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June 1, 2016

Senate Action Opposes Federal Excise Tax Increase

Sen. Cory Gardner introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 40, expressing opposition toward increasing the 12% Federal Excise Tax (FET) on heavy trucks and truck bodies.

May 20, 2016

Senate Keeps Hours-of-Service Fix in Funding Bill

The Senate has passed a transportation funding bill that includes a fix of earlier legislative language that muddied what might happen to the Hour of Service rule’s restart provisions if a mandated study cannot show that the restart changes benefitted drivers.

May 19, 2016

HOS Restart Reform Keeps Cranking on Capitol Hill

Updated on May 20: A House Appropriations subcommittee has advanced language to “fix” the Hour of Service rule’s 34-hour restart provisions that goes much further than a measure contained in a bill passed by the full Senate on May 19.

May 2, 2016

Trucking Alliance Opposes HOS Fix in Senate Bill

A coalition of major carriers has come out firmly opposed to language put forth by the Senate Appropriations Committee to fix earlier legislative wording that muddied the future status of the 34-hour restart provision of the Hours of Service rule.

April 21, 2016

Senate Bill Includes Hours-of-Service Fix; Demands Speed-Limiter Rule

The transportation spending bill advanced by the Senate Appropriations Committee fixes wording in earlier legislation that muddied what the status of the 34-hour restart would be if a study by the Department of Transportation cannot show that controversial restart changes benefit drivers.

April 19, 2016

Safety Groups Oppose Changing HOS in THUD Bill

A broad coalition of interest groups is lobbying Congress “to oppose any special interest anti-truck safety riders including changes to the truck driver hours of service rules..."

April 14, 2016

Sen. Boxer Opposes Resurrecting Trucker Rest-Break Reform

An effort appears under way to insert a pro-trucking reform twice shot down by this Congress in the Fiscal Year 2017 THUD bill. However, if Sen. Barbara Boxer, the Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, has her way, the proposal will die yet a third death on Capitol Hill.

March 11, 2016

Latest Aviation Bill Ditches Pro-Trucking Reform

The effort to inject a reform proposal widely viewed as favorable to trucking into an aviation bill has crashed and burned. At least for now.

December 4, 2015

Highway Bill Signed by President Obama

Ten years in the making, a fully funded highway bill that runs longer than two years has become law.

December 2, 2015

New Highway Bill Scores High Marks

Reaction of industry stakeholder groups to the highway bill compromise forged by Congress is mixed, but decidedly more positive than negative.

November 18, 2015

Senate Again Says Nay to Twin 33s

The Senate has approved an amendment that strips out a measure included in the Department of Transportation funding bill that would have allowed 33-foot-long double trailers to operate on highways regardless of state laws.

November 11, 2015

Senate Motion Urges No Twin 33s in Highway Bill

The Senate has approved a bipartisan motion that instructs Senate conferees to the highway bill to oppose the inclusion of a provision that would allow 33-foot long double trailers to operate on highways regardless of state laws.

October 29, 2015

Senate Rubber-Stamps Highway Bill Patch

Just a day before current funding was set to expire, the Senate on Oct. 28 approved by voice vote the short highway-bill extension that had been passed by the House a day earlier.

October 19, 2015

House Highway Bill Promises Trucking Reforms

New long-term measure would hide CSA scores, launch an under-21 CDL pilot program and allow hair-testing for drug-testing truck drivers.

September 9, 2015

Good News on Trust Fund Is Not Necessarily Good News for Highway Bill

Transportation-policy consultant Ken Orski argues in his latest Innovation NewsBrief update that the urgency to pass a long-term highway bill has “largely vanished” thanks to the Dept. of Transportation revealing that the Highway Trust Fund isn’t in imminent danger of running dry.

September 8, 2015

How Long Will Congress Keep Highway Bill on Back Burner?

The Capitol Hill recess is finally over and trucking can hope that during their weeks away from Capitol Hill, every Member of Congress heard earfuls from constituents about the abysmal condition of roads and bridges in their home states and districts.

August 6, 2015

Nadeau Confirmed as FHWA Administrator

The Senate unanimously confirmed Greg Nadeau as Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration on August 5.

August 6, 2015

Senator: Hike Fuel Tax 4 Cents a Year for 4 Years

Sen. Tom Carper contends all that’s needed to restore the Highway Trust Fund is to raise federal fuel taxes by four cents a year for four years and then index the rates to inflation from then on.

August 2, 2015

Highway Bill and The Sausage Factory

It's not a family-friendly flick or a Wes Craven slasher coming to a theater near you...

July 30, 2015

Senate Approves House’s 3-Month Highway Bill

The Senate passed its massive and contentious long-term highway bill and then approved the three-month extension of federal highway funding passed earlier by the House. The $8 billion patch, which runs out on October 29, has been sent to President Obama, who is expected to sign the bill.

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