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(See update below) It’s common for Cabinet secretaries to leave a presidential administration after the first term, so Ray LaHood’s announcement today that he will leave his post as Transportation Secretary in 2013 should not be a surprise. But that doesn’t make it any easier. Many transportation advocates were skeptical, to put it mildly, in […]

Oct 13th, 2011 | Filed under Uncategorized

by Robert Cruickshank During the debate over the stimulus, it became clear that the Obama Administration planned to use the transportation bill reauthorization to offer the long-term changes in funding and modal priorities they had been promising. Unfortunately, the administration is getting cold feet on pushing the transportation bill this year, setting up a battle […]

Jul 16th, 2009 | Filed under Uncategorized

The US Congress is getting a reputation as the place where good ideas go to die. Although currently held by the Democratic Party, the real power lies with center-right Democrats who are generally skittish about significant change, and certainly wary of either spending money, finding new revenues for programs, or both. We can see this […]

Jun 29th, 2009 | Filed under Uncategorized

Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN) Rep. John Mica (R-FL) Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) Rep. John Duncan Jr. (R-TN) On Friday, chairman Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN) and ranking member Rep. John Mica (R-FL) of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure issued a press release and held a news conference on their blueprint for the next federal […]

Jun 20th, 2009 | Filed under Uncategorized