Government, Business

House Democrats Risk Rift by Teeing Up Infrastructure Vote First

 A caution sign outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington Sept. 21 A caution sign outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington Sept. 21. (Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg News)

House Democratic leaders plan a Sept. 27 vote on the Senate-passed infrastructure bill, a move that risks deepening divisions in their caucus and dooming President Joe Biden’s economic agenda.

Billy House | Bloomberg News
September 21, 2021

Democrats Dare GOP, Link Debt Limit to Vital Spending Bill

The American flag flies above the U.S. Capitol Monday. The American flag flies over the U.S. Capitol Monday. (Ting Shen/Bloomberg News)

House Democrats will include a suspension of the U.S. debt ceiling in a spending bill needed to keep the government open past the end of this month, a risky move backed by President Joe Biden that assures a potentially damaging showdown with Republicans.

Erik Wasson and Billy House | Bloomberg News
September 20, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel

US House Democrats Edge Closer to $3.5 Trillion Budget With Transportation Bill Approval

DeFazio Rep. Peter DeFazio speaks at a past hearing. (House Television via Associated Press)

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives moved closer to realizing President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda after they advanced transit and climate change proposals in a transportation budget bill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 15, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

ATA President Chris Spear Optimistic About Infrastructure Bill

Chris Spear ATA President Chris Spear speaks with TMC 2021 attendees. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

CLEVELAND — American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear expressed optimism that the sweeping infrastructure package circulating on Capitol Hill will win approval, and praised the trucking industry’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
September 14, 2021
Government, Business

US House Kicks Off $3.5 Trillion Budget Process

Joe Biden President Joe Biden speaks during a briefing about the impact of Hurricane Ida in Hillsborough Township, N.J., on Sept. 7. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Infrastructure and climate change priorities of President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda will be considered when congressional lawmakers return to the nation’s capital the week of Sept. 13.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 9, 2021
Government, Business

Democratic Divisions Jeopardize Scope of Biden Economic Plan

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a news conference at the Capitol Wednesday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a news conference at the Capitol Wednesday. (Samuel Corum/Bloomberg News)

Democratic congressional leaders vowed to forge ahead this month with President Joe Biden’s economic plan despite deep divisions within the party and growing uncertainty about the overall size and scope of the tax and spending proposal.

Laura Litvan and Billy House | Bloomberg News
September 8, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Biden Pushes Infrastructure Plan With New York Flood as Backdrop

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy with President Joe Biden New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (left) and President Joe Biden discuss the impact of Hurricane Ida. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

President Joe Biden redoubled his push for a $1 trillion infrastructure bill on Sept. 7, using flood-stricken areas of New York and New Jersey as a backdrop to underscore the threat climate change poses to critical services.

Mario Parker | Bloomberg News
September 7, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Lawmakers Say Ida Damage Shows Need for Infrastructure Upgrades

Flooded street in NJ United States Geological Survey workers pull a boat as they look for residents on a street flooded in Somerville, N.J., on Sept. 2. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AP)

WASHINGTON — Shaken by haunting images of surging rivers, flooded roads and subways and other damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, lawmakers from both parties are vowing to upgrade the nation’s aging infrastructure network.

Matthew Daly and Hope Yen | Associated Press
September 7, 2021

Tennessee DOT Awards Largest Contract in Its History for I-65 Project

Traffic in Tennessee Work on Interstate 65 is expected to be completed by December 2025. (Tennessee Department of Transportation)

The Tennessee Department of Transportation has awarded a $160 million contract to widen Interstate 65, a key north-south route, the agency announced Sept. 2.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 3, 2021
Government, Business

Manchin Urges Pause on $3.5 Trillion Bill

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin “Let’s sit back. Let’s see what happens. We have so much on our plate,” Manchin said. (Al Drago/Associated Press)

Sen. Joe Manchin is demanding a “strategic pause” in action on President Joe Biden’s economic agenda, potentially imperiling the $3.5 trillion tax and spending package that Democratic leaders plan to push through Congress this fall.

Laura Litvan | Bloomberg News
September 2, 2021