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U.S. Senate Begins Work on Highway Bill

U.S. Senate Begins Work on Highway Bill

The U.S. Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee has launched its effort to draft a new highway bill with vows to work out political differences in order to restore the health of the nation’s infrastructure.

January 28, 2015

Obama Repeats Call for Tax Reform to Pay for Highway Bill
Petri Cleared in Ethics Review

Petri Cleared in Ethics Review

Rep. Tom Petri did not violate House rules and the review of his conduct will be dropped, the House Ethics Committee said in a decision that comes just as Petri ends his 35-year career in Congress.

December 16, 2014

34-Hour Restart Likely to Be Suspended, Studied

34-Hour Restart Likely to Be Suspended, Studied

Trucking interests are close to victory in their fight to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. The appropriations bill negotiated by the Senate and House will cut off funding for enforcement of the restart while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studies its impact.

December 10, 2014

House Pair Invoke Reagan to Promote Fuel Tax Hike

House Pair Invoke Reagan to Promote Fuel Tax Hike

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.

December 3, 2014

Republicans Will Take Charge of Senate Transportation Committees
Boxer Keeps Pressure on Highway Funding

Boxer Keeps Pressure on Highway Funding

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., continues to press for action on a highway bill this year, writing a letter last week to Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

October 14, 2014

House Ethics Committee Will Review Petri Allegations

House Ethics Committee Will Review Petri Allegations

Following a finding by investigators that Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wisc., may have violated House rules, the Committee on Ethics decided to continue its review of charges that Petri improperly acted on behalf of companies in which he had a financial interest.

October 3, 2014

Highway Bill: ‘Nowhere to Go But Up’

Highway Bill: ‘Nowhere to Go But Up’

Undaunted by the conventional political view that Congress will accomplish nothing in the upcoming lame duck session, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., insists there is a chance to pass and fund a six-year highway program.

October 2, 2014

National Freight Plan Needs to Address Congestion, GAO Says

National Freight Plan Needs to Address Congestion, GAO Says

Truck and rail traffic are expected to grow, good news for the economy as well as the carriers -- but with growth comes congestion, and transportation planners need more information and better direction from Congress on how to manage the problem. That’s the message from the Government Accountability Office.

September 30, 2014

Transport Interests Attack Conservatives’ Highway Bill
House Prepares Short-Term Appropriations Bill Without 34-Hour Restart Provision
Carrier, Shipper Interests Push Federal Freight Policy

Carrier, Shipper Interests Push Federal Freight Policy

Freight interests are staking ground for the next highway program, asserting the need for sustainable funding, systematic planning and improved efficiency. The Freight Stakeholders Coalition, representing 18 carrier and shipper organizations including American Trucking Associations, published a 9-point platform for the upcoming debate over reauthorization of the program.

September 9, 2014

Highway Bill Starts 10-Month Countdown

Highway Bill Starts 10-Month Countdown

President Obama has signed the latest short-term extension of the federal highway program, starting a 10-month clock on yet another funding deadline.The $10.8 billion bill, passed by Congress at the last moment before the Highway Trust Fund dipped into the red, will keep the fund solvent until next May.

August 12, 2014

House Rejects Senate Highway Trust Fund Patch as Deadline Looms
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