Department of Transportation Appropriations Act, 2008

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The Department of Transportation Appropriations Act, 2008 (H.R. 3074) was a bill in the 110th Congress "making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, and for other purposes." (Official title.)[1]


Article summary (how summaries work)
  • Prohibits funds from being used to establish a cross-border motor carrier program allowing Mexican motor carriers to operate beyond commercial zones along the border between the United States and Mexico (Sec. 136).[1]
  • $195.00 million for replacing the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and $1.00 billion for bridge repairs in other states.[1]
  • $1.66 billion for the Federal Railroad Administration and Amtrak services.[1]
  • $39.69 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.[1]


Contents

Key votes

House Passage

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Scorecard: National Journal 2007 House Scorecard

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"Cut $475 million in operating grants for Amtrak. July 24. (94-328)"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings/house_votes.htm)


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Scored vote

Scorecard: Club For Growth 2007 House Scorecard

Org. position: {{{Vote position 1}}}

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"Vote on a Jordan amendment that would reduce funding for the Transportation-HUD appropriations bill by $3.2 billion. The pro-growth vote was "yea" because a reduction in discretionary spending is badly needed after years of unprecedented growth. Failed 133-292."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/2008/05/the_2007_congressional_scoreca.php)


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Scorecard: National Journal 2007 House Scorecard

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"Bar funds to require public housing tenants to meet community-service requirements. July 24. (207-220)"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings/house_votes.htm)


  • Vote to pass a bill that appropriates $110.25 billion for the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the 2008 fiscal year.[1]


Senate passage

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Scored vote

Scorecard: Club For Growth 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: {{{Vote position 1}}}

Description:

"Vote on a Dorgan amendment that would block the funding to establish a demonstration program to allow Mexican motor carriers to operate beyond the commercial zones along the U.S.-Mexican border. The pro-growth vote was "nay" because such a demonstration program could help show a way to reduce the cost of consumer goods.. Passed 75-23."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/2008/05/the_2007_congressional_scoreca_1.php)

Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"Prevent Mexican trucks from operating on most U.S. roads. September 11. (75-23)"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings/senate_votes.htm)

An amendment to prohibit the implementation of the Davis-Bacon Act, which is related to pay for union workers, failed to pass.


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Scored vote

Scorecard: Club For Growth 2007 Senate Scorecard

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"A vote to kill the DeMint amendment that would prevent some projects funded in this bill from complying with Davis-Bacon requirements. The pro-growth vote is "nay" because Davis-Bacon requires wages to be paid at a "prevailing" rate, which is almost always higher than the market rate. This forces taxpayers to pay more than is necessary. Passed 56-37."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/2008/05/the_2007_congressional_scoreca_1.php)

Scored vote

Scorecard: American Conservative Union 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"The Senate voted to kill an amendment prohibiting implementation of the Davis-Bacon Act, which requires union rates to be paid on federal construction projects. ACU opposes Davis-Bacon, and supported the amendment"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.acuratings.org/)

Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"Table a proposal to bar Davis-Bacon prevailing-wage requirements for highway bridge construction or maintenance projects. September 12. (56-37)"

(Original scorecard available at http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings/senate_votes.htm

The Senate passed the bill later that day by a vote of 88-7.

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Scored vote

Scorecard: U.S. Chamber of Commerce 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"In September, the Senate passed H.R. 3074, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 88-7, with the Chamber’s full support. This legislation provides the necessary funding to ensure that the U.S. transportation system is the safest and most efficient in the world. The business community depends on a safe, reliable transportation system to remain competitive and productive. H.R. 3074 addresses the enormous demands of the U.S. transportation infrastructure system by providing funding for highway and transit programs authorized by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). In addition, it provides full funding for the Federal Aviation Administration to improve the safety, performance, and capacity of the nation’s aviation system. This bill was ultimately folded into the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 and signed into law by the president on December 26."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.uschamber.com/issues/legislators/07htv_senate.htm)

Articles and resources

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Project Vote Smart’s info page on Department of Transportation Appropriations Act, 2008 (H.R.3074).
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