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Government, Business

US House Leaders Plan Late May Highway Bill Markup

Highway 101 construction Contractors work on a portion of Highway 101 under construction in Petaluma, Calif., on March 22. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

Legislation that would modernize the country’s surface transportation operations, with attention to trucking policy, is expected to reach a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives next month.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
April 22, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

FAST Act’s Yearlong Extension Signed Into Law

McConnell McConnell (center), flanked by Sens. Barrasso (left) and John Thune (R-S.D.), speaks during a news conference. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

The law governing the country’s transportation operations was extended for a year after President Donald Trump’s recent signing of a temporary funding measure that averts a shutdown of the federal government.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 1, 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

House OKs Funding Bill With Highway Law Extension

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi House Speaker Nancy Pelosi restored a farm aid funding patch sought by the administration to the continuing resolution. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — In a sweeping bipartisan vote that takes a government shutdown off the table, the House passed a temporary government-wide funding bill Sept. 22, shortly after President Donald Trump prevailed in a behind-the-scenes fight over his farm bailout.

Andrew Taylor | Associated Press
September 22, 2020

FAST Act Yearlong Extension Included in Temporary Funding Bill

Rep. Kevin McCarthy The Republican infrastructure policy touted by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy includes expanding nationwide high-speed internet and a five-year surface transportation rebuilding plan. (Oliver Contreras/Sipa via Bloomberg News)

Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Sam Graves (R-Mo.), leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives’ transportation policy panel, agree that an extension of the 2015 FAST Act would buy congressional policymakers time to update provisions to the highway bill. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 21, 2020

Congressional Transportation Leaders Back One-Year Extension of FAST Act

Overhead highway view Highway interchange in Milwaukee. (BanksPhotos/Getty Images)

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), the top transportation policy authorizers on Capitol Hill, have indicated support for extending the provisions in the 2015 FAST Act highway law for a 12-month duration.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 17, 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, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

DOT Opens Funding Opportunity for University Transportation Centers

Bridge construction in the Miami area Bridge construction in the Miami area. Accelerated bridge construction has been one of the topics researched by DOT's University Transportation Centers. (Getty Images)

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced a competitive grant solicitation that makes nearly $5 million available as part of its University Transportation Centers program.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 31, 2020

Senior House Transportation Policymaker Dan Lipinski Loses Primary

Lipinski Lipinski addresses constituents via a recent YouTube video. (Lipinski Office via YouTube)

Illinois Rep. Dan Lipinski, a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, was defeated in a Democratic primary March 17. His term will end in January.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 20, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Senator, USDOT Officials Highlight Rural Transportation Needs

Nebraska Republican Sen. Deb Fischer Nebraska Republican Sen. Deb Fischer said the way states access federal support for rural programs to enhance infrastructure can be improved. (U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation)

The next set of guidelines Congress approves for the country’s highway programs must improve roadways across rural corridors, Nebraska Republican Sen. Deb Fischer said during a Commerce Committee hearing Jan. 28.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 29, 2020