Today’s Headlines

  • Oberstar is throwing his weight behind a three-month extension of transport law, but the Senate has its own 18-month plan ready, with a $20 billion price tag (CQ)
  • Senate approves $122 billion transportation-housing spending bill, with $10.4 billion for transit (AP)
  • California is banking on winning nearly half the Obama administration’s high-speed rail money (Reuters)
  • Martha Coakley is in the lead in the Massachusetts Senate race … but Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) could draw her into a spirited debate over his strong record on transport reform (Yglesias)
  • A detailed look at the lack of consensus on transportation that became clear at last week’s University of Virginia infrastructure conference (Greenwire)
  • EPA in the final throes of regulating carbon emissions without Congress, which continues to delay a climate bill (Greenwire)
  • Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) responds to the New York Times’ water quality series, says this is a job Congress can fix — here’s more details on his solution (NYT)
  • The feds are spending a heap of money to keep barely used airports in business (USAT)

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Oberstar to Back 3-Month Delay in Transport Bill As Soon As Next Week

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House transportation committee chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) is readying a proposal to extend current infrastructure law by three months — 15 months less than the delay preferred by the White House — and could introduce the legislation as soon as next week, his office said today. House transport committee chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) (Photo: Capitol […]

Senate Agrees on $26.8 Billion Highway Trust Fund Rescue

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