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Entries in U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Commottee (2)


Mitch McConnell Casts Doubt on House‚Äôs Plan for Transportation Bill

New York Times

July 16, 2015

More than 30 times over the past six years, Congress has mustered the money only for short-term extensions of the federal highway trust fund, the equivalent of repeatedly putting $5 of gas in an empty tank.

With the highway fund set to hit empty on July 31, the House on Wednesday passed another modest squirt into the tank, an $8 billion, five-month transportation patch, by a vote of 312 to 119. It did so with a promise that by Dec. 18, Congress will pass — and President Obama will sign — a major overhaul of the international business tax code that will yield the money to fund a long-term transportation bill.

But that approach has one important doubter, Senator Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican and the majority leader, who thinks the prospects of such largess are about as likely as winning the lottery.   Read on…


House passes short-term highway bill

USA Today

July 15, 2015

(Photo: Cliff Owen, AP)The U.S. House approved a short-term, $8 billion transportation bill to keep money flowing to states for highway and infrastructure projects before funding dries up at the end of the month.

The five-month patch through Dec. 18 passed 312-119. Many Democrats opposed the GOP bill in part because they want a long-term measure and also because it did not include any language to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, which has become an issue in the highway bill debate.

Senate Republicans, meanwhile, are trying to come up with a counter measure, an $80 billion bill that would provide funds for several years. The Senate bill is also expected to include a provision to renew the Export-Import Bank, despite the objection of conservative lawmakers and activists. The bank has significant support in both houses, but many leading conservatives oppose it as crony capitalism.  Read on...