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  • Obama backs highway fund fix, touts 'talking' cars

    07/15/2014 7:13:04 PM PDT · by blueplum · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 15, 2014 | Jeff Mason and David Lawder
    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday threw his weight behind a temporary fix for the depleted Highway Trust Fund during an event to tout his administration's work with the private sector to develop cars that communicate using wireless technology. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives was poised on Tuesday to approve a $10 billion infusion for the fund, enough to keep money flowing to road, bridge and transit projects at least through the end of May 2015. :snip: Obama weighed in on the issue shortly after taking a wild ride in a car simulator at a highway research center in...
  • Guenther: Senator Max Baucus - Small Business Assassin

    07/12/2012 7:26:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | July 11, 2012 | Robert J. Guenther
    Not content with masterminding Obamacare, which taxes, regulates, and disincentivizes the healthcare industry into nothing more than a capitulatory utility under government control, Democrat Senator Max Baucus used the recently passed transportation bill as the vehicle to exterminate thousands of jobs with the stroke of Barack Obama’s pen. In addition to the $400 million the senator earmarked for his state’s highway system, the Montana senator mischievously added a separate and unrelated special interest earmark to the transportation bill as a nod to his Big Tobacco benefactors at Altria, a parent company of tobacco giant Philip Morris. How did he appease...
  • Rand Paul puts forward measure that would force the Senate to read bills

    07/03/2012 6:59:15 AM PDT · by opentalk · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 2, 2012 | Pete Kasperowicz
    After blasting the Senate last week for passing a 600-page bill no one had time to read, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced legislation that would force the Senate to give its members one day to read bills for every 20 pages they contain. "For goodness sakes, this is a 600-page bill. I got it this morning," Paul said Friday, just before the Senate approved a massive bill extending highway funding, federal flood insurance and low student loans rates. "Not one member of the Senate will read this bill before we vote on it," he added.
  • House clears highway bill with pipeline mandate, thwarts Obama

    04/18/2012 2:57:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 18, 2012 | Ben Geman, Russell Berman & Keith Laing
    The House, defying a White House veto threat, passed GOP legislation Wednesday that extends transportation program funding through September and mandates construction of a controversial oil pipeline from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries. All but 14 Republicans, with support from 69 Democrats, voted 293-127 for legislation that falls far short of Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) earlier plan to move a sweeping five-year, $260 billion package. But Boehner’s retreat serves two crucial tactical and political purposes for the Speaker. It enables talks with the Senate on the highway bill and keeps the Keystone pipeline – which is at the heart of...
  • Why Your Highway Has Potholes

    04/16/2012 11:26:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 15, 2012, 5:59 p.m. ET
    Nothing shows off the worst of Congress like a highway bill. And this year's scramble for cash is worse than ever because the 18.4˘ a gallon gasoline tax will raise $70 billion less than the $263 billion Congress wants to spend over the next five years. Let the mayhem ensue. The Senate has passed a two-year $109 billion bill sponsored by Barbara Boxer of California that bails out the highway trust fund with general revenues, including some $12 billion for such nonessentials as the National Endowment for the Oceans and the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The bill requires little...
  • Senate transportation bill funds more federal government land grabs

    03/19/2012 5:08:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    NetRightDaily.com ^ | March 19, 2012 | Rebekah Rast
    The U.S. Senate has approved of a $109 billion bill that provides two years of funding for transportation and transit projects around the country. The bill may or may not be taken up by the U.S. House Representatives depending on if they choose to write a separate House bill, but hopefully what will be left out of any final version is an amendment by Montana U.S. Sen. Max Baucus. His amendment funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to the tune of $1.4 billion for fiscal years 2013 and 2014 — quite a jump from the $323 million it...
  • Amendment to highway bill sideswipes Little Tobacco

    03/18/2012 6:01:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 17, 2012 | Rosalind S. Helderman
    Nobody mentioned tobacco last week when the U.S. Senate adopted an amendment to the $109 billion federal highway bill. But tucked into the 5,600-word amendment to provide aid for rural schools was a single paragraph that would settle a two-year-old fight between Big Tobacco and a small Ohio company that builds a do-it-yourself machine that allows smokers to get their cigarettes a lot cheaper. The amendment would reclassify tobacco shops that offer the machines as “tobacco manufacturers,” imposing on them new regulations and higher taxes, and it opens a window into the ways of Washington, where the powerful and the...
  • Highway bill is worth billions to companies owned by Soros, Pickens, Douglas

