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December 4, 2008
Congressional Democrats, realizing that the opportunity to pass a massive economic stimulus package during the 110th Congress is shrinking due to time constraints, as well as resistance by Senate Republicans and the Bush Administration, are considering whether to convene the week of December 8 to take up a smaller stopgap measure to provide immediate relief to low-income households. Congress may also consider a rescue package for the automotive industry if a consensus can be reached.
November 14, 2008
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) notified Representatives today that the House will reconvene in lame duck session on Wednesday November 19. The Senate was already scheduled to meet next week and will convene on Monday November 17. It is unclear if either body will consider an economic stimulus bill. Speaker Pelosi apparently has suggested to Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) that the Senate take up the House passed economic stimulus bill which includes infrastructure funding of $34 billion.
November 12, 2008
The Senate will return next week in a lame duck session to address several legislative proposals, potentially including economic stimulus legislation. In the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has expressed the desire to go back into session to address stimulus legislation but she has not yet officially done so. President–elect Obama, in a press conference this week, urged Congress to pass stimulus legislation as soon as possible. However, President Bush has expressed skepticism about the benefit from this legislation.
November 12, 2008
Our Congressional supporters advocating for inclusion of infrastructure funding in the economic stimulus legislation have asked AGC for information about current conditions in the construction industry as well as the positive impact that would result from increased infrastructure funding. Please also take a few minutes to complete the brief attached survey. This information will be very useful in our efforts on Capitol Hill.
October 30, 2008
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October 30, 2008
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October 21, 2008
The Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) coalition met today with Mort Downey, former DOT Deputy Secretary and currently advisor to the Obama campaign on transportation to discuss the candidate’s positions on these issues. Mr. Downey presented a four page description of Sen. Obama’s positions which recognize the need to upgrade existing transportation infrastructure to meet current and future needs and create jobs. Sen. Obama has proposed a $60 billion over 10 year National Infrastructure Reinvestment Bank to expand and enhance, not supplant, existing federal transportation investment.
October 21, 2008
A House democratic plan to enact economic stimulus legislation before the end of the year received a boost yesterday as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke tentatively endorsed the idea and the Bush administration softened its opposition. Prior to adjournment, the House passed a stimulus bill that, among other things, contained approximately $34 billion for infrastructure investment, including $12.8 billion for the federal-aid highway program; $3.6 billion for transit; $600 million for airport capital improvement projects; $7.5 billion for water infrastructure; $5 billion for the U.S.
October 21, 2008
At its Fall Board meeting this week, AASHTO approved a proposal from its SAFETEA-LU reauthorization task force to recommend to Congress that next year’s surface transportation legislation authorize $544.5 billion in new funding. This would almost double the $286 billion authorized over six years in SAFETEA-LU.

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