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Congress Clears Government Funding Bill to Avert Shutdown

Capitol Hill The bill passed after Democrats dropped an earlier attempt to attach a debt-ceiling suspension to the bill in face of implacable Republican opposition to that measure. (Associated Press)

The House passed a nine-week spending bill to avert a U.S. government shutdown hours before it was set to begin on an 254-175 vote. The legislation passed the Senate earlier Sept. 30 and was signed by President Joe Biden.

Erik Wasson | Bloomberg News
September 30, 2021
Government, Business

Senate Votes to Begin Infrastructure Debate

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) updates reporters on infrastructure negotiations Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) updates reporters on infrastructure negotiations. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — The Senate advanced a roughly $1 trillion infrastructure plan on July 30 with a bipartisan group of senators helping it clear one more hurdle and bracing to see if support can hold during the next few days of debate and efforts to amend it.

Kevin Freking and Lisa Mascaro | Associated Press
July 30, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Freight Policy Bill on US Senate’s Infrastructure Agenda

Schumer Schumer speaks to the press earlier this year. (Amanda Andrade-Rhodes/Bloomberg News)

WASHINGTON — Policy updates and funding related to federal freight programs are being considered as part of a multitrillion dollar infrastructure bill U.S. Senate leaders plan to weigh next week.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 15, 2021
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

FedEx, UPS Tell Senators of Vaccine Distribution Readiness

FedEx and UPS airplanes FedEx and UPS executives were asked about logistical plans regarding COVID-19 vaccines by the Senate Transportation and Safety Subcommittee. (Left: FedEx Corp.; Right: John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Two of the country’s largest freight firms reassured federal lawmakers of their preparedness in helping to deliver COVID-19 vaccines as early as this month.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
December 8, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Senator Slams FAA’s ‘Deliberate’ Attempt to Stymie 737 Max Probe

The nose of a Boeing 737 Max 9 jetliner sits during production. The nose of a Boeing 737 Max 9 jetliner sits during production at the company's manufacturing facility in Renton, Wash., in 2017. (David Ryder/Bloomberg News)

A Senate committee chairman sharply criticized the Federal Aviation Administration on June 17 for what he alleged were repeated failures to respond to a committee’s investigation into two crashes of Boeing Co.’s 737 Max.

Alan Levin and Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
June 17, 2020
Government, Business

Senate Approves $484 Billion in Additional Coronavirus Aid

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks with a reporter outside the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill April 9. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks with a reporter outside the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill April 9. (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)

The Senate approved a new $484 billion pandemic relief plan with funds for a tapped-out small business aid program, and aid for coronavirus testing and overwhelmed hospitals. A House vote is expected as soon as April 23.

April 21, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Transportation Nominees Await Action in Senate

Fulton Finch Fulton testifies at his nomination hearing. (Senate Commerce Committee)

The consideration of senior transportation nominees is among the pending matters before a Republican-led Senate scheduled to resume its legislative agenda April 20.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 31, 2020
Government

Senate Confirms Katherine Lemos to Head Chemical Safety Board

The Senate on March 23 confirmed Katherine Lemos to become chairwoman of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 27, 2020
Government, Business

Trump Pushes $1.2 Trillion Stimulus, $1,000 Checks in Two Weeks

President Trump listens during a meeting with tourism industry executives at the White House on March 17. President Trump listens during a meeting with tourism industry executives at the White House on March 17. (Kevin Dietsch/Bloomberg News)

The Trump administration is discussing a plan that could amount to as much as $1.2 trillion in spending — including direct payments of $1,000 or more to Americans within two weeks — to blunt some of the economic impact of the widening coronavirus outbreak.

March 17, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Senate Confirms Former Delta Executive Stephen Dickson as FAA Administrator

Stephen Dickson Newly confirmed FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

A former Air Force pilot and Delta Air Lines executive was confirmed July 24 by the Senate to lead the Federal Aviation Administration after overcoming opposition from Democrats who claim that he mistreated a whistleblower during his tenure at Delta.

David Koenig | Associated Press
July 24, 2019

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