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Amid Congressional Inaction on Highway Policy, USDOT Announces Infrastructure Grants

Amid Congressional Inaction on Highway Policy, USDOT Announces Infrastructure Grants

Transport Topics
Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 12, 2019 1:30 PM, EST

It’s undeniable that an impeachment inquiry in the U.S. House of Representatives, and pressure to advance legislation to fund the federal government in fiscal 2020 are dominating the congressional agenda and shrinking the conversation about infrastructure policy.

Senate leaders have yet to indicate when they intend to finalize a highway reauthorization measure with provisions related to freight, transit and funding nearly four months after the surface transportation committee advanced a five-year highway bill. In a recent interview with Transport Topics, Sen. Tom Carper, the ranking Democrat on the highway committee, expressed frustration about his Senate colleagues’ inaction on the reauthorization measure. The White House, too, has shown little signs of progress on infrastructure policy, the senator added.

On the House side, the transportation panel’s chairman, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), is expected to unveil his version of the highway reauthorization after the holidays. DeFazio has noted an interest in advancing safety features tied to autonomous technologies, as well as policy on severe-weather resiliency across the transportation grid. Climate-resilient infrastructure slowly has won over supporters in the House and Senate after major storms, floods and wildfires have paralyzed critical freight and commuter corridors nationwide... FULL ARTICLE

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