WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Senate Restores Transportation Financing, Setting Stage For Compromise

Play associated audio
Doug Kerr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/5511446181/

The fate of hundreds of millions of dollars for highways and transit is on the line as Congress works to pass a continuing resolution to keep funding the federal government through September.

The Senate has restored more than $500 million for highways and more than $100 million for transit that the House cut from the MAP-21 program, the major transportation funding bill signed by President Obama last year. So now the two chambers have to reach a compromise on their opposing measures as the current continuing resolution expires this month.

Rob Puentes is a transportation policy expert at the Brookings Institution. He says the year in, year out drama that now surrounds transportation funding causes unnecessary uncertainty about critical programs and projects.

"A lot of these transportation projects are multi-year in development, in execution, in delivery," Fuentes says. "These are not things that can be decided year in and year out. As a nation, we've got to figure out better, more long-term ways, more sustainable ways, to fund needed transportation projects without having to rely on this annual uncertainty which seems to be the norm instead of the exception now."

The cuts proposed by the House would not affect a special loan program that proponents of the Silver Line rail project have applied for to help finance the $5.5 billion rail extension to Dulles Airport.

NPR

Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.
NPR

The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
WAMU 88.5

The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

NPR

Should India's Internet Be Free Of Charge, Or Free Of Control?

Facebook's free Internet service was banned in India on the basis of net neutrality this week. Internet providers, regulators say, should not be allowed "to shape the users' Internet experience."

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.