Stimulus Update: Senate Compromise Unlikely to Raid Transit Funds

According to a list posted by Politico, the Senate left transit funding untouched in the stim bill compromise brokered yesterday. For now, it appears safe to take a break from contacting your senators about this particular point of concern.

Whether it’s smart policy to trim the recovery package while the economy hemorrhages jobs is a different matter.

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Urgent Action: Billions for Transit in Jeopardy

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A Senate amendment full of spending cuts would strip $3.4 billion in transit funding from the stimulus package, Greg Sargent reports. One of the few areas that might get a spending increase in the amendment is highways. The amendment, sponsored by Republican Susan Collins and Democrat Ben Nelson, is seen as a bipartisan compromise that […]

Transit Riders Keep Same Tax Benefits As Drivers

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President Obama is about to sign the controversial tax-cut compromise into law, now that the House and Senate have both voted in favor of the bill. That means the transit benefit extension, hidden inside the $858 billion package, will become law as well. Nearly four years ago, Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) introduced a measure to […]

House Jobs Bill Answers Some Key Transportation Questions

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The House jobs bill, expected to pass later today before the chamber adjourns for the holidays, includes a $75 billion infrastructure section that gives $27.5 billion to roads and $8.4 billion to transit, largely mirroring this year’s first economic stimulus law. The header of today’s House jobs bill: No one ever said they’re easy reads! […]

Senate’s $50 Billion Highway Giveaway Nearly Dead

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The Inhofe/Boxer stimulus bill amendment for $50 billion in additional infrastructure funds appears to be dead, with official word expected soon from Senator Harry Reid’s office. Sources close to the negotiations say that at least five Democratic Senators were not going to support the amendment if transit and water provisions weren’t improved, while Senate Republicans […]

Today’s Headlines

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The war of words between House and Senate transportation leaders continues … (Roll Call) … as Boxer and the Senate show signs of giving more to transit in their climate bill (Wash Indy) U.S. DOT’s latest round of transpo stimulus cash helps move Detroit towards ferry service (Free Press) Voinovich may be transpo stalwart, but […]