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Senate passes bridge-prioritizing amendment to DOT, HUD spending bill

Posted By Amanda Bayhi On July 25, 2013 @ 10:12 am In News & Analysis | No Comments

U.S. Capitol [1]

The Senate on Wednesday passed an amendment to its proposed $54 billion transportation and housing spending bill [2], prioritizing bridge projects, according to a report from The Hill [3].

Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) authored the amendment, which he said would prioritize bridges deemed “structurally obsolete” or “deficient [4],” allowing those bridges [5] to be fixed before others.

“We all know that the federal government’s highway trust fund [6] dollars are stretched very thin, and not enough is reaching the core infrastructure needs. … We’ve got to be very careful and resourceful on how we spend those funds [7],” Portman said of his amendment prior to the Senate’s vote.

Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chairwoman of the Appropriations subcommittee that handled the spending bill for the departments of Transportation (DOT) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), said the bill allocates $500 million for bridge repairs.

The amendment comes one day after the White House released a statement that it “strongly supports” the THUD bill the Senate is considering [8], which allots $9.9 billion higher than the House’s proposed spending bill [9].

Following on the Senate’s announcement that it would consider the bill this week [10], Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday morning he wants to “wrap this bill up” in 24 hours.

Senate passes bridge-prioritizing amendment to DOT, HUD spending bill

Posted By Amanda Bayhi On July 25, 2013 @ 10:12 am In News & Analysis | No Comments

U.S. Capitol [1]

The Senate on Wednesday passed an amendment to its proposed $54 billion transportation and housing spending bill [2], prioritizing bridge projects, according to a report from The Hill [3].

Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) authored the amendment, which he said would prioritize bridges deemed “structurally obsolete” or “deficient [4],” allowing those bridges [5] to be fixed before others.

“We all know that the federal government’s highway trust fund [6] dollars are stretched very thin, and not enough is reaching the core infrastructure needs. … We’ve got to be very careful and resourceful on how we spend those funds [7],” Portman said of his amendment prior to the Senate’s vote.

Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chairwoman of the Appropriations subcommittee that handled the spending bill for the departments of Transportation (DOT) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), said the bill allocates $500 million for bridge repairs.

The amendment comes one day after the White House released a statement that it “strongly supports” the THUD bill the Senate is considering [8], which allots $9.9 billion higher than the House’s proposed spending bill [9].

Following on the Senate’s announcement that it would consider the bill this week [10], Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday morning he wants to “wrap this bill up” in 24 hours.

Senate passes bridge-prioritizing amendment to DOT, HUD spending bill

Posted By Amanda Bayhi On July 25, 2013 @ 10:12 am In News & Analysis | No Comments

U.S. Capitol [1]

The Senate on Wednesday passed an amendment to its proposed $54 billion transportation and housing spending bill [2], prioritizing bridge projects, according to a report from The Hill [3].

Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) authored the amendment, which he said would prioritize bridges deemed “structurally obsolete” or “deficient [4],” allowing those bridges [5] to be fixed before others.

“We all know that the federal government’s highway trust fund [6] dollars are stretched very thin, and not enough is reaching the core infrastructure needs. … We’ve got to be very careful and resourceful on how we spend those funds [7],” Portman said of his amendment prior to the Senate’s vote.

Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chairwoman of the Appropriations subcommittee that handled the spending bill for the departments of Transportation (DOT) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), said the bill allocates $500 million for bridge repairs.

The amendment comes one day after the White House released a statement that it “strongly supports” the THUD bill the Senate is considering [8], which allots $9.9 billion higher than the House’s proposed spending bill [9].

Following on the Senate’s announcement that it would consider the bill this week [10], Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday morning he wants to “wrap this bill up” in 24 hours.

Senate passes bridge-prioritizing amendment to DOT, HUD spending bill

Posted By Amanda Bayhi On July 25, 2013 @ 10:12 am In News & Analysis | No Comments

U.S. Capitol [1]

The Senate on Wednesday passed an amendment to its proposed $54 billion transportation and housing spending bill [2], prioritizing bridge projects, according to a report from The Hill [3].

Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) authored the amendment, which he said would prioritize bridges deemed “structurally obsolete” or “deficient [4],” allowing those bridges [5] to be fixed before others.

“We all know that the federal government’s highway trust fund [6] dollars are stretched very thin, and not enough is reaching the core infrastructure needs. … We’ve got to be very careful and resourceful on how we spend those funds [7],” Portman said of his amendment prior to the Senate’s vote.

Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chairwoman of the Appropriations subcommittee that handled the spending bill for the departments of Transportation (DOT) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), said the bill allocates $500 million for bridge repairs.

The amendment comes one day after the White House released a statement that it “strongly supports” the THUD bill the Senate is considering [8], which allots $9.9 billion higher than the House’s proposed spending bill [9].

Following on the Senate’s announcement that it would consider the bill this week [10], Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday morning he wants to “wrap this bill up” in 24 hours.


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[1] Image: http://www.equipmentworld.com/files/2013/04/capitol.jpg

[2] proposed $54 billion transportation and housing spending bill: http://www.equipmentworld.com/senate-appropriations-committee-approves-54-billion-dot-hud-budget/

[3] according to a report from The Hill: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/313125-senate-passes-transportation-bill-amendment-to-prioritize-bridge-projects

[4] deficient: http://www.equipmentworld.com/66000-u-s-bridges-classified-as-deficient-in-2013/

[5] those bridges: http://www.equipmentworld.com/better-bridges-2012-bridge-inventory/

[6] highway trust fund: http://www.equipmentworld.com/house-subcommittee-to-discuss-highway-trust-fund-this-week/

[7] funds: http://www.equipmentworld.com/the-pros-and-cons-of-transportation-funding-options/

[8] the White House released a statement that it “strongly supports” the THUD bill the Senate is considering: http://www.equipmentworld.com/white-house-strongly-supports-senate-dot-hud-spending-bill/

[9] the House’s proposed spending bill: http://www.equipmentworld.com/house-appropriations-committee-releases-44-billion-usdot-hud-budget/

[10] the Senate’s announcement that it would consider the bill this week: http://www.equipmentworld.com/senate-to-consider-dot-hud-spending-bill-next-week/

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