• Congress Still Hasn't Made a Fix to the Highway Trust Fund

    Posted by mmcmullan on 07/30/2014

    Good news for people who like bad news:

    Yes, that's right: The Senate and the House are now a-fightin’ over competing bills to float the nearly-drained Highway Trust Fund, which will have to start severely curtailing the money it doles out to states in just two days unless a compromise is reached.

    See, the upper chamber just rejected the lower’s 10-month fix, instead opting for a patch that would only cover funding through mid-December. Its competing proposal would be paid for by tightening tax loopholes, while the House’s version would allow corporations to delay contributions to employee pension plans, “thereby increasing taxable income and generating revenue for the Treasury.”

    Meanwhile, ol' John Boehner, the Speaker of the House, has already said that House leaders plan to strip out the Senate’s language, reinsert its own, and send the bill back to the Senate. The Senate, then, would …

    ... You know what? Let’s not get bogged down in the details, because here’s what we know: Without an extension, there are lots and lots and lots of transportation projects that will go idle or won’t even start as federal money stops flowing to the states. The White House warns that roughly 700,000 jobs depend on these projects.

    Will Congress come to an agreement and get something finished before they leave town for the August recess? The money is on yes. But this is an awfully dangerous game of chicken they're playing.

    Congress should be passing a massive, long-term infrastructure bill anyway. But until then, simply keeping the Highway Trust Fund funded is the right thing to do.

Posted by elizabethbb 07/29/2014

Politicians talk a big game about how dedicated they are to supporting American manufacturing workers...  at least during campaign season.

Case in point: Former Michigan Secretary of State turned Republican Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land is out with a new 30-second campaign ad touting her “Michigan First Plan” — and specifically, her “Free and Fair Trade Plan.”

What’s in this plan, exactly? Here’s what she has to say:

Posted by elizabethbb 07/28/2014

Happy Monday — and welcome to

@KeepitMadeinUSA on Twitter

  • What happens when we ignore our infrastructure? The #UCLAFlood: http://t.co/VxnL1imAcO 23 min 52 sec ago
  • Congress really needs to fix the Highway Trust Fund AND fund a long-term plan to fix our infrastructure: http://t.co/oyDTzFEODL ... 1 hour 28 min ago
  • ... after all, the #UCLAflood shows us what happens when we ignore our infrastructure. http://t.co/BvUJvkJHNJ 1 hour 28 min ago
  • MT @ScottPaulAAM Don't cheer 2Q GDP estimate yet: imports rose faster than exports, an unnecessary drag on growth. http://t.co/J7WUhVJxOT 5 hours 21 min ago
  • Missed the news last night? Here's a recap of the status of the legislation to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent: http://t.co/3fNnYwW5KI 6 hours 29 min ago
  • ICYMI: Senate passed its version of Highway Trust Fund bill; shortened length of extension to Dec. instead of May 2015. Heads back to House. 18 hours 47 min ago
  • The Senate is now debating legislation to reauthorize the Highway Trust Fund (well, until May 2015). Watch on @cspan: http://t.co/7h65biQlFz 22 hours 39 min ago
  • RT @SteveRattner: Amazing shift in US jobs -- gone from making things to taking care of sick people http://t.co/44ZBilZiCg 23 hours 36 min ago
  • We must be close to election season. Candidates are talking a big game about unfair trade on the campaign trail: http://t.co/vsahfLZSb4 1 day 2 hours ago
  • Looks like @amazon is getting into the 3D printing business. http://t.co/dHa0askSK9 1 day 3 hours ago