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April 2, 2015 - Industry News

House Bill Seeks to Halt Excise Tax Increase

A bipartisan group of U.S. House members have introduced a bill seeking to stop any increase of the excise tax on new heavy-duty trucks, an effort that has been applauded by truck dealers.

Tags: ATD, Federal Excise Tax, Proposed Legislation, U.S. Congress, Truck Dealers

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Highway Bill Would Bolster NHTSA Funding, Authority

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind

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.

Tags: Legislation, Recalls, U.S. DOT, NHTSA, President Obama, U.S. Congress

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

House Members Seek to End Ethanol Mandate

Photo Wikipedia.

A bi-partisan group of members of the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced legislation that would end the ethanol mandate, following a similar measure introduced in the U.S. Senate in late February.

Tags: Ethanol, Renewable Fuel Standard, U.S. Congress

March 5, 2015 - Industry News

States Considering Highway Funding Options

Photo: U.S.House T&I Committee

While Capitol Hill may yet again slap an eleventh-hour cold patch on the highway-funding gap, state governments are moving ever more quickly and innovatively to put their infrastructure spending in order.

Tags: U.S. Congress, Highway Funding, Taxes, Tolls, State Legislation

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

Obama Vetoes Keystone Pipeline

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

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

Tags: President Obama, U.S. Congress, Oil Prices, Economic Conditions

February 6, 2015 - Industry News

Senators Push For Fair Taxing of LNG

Sens. Michael Bennet D-Colo. (left) and Richard Burr R-N.C. Offical Senate photos

Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) have reintroduced a bipartisan bill that would allow liquefied natural gas (LNG) to better compete with diesel with taxation based on energy output rather than per gallon.

Tags: Diesel, Fuel Tax, Excise Taxes, LNG, U.S. Congress, Fuel and Oil

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Analyzing President Obama’s Highway Plan

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

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.

Tags: Budget, Highway Funding, U.S. Congress, President Obama

February 2, 2015 - Industry News

Obama Ups the Ante on Highway Spending

Will the President's budget force real conversation on the state of the nation's roads and bridges? Photo by Deborah Lockridge

President Obama has proposed $478 billion in spending on transportation infrastructure over the next six years in his $4 trillion budget proposal.

Tags: Highway Funding, President Obama, U.S. Congress

January 15, 2015 - Industry News

Biodiesel Board Blames Feds for Industry Slump

Total U.S. biodiesel consumption fell to 1.75 billion gallons in 2014, down slightly from nearly 1.8 billion gallons in 2013, according to data released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Tags: Biodiesel, EPA, U.S. Congress

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

Federal Legislation Boosts Diesel Emissions Reduction Grants

The federal budget package approved by the U.S. House and U.S. Senate includes a 50 percent increase in funding for a clean air program that reduces emissions from older diesel powered engines, vehicles, and equipment.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, U.S. Congress, EPA, Legislation, Federal Grants

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. House Extends Alternative-Fuel Tax Credits

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which includes an amendment extending the federal 50-cent per gallon alternative fuels excise tax credits through the remainder of 2014, even though the credits had previously expired at the end of 2013.

Tags: Tax Incentive, U.S. Congress, Alternative Fuels, Legislation

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

House Pair Invoke Reagan to Promote Fuel Tax Hike

Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., (right) and Tom Petri, R-Wis., called for passage of a bill to raise the tax and quoted from Reagan’s call to do the same.

A bipartisan pair of House Representatives invoked the spirit of conservative champion Ronald Reagan to push for a fuel tax increase to revive the Highway Trust Fund. Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Tom Petri, R-Wisc., called for passage of a bill to raise the tax and quoted from Reagan’s 1982 call to do the same.

Tags: Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Congress, Legislation, Taxes, Infrastructure Funding

October 13, 2014 - Industry News

Congressmen Air Concerns About Sleep Apnea Training

Two congressmen have told the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that some of the organizations providing sleep apnea training to medical examiners are teaching the wrong material.

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, Regulations, Congress, Safety & Compliance, Driver Health, U.S. Congress

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

Congress Passes 10-Month Highway Bill

The Senate Thursday night approved a $10.8 billion House bill to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through next May. This ensures that highway funding will continue for the next 10 months.

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

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

House Rejects Senate Highway Trust Fund Patch as Deadline Looms

Congress is inching ever closer to the edge of insolvency for the Highway Trust Fund. On Thursday afternoon the House rejected the Senate’s bill to patch the Fund into December and sent its original bill back to the upper chamber.

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

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

No Restart Suspension in House Appropriations Bill

The trucking industry effort to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule missed a gear Tuesday when the House passed an appropriations bill that does not contain such a provision.

Tags: HOS, U.S. Congress, U.S. House, FMCSA, 34-Hour Restart, Legislation, Hours of Service

April 16, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Secretary Bus Tour Rolls for Transportation Funding

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx speaks to an audience in Birmingham, Ala. Photo: Evan Lockridge

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.

Tags: Congress, Infrastructure, Highway Funding, Highways, Anthony Foxx, U.S. Congress, President Obama, Highway Trust Fund, Alabama

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