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  • Longtime Minnesota congressman Oberstar dies at 79

    05/03/2014 12:37:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 3, 2014 2:03 PM EDT | Amy Forliti
    Former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, who represented northeastern Minnesota for 36 years and brought millions of dollars to the state as chair of the powerful House Transportation Committee, died unexpectedly early Saturday morning. He was 79. A statement released by his family said Oberstar died in his sleep. A cause of death was not provided. His former chief of staff, Bill Richard, said Oberstar died at his home in Potomac, Maryland. […] Oberstar, a Democrat, was elected to Congress in 1974 and served 18 terms—the state’s longest-serving member of Congress. Oberstar became chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee...
  • $4 million to make walking to school safer - and no one's walking

    09/26/2011 5:43:52 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 29 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 9-25-11 | bob shaw
    The history of the federal program is a cautionary tale about changing public behavior - even when the public agrees with the goals. It was created by former Minnesota Rep. Jim Oberstar in 2000. Oberstar was appalled at the steep increases in childhood obesity and diabetes. At the same time, he learned that 75 percent of children's trips away from home were in motor vehicles, up from 40 percent in the 1960s. "We have a generation of mobility-challenged children," he said.
  • Chip Cravaack gets ready to report for duty [first Republican in MN's 8th District since 1947]

    11/13/2010 6:33:52 AM PST · by rhema · 10 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | Nov. 13, 2010 | KEVIN DIAZ and ERIC ROPER
    Chip Cravaack, an ex-Navy pilot, was driving down the road, obeying a call from afar. It was a hot day in August 2009, at the peak of Tea Party fervor. A radio talk show host was railing against the Democrats' health care plan: Visit your congressman -- the talker said -- demand a town hall meeting. "I had my kids in the back of the car," recalls Cravaack, 51, a self-described stay-at-home dad with two boys, ages 8 and 6. "I was going down Highway 14, towards North Branch." It was a trip that would put Cravaack on a course...
  • Oberstar as U.S. Secretary of Transportation? (Jeez...)

    11/04/2010 7:49:25 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 15 replies
    President Obama did not let Rep. Jim Oberstar’s 35-years in Congress pass without comment – or without prompting rampant speculation about his future. An aide to the Iron Range DFLer, known as "Mr. Transportation" in Washington, said the president called at breakfast Wednesday morning as Oberstar was digesting the news of his first loss in 19 elections. It appeared to be part of a long round of calls to defeated Democratic lawmakers. Staffers who were gathered with Oberstar at the Duluth Holiday Inn heard Oberstar tell Obama, “Mr. President, I want you to know that while my service in Congress...
  • Three Powerful Democratic Chairmen Toppled

    11/03/2010 9:29:27 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies · 1+ views
    CQ Roll Call ^ | Nov. 3, 2010 | Christina Bellantoni
    Three longtime House Democrats holding gavels of power were defeated Tuesday night, with Republicans ousting Members with 98 years of combined experience who served as top lieutenants to Speaker Nancy Pelosi . Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman James Oberstar (Minn.), Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton (Mo.) and Budget Chairman John Spratt (S.C.) all lost as Republicans regained control of the chamber in a wave that has ousted at least 60 Democrats.
  • Oberstar ousted after nearly four decades

    11/03/2010 6:04:29 AM PDT · by rhema · 37 replies · 3+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | 11/3/10 | KEVIN DIAZ and SARAH LEMAGIE
    Rep. Jim Oberstar, who for 18 terms represented one of the safest Democratic seats in the nation, was swept out of office by Republican Chip Cravaack, a newcomer to politics. Cravaack won 48 percent to 47 percent. Nobody thought it would be this close. Certainly not DFL stalwart Oberstar, a lion of Iron Range politics for the past four decades. Nobody, that is, except Cravaack, a newcomer to politics who seemed to be giving Oberstar the fight of his political life. Oberstar, a powerful transportation committee chairman who has delivered millions of dollars in pork-barrel projects to his northern Minnesota...
  • AP calls Chip Cravaack (R) beating Oberstar in MN08

    11/03/2010 2:14:35 AM PDT · by Kaosinla · 11 replies
    AP | 11/03/10 | Me
    What an upset!!!
  • Oberstar's Out: Minn. House Dean Falls To GOP Tide (Chip Cravaack wins MN-08)

