Today’s Headlines

  • Oberstar bashes the Obama administration anew: "They have not given transportation any thought. I have." (NPR)
  • DeFazio also keeps the heat on, calling LaHood a "good guy [who] knows nothing about transportation" (Oregonian)
  • Freight and trucking lobbies decline to endorse Oberstar in his battle with the White House; truckers are concerned about his support for congestion pricing (JOC)
  • House transportation bill projects that one major company loses $2 million for every one mile-per-hour shipping slowdown due to congestion (Dallas Morning News)

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Earl Blumenauer. Photo: New York Times The most tantalizing tidbit in today’s Times profile of Earl Blumenauer comes from fellow cycling Congressman James Oberstar: With an eye on the potential stimulus package, cycling advocates "have compiled a list of $2 billion of projects that can be under construction in 90 days," Mr. Oberstar said, adding […]

Oberstar to Request $3B Patch for Highway Trust Fund

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House transportation committee chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) will ask his revenue-minded colleagues on the Ways and Means panel tomorrow to approve $3 billion to keep the nation’s highway trust fund afloat until September 30, according to a report in today’s CQ. House transportation chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) (Photo: Jonathan Maus) Oberstar’s proposed patch for the […]

Oberstar to White House: On Emissions, Back Up Your Words With Action

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Oberstar to Release Transportation Outline on Wednesday

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Jim Oberstar (D-MN), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will release a "white paper" on his plans for the upcoming federal reauthorization bill in a press conference on Wednesday. It’s important to note that the paper will serve as an outline — legislative language is expected to emerge later. (Streetsblog Capitol Hill’s bet […]