    03/13/2012 12:15:17 PM PDT · by Eva · 28 replies
    Human Events ^ | 3/13/12 | http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=50163
    George Soros, T. Boone Pickens, Kevin G. Douglas and companies under their control stand to reap the rewards of billions of taxpayer dollars in subsidies contained in a Democratic-sponsored measure set for a vote this week. ..The act would subsidize three different enterprises controlled by Soros, Pickens and Douglas, who consistently rank among the most generous political donors, according to Federal Election Commission Records. Moreover, HUMAN EVENTS has learned that one of these companies, Fuel Systems Solutions based in Santa Ana, Calif., has and continues to conduct business, through its foreign subsidiaries, with customers in Iran, according to the company’s...
  • Boehner gives in on highway bill

    03/08/2012 10:29:12 AM PST · by maggief · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 8, 2012 | Russell Berman
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday the House plans to take up the Senate’s highway bill once it clears the upper chamber, conceding that his own last-ditch effort to save a House GOP measure had not succeeded. “As I told the members yesterday, the current plan is to see what the Senate can produce and to bring their bill up,” Boehner told reporters at his weekly news conference Thursday. “In the meantime, we’re going to continue to have conversations with our members about a longer-term approach, which frankly most of our members want. But at this point in time, the...
  • Obama Fires Up His Panic Machine

    09/03/2011 9:55:12 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 15 replies
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 09/03/11 | CaroleL
    President Barack Obama used his weekly radio address to engage in some political gamesmanship while calling for an end to political gamesmanship. Desperate to look like he's doing anything in light of yesterday's horrendous jobs report, the president used this morning's speech to once again claim there is a crisis looming and the Surface Transportation Bill will be allowed to expire putting 1 million workers in danger of losing their jobs if Congress fails to act. But the deadline for extension is weeks away and work on it is already well underway.
  • Will the gas tax be the next DC showdown? (next target on the radar -- renewal of the highway bill)

    08/10/2011 5:29:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/10/2011 | Jazz Shaw
    Who’s ready for another endless fight across the aisle in Washington this fall?In addition to the debt ceiling debate, we recently saw the FAA hit a temporary shutdown after Congress couldn’t agree on extending their marching orders. (They’ll be sending out apologies notes to all of you who got airline tickets for sixty dollars less any day now, I’m sure.) But the fun isn’t over yet, sports fans!The Hill is reporting that the next target on the radar is the renewal of the highway bill – a behemoth package with hundreds of billions in spending and revenue buried in it....
  • Can we build stuff like this?

    03/31/2008 7:56:56 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 71 replies · 2,091+ views
    The Corvallis Gazette Times ^ | March 29, 2008 | The Corvallis Gazette Times
    If the British and French can design and build spectacular bridges at a modest or at least reasonable cost, why can’t we? Or maybe we can, but we haven’t tried it lately, at least not in Oregon. The question comes up because Peter DeFazio, our man in Washington, is chairman of the highways and transit subcommittee in the U.S. House. His committee will write the next highway bill, probably by the end of 2009. And when DeFazio led his colleagues on a fact-finding trip to Europe, he saw the viaduct at Millau. It’s the most spectacular bridge he has ever...
  • New tollway bill passes Senate

    05/15/2007 9:51:54 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 781+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | May 15, 2007 | Bean Wear
    More projects exempted from private toll road moratorium in unanimous Senate vote. The Texas Senate, after hours of closed-door negotiations stamped out hot spots of dissent, unanimously passed revamped toll road legislation Monday that would supplant a bill languishing on Gov. Rick Perry's desk. Perry, who has made it clear he would veto the first bill, House Bill 1892, immediately signaled that he would allow Senate Bill 792 to become law if the House passes it in its current form. Lawmakers involved in the negotiations say they hope to get SB 792 to Perry late this week in time to...
  • A new way out of a jam