    11/03/2010 2:17:41 AM PDT · by Qbert · 38 replies
    AP via WCCO-TV ^ | 11/3/2010 | AP
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP)- Democratic Rep. Jim Oberstar is out. The dean of Minnesota's congressional delegation and the powerful chairman of the House Transportation Committee has been defeated by newcomer Chip Cravaack.
  • Cravaack takes lead over Oberstar (MN-08)

    11/03/2010 12:20:37 AM PDT · by Qbert · 24 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | 11/3/2010 | Candace Renalls & Mike Creger
    Long-serving Democrat Rep. Jim Oberstar is narrowly trailing Republican Chip Cravaack as he tries to hold on to his Northeastern Minnesota congressional seat. With 49 percent of precincts counted early today, the former Navy pilot Cravaack took a lead of about 1,200 votes out of more than 135,000 cast. Oberstar has never gotten less than 59 percent of the vote in the heavily DFL district. But Cravaack built momentum by portraying Oberstar as out of touch with the district and complicit in federal overspending. On Tuesday, Oberstar walked into his election night party in Duluth predicting “ a good night,...
  • KSTP/SurveyUSA Poll: Oberstar in Tight 8th District Race (Oberstar 47%, Cravaack 46%)

    10/29/2010 6:39:17 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 26 replies
    KSTP ^ | 10/29/10
    A Minnesota congressman nearly untouchable for years may be in for the fight of his life. A new KSTP/SurveyUSA poll shows 8th Congressional District Rep. Jim Oberstar leads Republican challenger Chip Cravaack by only one percentage point - 47 to 46. Oberstar, who was first elected to the House in 1974, has not received less than 59 percent of the vote in 18 elections. Steven Schier of Carleton College says Oberstar's votes on three key issues are hurting him: health care, cap and trade and federal stimulus funding. In the KSTP/SurveyUSA poll, Cravaack gets 87 percent of Republicans, while Oberstar...
  • Grant awarded for work on trail from Twin Ports to Twin Cities

    11/01/2010 12:31:31 PM PDT · by DManA · 6 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | November 1, 2010 | News Tribune staff,
    The Federal Highway Administration has awarded a $565,931 grant to continue work to complete the Twin Cities-Twin Ports [Bicycle] Trail, Rep. Jim Oberstar’s office announced today. . . . “With this funding, we are one step closer to the fulfillment of my vision to link Duluth and the Twin Cities with a trail that will provide enormous recreational opportunities as well economic opportunities for tourism,” Oberstar said in a news release. “I am delighted that we are continuing to make progress to finalize this wonderful trail connection and to see this work begin in Pine County.”
  • In MN-08, Indys Break Sharply Republican, Give DFL Incumbent Oberstar Tightest Fight of His Career

    10/30/2010 7:15:31 AM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 9 replies
    SurveyUSA ^ | 10/30/2010 | Staff
    DFL congressman Jim Oberstar, accustomed to winning with 65% or more of the vote in Minnesota's 8th Congressional District, finds himself running even with Republican challenger Chip Cravaack, heading into the final weekend of the campaign, a new SurveyUSA poll conducted for KSTP-TV in Minneapolis shows. Today, it's 47% Oberstar, 46% Cravaack, a result within the survey's theoretical margin of sampling error.
  • Oberstar (D-MN) Loses Endorsement from Area's Largest Newspaper for the 1st Time in 30-Years

    10/28/2010 2:00:18 PM PDT · by wrrock · 7 replies
    ButAsForMe ^ | 10/28/2010 | ButAsForMe
    He just lost the endorsement of the largest newspaper in his area, The Duluth News-Tribune, for the first time in 30 years. Citing the lack of financial restraint by the incumbent, The Duluth News Tribune emphasized Oberstar’s rubber-stamp of Obama’s policies on cap and trade, health care reform, continuation of the war in Afghanistan, and the resulting increase of unemployment.
  • Video: Dem Congressman- Cap And Trade Would Create A “Carbon Regime”

    10/21/2010 9:08:49 AM PDT · by · 8 replies
    During a debate with Republican Chip Craavak in Minnesota’s 8th district, 18-term Congressman James Oberstar said that Cap and Trade would create a ‘carbon regime’.
  • Crowd steals the show at Oberstar, Cravaack debate (RAT gets shouted down on Obamacare)

