Congress Moves to End the Shutdown

Congress Moves to End the Shutdown

By Dean Franks, senior vice president, congressional relations, ARTBA The Senate voted 81-18 Jan. 22 to support an 18-day Continuing Resolution (CR), ending the three-day shutdown of most federal government programs. The House was preparing to vote on the measure...
Highway Projects Continue During Federal Government Shutdown

Highway Projects Continue During Federal Government Shutdown

By Dean Franks, senior vice president, congressional relations, ARTBA UPDATE: Congress Monday afternoon appeared to be heading toward ending the three-day shutdown. The so-called “government shutdown” that began Jan. 20 means most federal programs have come to a...
Senate Democrats Call for New Bridge Investment Mechanism

Senate Democrats Call for New Bridge Investment Mechanism

By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA A bill introduced by Senate Democrats intended to pump $75 billion over a decade into a new competitive grant program for repairing the nation’s structurally deficient bridges. The Bridge Investment Act is “a thoughtful...
Senate Democrats Tweak Committee Assignments

Senate Democrats Tweak Committee Assignments

By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Jan. 9 announced new Democratic committee assignments. The moves result from December’s one-seat shift to the minority party in the chamber’s balance of power. Sen. Chris Van Hollen of...