    05/19/2006 11:03:20 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies · 644+ views
    Albany Times Union ^ | May 17, 2006 | Marilyn Geewax (Cox News)
    WASHINGTON -- Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta announced on Tuesday a White House initiative to relieve highway, aviation and freight congestion, largely with the help of private fees and tolls. "Congestion is not a fact of life. We need a new approach and we need it now," he said. The plan includes fast-tracking a modernized air traffic control system and building extra-wide interstate highways that could serve as "corridors of the future," he said. Because of "trucks stalled in traffic, cargo sitting on the dock at overwhelmed seaports (and) airplanes circling over crowded airports, congestion is costing America an estimated $200...
  • Bush Says War on Terror Takes Commitment

    02/17/2006 12:23:12 PM PST · by MillerCreek · 13 replies · 416+ views
    Associated Press (via Yahoo News) ^ | February 17, 2006 | Jennifer Loven, Associated Press
    TAMPA, Fla. - Appealing for patience, President Bush said Friday that Americans should not be discouraged by setbacks in Iraq and said the nation must realize that it is still at war. The president said there is a "tendency of folks is to say this really isn't a war. People kind of want to slip to the comfortable." But he said the nation still faces a ruthless enemy in Iraq that has no regard for human life. "We shouldn't be discouraged about setbacks, short term setbacks, or the enemy's capacity to take innocent life, because we've seen democracy change the...
  • The Bridges [to nowhere] are Back

    12/24/2005 4:46:08 PM PST · by John Jorsett · 34 replies · 1,035+ views
    Reason ONline ^ | Dec 23, 2005 | David Boaz
    Whether you’ve gotten a card or not, rest assured that Alaska thanks you for the $454 million Christmas present. Remember those “bridges to nowhere” that were finally taken out of the federal budget? Well, they’re back. You may recall the highway bill that Congress passed in July. It was the biggest porkfest in history -- more than 13,000 individual projects awarded federal tax dollars in an orgy of logrolling and back-scratching. Among the most notorious projects were two bridges in Alaska, dubbed the “bridges to nowhere.” The bill included $223 million for a bridge linking Gravina Island to the town...
  • WSJ: Cuts for Katrina - Time to admit the wastefulness of bridges to nowhere

    09/21/2005 5:18:08 AM PDT · by OESY · 23 replies · 751+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 21, 2005 | Editorial
    Last week we suggested that cancellation of $25 billion in pork projects -- euphemistically known as "earmarks" -- in the recently passed Highway Bill would be a good first step to offset some of the cost of rebuilding the infrastructure in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast. The idea of a pork-for-reconstruction swap had already been denounced as "moronic" by a spokesman for Don Young of Alaska, Chairman of the House Transportation Committee and proud father of the now-infamous $223 million "bridge to nowhere" near Ketchikan. Since then the White House and Congressional Republican leadership have been acting as...
  • Cost of Katrina relief splits Republican ranks

    09/19/2005 5:00:32 PM PDT · by Reagan Man · 75 replies · 1,063+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 9-20-2005 | Gail Russell Chadwick
    WASHINGTON – President Bush's call to spend "whatever it takes" to rebuild the Gulf Coast set off alarm bells among some in his conservative base - and stepped up a growing debate among Republicans at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue on how to fix the battered region in ways that promote conservative values. From vouchers for education and Medicaid to the creation of a giant "opportunity zone" where Katrina struck, the Bush reconstruction effort - which he called "one of the largest reconstruction efforts the world has ever seen" - is reviving prospects for policy initiatives that GOP leaders say...
  • What N.Y. Could Give (Katrina reconstruction $$ vs. pork spending in highway bill)

    09/19/2005 9:33:50 AM PDT · by NewJerseyJoe · 21 replies · 702+ views
    New York Post ^ | September 19, 2005 | Abby Wisse Schachter
    SOME folks in Montana have come up with a great idea. As The Wall Street Journal noted last week, citizens in Bozeman have petitioned their City Council to give the federal government back the $4 million they're set to get for a parking garage. They want the money spent on Hurricane Katrina relief instead.
  • House GOP Seeks to Offset Katrina Spending

    09/18/2005 7:50:18 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 45 replies · 775+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9/18/05 | Douglass K. Daniel
    House Republicans are looking at delaying some federal spending, including money for a prescription drug benefit under Medicare and thousands of highway projects, to offset the cost of rebuilding the Gulf Coast, a leading GOP fiscal conservative said Sunday. Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., said there is a need for dramatic spending cuts in "big-ticket items." However, Democrats appearing on Sunday news programs questioned how President Bush can trim the budget to pay for Katrina recovery and support tax cuts for the wealthy. "Where is he going to find roughly half a trillion dollars over the next several years for Iraq...
  • WSJ: The Tax Cuts Did What?!

