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October 22, 2015 - Industry News

House Committee Approves Long-Term Highway Bill

House T&I Committee Chair Bill Shuster (left) and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio at markup of long-term highway bill on Oct. 22. Photo: House T&I Committee

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unanimously approved its version of a long-term highway bill, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform (STRR) Act of 2015 (H.R. 3763).

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Legislation, Infrastructure Funding

October 19, 2015 - Industry News

Shuster Maps Passage of Highway Bill

Rep. Bill Shuster addressing ATA meeting in Philadelphia on Oct. 19. Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure laid out the long and winding road ahead for passage of a multi-year highway bill by both chambers of Congress.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, ATA MC&E

October 19, 2015 - Industry News

House Highway Bill Promises Trucking Reforms

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

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

Tags: FMCSA, Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

October 15, 2015 - Industry News

House to Mark Up Highway Bill — At Last

Rep. Bill Shuster, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee File Photo

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has finally scheduled a hearing to mark up its version of a long-term highway funding bill for Oct. 22 – seven days before the current short-term patch authorizing spending on transportation runs out.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Bill, U.S. House of Representatives

September 8, 2015 - Industry News

How Long Will Congress Keep Highway Bill on Back Burner?

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

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.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Bill

August 6, 2015 - Industry News

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

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) Image: Carper<br />

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.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Congress, U.S. Senate

July 30, 2015 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund

July 29, 2015 - Industry News

House Passes Short-Term Highway Extension

The House late Wednesday passed a short-term extension to keep federal highway funding going until October 29, right before members left on August recess, leaving the Senate to deal with before the looming Friday deadline.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Congress

July 29, 2015 - Industry News

House, Senate to Move on Short-Term Highway Bill

It looks like Congress is going to kick the can down the road again when it comes to highway funding after what looked like a game of "chicken" in recent days.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Congress

July 27, 2015 - Industry News

House Won't Consider Senate Highway Bill

Barbara Boxer: &quot;if we have a bill, we&#39;re sending it.&quot;

UPDATED: An issue unrelated to transportation may keep the House from taking up the Senate's six-year highway bill. The clock is ticking as funds run out midnight Friday and the House is leaving for August recess.

Tags: Legislation, Highway Funding, U.S. Congress

July 26, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Highway Bill Dodges Potholes

Long weekend leads into a long week for highway bill on Capitol Hill Photo: David Cullen

As of late Sunday evening, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had managed to steer the multi-year highway bill introduced last week beyond some legislative potholes that had threatened to slow the process of getting the measure to the House for consideration.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Moves Highway Bill Forward

Sen. McConnell contends that if the Senate can pass its highway bill quickly, the House may be persuaded to agree to a multi-year package. Photo: mcconnell.senate.gov

The Senate voted on Wednesday to move forward a bipartisan highway bill that had been blocked by a procedural vote just a day before.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund

July 21, 2015 - Industry News

Senators’ Highway Deal: 6-Year Bill Funded for 3

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

Two top Senators reached agreement today to put forward a bipartisan, multi-year highway bill that would fund projects for the next three years — leaving it to the next Congress to determine how to fund its final three years.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

House Passes Five-Month Highway Bill Patch

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) contends five-month patch will provide time to legislate a &quot;fiscally responsible&#39; long-term highway bill.

House Republican leaders on July 15 pushed through an $8-billion plus measure to fund highway and infrastructure expenditures through December 18.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

Short-Term Highway Patch, Trucking Issues on The Hill

HDT file photo

The House of Representatives unveils a short-term funding patch to keep the highway program running for the next six months, as a Senate committee prepares to consider a comprehensive highway safety bill Wednesday that addresses trucking issues such as CSA reforms, younger drivers and hair testing.

Tags: Highway Funding, CSA, Hair Testing, Legislation

July 8, 2015 - Industry News

PA Turnpike Tolls to Increase in 2016

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has approved a 6% toll increase for all customers to pay for an overhaul of the highway.

Tags: Tolls, Pennsylvania, Highway Funding

June 26, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Advances Pro-Trucking Measures

Image via: www.feinstein.senate.gov

Before heading out the door on June 26 for an 11-day Congressional recess, the Republican majority in the Senate flexed its political muscle to move forward an array of legislative efforts widely favored if not outright lobbied for by trucking stakeholders.

Tags: U.S. Senate, Truck Size/Weight, Highway Funding, ELD, Speed Limiter, 34-Hour Restart, CSA, FMCSA

June 24, 2015 - Industry News

Senate to Consider 6-Year, $350 Billion Highway Bill

Senate bill would provide $350 billion over six years for surface transportation. Photo: David Cullen

A bipartisan effort by four key Senators led the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee on June 24 to recommend that the full Senate consider a six-year bill that calls for spending $350 billion on surface-transportation infrastructure.

Tags: Highway Funding, Legislation, U.S. Congress, Elected Leaders

June 17, 2015 - Industry News

House Ways & Means Gets Earfuls on Fixing Highway Funding Mess

In testimony Wednesday, transportation stakeholders pressed the House Committee on Ways & Means to quickly and finally figure out how to fix the nation’s broken highway-funding system.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding

June 17, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Alliance: Senate Should Ditch Funding Riders that “Compromise Safety”

Photo: The Trucking Alliance

The Trucking Alliance is urging the Senate to reject riders to the funding bill that “would compromise truck safety” by reducing funding for certain truck-safety programs and for infrastructure improvements.

Tags: Driver Safety, Highway Safety, Highway Funding

June 1, 2015 - Industry News

President Obama Inks Highway Patch

Photo:The White House

The Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015 was signed into law on Friday by President Obama extending funding through July 31.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund

May 26, 2015 - Industry News

Highway Patch Bill Sent to President Obama

Photo: David Cullen

With a voice vote on Saturday, the U.S. Senate approved the two-month extension of the highway bill that was passed by the House of Representatives last Tuesday. The legislation now awaits the expected signature of President Obama.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Bill, Legislation

May 20, 2015 - Industry News

House Dems Push Long-Term Highway Measure

Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the House Transportation &amp;amp; Infrastructure Committee. Image: Official Portrait

Peter DeFazio and 19 Committee Democrats have introduced the Obama Administration’s GROW AMERICA Act as a long-term surface transportation funding measure.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Legislation

May 15, 2015 - Industry News

Committee Chairmen Propose Their Own Funding Patch

Rep. Bill Shuster and Rep. Paul Ryan released a joint statement about their own proposal to extend spending authority for the Highway Trust Fund through the end of July.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Congress, Highway Bill

May 14, 2015 - Industry News

Senators Float Midsummer Highway Bill Patch

With one week left to pass a short-term funding extension two key Democratic lawmakers have introduced a measure to extend the authorization of surface transportation programs into this July.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highway Bill

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