Senators in both parties said they are close to an agreement to authorize U.S. highway and mass transit projects for as many as six years, seeking to prevent funds from running out during the mid-year construction season.
General Motors Co. Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra fielded pointed questions and accusations from U.S. senators, with one saying GM had a “culture of coverup” and another predicting it may face criminal liability.
A decision on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline that has been under U.S. review for more than five years is facing additional questions from Senate Democrats who plan to ask for a study on the project’s health impact.
Senator Barbara Boxer , a California Democrat, vowed to use “every single tool available to me” in backing the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of greenhouse gases against Republican challenges.
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer, citing lax oversight, urged regulators and states to do more to curb threats caused by poor storage of ammonium nitrate in the wake of April’s deadly explosion in Texas.
Raising the U.S. gasoline tax above 18.4 cents a gallon is the “simplest and most straightforward” way to fund a long-term highway bill, the president of the nation’s largest lobbying group for businesses told Congress.