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President Trump Calls On Congress to Advance Sen. Barrasso’s Highway Bill

President Trump delivers his 2020 State of the Union President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to Congress on Feb. 4, 2020. (Leah Millis/Bloomberg News)

A State of the Union address that recounted the administration’s record and outlined a vision for achieving policies on immigration and healthcare was also a forum for President Donald Trump to briefly tell Congress to consider a highway policy bill not yet ready for prime time.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 4, 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

Speaker Pelosi: Highway Bill On Tap for January

Nancy Pelosi U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi by Matt Rourke/Associated Press

Comprehensive highway policy legislation will be unveiled later this month, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Jan. 16.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 17, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

More Groups Advocating For Highway Bill, Infrastructure Push Congress

Mitch McConnell Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) by Timothy D. Easley/Associated Press

A coalition of nearly 40 prominent infrastructure stakeholders has urged the powerful Republican leader of the U.S. Senate to set up consideration for a comprehensive highway bill this year.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 24, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

In Search of Bipartisanship, Congressional Leaders Point to Transportation Bill

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “We’re hoping that we can renew our conversations about infrastructure; building the infrastructure of America,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters Oct. 2. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

The ongoing impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump in the U.S. House of Representatives threatens to halt the legislative agenda for the rest of the year and possibly longer, but a comprehensive transportation policy bill is still on the table as the issue remains one of the few vestiges of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 3, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous

DeFazio: House Transportation Panel Likely to Take Up Highway Bill Early Next Year

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D.-Ore) Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) questions witnesses during a recent House Transportation and Infrastructure hearing. (House Transportation & Infrastructure via YouTube)

WASHINGTON — The transportation committee in the U.S. House of Representatives is likely to consider a long-awaited highway bill early next year, Rep. Peter DeFazio, the chamber’s top transportation policymaker, said in an exclusive interview with Transport Topics.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 26, 2019
Government, Safety

Senators Aim to Produce Five-Year Highway Bill Before August Recess

Sen. John Barrasso, D-Wyo. “It is our shared goal to advance a bill out of committee this summer. Our roads and bridges are in need of a serious investment," Sen. John Barrasso. D-Wyo., told senior transportation officials. (C-SPAN)

WASHINGTON — The first version of what could become the country’s next major highway policy bill will be unveiled in the Senate prior to Congress’ recess in August, surface transportation policymakers announced July 10.

July 10, 2019
Government, Business

Rep. Duckworth: Congress Must ‘Develop a Truly Sustainable and Long-Term’ Funding Fix for Transportation

Scott Eells/Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON — Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) said her congressional colleagues should use the next five years to come up with a long-term funding fix for transportation projects.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
December 8, 2015
Government, Business

House, Senate OK Final Version of Five-Year Highway Bill


Congress approved a final version of a five-year, $305 billion highway reauthorization bill that would call on trucking regulators to fix a controversial safety performance scoring program for motor carriers long criticized by industry leaders.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
December 7, 2015
Government, Business

Rep. Blumenauer: Highway Bill Consists of ‘Collection of Budget Gimmicks’

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

Congress’ passage of its first five-year transportation bill in a decade, while significant, failed to ensure the long-term stability of a key highway account, said Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), the leading advocate on Capitol Hill for raising federal fuel taxes to pay for infrastructure projects.

December 4, 2015