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  • Romney wants Amtrak to operate without federal help

    Warning to Amtrak from Mitt Romney and Republicans: You're on your own.

  • The David W. Dyer courthouse, a federal vacant building is shown in Miami, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is conducting an ongoing investigation to stop the federal government from wasting billions of dollars of taxpayer's money by sitting on its assets and mismanaging valuable federal-owned properties. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

    Empty Miami courthouse seen as emblem of U.S. problem

    The historic but empty federal courthouse in downtown Miami is a costly symbol of the government's sluggishness at selling or finding new purposes for some 14,000 vacant or underused properties nationwide, Republican lawmakers said at a House panel hearing Monday.

  • **FILE** Rep. John L. Mica

    GSA scandal widens; dozens of conferences now under investigation

    The embattled General Services Administration (GSA) is facing investigations into as many as 77 conferences and awards ceremonies over the years as more details emerged Wednesday about a lavish one-day gathering in Crystal City costing more than a quarter-million dollars for hundreds of employees, including a top agency deputy hailed just months ago as a taxpayer hero.

  • Inside Politics: Mica finds GSA official spent extra night in Vegas on taxpayers' dime

    A House Republican whose committee is investigating a lavish conference held by the General Services Administration says a high-ranking official with the embattled agency spent an extra night in Las Vegas after the conference at taxpayer expense.

  • Mica

    House faces March 31 deadline on road, infrastructure bill

    House Republicans are rushing to rewrite their massive $260 billion transportation bill ahead of an end-of-March deadline to keep federal highway and infrastructure programs funded.

  • Rep. John L. Mica (left), Florida Republican, said the $260 billion transportation bill he introduced would create jobs and improve deteriorating infrastructure. Rep. Nick J. Rahall II, West Virginia Democrat (right), said it doesn't go far enough. (Associated Press)

    Road, rail bill hailed, scorned

    A House Republican's transportation bill aimed at dealing with the nation's crumbling road, bridge and rail systems has been attacked not only by Democrats but some conservatives and government watchdogs who say it amounts to another government stimulus package.

  • ** FILE ** TSA agents check passenger identification at a security gate on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    U.S. airport bomb screening needs update, GAO says

    The Transportation Security Administration spent $8 billion since the Sept. 11 attacks installing machines at airports to screen checked bags for explosives, but many of the systems are obsolete and need to be upgraded, according to congressional investigators.

  • UTT: Mica's idea to privatize Amtrak a good first step

    If Rep. John L. Mica of Florida gets his way, passenger rail in America will no longer be in the death grip of the Federal Railroad Administration, Congress, rail unions and Amtrak management.

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    TSA chief rebuffs House invitation

    The chairman of a House committee lambasted the Transportation Security Administration because its chief refused to appear at a hearing Thursday.

  • **FILE** Rep. John L. Mica

    House OKs aviation bill despite Democratic flak

    The House passed a sweeping overhaul of aviation regulations Friday, pushing aside Democratic complaints that the bill doesn't do enough to protect airline passengers or keep tired pilots from flying.

  • **FILE** Rep. John L. Mica

    Watchdog: TSA 'cooked' data on airport security

    The Transportation Security Administration "cooked the books" to understate the costs of using federal workers rather than private contractors to screen airport passengers, a key TSA critic in Congress charged Wednesday.

  • Illustration: Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times.

    MURRAY & GRABOWSKI: TSA union power grab

    It's been a bad couple of weeks for taxpayers and airport travelers - but a good one for government employee unions. As if the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) intrusive screening methods and long lines weren't bad

  • Labor unions seen as winners in TSA move

    The Transportation Security Administration is blocking airports that want to use private screeners instead of federal employees in a move the agency's critics say is a sop to labor unions.

  • A cargo plane is loaded at the FedEx distribution center in Cologne, Germany, on Monday. Investigators say packages that terrorists in Yemen attempted to smuggle onto an aircraft in an al Qaeda terrorism plot were moved through Cologne. (Associated Press)

    Air-cargo screening back on Hill's radar after Yemeni plot

    It's like looking for an explosive needle in a haystack spread across every major airport on the planet.

  • Airport found legitimate in troop treatment

    The Oakland International Airport did not break any laws or regulations when it denied 200 Marines and soldiers access to the passenger terminal during a layover last year from Iraq to the troops' home base in Hawaii, the Transportation Department says.

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