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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.

July 24, 2013

Congress Working on Highway Funding for Next Year

Congress is wrestling with two highway funding bills for the 2014 fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, but only one has gotten an endorsement from President Obama.

July 23, 2013

Legislation Would Allow Heavier Trucks on Route After Interstate Designation

The U.S. House has passed a measure that would allow Wisconsin to continue its practice of allowing trucks weighing more than 80,000 pounds along a section of U.S. 41 when the route is designated as an Interstate roadway, most likely next year.

July 22, 2013

Legislation Would Up Minimum Truck Insurance Almost 500%

On Friday, Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Penn) introduced a bill that would raise the required insurance minimum for motor carriers, dubbed the Safe and Fair Environment on Highways Achieved through Underwriting Levels Act (H.R. 2730) otherwise known as “SAFE HAUL."

June 10, 2013

Senate Introduces the LNG Excise Tax Equalization Act

Yesterday, the U.S. Congress introduced bipartisan legislation to equitably tax liquefied natural gas as a transportation fuel. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the legislation, titled the “LNG Excise Tax Equalization Act of 2013” (S.1103).

May 22, 2013

Illinois Lawmakers Approve Speed Limit Increase, Uncertain if Governor Will Sign

Illinois lawmakers have given final approval to legislation increasing the speed limit along rural interstate sections to 70 mph, but it's not certain whether the governor will sign it into law.

May 8, 2013

Lautenberg Offers Bill to Restrict Sizes and Weights

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., reintroduced a bill that would restrict truck size and weight limits. His move positions a familiar piece in the size-and-weight chess match as the next highway bill approaches.

April 22, 2013

Vermont Moves Closer to Increasing Fuel Taxes

Higher fuel taxes in Vermont are almost a forgone conclusion, with the state Senate on Friday approving a hike in an overwhelming decision.

April 22, 2013

Wisconsin Bill Would Encourage Drivers to Slow Down Around Garbage Trucks

Inspired by a sanitation worker who lost his leg in an accident, two Wisconsin legislators introduced legislation designed to get other drivers to drive more carefully around garbage trucks.

April 4, 2013

Bill To Remove West Virginia Turnpike Tolls Clears First Hurdle

Legislation to remove tolls along the West Virginia Turnpike has passed its first test, with state House members voting to advance it to the Senate.

September 6, 2012

Small Brokers Take Issue with New $75,000 Bond Requirement

The ink on the new highway bill is hardly dry, yet one transportation group already is pushing for an amendment. The Association of Independent Property Brokers & Agents is lobbying to repeal the $75,000 bond requirement for brokers and freight forwarders that's in the law Congress passed in June

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