May 20, 2016 - Industry News
The non-profit, nonpartisan group Securing America’s Future Energy has released a report on how the U.S. can remain on the path to greater energy security that includes recommendations for the trucking industry.
Tags: Congress, Oil, Alternative Fuels, Truck Platooning
December 1, 2015 - Industry News
The House-Senate conference committee charged with writing a compromise highway bill announced completion today of the FAST Act, a "fully funded five-year plan for surface transportation reauthorization.”
Tags: Highway Bill, Congress, Elected Leaders
November 20, 2015 - Industry News
Congress has another two weeks to work on finishing up a highway bill, as President Obama Friday signed a bill extending federal transportation funding through Dec. 4. It was due to expire Friday night.
Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding
October 18, 2015 - Industry News
PHILADELPHIA – “Most motor carriers have had a pretty good year – not great – but pretty good for 2015,” said Bill Graves, president of the American Trucking Associations, in his annual report on the state of the industry.
Tags: Economy, ATA, Congress, Politics, Bill Graves, ATA MC&E
July 29, 2015 - Industry News
The House late Wednesday passed a short-term extension to keep federal highway funding going until October 29, right before members left on August recess, leaving the Senate to deal with before the looming Friday deadline.
Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund
July 8, 2015 - Industry News
The Coalition for Transportation Productivity is revving up its lobbying to increase the federal vehicle weight limit to 97,000 pounds for tractor-trailers equipped with a sixth axle.
Tags: DOT, Congress, Size and Weight
May 19, 2015 - Industry News
The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a temporary extension of the highway bill that will fund transportation projects through July.
Tags: Highway Bill, Highway Trust Fund, Congress, Legislation
May 15, 2015 - Industry News
Rep. Bill Shuster and Rep. Paul Ryan released a joint statement about their own proposal to extend spending authority for the Highway Trust Fund through the end of July.
Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Bill
May 13, 2015 - Industry News
The House Appropriations Committee has approved a $55-billion spending bill that includes a provision to allow 33-foot long double trailers on Interstate and other highways— regardless of state laws.
Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Trailers, 34-Hour Restart, Insurance
April 16, 2015 - Industry News
Bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. House Thursday would index the current federal gasoline and diesel fuel taxes to inflation, raising $27.5 billion to ensure highway-infrastructure spending is funded for exactly 1.7 years.
Tags: Congress, Fuel Tax, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Bill, Infrastructure Funding
February 27, 2015 - Industry News
Lobbying by officials of State transportation departments can help get a long-term highway bill passed this year, say key U.S. Representatives and Senators at an annual Washington briefing presented by AASHTO.
Tags: Congress, Washington D.C., AASHTO, Highway Bill
Rep. Paul Ryan has stated that he favors changing federal law to afford state governments the “freedom to choose” to implement tolled highways.
Tags: Congress, Tolls, Government, Bridges
January 28, 2015 - Industry News
The U.S. Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee has launched its effort to draft a new highway bill with vows to work out political differences in order to restore the health of the nation’s infrastructure.
Tags: Congress, Senate, Highway Funding, Highways, Legislation
January 21, 2015 - Industry News
President Obama used his State of the Union address to repeat his call to reform corporate taxes and spend some of the proceeds on a long-term highway bill.
Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, President Obama, ATA
December 10, 2014 - Industry News
Two-thirds of the economic benefits and jobs created by federal highway and transit investment occur in non-construction sectors according to a new IHS report.
Tags: Congress, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding, IHS Automotive
Trucking interests are close to victory in their fight to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. The appropriations bill negotiated by the Senate and House will cut off funding for enforcement of the restart while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studies its impact.
Tags: ATA, Congress, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, American Trucking Associations, Legislation
November 25, 2014 - Industry News
Speaking with former Congressman Ray Lahood and several other transportation advocates in government and business, Steve Kroft paints a dire picture of our ailing infrastructure and unresponsive government.
Tags: Congress, Ray LaHood, Infrastructure Funding, Highway Infrastructure
November 19, 2014 - Industry News
Business interests, including American Trucking Associations, American Truck Dealers and the Truck Renting and Leasing Association, are pressing Congress to extend certain tax provisions before the end of the year.
Tags: taxes, Congress, Legislation
November 5, 2014 - Industry News
The Republican sweep in the mid-term elections changes the players, but it is too soon to know how it will affect transportation policy.
Tags: Congress, Legislation, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Funding, President Obama, Highway Bill, Hours of Service
October 14, 2014 - Industry News
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., continues to press for action on a highway bill this year, writing a letter last week to Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Sen. Barbara Boxer
October 3, 2014 - Industry News
Following a finding by investigators that Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wisc., may have violated House rules, the Committee on Ethics decided to continue its review of charges that Petri improperly acted on behalf of companies in which he had a financial interest.
Tags: Congress, Rep. Tom Petri
October 2, 2014 - Industry News
Undaunted by the conventional political view that Congress will accomplish nothing in the upcoming lame duck session, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., insists there is a chance to pass and fund a six-year highway program.
Tags: Congress, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Bill
September 30, 2014 - Industry News
Truck and rail traffic are expected to grow, good news for the economy as well as the carriers -- but with growth comes congestion, and transportation planners need more information and better direction from Congress on how to manage the problem. That’s the message from the Government Accountability Office.
Tags: DOT, Congress, Freight, Highway Bill
September 16, 2014 - Industry News
A bid by conservatives in the House and Senate to effectively eliminate the federal highway program is drawing fire from American Trucking Associations and other transportation interests.
Tags: Congress, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Legislation, Highway Trust Fund, Gasoline Tax, American Trucking Associations, ATA
September 11, 2014 - Industry News
The House is working on a temporary appropriations measure that does not include a suspension of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule.
Tags: FMCSA, Congress, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart, Legislation
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