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
Government, Business

Infrastructure Stakeholders Press Congress for Highway Law Extension

Salt Lake City Interstate 80 and Interstate 15 intersecting in Salt Lake City. The FAST Act was signed into law in 2015 and expires Sept. 30. (grandriver/Getty Images)

Groups representing nearly every aspect of the country’s infrastructure networks recently called on congressional leaders to approve a yearlong extension of a soon-to-expire highway law.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 10, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Mitch McConnell’s Criticized Pandemic Relief Bill Fails to Secure Senate Vote

McConnell McConnell via Susan Walsh/Associated Press

A new economic relief proposal by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell fell short of passage in the chamber by a vote of 52-47.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 9, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to Appear Before Senate Over Mail Delays

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has faced widespread backlash in recent weeks. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is escorted to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Capitol Hill office on Aug. 5. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

Backlash mounting, President Donald Trump’s embattled Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will appear Aug. 21 before the Senate to testify on mail delivery delays and service changes that lawmakers and others are warning could imperil the November election.

Lisa Mascaro and Matthew Daly | Associated Press
August 18, 2020
Government, Business

Transportation Groups Keep Pressing Congress for COVID-19 Relief

Donald Trump President Donald Trump signs one of four executive orders addressing the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)

Stakeholders representing the country’s freight and passenger transportation interests have ramped up calls for pandemic-related emergency aid as White House and congressional negotiators appear to have reached an impasse this month.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 13, 2020
Government, Business

‘Kumbaya Moment’ Unlikely in Next COVID-19 Bill, McConnell Says

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has found himself on the outside looking in during this relief bill negotiation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he is ready to support a negotiated relief package, "even if I have some problems with certain parts of it.” (Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/Bloomberg News)

Partisan disagreements about the degree of assistance to provide various groups and industries have delayed a COVID-19 relief package.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 5, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

House Democrats Will Call for 100% Clean Cars by 2035

A charging plug is connected to an electric vehicle. A charging plug is connected to an electric vehicle. (Dania Maxwell/Bloomberg News)

House Democrats on June 30 will issue an ambitious plan to combat climate change, a move intended to reassure their base of supporters but that’s sure to inflame opponents on the right.

Ari Natter | Bloomberg News
June 29, 2020