Today’s Headlines

  • To neutralize Bunning’s one-man filibuster, Reid weighs calling up a new long-term extension of unemployment insurance … but what of the transportation funding shutdown? (Fox News)
  • DE Senate hopeful Castle vows to help the northeast corridor secure more high-speed rail aid (DE Online)
  • Digital billboards: the new front in battles against distracted driving (NYT)
  • All states meeti the stimulus law’s deadline for obligating 100% of their highway money (DOT Blog)
  • How the federal home weatherization effort epitomizes the risk of the Senate jobs bill’s inattention to urban fiscal problems … (TNR’s The Avenue)
  • … meanwhile, the president prepares to trumpet weatherization today as a job-creator (Bloomberg)
  • New Jersey’s guv’s transportation commissioner nominee opposes gas-tax hike (Inquirer)

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In a letter to Finance Committee leaders [PDF], 25 senators today urged adequate funding for mass transit in the next transportation authorization bill. The letter notes that public transportation systems find themselves in a budgetary crisis just as more and more people, driven by $4/gallon gas, are seeking out transportation options. During the worst economic […]

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The first meeting of the transportation bill conference committee is today at 3:00. (To familiarize yourself with the participants, see Ben’s reports on the House and Senate conferees.) We’ll be live-blogging it, beginning to end. It’s unusual for conferences to meet in public, and leaders have indicated that this won’t be the only meeting they have in front of television […]

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The Senate yesterday restored hundreds of millions of dollars in federal transportation spending singled out for elimination by the House of Representatives. The Senate’s continuing resolution — which would set spending levels through the end of FY 2013 — matches the transportation spending priorities laid out by MAP-21, the transportation bill hashed out in a bipartisan manner last […]

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The Senate unveiled its list of conference committee delegates yesterday to a widespread lack of surprise. Ten of the 14 conferees are either chair or ranking member of a committee (or subcommittee) charged with writing part of the Senate transportation bill. Their job will be to defend their work from a House delegation that has […]