    09/08/2005 6:07:43 AM PDT · by OESY · 33 replies · 1,190+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 8, 2005 | JOHN BERTHOUD
    ...The CBO projects that the federal government will collect $2.14 trillion this year. That's a hefty 58% increase from a decade ago. Washington may have many problems, but a shortage of money is not among them. All those dollars have not just gone to Iraq. The $286.5 billion highway bill is evidence that Washington is spending record amounts on infrastructure. And there's lots being lavished on all types of capital expenditures. The budget of the Army Corps of Engineers -- the federal agency tasked to help waterproof New Orleans -- is 31% higher today than it was 10 years ago.......
  • Give Back the Highway Pork for Katrina Aid - Vanity

    09/07/2005 9:32:12 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 9 replies · 278+ views
    Vanity - Free Republic ^ | 09/07/2005 | Loud Mime
    Congress just passed a bill so laden with pork that it amazes even the most calloused politicians. Now, after the disaster of hurricane Katrina, is that bill reasonable? If Katrina had hit before the passage of the highway bill, would it have passed? It is necessary for congress to take a second look at the highway bill with all its funding for bike paths, sidewalk improvements and intermodal improvements. These are luxury items; contrast that with the needs that are present every time we turn on the TV. How can Congress take this money when a far greater need exists?...
  • virginia politicians and highway pork

    08/18/2005 4:48:52 AM PDT · by from occupied ga · 49 replies · 616+ views
    future of freedom foundation ^ | 8/17/05 | Jacob G. Hornberger,
    Virginia Politicians and Highway Porkby Jacob G. Hornberger, August 17, 2005 For a good example of the moral perversity of the budget-busting, pork-barrel highway bill, consider what recently happened in Bristol, Virginia. While on his annual statewide “listening tour” across the state, Republican Sen. George Allen proudly told Bristol voters that their local officials were going to receive even more money from Congress than they had requested for the renovation of the local train station. Rep. Rick Boucher, a Democrat, had requested only $400,000 for the project. Not to be outdone, Sen. John Warner, a Republican, had requested $1 million...
  • Howard Dean's party: Hanging LBJ around Bush's neck

    08/14/2005 9:18:13 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 58 replies · 1,016+ views
    New Hampshire Sunday News ^ | August 14, 2005
    DEMOCRATIC National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, in Concord for a fundraiser on Wednesday, accused the Republican Party of being the party of fiscal irresponsibility. He has said that before, but this time the timing could not have been better. It was a day after President Bush signed a $286 billion transportation bill that was $30 billion higher than the amount he had pledged to veto. "This bill is by far the most expensive, wasteful highway bill in the nation's history," Keith Ashdown, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, told The Washington Times. "It is filled to the brim with...
  • Bush acknowledges the collapsing US economy

    08/13/2005 5:52:01 PM PDT · by Rodney King · 64 replies · 2,743+ views
    Pravda ^ | today | Sergei Melinin
    The US administration aims to spend $286 billion on the development of the American transport system US President George W. Bush released a remarkable statement a short time ago. The remark has not been highlighted in the world media yet, although there is every reason to do so. Bush virtually acknowledged that the USA was experiencing a serious economic crisis. Moreover, the US government was taking immense efforts to avoid a massive outbreak of social uneasiness, the American president believes. One may come to this conclusion from the newly-signed law about the development of the US transport system. The implementation...
  • Highway Robbery: $286 Billion (Bush and Congress - "fiscal conservatives")

    08/13/2005 3:58:26 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 11 replies · 408+ views
    Human Events ^ | 8-12-2005 | John Berthoud
    Highway Robbery: $286 Billion by John Berthoud Posted Aug 12, 2005 George Orwell’s 1946 classic Animal Farm is a tale of the rising up of the long downtrodden animals to overthrow the hated humans and establish a new order. Under new management, the farm seems to move in the right direction for a while, but the pigs slowly decide that the lifestyle of their former masters was pretty good, and consequently morph into a ruling class indistinguishable from that which they displaced. Originally intended by Orwell to parody the Soviet revolution of 1917, one can now see parallels to the...
  • CA: Critics call Simi project a prime example of pork (What would Reagan say?)

