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Government

Passing Infrastructure Policies in New Congress

Ray LaHood In February 2019, former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood described to the House transportation committee a four-step process that would bolster the nation's infrastructure systems. (House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee via YouTube)

With congressional leaders negotiating a year-end fiscal 2021 funding package that would target transportation agencies, many sectors continue to press for billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
December 14, 2020
Government

Pelosi, McConnell Negotiate COVID-19 Relief with Transportation Aid

Nancy Pelosi House Speaker Pelosi recently suggested her team is negotiating with Senate counterparts on potentially advancing a near-trillion-dollar pandemic measure as early as this month. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) recently suggested her team is negotiating with her Senate counterparts on potentially advancing a pandemic measure as early as this month, and transportation would be included. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
December 7, 2020
Government

Government Funding, COVID-19 Relief on Tap for Congress as Expiration Date Nears

Mitch McConnell Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the medical system should not be denied additional financial support "for distributing the life-saving vaccines that appear to be on the horizon." (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

With the federal government’s funding authority set to expire Dec. 11, lawmakers are expected to take up its fiscal 2021 funding legislation as early as next week. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 30, 2020
Government

Fiscal 2021 Funding Bill Negotiations Continue on Capitol Hill

Richard Shelby "We have before us the opportunity to deliver for the American people once again,” says Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

With the memory of the most recent presidential election still fresh in some lawmakers’ minds, congressional funding leaders continue to debate the dozen bills vital for keeping the government operational. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 16, 2020
Government

Support Grows for Infrastructure Policy on Biden’s Agenda

Joe Biden President-elect Joe Biden has said that a vibrant economy includes investing in sustainable infrastructure. (John Raedle/Getty Images)

With decades of experience working to advance legislation on Capitol Hill, expectations are high for President-elect Joe Biden in terms of infrastructure policy. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 9, 2020
Government

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

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