Archive for Transportation

Friday, April 11th, 2014 @ 3:15PM

How to Resolve the Highway Trust Fund Fiasco for Good

As bland an issue as the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF) may seem, the fact that it’s teetering on the edge of bankruptcy makes it a little spicier.  As President Obama put it earlier this year in St. Paul, Minnesota, “We could see construction projects stop in their tracks, machines sitting idle, workers off the […]

Thursday, March 6th, 2014 @ 11:26AM

Paul Ryan Praises the Lee and Graves Transportation Empowerment Act at CPAC

gave a shout out to  and  for introducing the Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA) at CPAC Thursday. Rep. Ryan said (at the 8:58 mark): Take Senator Mike Lee and Congressman Tom Graves.  They want to give states more control over our highways so that they can build the roads they need, because we believe families should […]

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 @ 2:55PM

Tom Graves: TEA Act Means Better Roads without Raising Taxes

Want better roads for all states without raising taxes? That’s what  promised us at the Heritage Action Conservative Policy Summit if his bill, the Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA) (H.R. 3486) becomes law.  He said his bill will “make life better for every day Americans,” and he made a compelling case. Rep. Graves took us down memory […]

Monday, December 2nd, 2013 @ 11:00AM

EMAIL YOUR SENATORS TO CO-SPONSOR THE TRANSPORTATION EMPOWERMENT ACT

The Transportation Empowerment Act (S.1702) would turn back control of the federal highway program (including transit) to the states by incrementally decreasing the federal gas tax and the size of the federal program, and in turn empower the states to fund and manage their transportation programs and priorities. Currently, American motorists and truckers pay a […]

Posted by
Posted under: Contributors, Transportation
View
Thursday, November 28th, 2013 @ 9:00AM

Food For Thought During Your Thanksgiving Travels: Let’s Empower the States

Were you stuck in traffic traveling to your Thanksgiving destination this year?  If so, or if you know someone who was, here is some food for thought: The states should be empowered to control their own transportation infrastructure, without excessive — and inefficient — involvement from the federal government.  The states should be provided relief from federal […]

Monday, November 25th, 2013 @ 11:00AM

EMAIL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO CO-SPONSOR THE TRANSPORTATION EMPOWERMENT ACT

The Transportation Empowerment Act (H.R. 3486) would turn back control of the federal highway program (including transit) to the states by incrementally decreasing the federal gas tax and the size of the federal program, and in turn empower the states to fund and manage their transportation programs and priorities. Currently, American motorists and truckers pay […]

Posted by
Posted under: Contributors, Transportation
View
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 @ 1:30PM

Are Your Members of Congress Co-Sponsoring Conservative Legislation?

In the past week we have added two new cco-sponsorships to our Scorecard. Both of the bills, each with a version in the House and Senate, protect the freedoms of the individual and the states. Here is a summary of each bill: The Transportation Empowerment Act (S.1702/H.R. 3486) This legislation would turn back control of […]

Posted by
Posted under: Contributors, Transportation
View
Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 @ 2:53PM

Road Pork Lobby: Please Text and Drive

Will wonders never cease?  Perhaps, but today is not that day.  A new smartphone app – “I’m Stuck” – developed by Building America’s Future allows people to notify their lawmakers whenever they’re stuck in traffic. Interestingly, former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has been an outspoken opponent of engaging in such behavior: The problem in America is our cellphones are, in a sense, like alcohol. We’re hooked on [...]

Friday, July 26th, 2013 @ 2:09PM

Are Democrats on the Highway to Federalism?

Earlier this week we highlighted the trend of individual states taking initiative on their own transportation infrastructure needs.  Politico reports (sub. req’d) that some leading Democrats are looking to the States for a solution to the nation’s infrastructure needs now too: Leading Democrats trying to pinpoint a long-term fix for the nation’s infrastructure funding woes may not have [...]

Thursday, July 25th, 2013 @ 8:59AM

Congress Can Save $30 Billion More from the THUD Bill

At $54 billion, the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill contains a lot of excessive spending.  Of course, while the Senate bill is far more egregious than the House bill ($44.1 billion) and blows through sequestration spending caps, both bills could save more. The folks in Congress should be aware that our nation is nearly $17 trillion in debt.  The Heritage [...]