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  • CBO: Tolls, mileage fees would better fund roads

    02/21/2016 10:56:22 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 16, 2016 | Keith Laing
    The federal government would get more bang for their buck if U.S. drivers were charged directly for their use of highways through tolls or mileage fees, a new study from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says.The report from Congress's budgetary scorekeepers says current "spending on highways does not correspond very well with how the roads are used and valued." The CBO said mechanisms like tolling, mileage fees or congestion pricing could be considered to fund transportation projects in lieu of relying mostly on gas tax revenue."Almost all federal spending for highways occurs through formula grants to state and local governments,...
  • Congress Passes Long-Term Highway Bill Including Heller’s I-11 Extension

    02/02/2016 1:10:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    KOLO News Now 8 ABC ^ | December 3, 2015 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of stymied efforts to address the nation's aging and congested highways and transit systems, Congress found the sweet spot for passage on Thursday — a 5-year, $305 billion bill laden with enough industry favors, parochial projects, safety improvements and union demands to gain overwhelming support. The bill was approved 359 to 65 in the House, and 83 to 16 in the Senate. The bill now goes to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature.
  • Sen. Cruz: This Highway Bill Is Irresponsible (with Ex-Im Bank)

    12/05/2015 11:57:25 AM PST · by Isara · 5 replies ^ | December 4, 2015
    Ex-Im Bank board still lacks a quorum to approve multimillion dollar, taxpayer-backed loan guarantees for big business WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) yesterday voted against the $281 billion, five-year highway bill that reauthorizes the Export-Import Bank, a quintessential example of cronyism and corporate welfare. Using various budget gimmicks and one-time revenue raisers, this bill guarantees an even larger shortfall in 2020 when the next highway bill comes up. Sen. Cruz issued the following statement upon the bill’s passage in the Senate:“Last night, sadly, the Washington Cartel reversed one of the few fiscal conservative victories achieved with this...
  • U.S. House approves highway bill that revives EXIM bank (conservatives screwed again)

    12/03/2015 1:55:17 PM PST · by fifedom · 46 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/3/2015 | David Morgan
    The U.S. House on Thursday passed a five-year transportation bill that also revive(s) the charter of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which had been allowed to expire in the face of conservative opposition. the House of Representatives voted 359 to 65. All 65 "no" votes came from Republicans, including lawmakers opposed to the EXIM bank measure. "It proves to the American people that we can get things done," said House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, a Pennsylvania Republican.
  • The House Just Passed Another Bailout, This Time for Highways and Transit

    11/06/2015 8:44:03 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | November 5, 2015 | Michael Sargent
    Today, the House overwhelmingly passed the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act (STRR) to much fanfare.The six-year, $325-billion bill reauthorizes highway and transit funding from the federal Highway Trust Fund that was set to expire on November 20. The bill is being heralded as no less than a historic “long-term” measure, emerging after “ten years of short-term band-aids and extensions.”But make no mistake: Despite the bill’s name and the exhortations of its admirers, STRR is another status quo bailout, plain and simple.It follows in a long line of short-term bailouts that do nothing to fix the chronic overspending and misallocation...
  • McCain: Senate transportation bill would provide long-term certainty

    08/05/2015 10:10:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Arizona Capitol Times ^ | August 3, 2015 | John McCain
    Few things are as essential to economic growth and development as our nations roads. In a state as expansive as Arizona, riders understand the importance of having sound infrastructure, especially when it fails, as it did with the recent bridge collapse on I-10 in California not far from the Arizona border that continues to impact travelers across our state and region. Throughout history, providing for our nations infrastructure has been a central priority for both political parties. And, since President Dwight Eisenhower created the Interstate Highway System in 1956, our roads and bridges have served as the backbone to our...
  • Obama signs short-term highway bill, faults Congress for inaction

    08/01/2015 8:16:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 31, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama signed a three-month highway bill Friday while chastising Congress for failing to approve long-term transportation funding and other legislative business before lawmakers summer vacation. We cant keep on funding transportation by the seat of our pants, Mr. Obama told reporters in the Oval Office. Its a bad way for the U.S. government to do business. I guarantee you thats not how China, Germany and other countries around the world handle their infrastructure.
  • Cruz: 'McConnell led effort to keep Planned Parenthood funding'

    07/28/2015 2:28:28 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 60 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 7/27/2015 | Garth Kant
    WASHINGTON Just days after publicly calling the majority leader a liar on the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has upped the stakes in his war on GOP brass by accusing Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., of spearheading the effort to keep taxpayer funds going to Planned Parenthood. In a statement that mentioned gruesome videos of senior officials of Planned Parenthood discussing the selling of body parts of unborn children, Cruz blasted McConnell for blocking an amendment by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, to defund the abortion provider.
  • Republicans on Road to Ruin With Highway Bill

