Government

By Washington Standards, Infrastructure Had a Moment in 2019

President Donald Trump Trump's impeachment inquiry didn't completely detract from infrastructure policy in 2019. The Senate introduced a five-year highway authorization measure, and the House held several hearings on autonomous technology. (NBC News via YouTube)

Despite the attention-grabbing impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, the Environment and Public Works Committee in the U.S. Senate managed to advance a five-year highway reauthorization measure this summer. It was a modest step forward for policymakers, even though a long-term funding fix for highway programs was left unresolved. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 9, 2019
Government

In Trump Era, GOP Cites Partisan Politics at Traditionally Bipartisan Panel

Rep. Sam Graves Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri is concerned a lack of bipartisanship would threaten the transportation panel's agenda in the U.S. House. (Great River Economic Development Foundation via YouTube)

Partisan politics have disrupted the once bipartisan atmosphere of the transportation panel in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to Republicans on that committee. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 2, 2019
Government

Joe Biden Has $1.3 Trillion Plan for Our Infrastructure

Joe Biden Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's infrastructure plan would cover 10 years and address roads, bridges, tunnels, airports and ports. (CNN via YouTube)

Joe Biden made national headlines when he described New York's LaGuardia Airport as a “Third World” facility. Now, the former vice president turned 2020 presidential aspirant has announced a 10-year, $1.3 trillion infrastructure plan. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 18, 2019
Government

Amid Congressional Inaction on Highway Policy, USDOT Announces Infrastructure Grants

Larry Seilhamer-Rodríguez Puerto Rico state Sen. Larry Seilhamer-Rodríguez urged the development of climate-resilient infrastructure for the U.S. commonwealth, which was battered by two hurricanes in 2017. (Senado Puerto Rico via YouTube)

An impeachment inquiry in the U.S. House of Representatives and pressure to advance legislation to fund the federal government in fiscal 2020 are dominating the congressional agenda and shrinking the conversation about infrastructure policy. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 12, 2019
Government, Business

Kellyanne Conway: Infrastructure Policy Advocate

Kellyanne Conway, Chris Wallace Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, told Fox News host Chris Wallace the Democrats are fixated more on impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump than addressing issues such as infrastructure and trade agreements. (Fox News via YouTube)

Infrastructure policy has been receiving a touch of buzz during the impeachment saga thanks in part to the counselor to the president, Kellyanne Conway. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 4, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

Researchers Explore Potential of VMT Model for Commercial Trucks

Trucks on a highway The Congressional Budget Office earlier this month explored the vehicle-miles-traveled as it applied to commercial trucks. (The Trucker Guy via YouTube)

For years now, policymakers have sought a viable funding alternative to the federal fuel tax. Since raising the gas and diesel taxes continues to be an unpopular approach to funding infrastructure, most vocal members of the U.S. Congress have discussed a vehicle-miles-traveled fee as an alternative. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 28, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

Infrastructure Advocacy Caucus Gives Voice to the Future

Rep. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia “The fact is that we need more equity, access and sustainability in transportation policy, and we intend to promote those principles with this caucus," says Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.(IllinoisChannelTV via YouTube)

With the launch of the Future of Transportation Caucus, some members of Congress hope to shift the focus of transportation debates from funding to policy. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 21, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

US House Transportation Panel Showcases Partisan Dispute

Rep. Peter DeFazio House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) reaffirmed his commitment to legislate on a highway policy bill during the current session of Congress. (House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee via YouTube)

NEW YORK — On Oct. 14, Rep. Peter DeFazio held court on Broadway. The country’s top transportation Democratic policymaker kept an audience engaged with his one-man show, touching on topics including a highway policy bill during the current session of Congress. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 15, 2019
Government, Business

Congress Looks to Avoid Government Shutdown, Again

Rep. Nita Lowey “Our continuing resolution will keep government open and provide families, businesses and communities with much-needed budget certainty," House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey says (Bloomberg Politics via YouTube)

Members of Congress again are staring into the possibility of a shutdown as federal funding is set to expire Sept. 30. Recognizing this deadline, the House on Sept. 19 advanced a continuing resolution designed to keep agencies open through Nov. 21. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 23, 2019
Government, Business

Congress Kicks Off Fall Quarter Amid Growing Traffic Woes Nationwide

Traffic on H1 in Honolulu Traffic on H1 in Honolulu. The Hawaiian city joins a long list of metropolitan centers that is experiencing chronically congested roads. (Suzi Pal via YouTube)

Hawaii ranked 47th among states in a recent survey of highway performance, surpassing only Rhode Island, Alaska and New Jersey. Among metropolitan centers, Honolulu is part of a long list that of cities that endures chronic traffic congestion. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 9, 2019

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