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Keystone Pipeline Closer to Construction 

January 30, 2020

Trump administration moves controversial Keystone XL pipeline closer to construction (The Hill. 1/22/2020) 

The Administration has approved a right-of-way grant allowing for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline across 44 miles of land in Montana.   

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Our Crumbling Infrastructure is Putting People at Risk 

November 12, 2019

Scores of US dams found in poor condition, endangering thousands of people: analysis (The Hill. 11/10/19) 

The AP found in its two-year investigation that 1,688 dams were classified as high-hazard, meaning their failure could result in people’s deaths, and that thousands of people are at risk.   

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Fighting for Investments in Infrastructure 
November 5, 2019

Transportation Unions Fight for Investments that put Working People First (Transportation Trades Department Press Release. 10/29/2019) 

Transportation labor leaders have called for robust investments in surface transportation, passenger rail, and our nation’s seaports that put working people first. 

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Harbor Maintenance Bill Passes the House 
October 31, 2019

House Passes Bills From Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Sending Them to the Senate (House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Press Release. 10/28/2019) 

Bipartisan legislation to unlock the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund. H.R. 2440 successfully passed the House. The legislation enables the expenditure of approximately $34 billion over the next decade, which will allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge all Federal harbors to their constructed widths and depths. 

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Senator McConnell Urged to Act on Infrastructure
October 30, 2019

38 agencies and advocacy groups appeal to McConnell on America's Transportation Infrastructure Act (Roads and Bridges. 10/18/19) 

Many organizations, including the IUOE, sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) urging him to act swiftly on the America's Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA). The five-year, $287 billion act would yield a $37.9 billion increase above existing levels of highway investment, plus inflation. 

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Trudeau vows to build Trans Mountain Pipeline
October 29, 2019

Trudeau extends olive branch to Western Canada, vows to build Trans Mountain despite opposition (CBC 10/23/19) 

"We made a decision to move forward on the pipeline because it was in the interest of Canada to do so, because the environment and the economy need to go together. We will be continuing with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.” – Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau.

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Trump Administration seeks to weaken the Jones Act
October 28, 2019

DeFazio Responds to Yet Another Attack on the Jones Act by the Trump Administration (House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Press Release. 10/23/19) 

House T&I Committee Chairman, Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR), pledges to fight proposals by the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) to weaken the Jones Act.

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House Forms New Transportation Caucus
October 23, 2019

Reps. Takano, García, and Pressley Launch Future of Transportation Caucus (Rep. Takano Press Release. 10/17/19) 

The Future of Transportation Caucus will be dedicated to creating a vision for the future of our transportation system that emphasizes equity, access, and sustainability.

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U.S. Needs to Increase the Gas Tax
October 22, 2019

States Find Gas Tax Increases Still Not Paying for Infrastructure Funding  (ForConstructionPros.com, October 17, 2019) 

With no Federal gas tax increase in sight, 31 states have upped their gas tax prices since 2013 but it's still not enough.

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Infrastructure Lacks Leadership in Congress
October 4, 2019

GOP lawmaker: We're past point of doing separate infrastructure bill (The Hill, September 27, 2019) 

Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) recently said that separate legislation addressing infrastructure in the House will not pass in the near future, citing a lack of leadership on the issue.

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Pro-labor Bill advanced out of House committee
September 30, 2019

Committee Advances Bold Proposal to Protect Workers’ Right to Organize (House Committee on Education and Labor Press Release, September 25, 2019) 

A House Committee has advanced a bold proposal to ensure American workers can organize and negotiate for higher wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions.

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New Infrastructure Funding Program Proposed in House
September 26, 2019

The US needs to overhaul the antiquated way it funds its infrastructure needs (The Hill, September 16, 2019) 

Two members, a Democrat and Republican, of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, have proposed the creation of a federal Infrastructure Investment Fund to replace the old model of funding infrastructure.

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America’s Workers Need a Labor Union Comeback
September 11, 2019

America’s Workers Need a Labor Union Comeback (Bloomberg, August 6, 2019) 

Employees with more bargaining power would offset concentrated corporate power.

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Trump Finds a Brawler for His War on Workers
August 12, 2019

Trump Finds a Brawler for His War on Workers (NY Times Opinion, august 10, 2019) 

President Trump talks a good game about helping American workers but has pursued arguably the most anti-labor agenda of any modern president. Now he has doubled down by choosing for secretary of labor a corporate lawyer who has spent his career battling workers.

