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July 29, 2015

13 Corporations Agree to Reduce Carbon Footprint

Thirteen large corporations have signed the White House's American Business Act on Climate Pledge, with companies such as UPS, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo using "greener" fleets to help meet carbon footprint goals.

May 29, 2015

Obama Lowers Ethanol Blending Levels

President Obama's U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reduced the federal required levels of ethanol that must be blended with gasoline, which dealt a blow to a biofuel that's falling out of favor in an era of cheap gasoline.

March 30, 2015

Highway Bill Would Bolster NHTSA Funding, Authority

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

Obama Vetoes Keystone Pipeline

President Obama has vetoed the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act, which Congressional Republicans had sent to the White House earlier today.

February 3, 2015

Analyzing President Obama’s Highway Plan

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

Obama Ups the Ante on Highway Spending

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

Obama Repeats Call for Tax Reform to Pay for Highway Bill

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

Obama Approves Incentives for Alt Fuels, Bi-Fuel NGVs

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

Obama Immigration Action Could Increase Pool of Truck Drivers

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

Republicans Will Take Charge of Senate Transportation Committees

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

Boehner Says Highway Bill is ‘Doable’

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

Obama Administration, Suppliers Agree to Phase Out HFC Refrigerants

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

Obama Moves to Support Private Infrastructure Investment

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

President Touts Smart Highways and Vehicles in Infrastructure Push

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

Water Resources Bill Passes, Ports Getting Financial Boost

Congress passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, providing support for port maintenance and other maritime improvements.

May 21, 2014

Ray LaHood Declares U.S. Highways ‘One Big Pothole’ at ALK Summit

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

Controversial Trucking Interest Group Founder Honored by Obama Administration

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.”

May 15, 2014

Nominees Named for DOT Second, Third Positions

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

Trucking Group Pushing Alternative to Obama Highway Funding Plan

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

Obama Administration Weighs In with Highway Bill

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.

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