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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
Government

Trucking Policy to Dominate US Senate Hearing Feb. 4

Chris Spear ATA President Chris Spear advocates the Build America Fund, which is projected to generate $340 billion in about 10 years. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Transportation stakeholders, including ATA President Chris Spear, addressed their industry concerns to senators on the Commerce Committee Feb. 4. Here's the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 3, 2020
Government

Infrastructure Week Spotlight Shines on Nancy Pelosi

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi Speaker Nancy Pelosi says her caucus is making legislative room for a highway bill that would address climate change. (Real Time With Bill Maher via YouTube)

House Democrats appear determined to advance a highway measure. That would include the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee looking into funding measures. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 28, 2020
Government

Trucking Recognizes Efforts on Capitol Hill to Combat Human Trafficking

Susan Collins "We must not cease our efforts until we truly brought an end to human trafficking,” says Susan Collins (R-Maine), chairwoman of the Senate's transportation funding panel. (News Center Maine via YouTube)

Several members of Congress were honored recently by Trucking Cares Foundation for their efforts in fighting human trafficking. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 21, 2020
Government

Dwindling Highway Trust Fund? Not if Mayor Pete Has His Way

Pete Buttigieg Pete Buttigieg has outlined his $1 trillion plan for overhauling the nation's infrastructure in a 17-page proposal. (MSNBC via YouTube)

South Bend, Ind., former mayor and Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg's infrastructure proposal includes a $165 billion infusion into the Highway Trust Fund. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 13, 2020
Government

Missing From Trump’s Twitter Feed Lately: Infrastructure Details

President Donald Trump ABC News via YouTube

The president's tweets in recent months have lacked updates on rebuilding the nation's roads and bridges. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 6, 2020
Government

It’s Finals Week on Capitol Hill

Sen. Mitch McConnell Mitch McConnell says the Senate's first order of business in January may be an impeachment trial, rather than a vote on the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. (Fox News via YouTube)

For a great number of college students in this country the dreaded finals week is finally over, clearing the way for trips back home to catch up with family and friends for holidays. In much the same way, lawmakers in Washington have a version of finals week to deal with. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
December 16, 2019
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 | Senior Reporter
December 9, 2019

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