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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.

April 29, 2014

Foxx Sends Highway Funding Proposal to Capitol Hill

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.

April 29, 2014

ATA Presses Obama on Surface Transportation Funding

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.”

April 16, 2014

DOT Secretary Bus Tour Rolls for Transportation Funding

Anthony Foxx is on the road this week emphasizing the importance of infrastructure funding, with the Obama Administration concerned about the ability to pass a new long-term highway funding authorization before two key deadlines.

March 24, 2014

Obama Signs Propane Delivery Exemptions into Law

Following quick passage by Congress, President Obama has signed legislation allowing for the expedited delivery of propane and heating fuel through May 31.

March 17, 2014

Fate of Propane Waivers Bill Rests with President Obama

Late last week the Senate unanimously approved H.R. 4076, which extends these waivers through the end of May.

March 6, 2014

Diesel Engine Group Upset Over Obama Budget Item

It calls for cutting all funding for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act from $20 million dollars this year to zero in 2015. The cut is part of more than $6 billion in budget reductions proposed for the new fiscal year, which starts at the beginning of October.

February 28, 2014

Trucking and Others Renew Fight Against Tolls

Businesses and organizations from numerous sectors of the U.S. economy, including in trucking, have renewed their efforts opposing tolls on existing federal interstates.

February 19, 2014

Trucker Group Criticizes Fuel Economy Rules, Others Positive to Cautious

The nation’s largest group of truckers is speaking out against President Obama’s Tuesday announcement ordering federal regulators to increase fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for trucks beyond the 2018 model year. Others say the plan will pay dividends in the trucking industry.

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