    08/11/2005 6:01:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 415+ views
    Ventura Star ^ | 8/11/05 | Teresa Rochester
    President Ronald Reagan loved to rail against Congress' pork-barrel spending. But critics say that didn't stop Congress from earmarking $2.3 million for landscaping on the freeway that bears his name, one item among the $24 billion worth of special projects tacked onto the transportation bill signed Wednesday by President Bush. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who opposed the bill with four other senators, said the amount directed to special projects was "egregious." And he singled out Simi Valley's long-awaited landscaping project along Highway 118. "I wonder what Ronald Reagan would say?" McCain asked about the fiscally conservative president. In the city...
  • PRIORITIES

    08/11/2005 11:15:03 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 3 replies · 374+ views
    NationalSecurityOnline ^ | 11 August 2005 | Christopher Holton
    On the 10th of August President Bush signed a huge highway bill that critics charge is laden with “pork” for members of Congress to send back to their districts and states. Hopefully, this 1000-page bill will help make it easier for Americans to walk, bike and drive to work, home and on vacation and other recreational outings. But don’t count on it. Fully 9%, or $24 billion, of the bill will go specifically toward over 6,000 “earmarked” special projects at the request of our shameless politicians in Washington. Meanwhile, our Marines in Iraq have a different kind of transportation problem.
  • Highway Bill Sends Billions to Bike Trails

    08/11/2005 10:20:18 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 114 replies · 1,373+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/11/05 | Emily Johns - AP
    MINNEAPOLIS - When Erika Sass moved here from Washington state, she had a choice of how to get to work: hop in the car and drive 15 minutes or get on her bike and pedal an hour. She chose the bike. "I've never seen trails like this," Sass said of the bike paths crisscrossing the Twin Cities, one of the nation's top bicycling areas. The transportation bill signed Wednesday by President Bush spends most of its $286.4 billion on road-building, but it also includes a chunk of change — $3 billion by one group's estimate — to expand cycling and...
  • IL: Transportation bill includes Hastert plan (Prairie 'Porkway' Project)

    08/10/2005 3:13:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 357+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/10/05 | Maura Kelly Lannan - AP
    MONTGOMERY, Ill. (AP) - The massive transportation bill President Bush signed Wednesday includes $207 million for a pet project of House Speaker Dennis Hastert - a new road connecting two major highways in his district. But state officials are not yet convinced that the Prairie Parkway connector is the best way to ease traffic in the growing region outside Chicago, and some locals say it will promote urban sprawl, hurt the environment and swallow up fertile farmland. Illinois was second only to California in the amount of money earmarked for special projects - $1.3 billion - in the transportation bill,...
  • President Bush Signs Transportation Bill at Caterpillar Facility

    08/10/2005 12:45:46 PM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 57 replies · 717+ views
    yahoo ^ | 8/10/05
    Legislation Provides Certainty for Caterpillar Customers and Supports Emissions Reduction Efforts) MONTGOMERY, Ill., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT - News) today hosted President George W. Bush at the company's manufacturing facility in Montgomery, Illinois, where he signed HR3, the Transportation Equity Act, into law. The measure sets funding levels over the 2004-2009 time frame for critical infrastructure projects We are honored President Bush is signing this important legislation at our Montgomery location and that House Speaker Denny Hastert is with us today after working so hard to get this bill passed in Congress," said Jerry Palmer, Caterpillar...
  • Hey big spenders: The highways bill shows Republicans addicted to spending

