Monday, June 29, 2015

Senate panel OKs reform measure on railroad-permit process

by Ripon Advance News Service | Monday, Jun 29, 2015 @ 3:46pm

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation advanced U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt's (R-MO) Track, Railroad and Infrastructure Network (TRAIN) Act late last week, moving it another step closer to becoming law. The legislation was approved as part of the Railroad Reform, Enhancement and Efficiency Act, sponsored by fellow Sens. Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Cory Booker (D-NJ). Read More »

Boustany pleased after energy facility's expansion green-lighted

by Ripon Advance News Service | Monday, Jun 29, 2015 @ 3:23pm

U.S. Rep. Charles Bosutany (R-LA) welcomed the news that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has authorized the Sabine Pass Expansion Project in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. “This is very exciting news,” Boustany said. “This announcement will allow the Sabine Pass facility to expand its operations, creating more Louisiana jobs and exporting more Louisiana-made LNG all over the world.” Read More »

Pennsylvania congressman, others call for Conservation Fund renewal

by Ripon Advance News Service | Sunday, Jun 28, 2015 @ 5:27pm

With the expiration of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) less than 100 days away, U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), along with a large group of bipartisan lawmakers and conservation advocates, came together last week at a media event on Capitol Hill, urging Congress to act quickly to renew the fund. Established 50 years ago, the LWCF uses money from residuals on offshore drilling of oil and gas to finance projects that preserve areas with scenic views and cultural and historical signif Read More »

California congressman urges D.C. to release state's mass-transit funds

by Ripon Advance News Service | Sunday, Jun 28, 2015 @ 5:05pm

U.S. Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) submitted a letter to U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez on Thursday, urging him to authorize the release of federal transit funding that the Department of Labor (DOL) is still holding back from California’s mass-transit agencies. “It’s long past time for the Obama administration to stop playing political games and ensure our transit agencies receive promised funding,” Calvert said. Read More »