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Trump, Congress might use ‘earmarks’ for infrastructure projects

The Times-Picayune » President Donald Trump and some members of Congress would like to bring back ‘earmarks,’ amendments to spending bills that fund individual projects, to move infrastructure projects forward. The House Rules Committee is scheduled to hold hearings on the subject this week, titled “Effective Oversight and the Power of the Purse” – a nod to the belief among many Republicans that the earmark ban imposed by House Speaker John A. Boehner in 2011 effectively gave up some of Congress’s unique constitutional power to direct how taxpayer money is spent.

2018-01-17T15:48:21+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Federal Programs, Trump & Infrastructure, U.S. News|

The Energy 202: The oil industry reminds Washington: Pipelines are infrastructure too.

The Washington Post » Now that the legislative conversation has turned to an infrastructure bill, the American Petroleum Institute (API) — the largest oil and gas lobbying group, which represents all corners of the industry — issued a reminder to lawmakers who attended its annual luncheon on Tuesday. The message: Pipelines count as infrastructure, too.

2018-01-10T14:18:33+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Non-Renewable Sources, Trump & Infrastructure, U.S. News|

Trump is inclined to ‘just spend money’ on infrastructure, aide says, but House GOP could have issues with that

CNBC » Trump’s ambitions for infrastructure spending will likely meet resistance from House conservatives. “The president’s inclination is just ‘spend money,’ while the House is more talking about public-private partnerships,” an administration official says.

Trump’s infrastructure plan may slip to next month

The Hill » White House officials told senators on Tuesday that the release of President Trump’s long-awaited infrastructure package may slip to next month, according to a Democratic aide.

2018-01-10T14:53:50+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Trump & Infrastructure, U.S. News|

More States Are Turning to Toll Roads in 2018

The Fiscal Times » With gas tax revenue stagnant and transportation funds scarce, states are turning to toll roads in 2018 to fill treasuries and manage traffic — despite outrage from motorists and questions about the efficiency of tolls.

2018-01-10T16:32:03+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Highways, Tolling, U.S. News|
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