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February 13, 2016

Welcome to The Container

Tom CurryWelcome to CQ Roll Call’s latest Policy Pulse blog, The Container, which will report on transportation policy and regulation — from railroad safety to car-sharing services to tolls on highways — and, of course, we’ll track the latest twists and turns in the efforts by Congress to replenish the depleted Highway Trust Fund or find an alternative way to pay for highways and other infrastructure.

If you follow transportation policy — or if you simply travel — we aim to offer insights into how Congress, federal regulatory agencies and all levels of government oversee the business of getting goods and people safely and efficiently from Los Angeles to New York, or from exurb to center city.

We’ll also keep an eye on the nation’s ports and how our infrastructure either helps or hobbles America’s trade with the rest of the world.

If you fly, walk, bike, take the bus, or you’re just a homebody who never budges from your living room but wonders how your tax dollars are being used for transportation, we’ll explain how transportation policy makes a difference in your life.

We’ll draw on the reporting of CQ Roll Call’s team of transportation editors and reporters as well as on Government Accountability Office reports, think tank panel discussions, Wall Street investment reports, and academic experts.

Here’s a bit of biographical background on your author: I covered a wide array of topics for and its predecessor site,, from fiscal policy, including the fiscal cliff and the government shutdown in 2013, to national security topics, such as the politics of closing the Guantanamo prison.

In addition, I covered every presidential campaign since 1996, including reporting from the campaign trail in New Hampshire, South Carolina, and other states on the Clinton-Obama primary battles in 2008. I also reported on Senate and House races from Mississippi to Minnesota.

I won a Freedom Forum Foundation Journalism Fellowship in Asian Studies in 1993 and was happy to spend a year studying economics, history, and Chinese at the University of Hawaii, then traveling (mostly by rail) throughout China and the Russian Far East.

I launched my journalism career as a reporter/researcher for Time magazine. I graduated from Haverford College and got a Masters in Teaching from Reed College before teaching high school history for a few years.

(CQ Roll Call’s other Policy Pulse blogs are Technocrat, for the tech and telecom community, and Five by Five, which covers the defense industry and national security.)

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