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October 17, 2014

Advocates Poll Rekindles Restart Fight

The fight over the 34-hour restart broke out again Thursday. A safety advocacy group released research indicating that the public does not want truck drivers to work longer hours, and trucking groups jumped in.

October 14, 2014

Boxer Keeps Pressure on Highway Funding

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.

October 13, 2014

Congressmen Air Concerns About Sleep Apnea Training

Two congressmen have told the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that some of the organizations providing sleep apnea training to medical examiners are teaching the wrong material.

October 3, 2014

House Ethics Committee Will Review Petri Allegations

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.

October 2, 2014

Highway Bill: ‘Nowhere to Go But Up’

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.

September 30, 2014

National Freight Plan Needs to Address Congestion, GAO Says

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.

September 16, 2014

Transport Interests Attack Conservatives’ Highway Bill

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.

September 11, 2014

House Prepares Short-Term Appropriations Bill Without 34-Hour Restart Provision

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.

September 9, 2014

Carrier, Shipper Interests Push Federal Freight Policy

Freight interests are staking ground for the next highway program, asserting the need for sustainable funding, systematic planning and improved efficiency. The Freight Stakeholders Coalition, representing 18 carrier and shipper organizations including American Trucking Associations, published a 9-point platform for the upcoming debate over reauthorization of the program.

August 13, 2014

Bills Would Adjust Truck Weight Limit for Natural Gas

The House and Senate have bills that would raise federal truck weight limits to accommodate the heavier fuel systems of natural gas vehicles.

August 12, 2014

Highway Bill Starts 10-Month Countdown

President Obama has signed the latest short-term extension of the federal highway program, starting a 10-month clock on yet another funding deadline.The $10.8 billion bill, passed by Congress at the last moment before the Highway Trust Fund dipped into the red, will keep the fund solvent until next May.

July 21, 2014

Foxx Urges Congress to Act on Highway Funding

Congressional passage of a short-term patch for the Highway Trust Fund will avert the immediate crisis but not be cause for celebration, said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Foxx and other transportation leaders are calling on Congress to preserve long-term funding for surface infrastructure.

July 16, 2014

Congress Edges Toward Highway Funding Stopgap

Congress is inching closer to passage of a stopgap measure to prevent the Highway Trust Fund from drying up this summer. The House this week passed a $10.6 billion bill and the Senate is going to choose between a similar measure or a long-term bill.

July 10, 2014

House, Senate Committees Pass Highway Trust Fund Patch

UPDATED---Congress appears to be coming together to pass a plan to rescue the Highway Trust Fund, used to pay for federal road and bridge projects, before it runs out of money in August, putting hundreds of road construction jobs at risk and shuttering thousands of highway projects.

July 9, 2014

Lawmakers Slowly Moving to Prop Up Highway Trust Fund

The U.S. House could vote as soon as early next week on legislation to prop up the Highway Trust Fund, before it runs out of money.

June 25, 2014

Wyden Offers Highway Trust Fund Patch

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is proposing a three-month patch to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through the end of the year. The patch would be paid for with general funds, balanced by adjustments including raising the heavy vehicle use tax.

June 23, 2014

Former FMCSA Head Supports Restart Amendment, Slams Critics for 'Political Opportunism'

Former FMCSA Administrator Annette Sandberg supports the trucking industry's push for a study on the impact of the current restart provision while rolling the restart rules back to pre-July 2013. Sandberg says the trucking industry supports suspending the restart restrictions because they believe that good public policy comes from good data and a good understancfing of the facts, not from emotional appeals.

June 19, 2014

Senate Halts Debate on HOS Restart Provision

Partisan differences halted Senate debate on an appropriations bill that includes a suspension of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. As the debate began, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., introduced an amendment that would change Sen. Susan Collins’s provision calling for suspension of the restart and a study of its impact.

June 18, 2014

Another Call for Raising Fuel Taxes

Amid warnings about a looming cutoff in highway funding, two Senators are proposing an old-fashioned fix: raise the federal fuel tax. Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., proposed raising gasoline and diesel taxes six cents a year for two years, then indexing them to the Consumer Price Index.

June 12, 2014

DeFazio Introduces Bill Reforming Road Funding

HR 4848, “The Repeal and Rebuild Act,” is a long-term solution that would create American jobs, fix the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, and finally break the transportation funding impasse that has plagued Congress for years, according to the senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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