Senate Democrats Set Mid-July Deadline For Multiyear Highway Bill

Bond Buyer 6/16/15 3:31pm ET By Jim Watts

 DALLAS — Senate Democrats challenged Republican lawmakers Tuesday to develop a multiyear transportation funding bill before the latest temporary patch expires at the end of July.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and others sent a letter Tuesday to their Republican colleagues asking that the four Senate […]

June 23rd, 2015|congress, funding, Highway Trust Fund, President Obama|

Senate Dems Give GOP 45-Day Highway Deadline

The Hill.com 6/16/15 8:57 PM EDT By Alexander Bolton

 Senate Democrats are giving Republicans 45 days to negotiate a long-term highway funding extension.

And while they aren’t ruling out supporting another short-term fix when funding runs out at the end of July, they suggest it will be difficult to get such a measure through the Senate.

“The bottom line […]

June 23rd, 2015|congress, Highway Trust Fund, President Obama|

Texas Needs Federal Road Trust Fund

Fort Worth Star-Telegram 6/16/15 By Scott Haywood

 At the end of May, the U.S. House voted to extend federal transportation funding for two months in an attempt to prevent the interruption of the nation’s infrastructure funding that had been scheduled at end of this month.

While this is a commendable step forward, representatives in Washington must continue […]

June 23rd, 2015|congress, Highway Trust Fund, President Obama|

The Truth About Obama’s High-Speed Rail Program

Michael Grunwald

Don’t believe the New York Times or the train haters who cite it: High-speed rail is not an $11-billion failure.

The New York Times has declared President Barack Obama’s high-speed rail program a failure. “Despite the administration spending nearly $11 billion since […]

August 14th, 2014|President Obama, Trains|

Obama Launches Federal P3 Initiative

Bond Buyer 7/17/14 3:30pm ET By Jim Watts

DALLAS — President Obama announced a new federal effort to connect local governments with private investor partners in transportation infrastructure projects during his visit Thursday to a shuttered bridge in Delaware.
The president stopped at the bridge on his way to New York to sign a memorandum launching the […]

July 18th, 2014|Anthony Foxx, dallas, President Obama|

Obama pushes transportation money at closed bridge

Associated Press 7/17/14, 3:13 a.m. ET

WILMINGTON, DE — President Barack Obama announced a new program Thursday to attract more private money to help pay to build new roads and bridges as he criticized Congress for refusing to approve a more lasting source of funding.
The new program is designed to encourage collaboration between state and local […]

July 18th, 2014|congress, funding, President Obama|

Newspapers take dim view of highway funding stopgap

The Hill.com 7/16/14 3:10 PM EDT By Keith Laing

Major newspaper editorial boards are giving harsh reviews to a nearly $11 billion transportation funding stopgap bill that is moving through Congress.
The measure, which is intended to extend infrastructure spending into next spring, was approved by the House on Tuesday in a 367-55 vote. The Senate […]

July 17th, 2014|funding, gas, Highway Trust Fund, President Obama, taxes|

Obama hits road for transportation funding push

Associated Press 7/17/14 By Darlene Superville

WASHINGTON — With federal transportation funding about to run dry, President Barack Obama is taking new steps to boost the flow of private dollars into public works projects.
Using the recently closed I-495 bridge at the Port of Wilmington in Delaware as a backdrop, Obama was set to sign paperwork […]

July 17th, 2014|funding, Highway Trust Fund, President Obama|

WH encouraged the House is ‘about to do something’ on highway funding

The Hill.com 7/15/14 3:26 PM EDT By Keith Laing

The White House said Tuesday that it was encouraged that the Republican-led House was “about to do something” about federal transportation funding.
Obama has spoken at length in recent weeks about his belief that Congress would rather sue him than take actions to address national priorities like […]

July 17th, 2014|congress, funding, President Obama, White House|

Obama Slams Inertia On Highway Fund Fix

Bond Buyer 7/2/14 4:06pm ET By Jim Watts

DALLAS– President Obama blasted Congress, and especially Congressional Republicans, Tuesday for failing to resolve a multi-billion dollar shortfall in the almost-insolvent Highway Trust Fund.
“If this Congress does not act by the end of the summer, the Highway Trust Fund will run out,” Obama said in an address at […]

July 3rd, 2014|Anthony Foxx, congress, funding, gas, President Obama, taxes|