Obama Pushes for Clean Highway Bill Extension

By: Wednesday August 31, 2011 7:30 am

The White House is getting an early jump on the House Republicans’ next potential hostage-taking event, and perhaps learning something in the process. In an event today, flanked by AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka, Chamber of Commerce COO David Chavern and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, President Obama will call for a clean extension of the Highway [...]

The Looming Disaster: Expiration of Federal Highway Authorization Coming at End of September

By: Thursday August 25, 2011 1:03 pm

I don’t think there’s any question that the threat exists of a hostage-taking situation over the transportation funding bill, which expires September 30. Congress won’t even come back in session until the first week of September, leaving them precious little time for an extension. In addition, the new fiscal year begins October 1, so we [...]

Norquist Gives Blessing to Extending the Gas Tax

By: Wednesday August 17, 2011 7:30 am

Looks like we may dodge a bullet on the potential hostage situation over the extension of the gas tax. Grover Norquist, chief anti-tax shit disturber, says he won’t oppose the extension of the gas tax. This doesn’t mean the horde of Tea Party Republicans in the House won’t. But Norquist supported the final debt limit [...]

Voinovich to the Left of Green Groups

By: Monday August 9, 2010 9:20 am

Environmentalists have given up on a comprehensive bill to deal with a warming planet and are focusing on protecting the EPA’s carbon regulation scheme. The green groups are also moving staff into promoting regional carbon trading markets, and basically climbing down from the bigger goals. Realistically, that’s probably the right move; what the market will [...]

Jobs Bill To Be Paired With Lowering Of Estate Tax?

By: Tuesday February 9, 2010 12:56 pm

Via Chris Bowers, Harry Reid is claiming a breakthrough on a jobs bill that will have bipartisan support. Details are scant, though the bill will probably tax cuts and perhaps an extension of the highway trust fund: Reid told reporters the bill would be introduced on Tuesday, and that it would include an extension of [...]

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