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Ryan Budget Resolution Would Devastate Transportation System and Economy

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WASHINGTON, DC— Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), offers the following statement in response to the House FY 2013 budget resolution released by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI): “The Ryan budget resolution released today is the worst for transportation that we have ever seen. “It not only turns a blind […]

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The Hill’s Transportation Report—Transportation Lobby Sees Road to Short-Term Highway Spending Legislation

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[As posted by Keith Laing in The Hill’s Transportation Report] Transportation industry observers are not expecting the House to take up the $109 billion transportation bill passed last week by the Senate before the end of the month, increasing the necessity of a short-term extension, which leaders in both chambers have said they hope to […]

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Transportation Labor Applauds Bipartisan Senate Surface Transportation Bill

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WASHINGTON, DC— Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued the following statement in response to Senate passage, by a vote of 74-22, of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century surface transportation bill (S.1813), known as MAP-21. “The Senate today has proven that bipartisanship can boost the economy, fix […]

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Transportation Spending: Good for Workers, Good for America

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ORLANDO, FL—Leaders from 32 transportation unions gathered here to forge a transportation investment, jobs and safety agenda vital to a strong industry and thriving economy. “The old playbook in Washington has been tossed out by many lawmakers, and bipartisan support traditionally seen for transportation jobs bills that fuel the economy is evaporating,” Edward Wytkind, president […]

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The Hill’s Transportation Report—K Street Pessimistic About Highway Bills

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[As posted by Keith Laing in The Hill’s Transportation Report Supporters of the two transportation bills stuck in the House and Senate are pessimistic either will win chamber approval now that they have lost any momentum they once had. Labor groups supporting the $109 billion, two-year Senate transportation bill thought that legislation could get through […]

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Huffington Post Blog – House GOP Needs to Stop Pushing 'Message' Bill and Pass a Transportation Jobs Bill

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[As posted by Ed Wytkind on the Huffington Post] Does the nation need Congress to quickly finish a surface transportation investment bill that funds the operations and infrastructure of our mass transit systems, highways, bridges, railroads and ports? You bet. Does H.R. 7, the pending House version of this legislation, get us there? Not even close. […]

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Associated Press-Solution to Crumbling Roads, Bridges Elusive

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[By Joan Lowy of the Associated Press] WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s crumbling roads, bridges and transit systems are at the point of hindering U.S. economic growth, but Congress is struggling to come up with a solution. The problems are numerous. One of the big problems: Americans have been driving less for several years due to […]

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House Ways & Means Proposal Decimates Mass Transit

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WASHINGTON, DC—Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued the following statement ahead of the House Ways & Means Committee mark-up on transportation funding legislation. “It is unconscionable that the House Ways & Means Committee is preparing to gut the Mass Transit Account by diverting nearly half of the federal investment in […]

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TTD Supports Essential Transit Reform Funding

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WASHINGTON, DC – Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), offers the following statement in response to Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee approval of the Federal Public Transportation Act of 2012: “The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee showed today that Democrats and Republicans can work together and agree […]

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Radical Transit, Amtrak Privatization and Outsourcing Measures Must be Removed from House Surface Transportation Bill

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Spending Flexibility Measures Needed in H.R. 7 to Slow Transit Service and Job Cuts WASHINGTON, DC—Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued the following statement on the American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act (H.R.7): “There is no time to waste in completing a surface transportation bill that puts millions of Americans […]

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