    08/10/2005 12:37:37 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 41 replies · 1,952+ views
    There was a time when Republicans raged against wasteful federal spending and fought tenaciously to cut the size of government. Not any longer. The $286.5bn (Ł160bn) highways bill President George W. Bush will sign into law today epitomises the transformation of the party in Washington from an anti-government "insurgency" into a ruling majority unable to kick its addiction to spending. To give Mr Bush his credit, he fought a rearguard action against his spendthrift allies in Congress, with some effect. But he did not follow through his threat to veto any bill that breached a $283.9bn spending limit. This was...
  • Bush says $286 bln highway bill creates U.S. jobs

    08/10/2005 10:57:02 AM PDT · by steenkeenbadges · 88 replies · 1,179+ views
    Yahoo News via Reuters ^ | 8/10/05 | Reuters News Service
    President Bush signed a $286.5 billion highway bill on Wednesday that he said would create new jobs but which critics contend is stuffed with billions of dollars worth of lawmakers' pet projects. The legislation funds road and mass transit construction for six years, but also contains $24 billion in "pork" -- special add-ons initiated by members of the Senate and House of Representatives to curry favor in their home districts. "The bill ... is going to help give hundreds of thousands of Americans good paying jobs," Bush said. "Our economy depends on us having the most efficient, reliable transportation system...
  • Fall River Officials See a New Way to Resist LNG Facility

    08/10/2005 8:45:33 AM PDT · by Otho · 1 replies · 291+ views
    RedNOVA News ^ | August 7, 2005 | Staff
    Boosted by a single paragraph tucked into the mammoth federal transportation bill that Congress hurriedly passed last month, Fall River plans to ask a federal energy panel as soon as this week to reconsider the approval it recently gave for construction of a liquefied natural gas facility.
  • Rapid City-to-Denver expressway gets boost

    08/07/2005 12:34:05 AM PDT · by BigSkyFreeper · 4 replies · 668+ views
    Associated Press via The Billings Gazette ^ | August 6, 2005 | Associated Press
    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The federal transportation bill will bring a dream closer to reality for Black Hills business leaders, who want a four-lane expressway between Rapid City and Denver. About $69.5 million, a quarter of South Dakota's allocation for special projects, is slated to complete South Dakota's portion of the Heartland Expressway to the Nebraska border within the next six or seven years. "For that to come through is wonderful," said Bill Honerkamp of the Black Hills, Badlands & Lakes Association, a regional tourism promotion organization. The Heartland Expressway will increase commercial traffic and draw more tourists to the...
  • Highway Bill Full of Special Projects

    08/02/2005 11:53:42 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 19 replies · 1,208+ views
    AP ^ | 8/2/05 | Jim Abrams
    A half century ago, when President Eisenhower proposed the first national highway bill, there were two projects singled out for funding. Last week, when Congress passed the latest multiyear bill, there were, by one estimate, 6,371 of these special projects, a record that some say politicians should be ashamed of. The projects in the six-year, $286.4 billion highway and mass transit bill range from $200,000 for a deer avoidance system in Weedsport, N.Y., to $330 million for a highway in Bakersfield., Calif. For the beneficiaries, almost every member of Congress, they bring jobs and better quality lives to their communities...
  • GOP Successful In Moving Forward America's Agenda

    07/30/2005 2:34:27 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 13 replies · 552+ views
    GOP SUCCESSFUL IN MOVING FORWARD AMERICA'S AGENDAEnergy, Transportation, Trade Bills Pass Congress, President Signs Historic Legislation, In First Seven Months Of 109th Congress______________________________________________________________________   Congress Passed Energy Bill:   The House And Senate Passed H.R. 6, Comprehensive Energy Legislation Before Adjourning For The August Recess. (H.R. 6, CQ Vote #445: Adopted 275-156: R 200-31; D 75-124; I 0-1, 7/28/05; H.R. 6, CQ Vote #213: Adopted 74-26: R 49-6; D 25-19; I 0-1, 7/29/05)   Congress Passed Transportation Reauthorization:   The House And Senate Passed H.R. 3, The $286.4 Billion Transportation Reauthorization Act Before Adjourning For The August Recess. (H.R. 3,...
  • Highway bill earmarks billions for Wash., Ore.

