Today’s Headlines

  • Transportation Secretary LaHood and Vice President Biden promote the economic stimulus’ infrastructure spending — on bridge repairs and massive highway expansions (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Pitch)
  • Congress slips $1 billion for a weak "cash for clunkers" plan into its $105 billion war spending bill (Detroit News)
  • With the timeline for a federal transpo bill slipping, advocates are focusing instead on Congress’ climate change measure (Greenwire)
  • Trucking industry lobbies against highway user fees to pay for transportation improvements (Logistics Management)

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Mica, GOP Leadership Looking to Raise Transportation Spending Levels in Bill

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House and Senate Agree on 6-Month Transpo Extension

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House Jobs Bill Mimics the Stimulus: $27.5B for Roads, $8.4B for Transit

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The House is slated to vote as soon as tomorrow on a job-creation package that includes $27.5 billion for highways and $8.4 billion for transit, according to a transportation committee document obtained by Streetsblog Capitol Hill. House transportation committee chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) (Photo: Bike Portland via Flickr) That funding divide mirrors the spending levels […]