Daily Transportation and Logistics News – July 18, 2011

Mica Hits Back at Chamber Over Transport Bill

U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., said the U.S. Chamber of Commerce favors tax increases over “responsible fiscal policy,” as he shot back at the group over its criticism of his proposed surface transportation bill.

Seaports: U.S. ocean cargo gateways must be upgraded

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) recently commended the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and its chairman, Cong. John Mica (R-Fla.), for rolling out a comprehensive, multi-year transportation reauthoriztion proposal that is focused on improving our nation’s transportation infrastructure and, for the first time, includes a maritime title.

Consumer Sentiment Hits 28-Month Low

U.S. consumer sentiment fell this month to its lowest level since March 2009, reflecting depressed income and low employment levels, a widely watched survey reported.

Americans support higher gas taxes when they see tangible results

A national telephone survey conducted by the Mineta Transportation Institute found that a majority of Americans, or near majority depending on the question, would support higher taxes for transportation infrastructure — so long as those revenues resulted in clear benefits such as cleaner air or better-maintained roads.

Obama vs. Cantor: Tempers Flare as Debt-Ceiling Negotiations Take a Dramatic Turn

President Obama and House majority leader Eric Cantor engaged in a high-stakes test of wills during Wednesday’s debt-ceiling negotiations at the White House, trading dramatic ultimatums in the most intense round of talks yet.

House bill makes deep cuts to transit, biking and walking — tell the Senate to do better

The proposal would cut total transportation funding by one-third, kill the tiny slice of dedicated funding for safer walking and biking and drastically reduce transit support, while failing to focus on fixing and repairing our crumbling roads and bridges.

Dems assail proposed GOP cut to rail stimulus funds

Democrats took to the floor of the House Thursday to sharply criticize a Republican proposal to eliminate stimulus funds for high-speed rail that have not been distributed yet.

What Debt Talks Teach Us About Obama and the GOP: Ezra Klein

An interesting article about what the current debt ceiling situation shows us about President Obama and the GOP. Taxes, compromise and boosting the economy are some of the things discussed in the article.

FMCSA Working on Plan to Correct CSA Scores for No-Fault Crashes

The FMCSA intends to build a system that screens out no-fault crashes before they are entered into CSA scores, said senior transportation specialist Bryan Price. It’s not easily done, so the agency is working on a near-term remedy.

– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst
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