Government, Business

Dems Trim Jobless Benefits, Senate Debates Virus Relief Bill

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks to the media on Capitol Hill on March 2. (Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press) Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks to the media on Capitol Hill on March 2. (Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press)

Democrats agreed March 5 to pare back emergency jobless benefits but extend them for an extra month, bidding to solidify support as the Senate approached a voting marathon on a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill.

Alan Fram | Associated Press
March 5, 2021
Government, Business

Senators Debate Pandemic Aid Bill Amid Infrastructure Funding Proposals

Steny Hoyer House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer speaks during a news conference March 2. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Senate Democrats aim to advance a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief measure that includes aid for transportation corridors before expanded unemployment benefits expire March 14.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 4, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 100, TCA

UPS Ships Out First Batch of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

A UPS truck loaded with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine A UPS truck heads out with a load of Johnson & Johnson vaccines. (NBC News/YouTube)

UPS Inc. began shipping out its first batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccines March 2, now that the single-dose vaccine for the coronavirus has emergency use authorization.

Kelly Yamanouchi | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 2, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics

Shipping Begins for Third Vaccine; J&J Looks for Partners

FedEx refrigerated trailers. FedEx Express will be helping to ship the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. (FedEx Corp.) FedEx refrigerated trailers. FedEx says it will be shipping Johnson & Johnson vaccines. (FedEx Corp.)

As shipping of the third coronavirus vaccine begins, Johnson & Johnson is looking for manufacturing partnerships to increase supply of its COVID-19 vaccine that was cleared Feb. 27 by U.S. regulators, Chief Executive Officer Alex Gorsky said.

Riley Griffin | Bloomberg News
March 1, 2021
Government, Business

Jobless Claims Decline by More Than Forecast Last Week

Workers powder-coat components at a factory in Williamsburg, Iowa. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News) Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits fell by more than forecast last week to the lowest since November, signaling that job cuts are starting to ebb as COVID-19 infections decline and vaccinations accelerate.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
February 25, 2021
Government, Business

Biden Gives Small Firms Exclusive Two-Week Access to PPP

A pedestrian passes closed stores in San Francisco. A pedestrian passes closed stores in San Francisco. (Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

President Joe Biden said his administration is seeking to help small businesses by giving them exclusive access to the Paycheck Protection Program for two weeks, and he called on lawmakers to pass his $1.9 trillion stimulus plan to provide additional assistance.

February 22, 2021
Government, Business, Top 100

Extreme Winter Weather Causes Vaccine Shipping Delays

Joggers run down an street empty in Nolensville, Tenn., Feb. 18. (Mark Humphrey/Associated Press) Joggers run down an street empty in Nolensville, Tenn., Feb. 18. (Mark Humphrey/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Extreme winter weather has dealt the first major setback to the Biden administration’s planned swift rollout of coronavirus vaccines, delaying shipment of three days’ worth of shots, or about 6 million doses.

February 19, 2021
Government, Business

Democrats Put Biden Stimulus on 10-Day Fast Track for House Vote

The U.S. Capitol building is seen at dawn on Feb. 9. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News) The U.S. Capitol building is seen at dawn on Feb. 9. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

The House is aiming to vote Feb. 26 on President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan, as Democrats pivot quickly to their top priorities after Donald Trump’s impeachment trial ended in acquittal.

February 18, 2021
Business, Equipment, Safety

Pandemic Forces Cancellation of NTDC for Second Consecutive Year

NTDC duck John Sommers II for Transport Topics

For the second summer in a row, the National Truck Driving Championships & National Step Van Driving Championships are being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
February 18, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 50

US Steps Up Heat on Container Carriers to Ease Port Congestion

A container ship is berthed at the Kobe Port in Hyogo, Japan. (Buddhika Weerasinghe/Bloomberg News) Buddhika Weerasinghe/Bloomberg News

U.S. regulators stepped up the heat on ocean shipping companies and the seaport terminals some of them operate, seeking to smooth the disrupted flow of containers that are swamping America’s biggest ports and wreaking havoc on the nation’s strained supply chains.

Brendan Murray | Bloomberg News
February 18, 2021

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