Infrastructure

Drought conditions spur calls for better water infrastructure

BY: - October 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — Experts in government, agriculture, water management and the environment stressed during a U.S. Senate hearing on Wednesday the danger that droughts fueled by climate change pose in the West, including the Colorado River Basin. During a hearing before an Energy and Natural Resources Committee panel, witnesses said long-term solutions and an investment in […]

Biden boosts infrastructure, climate change plans in Mich. GOP stronghold

BY: - October 5, 2021

Speaking at a Howell union training facility on Tuesday, President Joe Biden marked his Michigan visit by touting two investment bills that he said would act as a “blue-collar blueprint” for revitalizing America’s infrastructure. The Democratic president is still negotiating with members of Congress on the two bills — a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill […]

Biden to promote plans for infrastructure, childcare, college and more in Howell

BY: - October 3, 2021

President Joe Biden is scheduled to travel to Howell on Tuesday to make the case for his “Build Back Better” agenda to address infrastructure, childcare, college, health care, environmental needs and more, the White House said Sunday afternoon. No other details of the trip were released. The Biden administration has been intensely negotiating in the […]

Why there’s such an impasse in Congress: Some questions and answers

BY: and - October 1, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congress may have kept the federal government operating with an 11th-hour flurry of votes on Thursday, but several key pieces of the Democratic agenda remain in limbo. Here are some questions and answers on where negotiations stand with two massive Democratic-drafted bills — and the status of other looming challenges for federal lawmakers: President Joe […]

U.S. House progressives ‘hold the line’ as infrastructure deadline lapses

BY: - October 1, 2021

U.S. House Democrats failed to vote on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill on Thursday which was the deadline agreed upon by House leadership and a block of centrist members. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) declined to call a vote Thursday because a growing number of House progressives, including U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), are […]

COMMENTARY

David Hecker: Rural and urban kids face many of the same challenges

BY: - October 1, 2021

If you’re just passing through them, it may not look like rural and urban, including many surrounding suburbs, communities have much in common — and elected officials often pit urban and rural communities against each other in public policy fights.  However, they actually have more in common than some would like us to believe, including […]

U.S. House Dems add more mass transit, high-speed rail in 2nd shot at infrastructure bill

BY: - September 15, 2021

The U.S. House transportation panel early Wednesday passed along party lines the panel’s $60 billion slice of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget plan, adding nearly $20 billion for a new transit program and high-speed rail development in the states. Chairman Peter A. DeFazio of Oregon had considered these and other items underfunded in the Senate-led bipartisan infrastructure […]

Environmental justice advocates look to historic $3.5T spending bill for bold action

BY: and - August 25, 2021

Congressional Democrats and the Biden administration want to use their massive $3.5 trillion spending plan to help communities that have been devastated by environmental pollution and degradation. For years, activists have been pushing for government recognition of what’s known as environmental justice, the broad movement to provide restitution to communities that have suffered disproportionate harm. […]

House Dems advance budget resolution, overcoming standoff on infrastructure vote timing

BY: - August 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday muscled through a $3.5 trillion budget framework, overcoming a standoff with a handful of centrists who had demanded the House first approve the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed by the Senate. That position by 10 House Democrats — including Reps. Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, […]

Peters plans to go to Hell and back, touting voting rights, COVID relief funds 

BY: - August 24, 2021

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) does believe there’s a chance in hell that Congress passes sweeping voting rights legislation that could blunt state Republican efforts across the country to restrict ballot access. Peters kicked off his annual statewide motorcycle tour Monday in Hell, a small Livingston County town about 25 miles northwest of Ann […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: Whitmer could be able to ‘fix the damn roads,’ despite GOP obstruction

BY: - August 15, 2021

If you were around for the before time in 2019, you know that Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first year in office was dominated by GOP leaders in the Legislature doing everything they could to thwart her attempts to “fix the damn roads” — her signature 2018 campaign promise. That preceded Republicans doing everything they could […]

House moderates won’t back Dem budget without passage of infrastructure bill

BY: - August 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Nine moderate U.S. House Democrats including Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, Carolyn Bourdeaux of Georgia and Jared Golden of Maine are threatening to oppose a budget resolution needed to pass a major social policy package unless a bipartisan infrastructure bill is first signed into law, according to multiple media reports. Opposition from the […]