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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
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

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