Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Senator highlights provisions in 2016 transportation/HUD funding bill

by Ripon Advance News Service | Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 @ 3:38am

After the 2016 transportation/HUD spending bill was approved last week by the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, as well as the full committee, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) announced the provisions and language that he managed to get inserted into the bill. The legislation, which allocates $55.65 billion in spending for transportation and infrastructure projects, now goes to the full Senate for consideration. Read More »

Boys Town 100th-anniversary-coins bill sent to Obama

by Ripon Advance News Service | Monday, Jun 29, 2015 @ 6:52pm

The U.S. Senate passed H.R. 893, the Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, on a unanimous vote last week. The bill, introduced by U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) is a companion bill to S. 301, which was introduced by Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) and passed in March. The measure authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to mint $5 gold coins, $1 silver coins and half-dollar coins to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Boys Town. Read More »

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 »