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.

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
Government, Business, Safety

Biden Says ‘Sledgehammer’ Bridge Shows Need for Infrastructure Funding

President Joe Biden at a New Jersey Transit rail maintenance facility in Kearny, N.J., Oct. 25 President Joe Biden delivers remarks about the infrastructure bill at a New Jersey Transit rail maintenance facility in Kearny, N.J., Oct. 25. (Stephanie Keith/Bloomberg News)

President Joe Biden argued for his economic agenda in New Jersey on Oct. 25, pointing to a train bridge in the state that sometimes can’t be closed without the help of sledgehammers as a sign of decaying U.S. infrastructure.

October 25, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Biden-Manchin Meeting Makes ‘Progress’ in Bid to Break Deadlock

Manchin Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, speaks to members of the media. (Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg News)

The White House said President Joe Biden made progress on his big tax-and-spending plan in a meeting with key moderate Sen. Joe Manchin and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, though further talks among staffers will be needed.

October 25, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics

Infrastructure Battle Puts China Chip Bill on Back Burner

chips A 300mm silicon wafer at a display area in the semiconductor fabrication (fab) plant, operated by Robert Bosch GmbH in Dresden, Germany. (Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg News)

A bipartisan push to make the U.S. more competitive with China and bolster domestic chip production risks falling by the wayside as Congress grapples with a packed year-end agenda in an ever-more-divided Capitol.

Daniel Flatley | Bloomberg News
October 20, 2021
Government, Business

Biden Focuses on Climate, Families in Trimmed $2 Trillion Plan

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, surrounded by other lawmakers. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (center) and other lawmakers speak with the press Oct. 19. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Scaling down his Build Back Better plans, President Joe Biden on Oct. 19 described a more limited vision to Democratic lawmakers of a $2 trillion government-overhaul package with at least $500 billion to tackle climate change and money for middle-class priorities — child tax credits, paid family leave, health care and free pre-kindergarten.

October 19, 2021
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

In Reconciliation, Progressives Tout Climate Investments Amid GOP Pushback

Reconciliation Markey speaks during a news conference outside the Capitol Building. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

As Democrats work on a revised multitrillion-dollar budget package, Republican transportation leaders have ramped up their criticism of congressional leaders and the Biden administration.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 14, 2021