    07/30/2005 8:44:48 AM PDT · by Seattle Conservative · 14 replies · 525+ views
    King 5 News ^ | July 29, 2005 | Associated Press
    The House passed a $286.4 billion highway and mass transit bill Friday that could provide long-awaited relief for the nation's travelers while creating tens of thousands of construction jobs. >snip The bill includes $220 million to help underwrite the multibillion-dollar cost of replacing Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct, lawmakers say. Lawmakers from both parties hailed the highway and transit bill, which would provide more than $4 billion for highway and transit projects in Washington state, and $2.7 billion for Oregon. >snip "Our delegation has done an incredible job of standing up for the viaduct," Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said Thursday. "We...
  • Negotiators Reach Deal on Highway Bill

    07/27/2005 9:45:21 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 6 replies · 271+ views
    AP ^ | 7/27/05 | Jim Abrams
    House and Senate negotiators have reached broad agreement on a new highway and mass transit bill, signaling an end to a nearly two-year standoff that has delayed job-creating construction projects and put new safety programs on hold. Aides from the two chambers said they were still working out a few minor details, but they expected to file a report on the bill Wednesday, with votes by the House and Senate coming this week. The surface transportation bill provides some $286.5 billion over the 2004-2009 period, replacing the $218 billion six-year program that expired in September 2003. Passing a new highway...
  • Hey, Big Spender - (time for President Bush to rein in appetite of Congress for too much pork!)

    06/01/2005 1:04:21 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 12 replies · 465+ views
    INSTITUTE FOR POLICY INNOVATION.ORG ^ | MAY 31, 2005 | Editors
    President Bush strongly suggested Congress pass a highway bill that does not exceed $284 billion. The House complied. The Senate? It approved a $295 billion bill on May 17. What’s the extra $11 billion for anyway? Hasn’t Sen. Robert Byrd been able to pave West Virginia yet? Actually, it’s the Republicans who were largely behind the added dollars, with the Democrats urging them on. The approval margin was overwhelming: 89-11. But if the GOP isn’t going to demonstrate a little fiscal restraint, then who is? The media and the political pundits get all warm and fuzzy over bipartisan bills. They...
  • 'Stars On Cars' Might Stick

    05/22/2005 5:16:24 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 8 replies · 439+ views
    The Wall Street Journal via Madison.com ^ | May 21, 2005 | Laura Meckler
    Tucked away in the $295 billion highway bill passed by the Senate last week is a provision that could help consumers when making a big purchase of their own. The highway bill includes billions of dollars in funding for road construction and mass-transit. It also includes a rule requiring automakers to start printing crash-test data on the stickers of all new cars. The federal government spends millions of dollars a year testing new cars and trucks on their ability to withstand collisions and avoid rollovers, and rating them on a five-star scale. But the data are hard to come by...
  • Senate passes costly highway bill

    05/18/2005 9:55:51 AM PDT · by Dubya · 18 replies · 371+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | May. 18, 2005 | Jim Abrams
    WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled Senate brushed aside a presidential veto threat Tuesday and passed a $295 billion highway bill, arguing that massive spending on bigger and better roads is necessary to fight congestion and unsafe roadways. The administration, while pressing Congress to pass a new highway bill, said the Senate version is too expensive in a time of war and debt and could result in the first veto of the Bush presidency. The vote was 89-11, with most Republicans joining Democrats in approving a six-year package that the administration said is $11 billion above what it will accept. Sens. Kay...
  • WSJ: Highway Math -- Get your veto pen ready, Mr. President.

    05/18/2005 5:28:20 AM PDT · by OESY · 3 replies · 552+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 18, 2005 | Editorial
    ...The 89-11 Senate vote for a $295 billion highway bill exceeds the $284 billion limit that President Bush has said is acceptable. But more than that, it also defies the budget resolution that Congress adopted only last month.... It's bad enough that only nine Members voted against the House version of the highway bill in March, which makes us wonder if there's any political constituency for spending restraint. After all, the "yeas" included conservatives of the Republican Study Committee and Club for Growth variety, some of whom had won election as staunch budget hawks only months before. But at least...
  • Senate Defies Bush, Approves Highway Bill

