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Rep. Shuster Drafts Massive Infrastructure Plan

Rep. Shuster Drafts Massive Infrastructure Plan

The “discussion draft” of a wide-ranging infrastructure plan just released by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster is receiving a warm welcome from stakeholder groups, but there’s no guarantee it will be hammered into law.

July 24, 2018

House Transpo Chair Shuster Not Running in 2018
Self-Driving Trucks Need to Gain Traction on Capitol Hill

Self-Driving Trucks Need to Gain Traction on Capitol Hill

Despite the argument that some sort of self-driving truck will become an everyday reality before any self-driving car does, legislation that would ease the application of autonomous driving technology to commercial trucks has so far failed to gain traction on Capitol Hill.

September 7, 2017

House Bill Aims to Clarify Independent Contractor Status

House Bill Aims to Clarify Independent Contractor Status

A bill newly proposed in the House would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to change the classification of employers and employees. “Currently, it is difficult and overly complicated for businesses to use independent contractors, which limits companies’ growth and individuals’ work,” said Rep. Erik Paulsen, who introduced H.R. 3396.

August 2, 2017

Another House Bill Aims to Delay ELD Rule

Another House Bill Aims to Delay ELD Rule

Another Hail Mary Pass has been flung to try and slow the advance of the electronic logging device rule. Rep. Brian Babin has introduced the ELD Extension Act of 2017, which seeks to extend the current initial implementation date for the ELD mandate.

July 19, 2017

Could House Bill Slow or Even Stop ELD Rule?

Could House Bill Slow or Even Stop ELD Rule?

The House Transportation Committee has attached a directive to this year’s Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill that could end up delaying or repealing the electronic logging device mandate set to go into effect on Dec. 18.

July 18, 2017

Trucking with Trump: Beware Fog Ahead

Trucking with Trump: Beware Fog Ahead

Since President-elect Trump has never been in lockstep with Republican orthodoxy, let alone GOP leadership on Capitol Hill, there’s no way of telling now how their vision of governing jointly will ultimately turn out.

November 9, 2016

New Highway Bill Scores High Marks

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.

December 2, 2015

House Applies Highway Patch; Senate Expected to Rubberstamp
House Passes Highway Bill

House Passes Highway Bill

The House of Representatives has passed its version of a highway bill— voting for it 363-64 in overwhelming bipartisan fashion.

November 5, 2015

Senate Rubber-Stamps Highway Bill Patch

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 29, 2015

House Approves Highway-Bill Patch

House Approves Highway-Bill Patch

Playing beat the clock, the House of Representatives today approved by voice vote a three-week extension of transportation funding.

October 27, 2015

Highway Bill Patch Could Derail Over Train Safety Measure

Highway Bill Patch Could Derail Over Train Safety Measure

The latest proposed extension of federal highway funding includes a provision to delay a mandate for automatic-braking equipment on trains that could turn passing the measure into a game of political football.

October 26, 2015

Could House Highway Bill Hurt Smaller Fleets?

Could House Highway Bill Hurt Smaller Fleets?

A letter signed by eight businesses and associations that together represent over 9,500 motor carriers, brokers and shippers has been sent to the House opposing a section of the long-term highway bill because it “could cripple small-business truckers.”

October 25, 2015