Congress

Government, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Sen. Wicker: Commerce Committee’s Agenda to Include Autonomous Vehicle Policy

Autonomous BMW under development by Aptiv in Pittsburgh on display in  March An autonomous BMW under development by Aptiv in Pittsburgh on display March 4, 2019. (Associated Press/Gene J. Puskar)

The U.S. Senate panel with jurisdiction over the trucking industry likely will take up autonomous vehicles technology policy during the 116th Congress.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
May 22, 2019
Government

Sen. Wicker: Figuring Out Funding for 'Really Big' Infrastructure Package 'Will Take Time'

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Commerce panel chairman Sen. Roger Wicker at a rally in Tupelo, Miss., in November. Wicker indicated agreement on the ways to fund the policy initiatives of an infrastructure package has not been reached. (Thomas Graning/Associated Press)

While congressional transportation leaders continue to negotiate a massive infrastructure package, agreement over ways to fund its policy initiatives has not been reached, the leader of the Commerce Committee in the U.S. Senate said May 16.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
May 17, 2019
Government, Business

Transportation Leaders Examine Market Concerns in Freight Rail Industry

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D.-Ore) Rep. Peter DeFazio by Susan Walsh / Associated Press

The leaders of the transportation policy panel of the U.S. House of Representatives expressed concern about possible unfair trade practices in the freight rail and transit sectors.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
May 16, 2019
Government

Rep. Earl Blumenauer Stresses Urgency of Infrastructure Deal

Blumenauer Rep. Earl Blumenauer encouraged listeners at the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors’ annual meeting to contact their congressional representatives to generate interest in infrastructure funding. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — A federal infrastructure funding package is within reach, but lawmakers need to act soon, according to Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.).

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 14, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

Federal Transportation Policymakers to Visit N.Y.-N.J. ‘Gateway’

New Jersey Transit train A New Jersey Transit train bound for New York enters one of the 100-year-old trans-Hudson tunnels in North Bergen, N.J. (Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg)

An area along the Hudson River in New York and New Jersey will be the site of a field trip federal policymakers have scheduled for the week of April 29 to raise the profile of a tunnel project known colloquially as “Gateway.”

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 26, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Border Funding Complicates Freight Policy as Congress Tries to Avoid Shutdown

Border Funding Schumer (C-Span)

A year-end funding bill that is likely to include provisions related to electronic logging devices and autonomous cars is almost finalized. Yet, disputes surrounding security along the border with Mexico as well as tensions over an investigation into the 2016 presidential election are complicating spending talks.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 29, 2018
Government, Business, Autonomous

Senate Leader McConnell Looks to Avoid Government Shutdown Before Dec. 7 Deadline

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell McConnell stressed that his caucus of Republicans will not consider a partial shutdown of the federal government. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)

Senate Republicans will look to avoid a partial shutdown of the federal government, the leader of the chamber told reporters on Nov. 14.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 15, 2018
Government, Business

Sam Graves, Jeff Denham Pursue House Transportation Panel’s Gavel in 2019

Graves and Denham Reps. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) (left) and Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.)

WASHINGTON — Should Republicans retain control of the House after the midterm elections, they’ll have a choice between Sam Graves and Jeff Denham — two men with differing styles — to lead the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 5, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

House Democratic Transportation Leader Blasts Trump’s Executive Order

Rep. Peter DeFazio Bloomberg News

President Donald Trump is consistently falling short on his promise to modernize the country’s intricate infrastructure network, said the top Democrat on the House transportation panel.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
August 16, 2017
Government, Safety

Tax Reform to Overshadow Infrastructure Legislation This Year, Thune Says

Sen. Thune Sen. Thune by Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON — The infrastructure legislative agenda that President Donald Trump promised to advance during the first months of his presidency likely will be delayed until next year, a top Republican in the Senate said Aug. 2.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
August 2, 2017

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