    10/21/2010 6:19:48 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Minnesota Public Radio ^ | 10/19/10 | Bob Kelleher
    Crowd steals the show at Oberstar, Cravaack debateby Bob Kelleher, Minnesota Public Radio October 19, 2010 Duluth, Minn. — The crowd stole the show Tuesday at a raucous 8th District Congressional Debate in Duluth. A boisterous and partisan crowd interrupted, cheered and jeered both Rep. Jim Oberstar, a Democrat and his Republican Challenger Chip Cravaack. More than 1,500 people packed the auditorium of the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center for the debate, co-sponsored by the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce, St. Luke's Hospital and the Duluth News Tribune. Cravaack, 51, is a retired naval officer and political newcomer. His Campaign...
  • Oberstar's Congressional Race Is A Prime Example Of The Democrats Upcoming Demise

    10/20/2010 7:22:33 AM PDT · by OneVike · 24 replies
    ChicoER ^ | 10/20/10 | Chuck Wolk
    Twice the venue had to be changed just to accommodate the crowd of 1,800 that attended the debate. Eventually they settled on the Duluth Convention Center. Needles to say, Cravaack's supporters showed up in force and they made sure that Oberstar knew they were there. The Duluth News Tribune reported that his supporters were rowdy and angry, but I truly wonder how much of the reporting was biased to make Chip's supporters look bad. After all, we have plenty of proof that the MSM has been trying to make Tea Party members and other supporters of conservative look like...
  • Crowd gets raucous at Oberstar-Cravaack debate (Minnesota 8th CD Debate!)

    10/19/2010 7:42:31 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 10 replies
    Duluth (Mn) News-Tribune ^ | 10/19/10 | John Myers - Staff Reporter
    Jim Oberstar and Chip Cravaack didn’t just face each other this morning at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Auditorium, they faced angry mobs of their opponent’s supporters. Just seconds into the first comments by DFLer Oberstar, Cravaack supporters began to shout the long-term incumbent down with calls of "liar" and "Obama Junior." By the time challenger Cravaack’s turn came, Oberstar supporters responded in kind. Moderators asked for civility and respect, but the cat calls and jeering from a nearly-full auditorium continued through most of the 90-minute forum, often drowning-out candidates' answers over a faulty sound system that lacked volume. Oberstar...
  • Crowd gets raucous at Oberstar and Cravaack debate

    10/19/2010 12:54:35 PM PDT · by DManA · 11 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | October 19, 2010 | John Myers
    Jim Oberstar and Chip Cravaack didn’t just face each other this morning at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Auditorium, they faced angry mobs of their opponent’s supporters. Just seconds into the first comments by DFLer Oberstar, Cravaack supporters began to shout the long-term incumbent down with calls of “liar’’ and “Obama Junior.’’ By the time challenger Cravaack’s turn came, Oberstar supporters responded in kind. Moderators asked for civility and respect, but the cat calls and jeering from a nearly-full auditorium continued through most of the 90-minute forum, often drowning-out candidate’s answers over a faulty sound system that lacked volume. Oberstar...
  • Duluth News Tribune and Other Papers Endorse Horner(I-Mn, Not Just Taking Democrat Votes)

    10/18/2010 10:59:10 AM PDT · by Son House · 23 replies ^ | October 18, 2010 |
    With just over two weeks until Election Day, several Minnesota newspapers are endorsing the Independence Party's Tom Horner for governor. The Star Tribune's editorial board says Horner has the best chance to overcome partisan gridlock in St. Paul. The Forum of Fargo, the Duluth News Tribune and the Bemidji Pioneer also endorsed Horner Sunday. Polls have shown Horner well-behind both Democrat Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer.
  • Ouch: Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., has just one donor from his district

    10/16/2010 2:12:35 PM PDT · by Southnsoul · 26 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 16, 2010 | John McCormack
    Remember those signs that 18-term incumbent Jim Oberstar of Minnesota might be in trouble? First an internal GOP poll showed Republican Chip Cravaack, a former Navy and Northwest Airlines pilot, trailing Oberstar by just three points–42% to 45%. Then came a couple of surprising anecdotes: the AP reported a local union nearly endorsed Cravaack, and there was such interest in the campaign that the debate–scheduled at 8 a.m. on a Tuesday–had to be moved to a larger venue. Well, no surprise here, but it looks like we have confirmation that the interest isn’t being generated by Oberstar supporters. Politico reports...
  • The wreck of the Jim Oberstar? cont'd