    07/28/2015 5:08:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies ^ | July 28, 2015 | Stephen Moore
    Later this week, the highway trust fund officially runs out of money unless Congress authorizes more funding for roads and bridges. But the bill that is being pushed by Democrats and some Republicans is starting to look like a Republican Party Dunkirk that could infuriate conservative voters and even wind up costing the GOP the 2016 election. The $320 billion six year public works funding bill would raise government spending, increase taxes on businesses and possibly provide a new lease on life for the corporate welfare queen -- the Export-Import Bank. This happens every time a highway bill comes up...
  • House GOP to Senate: Were not taking up your highway bill

    07/27/2015 12:35:31 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 90 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 27, 2015 | Scott Wong
    The House will not vote on a multi-year Senate highway bill that revives the now-expired Export-Import Bank, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Monday. Were not taking up the Senate bill, McCarthy declared to a roomful of reporters in his office. Instead, McCarthy urged the Senate to take up a short-term House-passed bill which extends federal highway funding for five months, without renewing the Ex-Im Bank charter. He called the House bill the best option for Congress before money for highways, bridges and mass transit runs out on Friday. McCarthys declaration is a blow not only to the Senate,...
  • McConnell and Reid may have just set a 51-vote threshold for passing Obamacare repeal

    07/24/2015 11:17:28 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 145 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 24, 2015 | Timothy P. Carney
    Next week, Senate Republicans could pass Obamacare repeal with a simple 51-vote majority as part of the long-term highway bill, according to Sen. Mike Lee. The Utah Republican laid out the argument in a press release after party leaders set the sequencing of votes: "The first Obamacare vote on Sunday will have a 60 vote threshold, and Democrats will likely block it," Lee continued. "But thanks to the sequencing of the votes we just locked in, Republicans will have the opportunity resurrect that Obamacare amendment later on in the process, and put it back before the Senate in a manner...
  • Senate GOP setting up Obamacare vote on highway bill

    07/24/2015 7:02:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 24, 2015 9:55 AM EDT | Erica Werner
    Senate Republican leaders will use a must-pass highway bill to start another fight over the presidents health care law. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to introduce an amendment to the transportation bill to fully repeal Obamacare. [] The Senate is rushing to complete the highway legislation before states face a cutoff of highway and transit aid one week from now.
  • House passes short-term highway fix; Congress plans still in flux before July 31 deadline

    07/16/2015 8:30:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 15, 2015 | Tom Howell, Jr.
    The House approved $8 billion in highway funding Wednesday to keep projects moving past a July 31 deadline and buy enough time to negotiate the long-term bill lawmakers really want. But the measure is now on a collision course with the Senate, where Republicans sketched out a more ambitious bill that would pump tens of billions of dollars in new funding in coming years. House GOP leaders said they would eventually like a six-year bill. But for now, they asked members to swallow hard and support a five-month extension through Dec. 18, saying negotiations on the bigger bill could take...
  • Pelosi demands highway funding bill in return for trade support

    06/12/2015 6:31:42 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 12, 2015 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Just hours after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., helped sink President Obama's trade agenda, she indicated that more Democrats might be willing to support trade if Congress passed a long-term highway funding bill. "The overwhelming vote today is a clear indication that it's time for Republicans to sit down with Democrats to negotiate a trade promotion authority bill that is a better deal for the American people," Pelosi said in a statement. "The prospects for passage of a such a bill will greatly increase with the passage of a robust highway bill," she added. Democrats have been demanding a...
  • Obama to sign highway bill

    05/31/2015 2:13:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 29, 2015 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama on Friday will sign a two-month extension of highway funding into law, the White House said. The measure prevents a sudden halt in infrastructure funding that was slated to begin May 31. But White House press secretary Josh Earnest criticized the stopgap bill as a punt and urged Congress to pass a long-term measure to fund road projects. Its the presidents view that the era of short-term patches ... must come to an end, Earnest told reporters. Earnest noted it was the 33rd temporary fix for highway funding since 2008. The uncertainty caused by that approach has led...
  • TIA talks highway funding, tire registration at event

    02/12/2015 10:10:29 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies ^ | February 11, 2015 | Miles Moore
    WASHINGTONHighway funding, tax reform and tire registration were the big issues tire dealers, repair shop owners and association officials discussed with Capitol Hill staffers during the Tire Industry Associations Federal Lobby Day on Feb. 5. Approximately 55 representatives of the tire retailing and auto repair industries participated in the event, which began with speeches from current and former members of Congress and progressed to one-on-one meetings with key staff persons in the offices of several top Washington lawmakers. With the Highway Trust Fund set to run out of money in May, passage of a multi-year transportation funding bill was the...
  • 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 Obamas pen. In addition to the $400 million the senator earmarked for his states 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 Boehners (R-Ohio) earlier plan to move a sweeping five-year, $260 billion package. But Boehners 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 ^ | 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 |
    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 companys...
  • 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 Senates 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, were 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 ^ | 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 cant we? Or maybe we can, but we havent 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. Its 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 youve 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, theyre 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 Orwells 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...

    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 dont 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 (160bn) 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.