Are Biden’s Plans for Electric Vehicles Worth the Money?
Infrastructure
Are Biden’s Plans for Electric Vehicles Worth the Money?
2021-04-14 20:12:29
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON - On Monday, Biden held an infrastructure meeting to work on a compromise between the Democrats and Republicans, but representatives like David Price, D-N.C., told reporters that, “the main obstacle for a bipartisan deal is how to pay for... Read More

To Pay for Green Infrastructure, Cities are Turning Stormwater Into an Economic Resource
In The News
To Pay for Green Infrastructure, Cities are Turning Stormwater Into an Economic Resource

This article was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Stormwater is a big problem for cities—and a growing one. Lots of urban surface area is impermeable, so stormwater can’t sink into the ground but instead flows through the city. Meanwhile, climate... Read More

Biden Wants Infrastructure Deal, But GOP Doubts Persist
Congress
Biden Wants Infrastructure Deal, But GOP Doubts Persist

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden wants Congress to know he's sincere about cutting a deal on infrastructure, but Republican lawmakers have deep-seated doubts about the scope of his proposed package, its tax hikes and Biden's premise that this is... Read More

White House Issuing Reports on States' Infrastructure Needs
Infrastructure
White House Issuing Reports on States' Infrastructure Needs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden White House is amplifying the push for its $2.3 trillion infrastructure package with the release of state-by-state breakdowns that show the dire shape of roads, bridges, the power grid and housing affordability.The figures in the... Read More

Biden's Big Infrastructure Plan Hits McConnell, GOP Blockade
Infrastructure
Biden's Big Infrastructure Plan Hits McConnell, GOP Blockade

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Congress are making the politically brazen bet that it's more advantageous to oppose President Joe Biden's ambitious rebuild America agenda  than to lend support for the costly $2.3 trillion undertaking for roads, bridges and other... Read More

Biden's 'Jobs Cabinet' to Sell Infrastructure as GOP Resists
White House
Biden's 'Jobs Cabinet' to Sell Infrastructure as GOP Resists

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is setting about convincing America it needs his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, deputizing a five-member "jobs Cabinet" to help in the effort. But the enormity of his task is clear after Senate Minority Leader... Read More

$2.2 Trillion Jobs and Infrastructure Plan Unveiled
White House
$2.2 Trillion Jobs and Infrastructure Plan Unveiled
2021-04-01 13:16:58
by Tom Ramstack

President Joe Biden unveiled his plan Wednesday for a $2.2 trillion government investment into improving the nation’s infrastructure. Biden described the plan as an effort to create jobs and make the United States more competitive while recovering from the economic... Read More

Eager to Build Infrastructure, Biden Plans to Tax Business
Infrastructure
Eager to Build Infrastructure, Biden Plans to Tax Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden wants $2 trillion to reengineer America's infrastructure and expects the nation's corporations to pay for it. The president travels to Pittsburgh on Wednesday to unveil what would be a hard-hatted transformation of the U.S.... Read More

Davis Moves to Expedite Major Infrastructure Projects
Infrastructure
Davis Moves to Expedite Major Infrastructure Projects
2021-03-24 16:01:05
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., is looking to get ahead of what could be a prolonged debate over infrastructure priorities and has proposed streamlining and expediting the permitting process to get projects moving faster. Davis is the prime sponsor... Read More

Infrastructure Investment Steers U.S. Out of Recession
Economy
Infrastructure Investment Steers U.S. Out of Recession
2021-03-17 20:05:07
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Congress sent clear signals this week that clean energy technology and the infrastructure to support it will provide a path to help the nation’s economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. In two hearings, economists and lawmakers bemoaned the... Read More

Experts Discuss Passing and Paying for Upcoming Infrastructure Bill
Congress
Experts Discuss Passing and Paying for Upcoming Infrastructure Bill
2021-03-17 13:38:11
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Democrats want to pass a massive multi-trillion dollar infrastructure bill, but there will be problems on the Republican side with the scope and cost of Democratic priorities. In the end, a bill without bipartisan support could be passed... Read More

House Panel to Begin Heavy Lifting on Infrastructure
Infrastructure
House Panel to Begin Heavy Lifting on Infrastructure
2021-03-15 23:19:50
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The House Energy and Commerce Committee will begin marshalling the Biden Administation's next big policy goal through Congress next Monday, with a hearing on a $312 billion infrastructure plan. The bill, called the Leading Infrastructure For Tomorrow's America... Read More

Pelosi Pledges Swift work on Major Infrastructure Package
Congress
Pelosi Pledges Swift work on Major Infrastructure Package

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday pledged swift work by Congress on a job and infrastructure package that will be "fiscally sound," but said she isn't sure whether the next major item on President Joe Biden's agenda... Read More

Railroads Want in on Biden’s $2 Trillion Infrastructure Proposal
Infrastructure
Railroads Want in on Biden’s $2 Trillion Infrastructure Proposal
2021-03-11 17:14:19
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The railroad industry moved closer Wednesday to becoming a big winner in President Joe Biden’s environmentally friendly policies. A House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee weighed options during a hearing on which passenger and freight railroad projects should get... Read More

CED Report Reveals Severity of America’s Deteriorating Infrastructure
Infrastructure
CED Report Reveals Severity of America’s Deteriorating Infrastructure
2021-02-19 19:43:33
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Neglected for too long, America’s severe infrastructure needs must finally be placed at the top of the U.S. policy agenda, the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board said Thursday. A new, comprehensive report, offers several policy recommendations... Read More

