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Washington’s Infrastructure Improves to a C, ASCE Report Card Shows

View inside a Metro station View from inside a Metro station. Transit is one of the eight categories included in the report card. (American Society of Civil Engineers' National Capital Section report)

The nation’s capital received a C on a recent infrastructure report card issued June 15 by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
June 17, 2021
Government, Safety

Senate Commerce Panel OKs $78 Billion Highway Safety Bill

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) chairs a Senate Commerce Committee hearing June 16. (commerce.senate.gov)

Legislation that would dedicate $78 billion over five years for freight, trucking and rail safety programs was advanced by the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee June 16.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
June 16, 2021
Government, Business

Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan Gains Support

The U.S Capitol building in Washington (Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg News) The U.S Capitol building in Washington. (Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg News)

Prospects for a bipartisan deal on the biggest infrastructure package in decades improved on June 16 as 21 senators, including 11 Republicans, signed onto a bipartisan framework for a $579 billion package.

Erik Wasson and Laura Litvan | Bloomberg News
June 16, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel, TCA

Sen. Manchin Cites ‘Grave Concerns’ About US ‘Going to the EV’

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) Sen. Joe Manchin questions Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm during a hearing on June 15. (Senate Energy Dems/YouTube)

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, a conservative Democrat whose vote is key to any infrastructure deal in the narrowly divided Senate, expressed “grave concerns” June 15 about the Biden administration’s drive to boost adoption of electric vehicles.

Melissa Nann Burke | The Detroit News
June 16, 2021
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Democrats Prepare Go-It-Alone Approach on Infrastructure

Yarmuth House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth pauses for reporters after meeting with the House Democratic Caucus and Biden administration officials to discuss progress on an infrastructure bill. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Patience running thin, Democratic leaders are laying the groundwork for a go-it-alone approach on President Joe Biden’s big jobs and families infrastructure plans even as the White House continues negotiating with Republicans on a much more scaled-back $1 trillion proposal.

Lisa Mascaro and Kevin Freking | Associated Press
June 16, 2021
Government, Business

Dems, White House Give Infrastructure Compromise One Last Chance

The U.S. Capitol is seen from the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington on June 9. The U.S. Capitol is seen from the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington on June 9. (Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg News)

The White House is giving bipartisan talks on a compromise infrastructure package another week to 10 days to bear fruit and is prepared to endorse a Democrat-only route if that effort fails, according to House lawmakers.

June 15, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

Cabinet Secretaries Launch Roadshow to Sell Biden Infrastructure Plan

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh visits the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh visits the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in southeast Washington on May 19. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press)

Marty Walsh and a handful of other Cabinet secretaries have launched an ambitious travel schedule to promote the infrastructure plan and the larger Biden agenda.

Ashraf Khalil | Associated Press
June 14, 2021
Government, Business

From Boardwalks to Bridges, Earmarks Find a Home in House Highway Bill

Rep. Andy Kim of New Jersey Andy Kim by J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press via Bloomberg News

Whether it's $400,000 for boardwalk improvements on the Jersey Shore or $8 million to fix a freight bottleneck between two bridges in Louisiana, earmarks are part of the process of getting legislation passed. And so it is with the highway bill that is expected to reach the House floor by July 4. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
June 14, 2021
Government, Business

Pay-as-You-Go Surprise: GOP Backs VMT Fees While Democrats Balk

A construction worker on the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C. A construction worker on the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C. (Al Drago/Bloomberg News)

The debate over how to pay for the nation’s roads, bridges and transit systems is leading some normally anti-tax Republicans to embrace higher levies on motorists — even a new one based on miles driven instead of fuel purchased.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
June 11, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Senators Eye $579 Billion in New Infrastructure Spending, $1 Trillion Plan

Romney Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said the package does propose that the gas tax be indexed to rise at the rate of inflation. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators is eyeing an infrastructure deal with $579 billion in new spending as negotiators try to strike a nearly $1 trillion deal on President Joe Biden’s top priority, according to those briefed on the plan.

Lisa Mascaro and Kevin Freking | Associated Press
June 11, 2021

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