The Hill » Fifty-five percent of Americans say the president, who unveiled a rebuilding framework earlier this year, is not giving infrastructure adequate attention, according to a Monmouth University poll released Tuesday. The poll also found that a majority of Americans, 62 percent, say the federal government is not spending enough dollars on infrastructure projects.
The Hill » House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) is working to unveil an infrastructure bill this summer. A source close to the matter confirmed to The Hill that Shuster, who is retiring at the end of his current term, is working with other members of the committee to introduce a piece of legislation.
The Hill » The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Thursday unanimously passed its bipartisan water infrastructure bill, putting the biennial legislation on track in the upper chamber. The panel’s bill, unveiled earlier this month, comes as President Trump’s sweeping infrastructure plan appears to be on ice.
Hudson County View » A federal official in Bayonne last week said that the model used to fund a new ferry operation between the Peninsula City and Manhattan may be the best model to use when trying to fund the $30 billion Gateway Tunnel project. Gateway calls for two, double-tracked tunnels underneath the Hudson River between North Bergen and Manhattan to replace the beleaguered 107-year old, two-track tunnel.
Los Angeles Times » Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Corona) inserted a rider into an Interior Department appropriations bill that would exempt the project from all judicial review. If passed by the House (likely) and Senate (possible) and signed by President Trump (probable), the rider would open a gaping hole in California and federal law.
Route Fifty » Don’t rule out congressional action on the infrastructure plan the Trump administration released earlier this year, a top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee insisted on Tuesday. “It’s not dead on arrival,” said Sen. Jim Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican. “In fact, we’re very actively working on it right now.”