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  • Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill
    Posted in Appropriations Updates on June 9, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Appropriations, Transportation

    The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill provides $52 billion in discretionary budget authority for fiscal year 2015, a 2.3% increase over 2014 levels and 13.1% below the President’s request. The legislation includes funding for the Department of Transportation, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies. The spending levels in the bill do not exceed the 302(b) allocations adopted by the Appropriations Committee, which are in aggregate within t... Read more

  • House Budget Committee Hearing: State of the Highway Trust Fund: Long-Term Solutions for Solvency
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on April 24, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    "Welcome, everybody. I want to thank our witnesses for agreeing to testify. We appreciate your taking the time to share your expertise. "Infrastructure is an important part of our economy. Government plays a role in our public infrastructure—our highways, our roads, our bridges. But the federal government is neglecting this responsibility. It’s spending record levels of taxpayer dollars. And it’s not spending them wisely. In fact, it recently abandoned a key principle: that we limit highway spe... Read more

  • House Budget Committee Votes To Advance FY2013 Path to Prosperity
    Posted in Press Releases on March 21, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Appropriations, Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Taxes, Economy / Financial , Agriculture / Farm Bill, Education , Energy, Transportation

    WASHINGTON – Moments ago, the House Budget Committee advanced a Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 budget resolution that cuts government spending, repairs the safety net, and lifts the crushing burden of debt. The FY2013 budget resolution is expected to be considered on the House floor next week. Following passage of the resolution, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan issued the following statement: “Elected representatives have a solemn obligation to help ensure that our children have more opportunit... Read more

  • Budget Boondoggle Award
    The Train to Nowhere

    Posted in HBC Publications on June 15, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Prompted by an influx of Federal “stimulus” funds, the State of California has committed to match Washington’s cash and spend $5.5 billion for an initial high-speed rail segment joining two towns in the sparsely populated Central Valley region – despite major uncertainties about the line’s viability and long-term funding prospects. The project, which The Washington Post editorial board labeled the “train to nowhere,”[1] has earned the House Budget Committee’s latest Boondoggle Award. The line is... Read more

  • Budget Boondoggle Award
    Posted in HBC Publications on September 22, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy / Financial , Transportation

    With the end of the failed “recovery summer” – and the President proposing yet another $50-billion “stimulus” – it is worth reviewing one administration economic program touted as a “success.” But even the celebrated “Cash for Clunkers” has been an expensive and bumpy ride for many American consumers, just as critics warned. With a sticker price of $3 billion, “Cash for Clunkers” has earned the latest Budget Boondoggle Award. The program – formally the Car Allowance Rebate System – paid consumer... Read more

  • Hearing: Budgeting for Transportation: Financing Investment in Highways and Mass Transit
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on March 17, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Thank Chairman Spratt, welcome witnesses (Chairman Atkinson, Secretary Miller, and Tyler Duvall, the former Acting Under Secretary for Policy and the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation). Across our country, federal highway and transit spending have played a vitally important role in the growth and productivity of our economy, and to our way of life. This year, Congress will likely consider multi-year legislation to reauthorize federal surface t... Read more