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
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Boeing Max Disasters Spur Senate Bid to Toughen New-Jet Rules

A Boeing 737 Max airplane performs a flying display in the U.K. in July 2016. A Boeing 737 Max airplane performs a flying display in the U.K. in July 2016. (Simon Dawson/Bloomberg News)

A Senate bill introduced June 16 calls for more government oversight of aircraft certification in reaction to a pair of Boeing Co. 737 Max crashes.

Alan Levin and Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
June 16, 2020
Government, Business, Technology

Amazon Tells Congress Bezos Will Testify in Tech Power Probe

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News) Inc. told congressional investigators examining the market power of the largest technology companies that it would make CEO Jeff Bezos available to testify.

Matt Day and Ben Brody | Bloomberg News
June 15, 2020

Sen. Ted Cruz Introduces NEPA Reform Bills

Ted Cruz Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) by Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press

Two bills that would seek to make changes to the National Environmental Policy Act recently were introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
June 12, 2020
Government, Business

Transportation Funding Bill Part of Congress’ Summer Agenda

Steny Hoyer House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer speaks during a news conference unveiling policing reform and and equal justice legislation at the Capitol on June 8. (Al Drago/Bloomberg)

Agencies that oversee freight and passenger transportation policies will gain a clearer outlook for the next fiscal year when Congress this summer considers its annual funding legislation for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
June 11, 2020