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)


How Will the House Answer the Senate’s Transportation Funding Bill?

The full Senate passed a major appropriations bill yesterday, including funding levels for transportation and housing. The Senate put the kibosh on Sen. Rand Paul’s attempt to strip bike/ped funding from the federal transportation program, as we reported yesterday. Here’s the lowdown on the bill as a whole. The upper chamber maintained funding for several key livability […]

House and Senate Agree on 6-Month Transpo Extension

Just days after a Senate committee asked the full chamber to consider a four-month extension of SAFETEA-LU, new negotiations have replaced that idea with a six-month extension at current spending levels. The bill also extends the gas tax. Over the weekend, the House and Senate decided to combine the long-overdue FAA reauthorization with the pending […]