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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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Huffington Post Blog – Giving Up My Seat on the Bus

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[As posted by Ed Wytkind on the Huffington Post] In this time of economic crisis, when more people are trading in their monthly parking garage passes for subway tokens and bus fare, wouldn’t it be a good idea to give transit agencies the flexibility to spend money on keeping systems operating and fares low? We […]

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Statement by TTD President Edward Wytkind on President Obama's State of the Union Address

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WASHINGTON, DC—Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), made this statement following President Obama’s State of the Union speech yesterday evening: “Millions of working people last night heard President Obama declare it is time to ‘do some nation-building right here at home’ by shifting federal resources to America’s transportation and other infrastructure […]

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Transportation Labor Backs Job-Creating Initiatives of Democratic Governors Association and Labor Leaders

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WASHINGTON, DC– In support of the Democratic Governors Association’s Jobs Policy Summit, the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO issued the following statement from President Edward Wytkind: “We congratulate the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) and the labor leaders standing with them for the strong recommendations developed at today’s Jobs Policy Summit held in Baltimore.  In particular, we […]

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Working to Honor the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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WASHINGTON, DC – Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues the following statement in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “As we look back at the historic work of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who lifted the lives of so many hard-working Americans through his profound leadership and […]

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