deal done. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), Barbara Boxer (D-California), David Vitter (R-Louisiana) and Tom Carper (D-Deleware) ...

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House Majority Leader on gas tax increase: ‘Let’s think of something else’

Jun 22, 2015

House Majority Leader on gas tax increase: ‘Let’s think of something else’

The House Majority Leader thinks lawmakers on Capitol Hill should come up with alternative funding for transportation because a gas tax increase isn't politically feasible. Kevin McCarthy (R-California) said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that highway funding is a "major ...

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Senate Democrats are threatening to block any short-term highway plan

Jun 16, 2015

Senate Democrats are threatening to block any short-term highway plan

  Democrats in the U.S. Senate dropped an ultimatum on Republicans Tuesday, threating to block any short-term extension of highway funding in favor of a long-term solution. The Hill reported that Democrats are giving the GOP 45 days to agree on a ...

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