    10/07/2010 12:56:35 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Powerline ^ | October 7,2010 | Scott W. Johnson
    We wrote here about the poll suggesting that Republican candidate Chip Cravaack was giving 18-term Democratic incumbent and porkmeister Jim Oberstar all he can handle in Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District. The internal Cravaack campaign poll showed Cravaack trailing Oberstar 42-45 percent, suggesting that Oberstar was, almost unbelievably, at risk of losing this race. Michael Barone vouched for the reputation of Public Opinion Strategies, the company that conducted the poll for Cravaack, and that was good enough for me. The poll was a stunner. The Oberstar campaign has been attacking it as a push poll. In a brief article yesterday, the...
  • Gallup’s astonishing numbers and the Lake Superior congressional districts

    10/05/2010 10:02:14 AM PDT · by MissesBush · 23 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 10/05/10 | Michael Barone
    Late yesterday, Gallup came out with new numbers on the generic ballot question—which party’s candidates would you vote for in the election for House of Representatives? Among registered voters Gallup shows Republicans ahead by 46%-42%, about as good a score as Republicans have ever had (and about as bad a score as Democrats have ever had) since Gallup started asking the question in 1942. However, Gallup also shows the results for two different turnout models. Under its “high turnout model” Republicans lead 53%-40%. Under its “low turnout model” Republicans lead 56%-38%. These two numbers, if translated into popular votes in...
  • The wreck of the Jim Oberstar?

    10/05/2010 1:02:52 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 12 replies
    Powerline ^ | October 5,2010 | Scott W. Johnson
    In "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," Gordon Lightfoot refers to "the gales of November" on Lake Superior. In Minnesota the shores of Lake Superior lie within the Eighth Congressional District. According to a poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies on behalf of Eighth Congressional District Republican candidate Chip Cravaack and released by his campaign yesterday, Cravaack trails 18-term incumbent porkmeister Jim Oberstar by only three points (42-45 percent). Will Oberstar founder on the gales of November 2? The POS poll has drawn the attention of Michael Barone, John McCormack and Ed Morrissey. I write to add these comments of...
  • Oberstar (D-MN) Will Back Final Bill (Breaks from Stupak group)

    03/17/2010 11:24:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 61 replies · 1,449+ views
    Politico ^ | March 17, 2010 | Patrick O'Connor
    Minnesota Rep. James Oberstar, an ardent backer of the House abortion restrictions, will vote for the final package after a further review of the Senate's language, giving top Democrats a critical endorsement as they lean on their rank-and-file to back the Senate bill.
  • Hamas' 54 Democratic Congressmen

    01/28/2010 4:33:09 PM PST · by Salem · 15 replies · 803+ views
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | 26 January, 2010 | Daniel Greenfield - Sultanknish
    Keith Ellison, widely hailed as America's first Muslim congressman, could more accurately be described as CAIR and Hamas' man in Congress. Congressman Ellison has been a regular presence at CAIR fundraisers and at pro-Hamas rallies in the United States. As a former member of Farrakhan's Nation of Islam , Ellison has enough anti-semitic and Islamist credentials to satisfy anyone, and had expressed openly anti-semitic beliefs in the past. Since Ellison got his start with CAIR , his attempt to provide support for Hamas is completely unsurprising. Both Hamas and CAIR are projects of the Muslim Brotherhood, which also helped...
  • Conservative group offers endorsement - for $2M (Claim Regarding American Conservative Union)

    07/17/2009 2:20:41 AM PDT · by BCrago66 · 41 replies · 970+ views
    Politico ^ | 07/17/09 | MIKE ALLEN
    The American Conservative Union asked FedEx for a $2 million check in return for the group’s endorsement in a bitter legislative dispute, then flipped and sided with UPS after FedEx refused to pay. In return for the $2 million, ACU offered a range of services that included: “Producing op-eds and articles written by ACU’s Chairman David Keene and / or other members of the ACU’s board of directors. (Note that Mr. Keene writes a weekly column that appears in The Hill.)” The conservative group’s remarkable demand — black-and-white proof of the longtime Washington practice known as “pay for play” —...
  • Dem (Jim Oberstar RAT-Minn) says tax cuts blunted the stimulus

