Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Automakers Push for Congressional Movement on AV Rules

An autonomous Peterbilt 579 test vehicle maneuvers a road. (Business Wire via AP) An autonomous Peterbilt 579 test vehicle navigates a road. (Business Wire via AP)

A group of nearly four-dozen automakers, industry advocacy groups and corporations sent a letter to Congressional leaders Feb. 3 urging action on legislation that would allow for greater deployment of autonomous vehicles.

Riley Beggin | The Detroit News
February 4, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Negotiators Near Agreement on Long-Delayed COVID-19 Aid Bill

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) by Associated Press Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) by Patrick Semansky/Associated Press

Top congressional leaders are closing in on an agreement on a long-delayed COVID-19 relief package, hoping to seal a deal as early as Dec. 16.

Andrew Taylor | Associated Press
December 16, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Trucking Seeks Liability Protections as Congress Debates New COVID-19 Aid

Truck driver wearing mask A truck driver wears a mask. American Trucking Associations in a Dec. 11 letter asked congressional leaders to include provisions on the matter of liability protection for truckers. (andresr/Getty Images)

As lawmakers work on legislation that will provide additional relief funds to the transportation sector, the trucking industry is asking Congress to include provisions that ensure liability protection for motor carriers on the front lines of the coronavirus relief effort.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
December 15, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

House Lawmaker Introduces Rural Infrastructure Bill

Rural Roads A rural road in need of repair in Michigan. (Michigan Farm Bureau)

Legislation meant to assist rural transportation corridors was introduced by Rep. Carol Miller this month.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
December 11, 2020
Government, Business

House Passes One-Week Stopgap Spending Bill to Avert Shutdown

Lowey Rep. Nita Lowey at a previous hearing. (House Appropriations Committee via YouTube)

The country’s port operators called on federal lawmakers to approve billions of dollars in emergency aid as congressional leaders scramble to avert a partial government shutdown.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
December 9, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Democrats Eye New COVID-19 Aid

Manchin Sen. Joe Manchin (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

Before adjourning for the year, top Democrats on Capitol Hill are not ruling out the possibility of advancing a nearly $1 trillion COVID-19 package that includes aid for transportation networks.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
December 3, 2020

COVID-19 Aid, Government Funding Lead Lame-Duck Agenda

Nancy Pelosi (left) by Susan Walsh/AP; Mitch McConnell by Patrick Semansky/AP Nancy Pelosi (left) by Susan Walsh/AP; Mitch McConnell by Patrick Semansky/AP

Members of Congress return to Capitol Hill after Thanksgiving to close out a post-election lame-duck session that will include government funding legislation and the possibility of a new round of COVID-19 relief aid.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 24, 2020
Government, Business

Congressional Transportation Leaders Win Re-Election

Susan Collins Sen. Susan Collins addresses supporters just after midnight on Nov. 4 in Bangor, Maine. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

For the top transportation decision-makers on Capitol Hill up for re-election, a majority of voters responded favorably to their campaigns, sending them back to Washington to work on an agenda that includes an update of the country’s highway and infrastructure policies.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 5, 2020
Government, Business, Technology

New House Bill Promotes Transportation Technologies

Road tech illustration Keattisak A/Getty Images

Legislation that aims to promote the adoption of new technologies throughout the country’s transportation networks was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 30, 2020

Vote to Approve Yearlong Highway Law Extension on Senate’s Agenda

Mitch McConnell Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) by Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press)

The extension of the law governing the country’s highway policies is before the Senate as part of legislation meant to avert a partial shutdown of federal agencies.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 24, 2020