High-speed rail plans, announced by the White House in 2009, are back on track after Amtrak commits to upgrades in the Northeast and California approves billions to build new tracks.
As he prepares for his critical speech on jobs, President Obama is urging Congress to fund a major transportation bill. It pays for infrastructure work on roads, bridges, and mass transit systems.
Funding for road projects and the gasoline tax expire on Sept. 30, leaving Congress not much time to act when lawmakers return from vacation. Obama says 1 million jobs are at stake.
FAA shutdown is partial: Air-controllers still working, but airport building projects suspended. No immediate solution in view for FAA shutdown.
In a meeting with President Obama, House Republicans urged him to force Democrats to offer their own budget plan. Obama demurred, but he did offer Republicans some hope.