    07/13/2009 11:17:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies · 757+ views
    The Hill ^ | 7/13/09 | Walter Alarkon and Kevin Bogardus
    Dem says tax cuts blunted the stimulusBy Walter Alarkon and Kevin Bogardus Posted: 07/13/09 08:29 PM [ET] Congress cut taxes by too much and did not include enough money for transportation projects when it passed a $787 billion stimulus bill this year, the Democratic chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said Monday. Rep. Jim Oberstar (Minn.) stopped short of saying Congress should move a second stimulus, as some Democrats have recently suggested. But he told The Hill on Monday that lawmakers could create jobs by passing his own big-ticket public-works legislation: a $500 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill....
  • Unqualified Immigrants Fixing American Planes?

    07/10/2009 8:27:31 AM PDT · by FromLori · 31 replies · 753+ views
    Calls to investigate the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are growing after media outlets revealed that immigrants with inadequate certifications may be working on American airplanes. In many cases, according to reports, mechanics who don’t even speak English are replacing qualified American workers. "We just have to bring them before Congress and ask them what they're doing,” said Texas Rep. Ted Poe of Houston. “I will ask Congressman Oberstar of the Aviation Committee to hold hearings with the FAA regarding this whole situation." WFAA-TV in Dallas and Fort Worth exposed the problems with an investigation in early July. “Reporters found that...
  • Kneecapping FedEx - Democrats carry freight for Teamsters and UPS

    06/09/2009 9:24:53 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 58 replies · 3,552+ views
    Washington Times ^ | June 9, 2009
    FedEx Express is learning what could be the Democrats' economic motto -- "Never Let Success Go Unpunished." Led by Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minnesota), the House on May 21 passed legislation that contains a hidden provision -- a mere 230 words -- that would hobble FedEx Express by completely changing the labor laws under which the company operates. Unless the Senate removes the language from the bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration, a mere dozen or so workers in just one city could hamstring much of the nation's overnight delivery service. Americans take for granted that things can "absolutely, positively ......
  • Top lawmaker wants mileage-based tax on vehicles

    04/28/2009 1:32:19 PM PDT · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 86 replies · 2,191+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 4/28/09 | JOAN LOWY
    1 Hr 45 Mins ago (SNIP) "I think it can be done in far less than that, maybe two years," Oberstar said at a House hearing. He was responding to testimony by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., who recommended that the transportation bill include pilot programs in every state to test the viability of a mileage-based tax. Blumenauer said public acceptance, not technology, is the main obstacle to a mileage-based tax. Pilot programs "would be able to increase public awareness and comfort and it would hasten the day we could make the transition," Blumenauer said. Oberstar shrugged off that concern. (SNIP)
  • Despite Critics, Tax On Mileage Gaining Speed

    03/10/2009 1:47:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 149 replies · 4,257+ views
    The Hartford Courant ^ | March 9, 2009 | Rob Hotakainen
    Despite opposition from the White House, a proposal to tax motorists on the number of miles they drive each year is gathering speed on Capitol Hill. Its popularity is increasing as Congress searches for alternatives to the federal gasoline tax, which isn't indexed to inflation and hasn't been raised since 1993. Supporters say that a mileage tax would be a more reliable source of funding for the upkeep of the nation's roads and bridges. However, the proposal is raising privacy concerns—particularly if GPS devices were to monitor mileage—and opponents say that the last thing people need is a new tax,...
  • Oberstar and Mica Defend LaHood

    02/24/2009 5:05:41 PM PST · by Reaganwuzthebest · 11 replies · 852+ views
    TrafficWorld ^ | 2/24/2009 | TrafficWorld
    The leadership of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Monday came to the defense of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood after he was rebuked last week by White House spokesman Robert Gibbs over a comment about highway taxation. Oberstar and Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., the senior Republican on the transportation committee, said that a mileage tax would be one of the options that Congress will consider as it puts together a new five-year surface transportation spending program. Read More
  • Bush Extends Mexican Truck Program

    08/05/2008 5:53:56 AM PDT · by kellynla · 32 replies · 1,132+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 5, 2008 | Tom Ramstack and S.A. Miller
    Infuriated Democrats vowed Monday to kill a pilot program that gives Mexican trucks access to U.S. highways after the Bush administration - acting on the first day of Congress' summer recess - announced that it was extending the test project. Rep. James L. Oberstar, chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said the administration's maneuver was the latest attempt to flout the will of Congress on the matter, and said he will introduce legislation ending the program once and for all. "When Congress reconvenes in September, I intend to have the full House of Representatives approve our bill as quickly...
  • Panel OKs bill to end Mexican truck travel

