Government, Business

In Week 5 of Shutdown, Votes Set Up Political Test for Senate

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell McConnell is the next key player in the D.C. shutdown drama, as votes are scheduled in the Senate on Jan. 24. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Senate leaders agreed to hold votes this week on dueling proposals to reopen shuttered federal agencies, forcing a political reckoning for senators grappling with the longest shutdown in U.S. history: Side with President Donald Trump or vote to temporarily end the shutdown and keep negotiating.

Alan Fram and Andrew Taylor | Associated Press
January 23, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Nominations on Senate’s Docket for Lame-Duck Session, Mitch McConnell Says

Nominations McConnell (Timothy D. Easley/Associated Press)

Consideration of nominees for top level roles in the Trump administration is among the priorities for the U.S. Senate during its brief post-election session, the chamber’s leader said Nov. 27.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 28, 2018
Government, Safety

Transportation Nominees in Limbo During Senate’s August Session

Transportation Nominees McConnell (Timothy D. Easley/Bloomberg News)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s move to keep the chamber in session for part of the August recess has focused on bills that would fund the government and not too much on a slew of high-profile transportation nominees.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
August 22, 2018

Infrastructure Grants, Weight Waivers Approved in Senate Fiscal 2018 Transportation Bill

Susan Collins Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

A U.S. Department of Transportation grants program popular with members of Congress would receive $550 million in fiscal 2018 under legislation Senate appropriators easily approved on July 27.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
July 27, 2017

TIGER Grants Restored in Senate Fiscal ’18 Transportation Bill

Sen. Susan Collins Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON — A grants program at the U.S. Department of Transportation for regional infrastructure projects would receive $550 million in fiscal 2018 under legislation a Senate funding subpanel approved July 25.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
July 25, 2017

Senate to Consider Transportation Nominees to Fill Senior Positions Before Memorial Day

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

The Senate is likely to vote on President Donald Trump’s picks for senior posts at the U.S. Department of Transportation this spring, the chamber’s Republican leaders indicated this month.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 24, 2017

Sen. Chuck Schumer: Senate Vote on Chao Could Be Soon

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

Senate Democrats envision agreeing with Republican leaders to proceed relatively soon with a floor vote that would confirm Elaine Chao, President-elect Donald Trump’s designee to manage the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Democrats’ leader told reporters Jan. 19.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 19, 2017

Senate Trucking Panel Names Top Staffer

Pete Marovich/Bloomberg News

The top trucking policymaker in the Senate, John Thune (R-S.D.), announced his pick to lead the panel as staff director in 2016.

Transport Topics
December 21, 2015
Government, Business

Senate Panel Drops Proposal to Increase Heavy-Truck Tax

Leaders of the Senate Finance Committee, in an effort to gain more Republican support, tweaked a highway spending bill on June 26 by removing a provision that would have imposed higher fees on heavy trucks.

June 30, 2014

Boxer Calls for April Highway Bill Markup; Doubts Increase in Fuel Taxes

WASHINGTON — The Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee will begin markup of a multiyear highway-funding plan in April, and the legislation probably will not include increases in fuel tax rates, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), EPW’s chairman, told a group of state transportation officials.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
February 26, 2014