Reps. Schneider and Rice Promote Green Building Infrastructure
Climate
Reps. Schneider and Rice Promote Green Building Infrastructure
2020-12-10 16:04:29
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON. – Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C., introduced bipartisan legislation to help modernize America’s aging building infrastructure and spur more energy efficient investments. The Energy Efficient Qualified Improvement Property, or E-QUIP, Act will create an elective... Read More

Gov. Murphy Announces $161 Million in Grants for NJ Municipalities
State News
Gov. Murphy Announces $161 Million in Grants for NJ Municipalities
2020-11-23 18:36:30
by Sara Wilkerson

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy recently announced that the New Jersey Department of Transportation will be awarding $161.25 million in municipal aid grants to advance road, bridge, safety, and quality-of-life improvements. Over 540 cities and towns throughout the state will... Read More

Looking Ahead to Biden Era, Officials Eye Investments in Rail Infrastructure
Congress
Looking Ahead to Biden Era, Officials Eye Investments in Rail Infrastructure
2020-11-20 15:31:17
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Material conducted a hearing Wednesday exploring the Surface Transportation Board’s part in developments to the country’s passenger rail system.  During the hearing, executive officials from Metra, Amtrak... Read More

Army Corps Urged to Prioritize Upper Mississippi Water Infrastructure Projects
Infrastructure
Army Corps Urged to Prioritize Upper Mississippi Water Infrastructure Projects
2020-11-12 12:56:48
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – Reps. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., and Jason Smith, R-Mo., and Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., are leading a bipartisan, bicameral call for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to include funding for Upper Mississippi water infrastructure... Read More

WA-10: Marilyn Strickland (D)
House Watch
WA-10: Marilyn Strickland (D)
2020-11-02 07:04:52
by TWN Staff

About Strickland:  Marilyn Strickland was born in Seoul, South Korea. Her father, who fought in World War II and Korea, met her mother while he was stationed there after the war. If elected to Congress, she will be the first... Read More

TX-07: Lizzie Fletcher (D)
House Watch
TX-07: Lizzie Fletcher (D)
2020-11-02 06:12:29
by TWN Staff

About Fletcher:  Lizzie Fletcher has lived in Texas’ Seventh Congressional District nearly all her life, and has made her home and built her career in the district.  After graduating from St. John’s School in 1993, Fletcher went to Kenyon College... Read More

NY-24: John Katko (R)
House Watch
NY-24: John Katko (R)
2020-10-31 00:04:28
by TWN Staff

About Katko: First elected to Congress in 2014 and re-elected in 2016 and 2018, John Katko is a former federal prosecutor and Central New York native.  Katko spent over 20 years in his role as an assistant U.S. attorney. In... Read More

Counties Outline Priorities While Awaiting Infrastructure Bill
County News
Counties Outline Priorities While Awaiting Infrastructure Bill
2020-10-27 16:06:56
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Americans rely on public infrastructure like buildings, roads, bridges, and power supply lines every day. Some of the groundworks needed to operate society are handled by the federal government, some maintained by states, and a large portion owned... Read More

Shaheen Seeks Grants to Support Energy Efficient Infrastructure Projects
Transportation
Shaheen Seeks Grants to Support Energy Efficient Infrastructure Projects
2020-10-14 18:44:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., is pushing to kick-start the creation of a new infrastructure grant program that would improve the energy efficiency of the U.S. transportation sector while boosting the nation's competitiveness in the global marketplace. A new... Read More

For Democrats, Infrastructure Equals Fighting Climate Change and Creating Jobs
Energy
For Democrats, Infrastructure Equals Fighting Climate Change and Creating Jobs

WASHINGTON — In Democratic politics, and infrastructure and fighting climate change have become increasingly synonymous: You can’t have one without the other. Take the $494 billion surface transportation bill that House Democrats passed July 1. Republicans criticized it as an... Read More

Not So Strange Bedfellows: Trade Unions, Private Equity Group, Form New Partnership
Infrastructure
Not So Strange Bedfellows: Trade Unions, Private Equity Group, Form New Partnership
2020-09-08 23:34:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It was the kind of announcement that makes one stop and wonder if they'd heard it right. While unions have profitably invested in private equity firms as part of their portfolio for years, the general belief about the... Read More

Critical Deadlines Loom for Highways, Airlines and Transit
Infrastructure
Critical Deadlines Loom for Highways, Airlines and Transit

WASHINGTON — With just weeks left in the legislative year, Congress faces two big transportation deadlines on Sept. 30, a transportation to-do list and potentially dire consequences if it does not act. Without congressional involvement, airlines have signaled they will... Read More

Policymakers Discuss Planning for the Future of Transportation
Infrastructure
Policymakers Discuss Planning for the Future of Transportation
2020-08-24 15:46:22
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — News website Axios convened a panel of local and national policymakers to discuss the future of transportation in the wake of COVID-19 including how decision-makers are retooling public transit to be safe and sustainable. “When I think about... Read More

Trump Loosens Environmental Rules to Fast-Track Infrastructure Permits
Infrastructure
Trump Loosens Environmental Rules to Fast-Track Infrastructure Permits
2020-07-15 21:16:32
by Jacob Pederson

President Donald Trump announced he is loosening the National Environmental Policy Act in a bid to speed up permitting of federal infrastructure projects ranging from highway upgrades to the construction of oil and natural gas pipelines. The president announced the... Read More

House to Vote Wednesday on Massive Infrastructure Bill
Congress
House to Vote Wednesday on Massive Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON — The House will cut short its work week and vote Wednesday on a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill that Democrats hail as transformative and Republicans dismiss as doomed. The House had originally scheduled votes for Thursday, but late Tuesday... Read More

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