    08/02/2008 9:09:31 AM PDT · by AuntB · 45 replies · 224+ views
    Union Tribune ^ | Aug. 1, 2008 | Paul M. Krawzak
    WASHINGTON – Opponents of a pilot project that allows Mexican trucks to travel throughout the United States took another step toward ending the program yesterday, when a House committee approved a bill to bar its continuation next year. The bill could get a vote by the full House when lawmakers return from their summer break in September. “We believe it's time to end the program,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., the chief sponsor of the bill. DeFazio blasted the Bush administration for ignoring a law passed by Congress last year to end the pilot program. He said lax safety standards...
  • Why the gas tax could go up (After the Election Expect an Increase in Fed Gas Taxes)

    07/28/2008 6:43:29 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 21 replies · 159+ views
    CNN Money ^ | Staff
    Oberstar, D-Minn., said his committee is working on the next long-term highway bill. He estimated it will take between $450 billion and $500 billion over six years to address safety and congestion issues with highways, bridges and transit systems. "We'll put all things on the table," Oberstar said, but the gas tax "is the cornerstone. Nothing else will work without the underpinning of the higher user fee gas tax." At the very least, the gas tax should be indexed to construction cost inflation, DeFazio said. The nonpartisan National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission concluded in a report this...
  • Infrastructure could spur new stimulus: Rep(Democrat)

    07/22/2008 5:44:15 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 19 replies · 180+ views
    yahooo ^ | 7/22/08 | reuters
    The U.S. Congress is discussing a second economic stimulus bill that could include nearly $15 billion in infrastructure spending, a senior member of the House of Representatives told Reuters on Tuesday.Rep. James Oberstar, a Minnesota Democrat who chairs the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said a stimulus package could include "accelerating" pay-outs of $9.5 billion from the federal trust fund dedicated to road construction and maintenance. "You can have 700,000 people working in three months. We should have done it this spring," Oberstar said in an interview. The money would go to funding more than 2,600 projects, he said. States would...
  • Fox News covering the Save the Delta Queen campaign

    07/19/2008 5:44:12 AM PDT · by iowamark · 9 replies · 199+ views
    Fox News Channel ^ | 07/18/2008 | Steve Brown
    Click on the link for a great video report on the attempt by Democrat Rep. James Oberstar and unions to shut down the 1926 passenger steamboat Delta Queen, which sails America's inland rivers.
  • Flying Congress' Not-So-Friendly Skies

    04/11/2008 5:31:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 152+ views
    IBD ^ | April 11, 2008
    Regulation: The chairman of the House Transportation Committee is threatening a federal takeover of the airline industry. That's typical Washington, where arrogance and ignorance are frequent running matesRep. James Oberstar, a Democrat from Minnesota, said Thursday that the leash on domestic carriers "is a very short one." "Public patience is running out," he said during hearings on flight delays and other customer service problems. We agree. Flying in this country has become a trial. But the problems, aside from the government's duty to be a competent traffic cop for air travel, are not Oberstar's, or Washington's, to fix. The federal...
  • Flying the Oberstar Skies

    04/11/2008 12:25:29 AM PDT · by gpapa · 3 replies · 97+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 11, 2008 | Editorial Staff
    Journal readers tend to get around, so there's a good chance that the person reading this editorial has been among the hundreds of thousands of travelers stuck on a tarmac or waylaid in a hotel by the recent wave of flight cancellations. And if you're wondering where to point the finger, we'd suggest Capitol Hill. Allow us to explain. After the Federal Aviation Administration fined Southwest Airlines more than $10 million last month for inspection lapses, Congress rounded up the usual scapegoats for some hearings. FAA officials told the House Transportation Committee that the Southwest situation was "an isolated problem,...
  • Oberstar chastises NTSB for 35W Bridge findings

    01/24/2008 4:57:30 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 7 replies · 47+ views ^ | 1/23/08 | Nicole Muehlhausen
    Congressman Jim Oberstar chastised the Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board Wednesday for publicly declaring the cause of the 35W Bridge collapse before the investigation was complete. Oberstar sent a letter to the NTSB Chairman Wednesday to raise what he describes as "serious concerns." Oberstar worries that because of what’s already been said, the final report on the cause of the bridge collapse could be tainted. "We do not today, know what caused the I-35 collapse," said Chairman Mark Rosenker last Tuesday. However, a few minutes later, he said the gusset plates on the 35W Bridge were the wrong...
  • Katherine Kersten: Could Oberstar sink the majestic Delta Queen?