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Senate Committee Unanimously Passes Highway Bill
August 5, 2019

EPW Committee Unanimously Advances Most Substantial Highway Legislation in History (EPW Committee Press Release, July 30, 2019) 

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously passed a transportation bill. The bill authorizes $287 billion over five years, including $259 billion for formula programs to maintain and repair America’s roads and bridges.

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Senate working on long term Highway Bill
July 12, 2019

Senators Aim to Produce Five-Year Highway Bill before August Recess (Transport Topics, July 12, 2019) 

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee intends to consider a five-year highway bill, kicking off reauthorization of the FAST Act, a five-year highway law that expires in October of next year.

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Political Dysfunction responsible for Infrastructure’s fate
July 2, 2019

Former DOT chief laments lack of meaningful progress on future surface transportation bill at SMC3 (Logistics Management, June 25, 2019) 

Former Secretary of Transportation attributes the primary reason for lack of movement on a new bill to replace the current FAST Act, to a high level of political dysfunction.

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States need Washington to Act on Infrastructure
June 28, 2019

State Transportation Funding Boosts Can't Replace Federal Dollars, Road Builders Say (Governing, June 25, 2019) 

Dave Bauer, the CEO of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, says the Trump administration and Congress need to pitch in to help states accomplish their transportation goals.

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Our Infrastructure is Crumbling!
June 25, 2019

America's infrastructure is crumbling and these people are suffering because of it (CNN, May 20, 2019) 

The Democrats said they and Trump had agreed on a $2 trillion price tag for an infrastructure plan -- which would only be part of a national solution that could also include state, local and private action -- but precious little has been achieved.

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Trudeau Approves the Trans Mountain Pipeline
June 20, 2019

Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion may start in September (Reuters, June 19, 2019) 

Construction to expand the Trans Mountain oil pipeline could begin in September, assuming the next regulatory steps go smoothly.

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Trudeau to Decide Fate of Pipeline
June 18, 2019

Canada’s Trudeau to decide on controversial pipeline expansion. He faces political peril either way. (Washington Post, June 17, 2019) 

For more than five years, the Trans Mountain pipeline project has divided Canadians, sparking widespread protests, igniting an interprovincial feud and posing a major political headache for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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Infrastructure deal all but dead
June 13, 2019

Mulvaney downbeat on infrastructure, hopeful on Pelosi (The Hill, 6/11/2019)

Mulvaney conceded that the prospects of an infrastructure deal are all but dead after Trump walked out of a meeting with Democratic leadership last month.

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Centrist Democrats are Determined to Advance Infrastructure
June 11, 2019

Blue Dogs look to move forward on infrastructure project (The Hill, 6/11/2019)

Top members of the centrist Democrat Blue Dog Coalition are holding out hope for bipartisan accomplishments on pressing infrastructure projects.

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Pelosi “Optimistic” on Infrastructure Deal
June 4, 2019

Pelosi says she's 'optimistic' on infrastructure deal with Trump (The Hill, 5/29/2019)

Pelosi noted that Trump has said he wants to work on infrastructure in most of their past conversations in person or on the phone, leading her to "still feel optimistic" that it remains an issue the president is interested in pursuing.

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Congressional Caucus Calls for Raising the Gas Tax
May 30, 2019

The Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan working group in Congress, released a new report offering a few suggestions on infrastructure. The Caucus recommends indexing and modernizing the gas tax and expanding infrastructure-financing options.

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Dems will move on Infrastructure with or without Trump
May 23, 2019

Dems eye big infrastructure package, with or without Trump (The Hill 5/13/2019)

If Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump can’t strike an infrastructure deal, key Democrats say they should push their own partisan bill through the House ahead of the 2020 elections.

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Congress Looking at Gas Tax Alternatives
May 21, 2019

State, federal government considering ‘pay per mile’ tax plans (Q13 Fox 5/7/2019)

The idea of “pay per mile” tax plans are getting traction because there's just not enough money coming in from the gas tax. Electric and hybrid cars are better for the environment, but if fewer drivers are filling up, that's less money.

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Rep. Pappas Supports Increasing Gas Tax and VMT
May 17, 2019

Dem lawmaker calls for gas tax increase to help pay for infrastructure package (The Hill, 5/1/2019)

Rep. Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) is calling for a plan that would tax drivers based on how many miles their vehicles travel, saying it could help pay for a proposed bipartisan infrastructure package.

