Infrastructure Bill Revives Debt Ceiling Concern

Security fencing around the U.S. Capitol building Security fencing around the U.S. Capitol building. (Samuel Corum/Bloomberg News)

A seemingly innocuous point in the Biden administration’s infrastructure bill related to the Highway Trust Fund has rate market investors once again sharpening their focus on exactly when the U.S. government might breach its borrowing limit.

Alexandra Harris | Bloomberg News
November 9, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Brent Spence Bridge May Finally Get Fix in $1 Trillion Bill

Brent Spence Bridge Completed Brent Spence Bridge project after repairs were needed last year. (Kentucky Transportation Cabinet via YouTube)

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Nov. 8 launched his sales pitch for his recently passed $1 trillion infrastructure bill, predicting that a notoriously congested bridge that sits in Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell’s backyard finally will get a long overdue overhaul.

November 9, 2021
Government, Business

Next Task: Selling Infrastructure, Getting Funds to States

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg as a White House news conference Nov. 8 As White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre (left) listens, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says his department soon will start doling out the first of about $660 billion in federal money. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)

President Joe Biden doesn’t need to look any further back than his time as vice president to grasp the challenges that lie ahead in promoting his new $1 trillion infrastructure deal to the American people and getting the money out the door fast enough that they can feel a real impact.

Alexandra Jaffe | Associated Press
November 8, 2021

Secretary Buttigieg Highlights Under-21 Trucker Apprenticeship

Capitol Agenda by Eugene Mulero

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg applauded an apprenticeship program meant to pave the way for commercial drivers between 18 and 20 years old to operate trucks across state lines.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 8, 2021
Government, Business

Biden to Sign $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill Nov. 15

A demolished section of Interstate 70 in Denver A demolished section of Interstate 70 in Denver. The legislation dedicates about $100 billion for highways and bridges. (Michael Ciaglo/Bloomberg News)

A $1 trillion infrastructure package that includes billions of dollars for roads and bridges and creates a program that will bring younger drivers into the trucking industry will be signed into law by President Joe Biden on Nov. 15, the White House confirmed.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 6, 2021
Government, Business

Biden, House Leaders Brokered Late-Night Breakthrough

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi meets with the press during a break in Friday's discussions Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, flanked by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md., left) and House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), addresses the media during a break in discussions. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives approved a $1 trillion package of road and other infrastructure projects late Nov. 5 after Democrats resolved a monthslong standoff between progressives and moderates, notching a victory that President Joe Biden and his party had become increasingly anxious to claim.

Alan Fram | Associated Press
November 5, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Cyber Official Warns ‘American Way of Life’ at Risk From Hackers

Jen Easterly Jen Easterly, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, appears before the House Homeland Security Committee. (House Homeland Security Committee via YouTube)

A top U.S. cybersecurity official offered a dire warning to members of Congress Nov. 3, saying the “American way of life” faces serious risks amid the drumbeat of ransomware attacks and physical threats to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

Jack Gillum and Rebecca Kern | Bloomberg News
November 3, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

AASHTO Pushes US House Vote on Highway Bill

Tymon Tymon testifies in front of Congress at a past hearing. (House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee via YouTube)

Congressional approval of a multiyear highway policy measure would enhance state transportation agencies’ ability to plan long term for infrastructure projects. That is the message from the organization representing the country’s departments of transportation.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 2, 2021
Government, Business

Congress Extends Highway Funding to Dec. 3

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi House Speaker Nancy Pelosi looks at a ring on her finger as she listens to a question from a reporter Oct. 28. (Andrew Harnik/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Congress approved an extension to Dec. 3 of the Oct. 31 deadline for transportation funds that were at risk of expiring, an action necessary after the House of Representatives failed to vote Oct. 28 on the $1 trillion infrastructure bill already approved by the Senate.

October 28, 2021
Government, Business

Pelosi Seeks Infrastructure Vote Today, but Progressives Resist

Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi after a House Democratic caucus meeting Thursday Biden and Pelosi following a House Democratic caucus meeting Thursday. (Ting Shen/Bloomberg News)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is pressuring House Democrats to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill as soon as today but is running into stiff opposition from progressives, who want to see the legislative text of a larger tax and spending package first.

Billy House | Bloomberg News
October 28, 2021