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At ATA, Thoughts on Policy-Making and Politicking

Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) speaking to ATA committee in Orlando. Photo: David Cullen

October 24, 2017

You could certainly be forgiven if you were attending the American Trucking Associations’ annual confab here in Orlando this week and thought you’d made a wrong turn and stumbled into one of those partisan party retreats that Capitol Hill denizens hold somewhere outside the Beltway every now and then. Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, U.S. DOT, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Tuesday, October 24, 2017 9:09 PM | » Comments(0)

Trump Talks Taxes – but What about Roads?

Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

Photo: via Twitter, @realDonaldTrump

October 12, 2017

Trump deploys trucks to talk up taxes – but shouldn't trucking take him to task on funding infrastructure? David Cullen wonders in his Passing Zone blog.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, Tax Reform, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump, Legislation

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Thursday, October 12, 2017 2:16 PM | » Comments(2)

Trucking and CSA Reform: The $64,000 Question

Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

Photo: FMCSA

July 6, 2017

In his Passing Zone blog, Executive Editor David Cullen explains why even with a mandated report recommending reform, trucking should not expect any quick changes to FMCSA's CSA enforcement scheme.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Vigillo, Donald Trump, TransComply

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Thursday, July 6, 2017 3:36 PM | » Comments(1)

Trump Sticks to Vague Infrastructure Script

Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

Photo: U.S. DOT

June 7, 2017

In his Passing Zone blog, Executive Editor David Cullen gives his take on the latest words on infrastructure from President Trump.

Tags: Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Wednesday, June 7, 2017 3:05 PM | » Comments(0)

The Not-So-New Capitol Hill Players…

Photo: Architect of the Capitol

January 13, 2017

How the Trump Presidency ultimately pans out, of course, remains to be seen. But a key influence on how well the 45th President might succeed as an agent of change is as clear as the electoral-college vote— the GOP establishment still holds sway on Capitol Hill.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Donald Trump

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Friday, January 13, 2017 2:10 PM | » Comments(0)

Chao Seen as Shoo-in for DOT Chief

Image via Elainelchao.com

January 6, 2017

Of all those nominated to hold high government positions so far by President-elect Trump, Elaine Chao is the most likely to breeze through confirmation by the Senate.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Donald Trump

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Friday, January 6, 2017 2:18 PM | » Comments(0)

7 Rules to Watch in ‘17

President-elect Trump speaking during the election campaign. Image: DonaldJTrump.com<br />

December 29, 2016

Donald Trump has yet to be sworn into office as the 45th President of the United States, so it's still far too soon to confidently predict how his stated goal of reducing the federal regulation of American business will be met in 2017.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Thursday, December 29, 2016 12:12 PM | » Comments(0)

Lessons of Water Win Could Pave Way for Highway Victory

Leadership, willingness to negotiate, and dealing in hard facts helped steer a major water infrastructure bill through Congress. Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

December 12, 2016

When trucking advocates push for an extensive highway bill on Capitol Hill next year, they will at least have a proven roadmap to consult.

Tags: Highway Funding, AASHTO, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Monday, December 12, 2016 2:29 PM | » Comments(0)

Whose Infrastructure— Ours or Theirs?

The Trump infrastructure plan calls for spending $1 trillion-- but how much on what remains to be explained. Photo: U.S. Department of Transportaion

November 18, 2016

Listen carefully when you hear a politician or a lobbyist speak of “infrastructure.” To really mean anything, that big ugly word has got to be qualified.

Tags: Highway Funding, Capitol Hill, Donald Trump

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Friday, November 18, 2016 12:47 PM | » Comments(0)

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