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U.S. Infrastructure in Desperate Need of Congressional Leadership
May 14, 2019

U.S. Infrastructure Shows the Effects Of Neglect, Smith Says  (NPR, 4/30/2019)

The federal gas tax hasn't been increased since 1993. It's 18.5 cents a gallon. It was increased under Clinton. It was increased under H.W. Bush. It was increased under Reagan. But it hasn't been increased since 1993, and we're trying to pay for current infrastructure with those dollars.

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90% Want Congress to Fix Infrastructure
May 13, 2019

Congress needs to raise gas tax to maintain our crumbling bridges and roads  (San Francisco Chronicle, 4/29/2019)

The real story here is the abject failure over many years by elected officials, particularly at the federal level, to make the investments necessary to keep our infrastructure in a state of good repair.

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Republican Congressman Calls for Doubling the Gas Tax
May 9, 2019

Trump ally in House calls for doubling gas tax to pay for infrastructure  (The Hill, 5/1/2019)

Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) is urging Congress to double the 18.4-cents-per-gallon gasoline tax, which has not been raised in more than a quarter century.

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McConnell Against Funding Infrastructure by Taxing the Rich
May 3, 2019

McConnell: Changes to tax law to fund infrastructure a 'non-starter'  (The Hill, 5/1/2019)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that proposals to pay for infrastructure improvements by rolling back 2017 tax cuts were off the table.

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GOP Skeptical about $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan
May 1, 2019

GOP voices skepticism about viability of $2T infrastructure deal (The Hill, 4/20/2019)

Republicans are skeptical that any $2 trillion infrastructure deal will emerge from talks between the White House and Democratic leaders in Congress.

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Trump and Congress to work towards a $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan
April 30, 2019

Schumer and Pelosi say Trump agreed to $2T price tag for infrastructure plan (Politico, 4/30/2019)

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday that Democratic leaders and President Donald Trump had all agreed on $2 trillion plan to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure.

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Stop Playing Politics with the Gateway Project
April 24, 2019

Trump Administration Scolded for Not Spending on NYC Rail Project (Bloomberg, 4/10/2019)

The chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee sharply criticized the Trump Administration for not including “even 1 cent” for the Gateway Project in their 2020 Transportation budget.

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Everything is on the table for Infrastructure Funding
April 17, 2019

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Reminds House Panel: White House Open to All Infrastructure Funding Options (Transport Topics, 4/10/2019)

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao testified before Congress that “everything is on the table” in terms of paying for an infrastructure bill.

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Koch’s spending big to defeat proposed gas tax
April 12, 2019

Koch network launches ad campaign opposing Trump's proposed gas tax (The Hill, 4/11/2019)

The Koch-backed group Americans for Prosperity will begin running digital ads in 30 districts across 20 states pressuring key lawmakers to oppose a gas tax hike.

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Energy Infrastructure Getting a Boost
April 11, 2019

Trump moves to ease barriers to natural gas pipeline construction (The Hill, 4/10/2019)

The President signed two executive orders meant to eliminate hurdles to new and existing natural gas pipeline construction across the U.S.

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Executive Order on Promoting Energy Infrastructure and Economic Growth (April 10, 2019)

Order on the Issuance of Permits with Respect to Facilities and Land Transportation Crossings at the International Boundaries of the United States (April 10, 2019)

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Raise the Gas Tax!
April 8, 2019

Is the cost of your gasoline about to rise? Washington looks ready to talk about a tax hike (McClatchy, 4/3/2019)

Last week, President Donald Trump’s transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, told senators that a gas tax hike was on the table when asked whether the White House would support such a move.

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Americans cross structurally deficient bridges 178 million times daily
April 5, 2019

Fixing US bridges will take 80 years if current rate of progress continues: report (The Hill 4/3/2019)

Of 616,087 bridges across the country, 47,052, nearly 8 percent, are “structurally deficient” and in urgent need of repair.

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Agreement on Transportation Funding is a Challenge
April 4, 2019

Lawmaker: Finding bipartisan funding for surface infrastructure a ‘challenge’ (The Trucker 4/1/2019)

“The world of transportation has changed and the way we are supposed to pay for it is changing.”  - Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, Chair, House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.

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Infrastructure Bill Needed Now!
April 1, 2019

Thousands of US bridges are 'structurally deficient' as pace of repair slows to lowest point in five years, industry group says (CNBC 4/1/19)

Nearly 235,000, or some 38 percent of all U.S. bridges, need repair, replacement or major rehab, according to an analysis of federal data by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.

