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Politico – Congress loses transportation’s ‘relentless warrior’ with Lautenberg death

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[As written by Kathryn Wolfe and Scott Wong in Politico] Amtrak and transportation safety advocates have lost one of their biggest defenders, Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died Monday morning at the age of 89. The New Jersey Democrat, who chaired a key Senate Commerce panel on transportation and safety, played a role in pushing through […]

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Trade Only – Senate passes dredging bill

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[As written by Trade Only] Dredging projects critical to navigation, one of several political priorities for the industry, took a step forward Wednesday when the U.S. Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act by a vote of 83-14. “The passage of the Water Resources Development Act today brings much-needed reforms to harbor maintenance funding,” Edward […]

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AFL-CIO GOING TO BAT FOR WRDA

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[As posted by Kathryn Wolfe in Politico] With negotiations ongoing, the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO is circulating a letter to senators urging support for the WRDA bill. The letter comes as another key Democratic constituency, green groups, are unhappy with the bill’s project streamlining provisions. TTD also urges support for language in the […]

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TheTrucker.com – Trucking's reaction to Foxx as DOT chief swift and courteous

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[By TheTrucker.com] WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday tapped rising Democratic politician Anthony Foxx to lead the Department of Transportation. The afternoon announcement at the White House was only a formality; the White House leaked Foxx’s impending nomination Sunday. Reaction to the announcement from the trucking industry was swift — and courteous. “On behalf […]

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The Hill – Obama taps Charlotte Mayor Foxx for secretary of Transportation

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[By Keith Laing of The Hill]   President Obama on Monday officially nominated Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx (D) to be the next U.S. Transportation secretary. Obama introduced Foxx at the White House and said the Charlotte, N.C., mayor would bring experience implementing transportation programs at the local level to the top transportation job in his Cabinet. […]

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National Journal – Belt-Tightening? Hardly

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[As posted by Ed Wytkind in the National Journal] The budget cuts being imposed on the FAA for the remainder of the year, and the cascading effects the reckless sequester will have on air travel, are hardly akin to trimming a little fat. So let’s stop calling the sequestration a 2.5 percent “belt-tightening” for the FAA. […]

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National Journal—Buying American is So American

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[As posted by Ed Wytkind in the National Journal] What’s so complicated about spending American taxpayer dollars to put Americans to work? That’s the motivation behind our endorsement of policies that condition America’s investment in new streetcars, buses and rail cars on making those products here in America. Seriously, is there a poll that says […]

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The Hill-Ryan Budget Targets DOT, High-Speed Rail Funding

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[By Keith Laing of The Hill] The budget unveiled Tuesday by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) would slash transportation spending in an effort to as part of an effort to cut federal spending by $5.7 trillion. The plan from Ryan, who is the chairman of the House Budget Committee, is intended to balance the federal budget by the […]

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Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking – Transportation Unions Join Fight Against Human Trafficking

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[By Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking] It was recently announced by the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO that they have joined the fight against human trafficking. This is amazing news since traffickers tend to use our Highways throughout the U.S to transport victims of labor trafficking and sex trafficking. We know that traffickers move their victim, from […]

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Huffington Post Blog – America, Let's Get Back to Work

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[As posted by Ed Wytkind in The Huffington Post] You probably don’t have to look beyond your own community to see the visible signs of a crumbling and over-crowded transportation system. And you probably don’t need to look further than your own family or close friends to find someone who is out of work. These […]

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