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Government

Biden Says Infrastructure Investment Vital to Restoring Economy

Joe Biden Joe Biden says he would finance infrastructure investment by reversing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. (Ryan Collerd/Bloomberg News)

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden suggests investing heavily in the nation's surface transportation system would avoid potential disruptions and contribute to restoring parts of the economy. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 26, 2020
Government

National Transportation Week Came and Went With No Infrastructure Deal

Donald Trump President Donald Trump has voiced support for a Senate committee’s highway bill approved last year, and indications are his team is in talks with a House transportation panel regarding that chamber’s legislative version. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

President Donald Trump proclaimed May 10-16 to be National Transportation Week. Now that it's over, are we any further along on an infrastructure plan? Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 18, 2020
Government

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao: ‘Truckers Are Our Heroes’

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Transportation Secretary heralded the nation's truckers for keeping food and vital medical products moving. "They are keeping the supply chain open, and they’re basically allowing America to still operate," she says. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

Society often judges its heroes by the sports they dominate. The real heroes in the age of COVID-19 are found on the nation's roads. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 11, 2020
Government

Infrastructure Policy Flickers in Senate’s Return to Action

Sen. Mitch McConnell Under the direction of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Senate will evaluate current economic relief efforts, including the amount of aid to be directed to families and small businesses. (Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg News)

President Trump has insisted on funding dedicated for the infrastructure networks as part of the economic stimulus. He argued that could pave the way for a badly needed economic rebound, but a debate on infrastructure policy as championed by Trump has yet to be scheduled by the Senate. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 4, 2020
Government

With Truckers, Trump Pushes Big Infrastructure Funding

Trump honors truckers During a celebration of trucking, President Donald Trump touted the need for an infrastructure bill as part of the nation's economic recovery. (White House channel via YouTube)

President Donald Trump, while honoring the nation's truck drivers for their roles in the fight against COVID-19, also used the White House celebration to push for a major infrastructure package. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
April 20, 2020
Government

Speaker Pelosi’s Very Real, Very Brief ‘Infrastructure Week’

Nancy Pelosi House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the Democrats' interest in infrastructure "has always been bipartisan." (Andrew Harnik/Associated Press)

While President Trump last week insisted that $2 trillion in infrastructure could re-energize the country’s economy, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi pointed to the Democrats' five-year, $760 billion plan. Something could be in the works. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
April 6, 2020
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

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