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March 22, 2018 - Industry News

Spending Bill Stretches ELD Exemption for Livestock Haulers

Updated: Livestock haulers will get a respite from complying with the electronic logging device rule thanks to the omnibus funding measure passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on March 23.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, EOBR, U.S. Congress, ELD Mandate

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

ATA Urges Action from Congress on Infrastructure Plan

ATA president and CEO Chris Spear spoke before Congress about the importance of a strong plan for infrastructure funding. Photo: U.S. DOT

ATA president and CEO Chris Spear appeared before Congress, urging the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to act quickly and intelligently on the infrastructure funding plan.

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

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

Trump Infrastructure Funding Plan Faces Uphill Climb

Trump plan still sees limited role for federal spending to fix infrastructure. Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Getting President Trump’s infrastructure plan through Congress may make the actual fixing of America’s crumbling highways (and the rest of its subpar infrastructure) a mere walk in the park, says HDT Executive Editor David Cullen in this news analysis.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump

January 31, 2018 - Industry News

Trump on Infrastructure Draws More Trucking Questions than Applause

Heavy truck traffic on a California highway. Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

Reaction by highway stakeholder groups to President Trump’s State of the Union remarks on investing in infrastructure seem to be informed as much by earlier information on his spending proposal as by anything he said in his Jan. 30 address to Congress.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump

January 31, 2018 - Industry News

Trump's Call for More Infrastructure Spending Scant on Funding Details

In his first State of the Union address, Presdient Trump said nothing about how to pay for his now $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan. Photo: TV screenshot

President Trump has upped the ante by requesting Congress to craft a bipartisan bill that “generates” at least $1.5 trillion to invest in infrastructure.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump, Elected Leaders

December 12, 2017 - Industry News

Proposed Bill Would Require Front and Side Impact Guards

Photo: IIHS

A have proposed a bill to require impact guards on the sides and front of a truck in order to product passenger vehicles from being crushed underneath a vehicle in a collision.

Tags: Legislation, Underride Guard, Underride, U.S. Congress, Side Guards

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

House Rejects One of Two Anti-ELD Measures

Photo: J.J. Keller

Late in the evening of Sept. 6, the amendment sponsored by Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX)-- which sought to prevent funding of the electronic logging device rule for almost one year-- was voted down on the House floor, 246-173.

Tags: FMCSA, ELD Mandate, ELDs, OOIDA, U.S. Congress, Proposed Legislation

July 24, 2017 - Industry News

'LEAD ATA' Class Attending Key Congressional Meetings

The American Trucking Associations welcomed the 2016-17 class of LEAD ATA to the nation’s capital for a round of key congressional meetings.

Tags: Legislation, ATA, Leadership, U.S. Congress

May 18, 2017 - Industry News

Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan Aims to Fund Projects Through Loans

Logo via BRIDGE Act Summary

While details on President Trump’s $1 trillion Infrastructure plan may still be weeks away, two senators, Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), have introduced a bipartisan infrastructure funding plan.

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

March 1, 2017 - Industry News

Trump: Infrastructure Plan Will Ride on Public Funds, Too

President Trump addressing Congress on Feb. 28. Image via WhiteHouse.gov

In his address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, President Trump called for a $1-trillion infusion of public and private investment to repair and expand the nation’s infrastructure. It was the first time the president indicated that public— not just private— financing would be needed to fund his infrastructure proposal.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump

December 6, 2016 - Industry News

Shuster Returning as House Transportation Chairman

Rep. Bill Shuster Photo: Evan Lockridge

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) has been selected by the House Republican Conference to again serve as Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Tags: Bill Shuster, Elected Leaders, U.S. Congress, U.S. DOT

May 20, 2016 - Industry News

Report: Trucking Can Play a Big Role in Energy Security

Image via SAFE

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: Oil, Alternative Fuels, U.S. Congress, Truck Platooning

February 22, 2016 - Industry News

CBO Marks 3 Paths to Smarter Highway Funding

Image: Congressional Budget Office

Contending that “spending on highways does not correspond very well with how the roads are used and valued,” the Congressional Budget Office has issued a new report that looks at three ways lawmakers could “make highway spending more productive."

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Congress

December 28, 2015 - Industry News

Federal Spending Bill Includes Increase to Idaho Truck Weight Limit

Idaho will be allowed to increase its truck weight limit on interstate highways as a result of a provision attached to the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed

Tags: Idaho, U.S. Congress, Agricultural Fleets, Truck Size/Weight

December 1, 2015 - Industry News

Congress Forges 5-Year Highway Bill Compromise

Photo: David Cullen

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, U.S. Congress, Elected Leaders

November 20, 2015 - Industry News

Two More Weeks for Congress to Work on Highway Bill

HDT file photo

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: Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding, U.S. Congress

November 16, 2015 - Industry News

House Floating Another Highway Patch

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

A bipartisan bill to extend the authorization for federal highway and transit programs through Dec. 4 was introduced in the House Nov. 16.

Tags: Highway Bill, U.S. Congress, Elected Leaders

November 6, 2015 - Industry News

Highway Bill in Home Stretch

Image: Penske

The highway bill passed by the House on Nov. 5 and the highway bill passed by the Senate in July are headed to a conference committee charged with working out any differences between the two measures.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Bill, U.S. Congress

October 18, 2015 - Industry News

Graves Cites Carriers’ Health, Decries Congressional ‘Disarray’

Bill Graves speaks at ATA MC&E in Philadelphia. Photo: Evan Lockridge

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, Politics, U.S. Congress, ATA MC&E

August 6, 2015 - Industry News

Senator: Hike Fuel Tax 4 Cents a Year for 4 Years

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) Image: Carper<br />

Sen. Tom Carper contends all that’s needed to restore the Highway Trust Fund is to raise federal fuel taxes by four cents a year for four years and then index the rates to inflation from then on.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Congress, U.S. Senate

July 29, 2015 - Industry News

House Passes Short-Term Highway Extension

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: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Congress

July 29, 2015 - Industry News

House, Senate to Move on Short-Term Highway Bill

It looks like Congress is going to kick the can down the road again when it comes to highway funding after what looked like a game of "chicken" in recent days.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Congress

July 27, 2015 - Industry News

House Won't Consider Senate Highway Bill

Barbara Boxer: &quot;if we have a bill, we&#39;re sending it.&quot;

UPDATED: An issue unrelated to transportation may keep the House from taking up the Senate's six-year highway bill. The clock is ticking as funds run out midnight Friday and the House is leaving for August recess.

Tags: Legislation, Highway Funding, U.S. Congress

July 8, 2015 - Industry News

Group Pushes Congress to Up Federal Truck Weight Limit

Image: Federal Highway Administration

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: U.S. DOT, U.S. Congress, Size and Weight

June 24, 2015 - Industry News

Senate to Consider 6-Year, $350 Billion Highway Bill

Senate bill would provide $350 billion over six years for surface transportation. Photo: David Cullen

A bipartisan effort by four key Senators led the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee on June 24 to recommend that the full Senate consider a six-year bill that calls for spending $350 billion on surface-transportation infrastructure.

Tags: Highway Funding, Legislation, U.S. Congress, Elected Leaders

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