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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Senate Staff Says Bill Maintains Dedicated Funding For Bike/Ped

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We reported yesterday that the outline of the Senate bill appeared not to preserve dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian programs. It has come to our attention that the complete draft of the bill will include a hard commitment to bike-ped programs. Senate staff tells us that Sen. Barbara Boxer worked hard and was able to maintain her […]

Senate Restores MAP-21 Funding Through 2013

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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 […]