March 30, 2015
The Obama administration's transportation bill, delivered to the U.S. Congress March 30, would triple funding for the federal safety agency's auto defect investigation office.
February 24, 2015
President Obama has vetoed the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act, which Congressional Republicans had sent to the White House earlier today.
February 3, 2015
A “Budget Highlights” document issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation details how the $478 billion apportioned for spending on surface-transportation infrastructure over the next six years would be put to work.
February 2, 2015
President Obama has proposed $478 billion in spending on transportation infrastructure over the next six years in his $4 trillion budget proposal.
January 21, 2015
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.
December 23, 2014
President Obama signed into law two pieces of legislation extending alternative fuels tax credits and removing the federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program credit cap for bi-fuel natural gas vehicles (NGVs).
December 2, 2014
President Obama’s move to let some undocumented immigrants stay in the country clears the way for them to become professional truck drivers, but that path is neither simple nor quick.
November 5, 2014
The Republican sweep in the mid-term elections changes the players, but it is too soon to know how it will affect transportation policy.
September 29, 2014
A highway bill is “in the realm of the doable” in the next two years, said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in remarks on ABC’s This Week on Sunday. In a conversation with host George Stephanopoulos Boehner said that both he and President Obama came to Washington to get something done rather than butt heads.
September 16, 2014
The Obama administration and refrigeration suppliers have joined in an effort to reduce greenhouse gases, a move that will affect use of refrigerants in trucks.
July 17, 2014
As Congress struggles to preserve the Highway Trust Fund this summer and eventually pass a long-term highway bill, President Obama is using his executive authority to promote increased private investment in infrastructure. In remarks Thursday at the Port of Wilmington, Delaware, Obama announced a plan to help states and local governments use alternative financing for their infrastructure needs.
July 16, 2014
Tuesday, President Obama took a quick trip across the Potomac to visit the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, a facility in McLean, Virginia, that focuses on highway technologies that help make driving safer and smarter.
May 22, 2014
Congress passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, providing support for port maintenance and other maritime improvements.
May 21, 2014
Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood opened the second day of the ALK Technology Summit in Princeton, N.J., on Wednesday by telling attendees that while the U.S. is "the greatest country in the world [our] transportation and infrastructure is a big mess."
May 15, 2014
The founder of a polarizing trucking interest group was among 11 people honored by the White House earlier this week as a “2014 Transportation Champion of Change.”
President Obama will formally name two successors to posts within the U.S. Transportation Department, following departures late last year and earlier this year.
May 1, 2014
A national coalition of transportation companies formed three years ago to advance trucking fleet safety initiatives announced it supports major components within President Obama’s four-year $302 billion transportation plan released this week, however, there is one area in which it disagrees.
April 30, 2014
The Obama administration put down its marker for the next highway program with the GROW America Act, a $302 billion, four-year bill funded by a one-time infusion from a change in the corporate tax code. The House and Senate are working on their versions with no word yet on how they will pay for them, although the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing May 6: New Routes for Funding and Financing Highways and Transit.
April 29, 2014
UPDATED -- U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Tuesday unveiled a long-term transportation bill he is sending to Congress for consideration as the House and Senate face looming deadlines to avoid the Highway Trust Fund running out of money this summer, but at least one part of it will likely draw controversy.
UPDATED -- The American Trucking Associations is calling on the Obama administration to focus on what it says are “the real challenges, and real solutions, to the nation’s infrastructure funding woes.”
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