Congressional Leadership Makes Last-Ditch Effort on Surface Transportation Bill

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 11:35 am

Congressional leadership is getting antsy over the possibility of no highway bill for the year, and another in a series of extensions, which will likely depress construction spending and harm local vulnerable members back in their home district. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner asked both sides to iron out their [...]

House Still Deadlocked on Transportation Bill With Deadline Nearing

By: Wednesday March 28, 2012 7:35 am

We are four days away from the expiration of the surface transportation bill, and Congress looks no closer to actually getting an extension done. The House adamantly won’t pass the bipartisan Senate bill, but they also can’t seem to pass their own short-term extension: House Republicans on Tuesday failed for the second time in as [...]

House, Senate Bicker Over Surface Transportation Bill

By: Tuesday January 31, 2012 12:57 pm

House Republicans are honoring a deep tradition in American politics by trying to save their political skins and their majority through the passage of a highway bill. In past years these would be earmark-laden affairs designed to channel resources to particular districts and bolster the case for re-election. That’s not quite the case this year. [...]

Congressional Transportation Bills Mired in Squabbling Over Spending Cuts, Oil Drilling

By: Friday November 18, 2011 10:21 am

There are two big transportation-related bills awaiting completion in Congress. Yesterday Congress passed, and the President signed, the annual appropriations for the Department of Transportation, which included a zeroing out of funding for the Administration’s cherished high-speed rail project. The other two big measures are an FAA authorization bill, and a surface transportation bill. The [...]

House Passes FAA, Surface Transportation Funding

By: Tuesday September 13, 2011 2:20 pm

The House of Representatives today passed by voice vote a bill that would extend both the FAA authorization and the surface transportation authorization ahead for several months (FAA until the end of January, surface transportation for six months until the end of March). This represents a significant victory for those who didn’t want to see [...]

Mica Readies Bill to Pay Back FAA Workers Harmed By His Tactics

By: Tuesday August 9, 2011 2:17 pm

This is pretty unbelievable. Republicans were so slapped around by the FAA fight that they’ve initiated a bill providing back pay to workers affected by the partial shutdown. It looks like a legit bill. This would only apply to FAA personnel, not contractors or construction workers, but they will be paid on the basis of [...]

Mica Plays Martyr Card on FAA Hostage Taking

By: Friday August 5, 2011 12:09 pm

At the risk of linking to Dana Milbank, allow me to quote John Mica, the man who single-handedly sat the FAA on the sidelines for two weeks: “I’ve had a brutal week, getting beat up by everybody,” Mica told me, minutes after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced a deal that would end the shutdown [...]

And Also, the FAA Could Shut Down Friday

By: Wednesday July 20, 2011 1:11 pm

Because we didn’t have enough to worry about, the Federal Aviation Administration could shut down Friday, if Republicans insist on including certain controversial provisions into a short-term extension. Showing how Washington runs like a precision watch, the FAA’s authorization bill has been extended on a short-term basis 20 different times since 2007. The 21st short-term [...]

Florida Congresscritters Look to End-Run Rick Scott on High Speed Rail

By: Thursday February 17, 2011 1:28 pm

I noted yesterday that Rick Scott returned $2.4 billion in high speed rail money to the federal government, which would halt a planned project for an intercity link between Tampa and Orlando. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has dealt with this before with respect to Ohio and Wisconsin (there are those two states again), and he [...]

Mica Begs Passengers Not to Opt Out of Porno Scanners

By: Sunday November 21, 2010 4:13 pm

John Mica (R-FL), the incoming chair of the House Transportation Committee, has reduced himself to begging the public against Opt-Out Day. Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) urged airline passengers Sunday to not purposefully slow down airport security lines by refusing to go through body scanners. Likely the next House Transportation Committee chairman, Mica said he could [...]

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