    05/17/2005 5:11:05 PM PDT · by Asphalt · 11 replies · 417+ views
    My Way News ^ | May 17, 2005 | JIM ABRAMS
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-controlled Senate brushed aside a presidential veto threat Tuesday and passed a $295 billion highway bill, arguing that massive spending on bigger and better roads was necessary to fight congestion and unsafe roadways. The administration, while pressing Congress to pass a new highway bill, said the Senate version was too expensive in a time of war and debt and could result in the first veto of the Bush presidency. The vote was 89-11 with a majority of Republicans joining Democrats in approving the six-year package that the administration said was $11 billion above what it would...
  • Highway to the Veto Zone

    05/12/2005 11:30:39 AM PDT · by xsysmgr · 5 replies · 362+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 12, 2005 | The Editors
    In accordance with hallowed Washington tradition, the Senate is now engaged in siring a new incarnation of that monument to wasteful spending, the federal highway bill. This presents President Bush with yet another opportunity to exercise his first veto. This time, he should take it. Bush has threatened to veto any highway bill costing more than $284 billion. While the House stayed within that limit, Senate leaders have introduced proposals to tack on another $11 billion. They claim the extra spending will be paid for by cracking down on fuel-tax evasion and closing corporate-tax loopholes. There is reason for...
  • Senate defies White House on highway funding

    05/11/2005 6:14:49 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 41 replies · 790+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 11, 2005
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate defied the White House on Wednesday by voting to add more than $11 billion to long-delayed highway and transit funding legislation. Nearly three dozen Republicans joined with Democrats to lift the budget ceiling that held transportation spending to $284 billion, which was proposed by the Bush administration and included in the version approved by the House of Representatives in March. The spending total in the six-year Senate transportation bill is $295 billion. The chamber still had a number of amendments to address before voting on final passage. A vote is expected as early as...
  • Senate defies White House on highway bill

    05/09/2005 5:57:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 718+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 5/9/05 | Jim Abrams - AP
    WASHINGTON - The Senate moved Monday to add about $11 billion to a six-year highway and transit bill, putting it on a collision course with the Bush administration and a threatened veto. Senate leaders said the revised package with the extra money, which would raise spending for the long-delayed legislation to about $295 billion, would be paid for by finding new revenue for the federal highway trust fund. A vote on the bill, including the $11 billion addition, could come by the end of the week. But Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, in a statement put out in anticipation of the...
  • Report: Nation's Infrastructure Crumbling (Give Us Tax Dollars Alert)

    03/09/2005 4:03:03 PM PST · by Coastal · 30 replies · 505+ views
    AP ^ | March 9, 2005 | Leslie Miller
    Crowded schools, traffic-choked roads and transit cutbacks are eroding the quality of American life, according to an analysis by civil engineers that gave the nation's infrastructure an overall grade of D. A report by the American Society of Civil Engineers released Wednesday assessed the four-year trend in the condition of 12 categories of infrastructure, including roadways, bridges, drinking water systems, public parks, railroads and the power grid. The overall grade slipped from the D-plus given to the infrastructure in 2001 and 2003. "Americans are spending more time stuck in traffic and less time at home with their families," William Henry,...
  • From Dawn to Decade-nce (GOP porkers 10 years later)

    04/17/2004 9:33:16 AM PDT · by u-89 · 9 replies · 181+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 04/16/2004 | Radley Balko
    Font Size: From Dawn to Decade-nce By Radley Balko  Published   04/16/2004  The New York Times reported last weekend that a powerful member of the U.S. Congress recently secured $120 million in federal highway funds for a 200-foot high, mile-long bridge for his district that will connect a town of about 8,000 to an island with 50 residents. He found another $200 million for a bridge connecting a city in his district to a port that has exactly one regular resident. Those two projects alone account for more money than was earmarked in total for 41 states in the highway...
  • Built With Steel, Perhaps, but Greased With Pork

    04/10/2004 1:41:26 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 12 replies · 306+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 10, 2004 | TIMOTHY EGAN
    ETCHIKAN, Alaska, April 8 — Even by the standards of Alaska, the land where schemes and dreams come for new life, two bridges approved under the national highway bill passed by the House last week are monuments to the imagination.One, here in Ketchikan, would be among the biggest in the United States: a mile long, with a top clearance of 200 feet from the water — 80 feet higher than the Brooklyn Bridge and just 20 feet short of the Golden Gate Bridge. It would connect this economically depressed, rain-soaked town of 7,845 people to an island that has about...