    11/15/2007 12:25:01 PM PST · by Caleb1411 · 8 replies · 195+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | November 15, 2007 | Katherine Kersten
    For decades, the Delta Queen's tall stack has been a familiar sight in St. Paul and other river towns such as Red Wing and Winona. Children wave and a vintage steam calliope plays as the elegant 81-year-old steamboat majestically makes her way down the Mississippi, bound for ports including St. Louis or Hannibal, Mo. The Queen is the last steam-powered riverboat still carrying overnight passengers on American waters. With her Tiffany lamps and rare Siamese ironwood floors, she recreates a bygone era -- down to a bell from the steamboat that carried Mark Twain as he researched his "Life on...
  • Bridge bill pared from $25 billion to $2 billion

    10/30/2007 7:31:30 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 5 replies · 178+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 10/30/07 | Kevin Diaz
    Minnesota Democrat Jim Oberstar, bowing to political reality, unveiled a bare-bones bridge repair and reconstruction bill Tuesday without a 5-cent-a-gallon federal gas tax increase. The move by the influential chairman of the House Transportation Committee appears to end debate on Capitol Hill over a national gas tax hike in response to the Interstate 35W bridge tragedy in Minneapolis. Oberstar, saying "fixing bridges is more important than fighting the White House and the Senate," is now proposing a $2 billion federal bridge program, a far cry from the $25 billion initiative he had hoped to pass with a stepped-up gas tax,...

    08/23/2007 2:37:42 AM PDT · by Son House · 23 replies · 966+ views
    Minnesota Democrats Exposed ^ | August 10, 2007 | By Michael B. Brodkorb
    Congressman Jim Obserstar, who serves as chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, proposed legislation on Wednesday that would raise the federal gas tax by 5 cents. During the press conference on Wednesday, Oberstar lectured people who may not support a 5 cent gas-tax increase. Please watch the video clip below.
  • Oberstar Backs Edwards' Bid (Another Shocker From MN)

    03/28/2007 10:19:22 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 3 replies · 147+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 3/28/07 | Eric Black
    U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, D.-Minn., on Thursday announced his support for former Sen. John Edwards for president. In a statement, Oberstar hailed Edwards, the former North Carolina senator, as "trustworthy, honorable and dignified." He cited Edwards' commitment to universal health coverage, his anti-poverty agenda and his plan to end the Iraq war.
  • WSJ: Capitol Hill Blowout--Highways, bike paths, ethanol, "biomass"--Congress throws spending party

    07/29/2005 5:16:53 AM PDT · by OESY · 10 replies · 636+ views ^ | July 29, 2005 | Editorial
    President Bush had to twist a lot of arms to squeak his Central American Free Trade Agreement through Congress this week [as] Members prepared for the August recess by throwing themselves a giant spending party. Speaker Dennis Hastert... directed the House to pass a $286.4 billion highway bill. He expects Mr. Bush to sign this because it is "only" $2.4 billion more than the President's 2005 veto limit, which is "only" $28 billion more than his 2004 veto limit of $256 billion, which was "only" a 17% increase over the previous six-year highway spending level.... The bill is all about...
  • Dems’ losses linked to pro-choice position

    04/07/2004 3:37:52 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 5 replies · 246+ views
    BP News ^ | Apr 7, 2004
    Two pro-life Democrats in the House of Representatives have met with Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe to demonstrate the party’s majority in Congress evaporated as it became more entrenched in the abortion-rights camp. Reps. James Oberstar of Minnesota and Bart Stupak of Michigan provided the following statistics to McAuliffe in a March 4 meeting, syndicated columnist Nat Hentoff reported: In the 1977-78 Congress, Democrats possessed a majority of 292 seats, which included 125 pro-lifers. Now, Democrats hold only 204 of 435 seats, with only 28 pro-lifers. Oberstar and Stupak told McAuliffe pro-life Democrats could win Republican-leaning races in some...