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Capitol Agenda by Eugene Mulero

A Dec. 3 funding deadline for most of the federal government awaits members of Congress returning to Washington this week. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

President Joe Biden said his administration has made strides toward relieving U.S. supply-chain disruptions, as he met Nov. 29 with the leaders of major retailers including Walmart Inc. who assured him they have ample inventories for the holiday season.

Trucking companies are using social media to connect with drivers, build their brands and recruit and retain workers. And they’re having success.

WASHINGTON — A truckload of holiday cheer has appeared at the U.S. Capitol Building with the arrival of an 84-foot white fir, made possible by committed industry partnerships.

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on Nov. 29 will make the case for more domestic production of semiconductors in a pitch aimed at the administration’s goal to have 50% of U.S. vehicles be electric by the end of the decade.

Although it remains unclear when the flow of international freight will return to normalcy, the companies on the Transport Topics 2021 Top 50 Global Freight Carriers list are doing their part to ensure that cargo continues to move via ship, truck, train and aircraft.

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Photos: The 2021 Capitol Christmas Tree began its journey in California on Oct. 23, in the Mad River Ranger District of the Six Rivers National Forest. It was driven cross-country by the official designated tour carrier, System Transport, a division of Trans-System Inc. and arrived in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 19.

TT Newsmakers

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello will discuss the challenges of the past year and his perspective on the opportunities to come in 2022. Save your seat for the Dec. 9 program.

Top 100/ Top 50

  • Key data on revenue and freight assets for the 50 largest global freight carriers.

  • Beverage and food service fleets dominate the top spots in this comprehensive rundown of private carriers in North America, ranked by number of tractors.

  • Annual rankings provide an indispensable overview of the largest for-hire carriers in North America, along with timely analysis of trends shaping the industry.

  • A unique ranking of the third-party logistics companies in North America includes listings of the largest freight brokerage firms, freight forwarders, warehouse operators and dedicated contract carriage service providers.

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