House of Representatives http://wrvo.org en Area lawmakers say Congress is failing voters by avoiding long-term solution to highway funding http://wrvo.org/post/area-lawmakers-say-congress-failing-voters-avoiding-long-term-solution-highway-funding <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite a bipartisan bill making its way through Congress to keep road and bridge projects funded, there’s still concerns about the long-term health of the highway fund. A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House of Representatives has passed short-term funding that was based on a budget gimmick. The Senate is expected to take it up soon. But several lawmakers in the region say Congress is failing voters by avoiding a long-term solution.</span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:35:00 +0000 Matt Laslo 59439 at http://wrvo.org Area lawmakers say Congress is failing voters by avoiding long-term solution to highway funding Money for port and canal upgrades passes House http://wrvo.org/post/money-port-and-canal-upgrades-passes-house <p> More federal dollars being available to make upgrades to ports and waterways in upstate New York is closer to reality as the <a href="http://transportation.house.gov/wrrda" target="_blank">Water Resources Reform and Development Act</a>, or WRRDA, passed the House of Representatives last night.</p><p>The bill frees up $8.2 billion in funds for water infrastructure upgrades. It also defunds never-implemented projects worth $12 billion and streamlines applications and approvals of funding.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:28:51 +0000 Ryan Delaney 46126 at http://wrvo.org Money for port and canal upgrades passes House Great Lakes restoration funding roundabout continues http://wrvo.org/post/great-lakes-restoration-funding-roundabout-continues <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>A federal program dedicated to environmental restoration and cleaning up of the Great Lakes has escaped a massive budget cut. A committee in the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to amend a bill that looked to slash the program’s funding, partially restoring it to $210 million for fiscal year 2014.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 11:38:05 +0000 Kate O'Connell 42113 at http://wrvo.org Great Lakes restoration funding roundabout continues Great Lakes funding threatened by Congress http://wrvo.org/post/great-lakes-funding-threatened-congress <p>After investing more than $1.3 billion to restore the Great Lakes, one Environmental Protection Agency program may be facing major budget cuts. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 11:25:26 +0000 Gino Geruntino 41525 at http://wrvo.org Great Lakes funding threatened by Congress Maffei's bill for Tubman national park moves along http://wrvo.org/post/maffeis-bill-tubman-national-park-moves-along <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Abolitionist Harriet Tubman’s Auburn home is one step closer to becoming a national park and it could mean a makeover for the property.</span></p><p>The bill to designate Tubman’s home a national park will get a hearing by the House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources June 6. Syracuse-area Rep. Dan Maffei sponsored the bill to recognize the leader of the anti-slavery network known as the Underground Railroad.</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 20:11:51 +0000 Charles Gichane 38764 at http://wrvo.org Maffei's bill for Tubman national park moves along Hanna talks gun control, small business and term limits http://wrvo.org/post/hanna-talks-gun-control-small-business-and-term-limits <p>Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, is taking a bit of a wait-and-see approach to new gun control legislation, but he has gotten the opinion of at least one high school class in his district. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 20:39:35 +0000 Ryan Delaney 31758 at http://wrvo.org Hanna talks gun control, small business and term limits Cuomo skeptical about House vote on Sandy aid http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-skeptical-about-house-vote-sandy-aid <p>After facing intense pressure from both parties for failing to pass a $60 billion federal relief package for Hurricane Sandy victims, Republicans in the House of Representatives now say they will vote on part of the flood insurance program Friday. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo still has doubts they will follow through. Thu, 03 Jan 2013 21:37:33 +0000 Marie Cusick 31403 at http://wrvo.org Paul Ryan's impact on NY House races debated http://wrvo.org/post/paul-ryans-impact-ny-house-races-debated <p>Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney&rsquo;s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate will impact New York&rsquo;s competitive House races. But whether the effect will be good or bad depends on who you talk to.<br /><br /> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 13:34:49 +0000 Karen DeWitt 24390 at http://wrvo.org Paul Ryan's impact on NY House races debated Area congresswoman proposes tax law change http://wrvo.org/post/area-congresswoman-proposes-tax-law-change <p>Central New York Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle sponsored a bill in the House of Representatives that she hopes will close a tax loophole that benefits federal employees. The bill would make sure that retirement plans of federal workers are not taxed differently than those of private sector employees. &nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 21:05:59 +0000 Catherine Loper 24144 at http://wrvo.org Richard Hanna on being a "moderate" http://wrvo.org/post/richard-hanna-being-moderate <p>Central New York Representative Richard Hanna knows he comes down on the moderate side of his Republican colleagues in Congress.</p><p>Speaking this week during a visit to Central Square, which sits in the newly drawn 22nd congressional district he is running for re-election in, the first-term congressman talked about influences from his more conservative colleagues.</p><p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 20:53:33 +0000 Ryan Delaney 24135 at http://wrvo.org Local Congresswoman weighs in on tax debate http://wrvo.org/post/local-congresswoman-weighs-tax-debate <p>Congress took up more than one controversial measure this week before it goes on August recess today. One is the debate over extending the Bush-era tax rates. WRVO&#39;s Catherine Loper spoke with central New York Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle about the controversial policy.<br /> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 14:23:42 +0000 Catherine Loper 23603 at http://wrvo.org