Today’s Headlines

  • Feds giving cities more money for transit security (AFP)
  • How will the House v. Senate face-off on transport funding end? Some lobbyists see a six-month compromise (Roll Call)
  • Horrors! Utah highway officials fear more money for transit (SL Trib)
  • Virginia’s transportation is a mess — so why isn’t the self-professed "transpo candidate" for governor talking about it? (WaPo)
  • Blumenauer shakes his head sadly at "unhinged" Republicans (HuffPo)

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AFL-CIO Flexing Its Muscle for Senate Transit Operating Aid Bill

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The AFL-CIO, a formidable lobbying force in Washington, is throwing its weight behind a Senate bill offered last week that would authorize $2 billion in emergency funding for transit agencies forced to hike fares or cut service in lean budgetary times. Rev. Jesse Jackson, second from left, has joined transit workers’ unions in their Save […]

Dems, AFL-CIO Step Up Push for Infrastructure Spending as Job Creator

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka today called for more investments in infrastructure as one plank of a job creation proposal that he plans to bring to the White House employment summit next month — as congressional Democrats continued jockeying over how and whether to pursue and long-term transportation bill in the coming months. AFL-CIO President Richard […]

Transit Union Apologizes to Senate After Campaign-Finance Flap

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The United Transportation Union (UTU) is moving quickly to smooth over relations with the Senate Commerce Committee after sparking bipartisan ire with a claim that a former UTU counsel won a presidential nomination thanks in part to the union’s political contributions. Obama administration nominee Dan Elliott (Photo: UTU) The UTU released a document last month […]

Today’s Headlines

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AFL-CIO and other unions backing Democrats’ push for a new, possibly infrastructure-centric jobs bill (The Hill) West Virginia congressman, calling for a long-term transport bill as a "second stimulus," says toll is a "four-letter word" but vows to be open to any funding proposal — except a VMT tax (Register-Herald) A humorously candid take on […]