Recent Streetsblog USA posts about U.S. Senate

The Best and Worst of the New 5-Year Transportation Bill

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Smart people are wading through the 1,300-page transportation bill that came out of conference committee earlier this week, and we’re starting to get a clearer sense of how it will change federal transportation policy for the next five years. The House voted to pass the bill by an overwhelming margin just moments ago, and President Obama has already […]

Boxer and Inhofe Say Transportation Bill Almost Ready, Funding Still TBD

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Two leading Washington lawmakers assured reporters Wednesday that a long-term transportation bill is coming, but provided little in the way of details. Senators James Inhofe (R-OK) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chair and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, respectively, held a press conference Wednesday featuring a line-up of construction and labor […]

Movement in Congress to Let Cities and Towns Access Federal Transpo Funds

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Finally, proof that Congress is capable of crafting smart transportation legislation and not just zany ways to avoid raising the gas tax. A bipartisan coalition of 10 lawmakers is supporting the Innovation in Surface Transportation Act, which would help cities, counties, and other local governments directly access federal funding for transportation projects, according to Transportation for America. The proposal, first floated last year, […]