U.S. House of Representatives

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September 25, 2015 - Industry News

House Speaker Boehner to Step Down Next Month

Speaker of the House John Boehner will resign from Congress effective October 30, according to published news reports.

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

September 24, 2015 - Industry News

Obama Administration Moves to Speed Up Infrastructure Projects

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The White House has issued new guidelines to Federal agencies to help accelerate the review and approval of infrastructure projects.

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, White House, Highway Construction

September 17, 2015 - Industry News

TCA: Weight-Reform Bill Would Up Equipment Costs

Image: Federal Highway Association

The Truckload Carriers Association has come out strongly against legislation that would enable individual states to raise the GCW limit for trucks operating on Interstate highways from the current 80,000 to 91,000 pounds on tractor-trailers equipped with a sixth axle.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Truckload Carriers Association, Truck Size/Weight

September 10, 2015 - Industry News

Bill Would Up Truck Weight Limit to 91,000 Pounds

Image: Federal Highway Administration

A bill that would allow individual states to increase the federal vehicle weight limit to 91,000 pounds for tractor-trailers equipped with a sixth axle has been introduced by Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI).

Tags: Truck Size/Weight, 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

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 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:

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 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 "fiscally responsible' 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 10, 2015 - Industry News

House Bill Would Up Fuel Tax By Over 10 Cents

Photo: Jim Park

Aiming to address both the lack of funding for the Highway Trust Fund and the lack of trust in finding a long-term solution for that, Rep. Tim Rice (R-SC) has introduced a bill that would hike federal motor-fuel taxes by 10.1 cents per gallon and index the new rate to inflation.

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

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

March 17, 2015 - Industry News

House Highway Committee Hears from Beyond the Beltway

Photo: U.S. House T&I Committee

Roads and bridges may be local projects, but there’s no getting around their funding being planned and executed on a national scale. That message was driven home today in testimony by three representatives of key stakeholder groups before the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.

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

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Boehner Says Highway Bill is ‘Doable’

Photo: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

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.

Tags: Highway Funding, Rep. John Boehner, Legislation, President Obama, U.S. House of Representatives

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 12, 2014 - Industry News

DeFazio Introduces Bill Reforming Road Funding

HR 4848, “The Repeal and Rebuild Act,” is a long-term solution that would create American jobs, fix the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, and finally break the transportation funding impasse that has plagued Congress for years, according to the senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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

June 10, 2014 - Industry News

House Amendment Would Stop FMCSA Insurance Rulemaking

UPDATED -- The U.S. House approved an amendment that would stop the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from changing insurance minimums. The amendment is a long way from becoming law but it highlights opposition to the agency even considering a change in the minimums.

Tags: FMCSA, Insurance, U.S. House of Representatives, Congress, Legislation, Regulations

June 2, 2014 - Industry News

House Leaders Propose Plan to Plug Highway Gap by Cutting Postal Services

Cutting back on Saturday service, the Postal Service could save $10.7 billion over 10 years. Kevin Payravi, Wikimedia Commons

Republican leaders in the House are proposing a stopgap plan that claims money from postal service reforms to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through next May.

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

April 14, 2014 - Industry News

Transportation Lawmaker Petri Leaving Congress This Year

Tom Petri, R-Wisc.

Veteran transportation legislator Tom Petri, R-Wisc., will not run for reelection this fall. Rep. Petri is scheduled to make the announcement Monday afternoon at a town hall meeting in Neenah, Wisc.

Tags: House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, Congress, Wisconsin

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

House Bill Seeks to Increase U.S. Port Activity

Congressman Jim McDermott, D-Wash., has introduced The Maritime Goods Movement Act for the 21st Century, H.R. 4105. The legislation would replace the current Harbor Maintenance Tax, designed to fund the operation and maintenance of American ports.

Tags: Legislation, U.S. House of Representatives, Freight, Ports, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Port Trucking

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

Three Bills Introduced to Promote Natural Gas Use in Trucking

U.S. Representatives Lee Terry, R-Neb., and Sam Graves, R-Mo., have introduced a trio of bills to promote the use of natural gas in long haul trucking.

Tags: Natural Gas, Congress, Natural Gas Vehicles, U.S. House of Representatives

January 13, 2014 - Industry News

Bill Calls for Shipping Fee for Infrastructure Improvements

Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash.

Legislation has been offered up in the U.S. House that backers say will support improvements to infrastructure and transportation in the national freight mobility network through a new tax on freight shipments.

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

October 14, 2013 - Industry News

House Freight Panel Takes on the Most Difficult Issue: Funding

The House panel studying freight transportation saved the toughest for last: how to pay for it. It was a sign of the enduring paralysis over funding that the panel had Jack Schenendorf and Robert Atkinson as witnesses in its final hearing last week.

Tags: Taxes, Congress, Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Legislation Would Up Minimum Truck Insurance Almost 500%

On Friday, Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Penn) introduced a bill that would raise the required insurance minimum for motor carriers, dubbed the Safe and Fair Environment on Highways Achieved through Underwriting Levels Act (H.R. 2730) otherwise known as “SAFE HAUL."

Tags: Insurance, U.S. House of Representatives, Legislation

April 17, 2013 - Industry News

House Panel Tasked with Developing Freight Transportation Improvements

The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV) have announced the members of a special panel tasked with examining the current state of freight transportation in the United States and how improving freight transportation can strengthen the economy.

Tags: Infrastructure, Highways, U.S. House of Representatives, MAP-21



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