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March 6, 2014

Tax Committees Debate Highway Funding as Money is Running Out

Ideas for infusions into the Highway Trust Fund got conflicting receptions before congressional tax committees this week, as Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden said he's looking for solutions while Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp expressed concerns about the Obama administration's proposal.

March 4, 2014

DOT Budget Includes Freight, Infrastructure

President Obama’s budget for the Department of Transportation calls for new performance measures and a $10 billion freight program as well as his four-year, $302 billion infrastructure program.

March 4, 2014

Highway Funding Difficult but Not Impossible

It won’t be easy, but there’s at least a glimmer of a way for Congress to come up with money to fund a longer-term highway bill. The Highway Trust Fund is going to run out of money possibly as soon as August, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

March 4, 2014

House Bill Seeks to Increase U.S. Port Activity

Congressman Jim McDermott, D-Wash., has introduced The Maritime Goods Movement Act for the 21st Century, H.R. 4105. The legislation would replace the current Harbor Maintenance Tax, designed to fund the operation and maintenance of American ports.

February 26, 2014

Congressional Bill Extends HOS Exemptions for Propane Haulers

U.S. Representatives Tom Petri, R-Wis., Chairman of the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee, and Bill Shuster, R-Penn., Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, introduced legislation on Tuesday to help expedite propane deliveries during the cold weather season.

February 18, 2014

Legislation Restoring Federal Biodiesel Incentives Introduced

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. to reinstate a tax incentive that expired at the end of 2013 when it comes to the production of domestic biodiesel fuel.

January 15, 2014

Independent Contractor Bill Signed into Law in New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law the New York State Commercial Goods Transportation Industry Fair Play Act, drastically changing how the state classifies independent contractors

January 9, 2014

Q&A: Rep. Earl Blumenauer on His Bill to Raise the Fuel Tax

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., introduced a bill that would raise federal fuel taxes and index them to the cost of living to pay for more investment in roads and bridges. The bill would repeal the taxes by 2025 in anticipation of replacing them with a vehicle-mile tax.

January 6, 2014

A Challenging Year Ahead on Capitol Hill

Trucking’s overriding challenge on Capitol Hill this year is passage of a new highway program. The current program expires at the end of October. It launched a number of substantive reforms and policy initiatives but was funded for just two years with money taken from here and there in the federal budget.

December 26, 2013

The Top 13 Trucking Stories of 2013, Part 1

As we look back at 2013, here's our annual look at the top news stories of the year. Our list was compiled on the basis of popularity on our website, Truckinginfo.com, as well as our editors' opinions on which stories have the most impact on the trucking industry.

December 20, 2013

Ayotte Introduces Bill to Suspend 34-Hour Restart

Sen. Kelley Ayotte, R-N.H., has introduced companion legislation to the House bill aimed at suspending the 34-hour restart provision of the hours-of-service rule.

December 20, 2013

Congressional Budget Doesn’t Cut Highway Funding

Less than a week after the U.S. House passed the budget deal agreed upon by both chambers, the Senate on Wednesday passed the bill that outlines spending levels for two years by a vote of 64-36.

December 12, 2013

Federal Budget Deal Addresses Oil Drilling and Highways

UPDATED -- A bipartisan federal budget deal reached Tuesday between members of the U.S. House and Senate to keep the federal government from shutting down, contains a little-known provision on drilling for oil and gas.

December 5, 2013

Trucking Industry Warns D.C. Diesel Registration Proposal Will Hurt City

A proposed ban on diesel-powered vehicles in the District of Columbia has drawn a strong response from a coalition of trucking industry groups. The coalition warned the D.C. Council that provisions in the recently introduced Sustainable D.C. Omnibus Act of 2013 would have “significantly harmful effects on the District’s economy and on the quality of life of District residents.”

November 26, 2013

Shuster Urges Quiet Approach to Highway Funding

With the House and Senate going to conference on a Water Resources Development bill, the way is clear for transportation committees in both chambers to take up reauthorization of the federal highway program.

October 28, 2013

Tax Reform Effort Could Include Infrastructure Funding

Two congressional leaders who have been working on tax reform for the past couple of years are getting closer to drafting proposals that could include renewed commitment to highway funding.

October 9, 2013

Trucking Groups Disavow Plans for Washington Protest

Several trucking groups have issued statements disavowing Internet-fueled plans for a trucking protest on Washington, D.C., this weekend, as spokespeople send mixed signals about exactly what's planned for this anti-government rally.

September 30, 2013

California Governor Signs Clean Transportation Funding Bill

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 8, a measure that will continue the state's clean vehicle and fuel incentives through 2023, providing more than $2 billion in funding to help fleets and consumers buy clean-burning low-carbon vehicles.

September 12, 2013

Bill Challenges FMCSA to Write Sleep Disorder Rule

Two congressmen have introduced bipartisan legislation that would require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to write a regulation covering sleep disorders, rather than issue a guidance as it is planning to do.

August 20, 2013

After the Hours-of-Service Ruling: Research on 34-Hour Restart, Action on Capitol Hill

Even as a federal court was recently upholding most of the hours of service rules, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has been working on a field study of the 34-hour restart that could influence that provision in the future, and there's a move on Capitol Hill to force the agency to return to the old rules.

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