1. SAFETEA-LU extension ends mid-December. House and Senate leadership interest in pushing a jobs bill (aka stimulus II) front loaded with transportation. Bipartisan senate group urging for 6 month SAFETEA-LU extension. T4America is one group that is working hard to get as much info as possible on how jobs bill will shape up and its implications for our reform goals.
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2. Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act. Boxer/Kerry’s climate bill allocated 2.4% of proceeds from auctioned emissions permits to fund clean transportation. No clear timetable for passing a climate-change bill, but Kerry’s statement this week said Senate Dems will “attempt” to pass it “early spring” of 2010 after approving legislation to revamp the U.S. healthcare system and financial industry.
3. 6 marker bills still worth mentioning to your Congressperson