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How will Congress Pay for Infrastructure?
March 12, 2019

Infrastructure Bill Seen as Difficult to Pass Amid Funding Disputes(Bloomberg, 3/6/19)

“And while everybody wants to invest in infrastructure, it is more problematic from many perspectives of how you pay for that.” – House Majority Leader

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Fix the Highway Trust Fund
March 11, 2019

5 ways Congress may try to fix the Highway Trust Fund (Roll Call, 3/6/19)

For the past decade better mileage for cars and trucks and slower growth in the number of miles Americans traveled combined to produce less revenue than Congress voted to spend.

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August is Do-or-Die month for Infrastructure Bill
March 6, 2019

Rep. Sam Graves: August Do-or-Die Month for Infrastructure Bill in 2019 (The Hill, 2/25/19)

Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), and Sam Graves (R-Mo.), T&I’s chairman and ranking member, respectively, plan to outline a variety of funding options for Congress to choose from in upcoming infrastructure legislation.

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Governors are ready for an Infrastructure Bill
March 4, 2019

Governors bullish on infrastructure after Trump talks (The Hill, 2/25/19)

The nation’s governors are increasingly hopeful that a sweeping infrastructure package is possible this year after talks with the White House.

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Clock is ticking for Congress to pass an Infrastructure Bill
February 26, 2019

Congress resumes quest to fund infrastructure plan (Washington Post, 2/7/19)

Congress has a narrow window — perhaps less than a year — to achieve its infrastructure goals before it’s caught in the crossfire of the 2020 presidential election.

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Fix the Highway Trust Fund
February 13, 2019

Infrastructure Stakeholders to Congress: Fix the Highway Trust Fund (Transport Topics, 2/7/19)

Nearly a dozen stakeholders representing local governments and the freight and commuter sectors urged a House transportation panel to identify a sustainable source of funding for an infrastructure bill.

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The time is now to pass an infrastructure plane
February 11, 2019

Coalition urges Congress to pass bipartisan infrastructure bill (The Hill, 2/6/19)

A coalition of groups is urging House and Senate leadership to pass bipartisan legislation to improve the nation’s infrastructure systems.

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Congress not sure how to pay for Infrastructure
February 8, 2019

Lawmakers say Trump’s infrastructure vision lacks political momentum (The Hill, 1/31/19)

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle said that there is little political momentum in Congress for the significant infrastructure investment President Trump called for in his State of the Union address.

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President’s Infrastructure Plan Lacks Details
February 8, 2019

Trump Calls Infrastructure Investment ‘A Necessity’ (Transport Topics, 2/5/19)

President Donald Trump called investment in infrastructure “a necessity,” but a detailed articulation of a vision for rebuilding the country’s crumbling roads and bridges was absent from a much-anticipated State of the Union address.

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Infrastructure may be the one issue both parties can support
February 7, 2019

GOP senator says infrastructure reform is possible in divided government (The Hill, 1/31/19)

Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) told Hill.TV's "Rising" on Thursday that a divided government could be the perfect environment for Congress to pass bipartisan infrastructure reform.

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House Transportation Committee hearing to focus on costs of delays
February 6, 2019

First House infrastructure hearing to highlight costs of delay (Roll Call, 1/20/19)

The House Transportation Committee will begin the legislative session with a hearing emphasizing the cost of delaying upgrades to the nation’s aging infrastructure.

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President Discussing Infrastructure Plan
February 4, 2019

Trump meets with Cabinet officials to revive infrastructure push (Reuters, 1/18/19)

The President is reviving efforts to win approval for a significant infrastructure plan lasting up to 13 years which would be introduced at the State of the Union.

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Democrats and Republicans need to come together on Infrastructure
January 25, 2019

Why Infrastructure Must be a Top Priority for the New Congress (Real Clear Energy, 1/18/19)

The American people need bipartisan legislation now more than ever to repair our nation’s crumbling roads, rickety bridges, congested airports, and outdated energy corridors.

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Federal Shutdown having Real Impact on Infrastructure
January 9, 2019

Highway and transit projects grind to a halt as the shutdown continues (Washington Post, 1/8/2019)

Highway construction projects across the country have been jeopardized by the federal shutdown as state officials hesitate to authorize projects planned for 2019 without the assurance of federal funding.

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