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FAA Extension – Signed, Sealed, Delivered

President Obama signed into law the Federal Aviation Administration Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 on July 15, thereby allowing the Administration to continue operating until October 2017. The extension contains safety measures that set new medical screening requirements

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Posted in FAA, Transportation Legislation, TSA

Infrastructure Alert – October 1, 2013

As Congress has now failed to pass a continuing resolution to fund most federal operations, a government shutdown began this morning, the beginning of the federal government’s 2014 fiscal year. While exceptions are made for “essential” employees that are critical

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Posted in Amtrak, Articles, Government Shutdown, Infrastructure, Sandy, Transportation Legislation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C., WRRDA

Infrastructure Alert – July 24, 2013

Tomorrow, President Obama will deliver a speech at the Jacksonville Port Authority. The speech is expected to involve remarks on the nation’s infrastructure and how the Administration will advance infrastructure investment. This is his second speech at a port this

Posted in appropriations, Articles, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, gas tax, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure, MAP-21, P3, public-private partnership, TIFIA, TIGER, Transportation Legislation, Washington, D.C.

Infrastructure Alert – March 13, 2013

Sequestration began on March 1, and federal agencies are still in the process of sending out furlough notifications and determining specific program cuts.  The continuing resolution authorizing current federal spending will expire March 27, and without legislation, a government shutdown

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Posted in Articles, continuing resolution, FAA, gas tax, Highway Trust Fund, MAP-21, sequestration, Transportation Legislation, TSA, Washington, D.C.

Infrastructure Alert – January 3, 2013

  The 112th Congress adjourned before voting on any Hurricane Sandy relief bill. Although the Senate passed a $60.4 billion relief bill, the House did not hold a vote on it nor the Republican-backed alternative $27 billion bill.  After the

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Posted in Amtrak, Articles, FEMA, Infrastructure, MAP-21, Transportation Legislation, Washington, D.C., WRDA

Infrastructure Alert – August 9, 2012

  After failing to pass the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, Congress began its August recess on Friday with members of the House and Senate out of town until the second week of September. At the state level, Georgia voters shot

Posted in Articles, Budget Control Act, Coast Guard, cybersecurity, dredging, FAA, Georgia, Highway Trust Fund, Massachusetts, National Petroleum Council, New York, Obama, public-private partnership, sequestration, Transportation Legislation, TSA, Virginia, Washington, D.C.

Infrastructure Alert – July 24, 2012

On July 6, President Obama signed the transportation reauthorization bill, culminating a three-year stretch of bipartisan back and forth over highway and transit spending. Last week, the US Conference of Mayors released its annual U.S. Metro Economies Report which indicated

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Posted in Amtrak, Articles, Georgia, Infrastructure, Infrastructure Bank, New Jersey, New York, TIFIA, Transportation Legislation

Infrastructure Alert – June 28, 2012

Last night the members of the Congressional Transportation Conference Committee agreed on a bicameral long term transportation reauthorization bill.  House GOP leaders now have until Saturday at midnight to approve the bill prior to the expiration of the current financing

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Posted in Articles, FAA, Florida, Infrastructure, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, student loans, Texas, Transportation Legislation, TSA, Virginia, Washington, D.C.

Infrastructure Alert – March 13, 2012

  Washington, D.C., continues to arm wrestle over transportation funding legislation, as the Senate and House work to move competing legislation.  Last week saw support for the House bill crumble away, even as leaders tried to work out contentious provisions

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Posted in and, Articles, Howard Schweitzer, Infrastructure, Transportation Legislation, Washington, D.C.
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