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Getting Things Done: What's at Stake for Congress in the Transportation Bill

May 4, 2012 by Deron Lovaas

Did you see this eye-catching opinion piece about the polarization in Congress drawn from a new book by a couple of authors who wrote The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How to Get it Back on Track (which is worth a read as well)? There was another one in the same paper (the Washington Post) about...[read more]

Reckless vs. Responsible: Dueling Infrastructure Philosophies

April 19, 2012 by Deron Lovaas

Here's the state-of-play with transportation law:The Senate passed a bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, MAP-21, by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 74-22. This lobbed a nice easy proposal to the chamber on the other side of Capitol Hill, which has managed only fits and starts towards its own bill.Last week was Easter...[read more]

A House Divided: Transportation Law Delayed, Yet Again

March 28, 2012 by Deron Lovaas

It's only Tuesday and already it's another disappointing week for transportation law. The House GOP has shelved its 90-day extension due to - surprise! - inability to get the votes to pass it. A 60-day extension is in the offing now, with the vote slated for who knows when; they just pulled it back at the last minute, most likely due...[read more]

House Transportation Bill is Fiscally Reckless

February 9, 2012 by Deron Lovaas

This week we have confirmation that the Republican Leadership has hijacked the transportation bill, with Congressman LaTourette of Ohio confirming that the bill was written by Speaker John Boehner (although LaTourette himself, along with many others, doesn’t support it). This helps to explain why the bill is larded with extreme measures...[read more]

Are Republicans Turning Congress Into A Permitting Body?

February 1, 2012 by Frances Beinecke

House Republicans are once again talking about weighing down the tax relief bill with riders designed to force the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and block clean air standards. But, even these lawmakers seem to recognize the public won’t like their political maneuverings. Despite the trouble they got into in December over holding...[read more]

Worst. Transportation Bill. Ever.

January 31, 2012 by Deron Lovaas

Deron Lovaas breaks down why exactly the House Transportation Bill is bad for our environment, our transportation future and our pocketbooks.[read more]