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Government

Trump Announces Social Distancing Guidelines Through April 30

President Donald Trump President Donald Trump had held out hope that some parts of the country could restart operations by the Easter holiday on April 12. (Reuters via YouTube)

After suggesting a portion of the country could carry on with minimal interruptions by mid-April, President Donald Trump acknowledged over the weekend getting back to business as usual by that time is simply not realistic. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 30, 2020
Government, Safety

Trump Optimistic Economic Stimulus Will Advance

Donald Trump with Mike Pence (L) and Peter Gaynor (R) Trump, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence (left) and Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Peter Gaynor. The proposed $1.8 trillion stimulus package would include loan guarantees up to $8 billion for air cargo carriers. (NBC News via YouTube)

While Republicans and Democrats disagree on certain priorities in a $1.8 trillion economic stimulus package, President Donald Trump recently expressed optimism about its chances of advancing through the chambers this week. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 23, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

USDOT Active in Response to Coronavirus, Joel Szabat Tells Senators

Joel Szabat Joel Szabat, shown testifying at a House hearing in September, told a Senate panel March 4 fighting the coronavirus will require "the efforts of all levels of government." (House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee via YouTube)

Transportation officials’ supporting role to the COVID-19 outbreak includes daily coordination with aviation industry stakeholders, foreign counterparts and federal agencies, DOT official Joel Szabat told a Senate panel March 4. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 9, 2020
Government, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Secretary Elaine Chao: Consumers Will Be Key in Determining AV Technology

Elaine Chao at 2020 CPAC "innovation is a trademark of who we are as Americans. That is our greatest export,” Chao said during the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 28. (Restore Public Trust Press via YouTube)

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao recently asserted that the American consumer will have a lot to say in determining the course of autonomous vehicles. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 2, 2020
Government, Safety

AASHTO Conference Will Press for Highway Funding

I-395 in Washington, D.C Interstate 395 in Washington, D.C., by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

State transportation officials will be asked to use their voices to push through highway funding at a major conference in Washington this week. Here's our Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 24, 2020
Government

Trump Plan: Make Infrastructure Great Now, Surface Transportation in a Few Months

Donald Trump Trump's infrastructure directive contained in the fiscal 2021 budget proposal wasn't without a sense of urgency. (Fox News via YouTube)

President Donald Trump’s infrastructure directive explained in his fiscal 2021 budget to Congress is about urgency. The time to act is now. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 18, 2020
Government

2020 Presidential Candidates Silent on Fuel Tax for Highway Trust Fund Fix

Bernie Sanders In 2017, Sanders joined Senate Democrats in supporting the Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure plan, which called for a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure. (CNN via YouTube)

Since their “victories” in the Iowa caucuses, Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg rarely have mentioned their proposals aimed at repairing the country’s networks of roads and bridges. Sanders occasionally has insisted on the need to repair potholes and improve freight connectivity. Buttigieg’s campaign has focused on attacking President Trump. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 10, 2020
Government

Trucking Policy to Dominate US Senate Hearing Feb. 4

Chris Spear ATA President Chris Spear advocates the Build America Fund, which is projected to generate $340 billion in about 10 years. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Transportation stakeholders, including ATA President Chris Spear, addressed their industry concerns to senators on the Commerce Committee Feb. 4. Here's the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 3, 2020
Government

Infrastructure Week Spotlight Shines on Nancy Pelosi

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi Speaker Nancy Pelosi says her caucus is making legislative room for a highway bill that would address climate change. (Real Time With Bill Maher via YouTube)

House Democrats appear determined to advance a highway measure. That would include the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee looking into funding measures. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 28, 2020
Government

Trucking Recognizes Efforts on Capitol Hill to Combat Human Trafficking

Susan Collins "We must not cease our efforts until we truly brought an end to human trafficking,” says Susan Collins (R-Maine), chairwoman of the Senate's transportation funding panel. (News Center Maine via YouTube)

Several members of Congress were honored recently by Trucking Cares Foundation for their efforts in fighting human trafficking. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 21, 2020

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