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Sen. Mitch McConnell Announces Oct. 21 Vote on COVID-19 Relief Package

Sen. Mitch McConnell Sen. Mitch McConnell says a new stimulus package would focus on expanded unemployment benefits and bolster a loan program for struggling small businesses. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

Sen. Mitch McConnell announced a vote scheduled for Oct.. 21 on a package that would seek to expand unemployment benefits, as well as enhance a loan program for struggling small businesses. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 19, 2020
Government, Business

Extension Shoves Hot Infrastructure Issue to Back Burner

President Trump and Melania Trump step off Air Force One in Cleveland Sept. 29 ahead of the debate. President Trump and Melania Trump step off of Air Force One in Cleveland before the Sept. 29 debate. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images via Bloomberg News)

Infrastructure policy discussions are not front and center at the White House, and the recent enactment of a yearlong extension of the country’s premier highway policy law assures that there won't be substantial talks about transportation anytime soon. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 5, 2020
Government

Infrastructure and the Trump-Biden Presidential Debate

Joe Biden (left), Donald Trump Former Vice President Joe Biden (left) and President Donald Trump at various times have compared U.S. infrastructure with that in underdeveloped nations. (Biden by Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News; Trump by Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg News)

President Donald Trump and former VP Joe Biden will square off in a presidential debate Sept. 29. Despite both men calling infrastructure a pressing national issue, don't count on the topic coming up. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 28, 2020
Government

FAST Act Yearlong Extension Included in Temporary Funding Bill

Rep. Kevin McCarthy The Republican infrastructure policy touted by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy includes expanding nationwide high-speed internet and a five-year surface transportation rebuilding plan. (Oliver Contreras/Sipa via Bloomberg News)

Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Sam Graves (R-Mo.), leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives’ transportation policy panel, agree that an extension of the 2015 FAST Act would buy congressional policymakers time to update provisions to the highway bill. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 21, 2020
Government

Deadlines Come and Go for National Highway Laws

John Barrasso John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) heads the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which gave a five-year, $287 billion surface transportation bill unanimous backing last year. (Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/Bloomberg News)

When the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee gave a five-year, $287 billion surface transportation bill unanimous backing last year, meeting a reauthorizing deadline of Sept. 30, 2020, seemed realistic. That was then, this is now. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 14, 2020
Government

Senate Highway Policy Panel Examines Telework’s Potential

John Barrasso “We have had to find a way to get our jobs done and keep our economy going," John Barrasso, chairman of the Senate EPW Committee, says of the large portion of America's workforce working from home. (Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/Bloomberg News)

Work from home? The Senate's highway policy committee sees the environmental benefits of it, even after the COVID-19 pandemic passes. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 3, 2020
Government

Portland on the Mind of US House Transportation Leader Peter DeFazio

Peter DeFazio “All Americans should be appalled by these gross violations of Oregonians’ civil liberties,” Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) says of the use of federal force at protests in Porland. (Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg News)

The to-do list of the top transportation policymaker in the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrat Peter DeFazio, now includes addressing the federal response in his home state of Oregon. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 27, 2020
Government

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: 'Clock is Ticking’ on Congressional Agenda

Nancy Pelosi Nancy Pelosi says the slow pace of negotiations in the Senate likely will drive up the cost of the next stimulus bill. (Cheriss May/Bloomberg News)

With Congress ready to finish its summer session this month, negotiations on the next round of COVID-19 stimulus have picked up in the Senate. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile is not impressed with the pace of the talks. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 20, 2020
Government

Biden Points to Infrastructure Absent Trump’s Plan

Joe Biden On his campaign website, Joe Biden says he wants to “mobilize American ingenuity to build a modern infrastructure and an equitable, clean energy future.” (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has made infrastructure a talking point on the campaign trail. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 13, 2020
Government

Sen. Tom Carper Challenges Freight, Transit Committees to Craft Infrastructure Plans

Sen. Tom Carper Tom Carper (D-Del.) is shown during a Senate Finance Committee hearing June 30. (Susan Walsh/Bloomberg News)

Delaware Sen. Tom Carper, the Environment and Public Works Committee's ranking Democrat, recently reminded fellow senators in the Republican-led chamber about unfinished infrastructure business. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 6, 2020

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