Transportation Infrastructure

By Jeff Berman · June 26, 2012
The Highway Trust Fund (HTF) currently takes in and pays out about $35 billion per year— excluding transfers from the Treasury General Fund. What started off as a user-fee system to pay for highway construction and repair has morphed into a large federal “cookie jar” that politicians use to direct money to their favorite causes while our highways and bridges deteriorate at an alarming pace. Now is the time to take the cookie jar back.
By Jeff Berman · June 25, 2012
United States Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the latest round of funding for the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) 2012 program. LaHood said that 47 transportation projects in 34 states and the District of Columbia will receive about $500 million in TIGER grant funding.
By Jeff Berman · April 19, 2012
While prospects of a new long-term transportation bill remain dim, the United States House of Representatives yesterday signed off another extension—the tenth since September 30, 2009—to keep federal transportation funding intact at current spending levels for 90 days through the end of September when the current one expires.
By Jeff Berman · April 6, 2012
While transportation infrastructure funding on a federal level continues to be strung along by a series of continuing resolutions to keep federal funding for surface transportation intact at current levels, one area which remains in high demand is the United States Department of Transportation’s TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant program.
By LM Staff · March 29, 2012
Earlier today, the United States House of Representatives and Senate signed off on respective bills that aim to keep federal funding for surface transportation intact at current levels, through the end of June, according to various reports. The measures will be sent to President Obama to be signed onto law This funding also goes toward road, bridge and mass transit projects and passed by a 266-158 margin in House and the Senate passed it by a voice vote.
By Jeff Berman · March 26, 2012
The topic of Congress getting its act together and passing a transportation bill was a focal point of President Obama’s Weekly Radio Address yesterday.
By Jeff Berman · March 21, 2012
With little chance of a new federal surface transportation bill getting signed into law before March 31, when the eighth continuing resolution of SAFETEA-LU expires, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee will introduce a thee-month extension.
By Jeff Berman · March 16, 2012
For those of you that thought the House would take up the recently-passed two-year, $109 billion Senate transportation bill, MAP-21, upon returning from recess next week, you will have to keep waiting.
By Jeff Berman · March 14, 2012
With federal funding for surface transportation set to expire on March 31, the Senate took a meaningful step today in looking to the future, signing off on the Senate’s Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) legislation by a 74-22 margin.
By Jeff Berman · February 10, 2012
The Senate yesterday voted by an 85-11 margin to move forward with Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), its two-year, $109 billion transportation bill.
By Jeff Berman · February 1, 2012
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee yesterday unveiled a five-year, $260 billion transportation bill entitled The American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act. This bill comes at a time when the current national surface transportation authorization, SAFETEA-LU, which is on its eighth extension at current funding levels since September 2009, expires at the end of March.
By Jeff Berman · January 19, 2012
With the United States facing historically high deficit and debt levels, it is not hard to see that these are not issues with lasting negative implications for the economic future of the nation. But there are steps that can be taken to get things at least moving in the right direction, according to David M. Walker, former U.S. comptroller general.
By Jeff Berman · November 10, 2011
The bill, entitled Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), vows to reauthorize U.S. transportation programs for two years at a cost of $109 billion and reform these programs to make them more efficient.
By Jeff Berman · November 4, 2011
Keeping surface transportation funding at its current levels through a series of continuing resolutions is not the way to move forward in an efficient manner, when it comes to preserving and building United States infrastructure, says Representative John Mica (R-Fla.), Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
By Jeff Berman · October 24, 2011
The two-year, $109 billion bill is entitled Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), which EPW officials have described as a “bipartisan effort that holds spending at current levels plus inflation, greatly increases leveraging of federal dollars, and modernizes and reforms the nation’s transportation systems to help create jobs and build the foundation for long-term prosperity.”

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