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Infrastructure Initiatives Remain a Top Priority for Congress, White House

Rep. Mike Bost Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.), shown on election night in 2020, offered an amendment that was designed to enhance nationwide parking options for truck drivers. Bost later withdrew his amendment. (WSIL via YouTube)

Infrastructure and transportation policymakers are in the process of preparing legislation on freight, climate, highways and autonomous vehicles. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 16, 2021
Government, Business, TCA

PennDOT Gets $407.2 Million for Road, Bridge Projects

PennDOT screenshot PennDOT via YouTube

PennDOT received $407.2 million in federal COVID relief funds for road and bridge projects that will help cover revenue gaps in its construction program.

Holly Herman | Reading (Pa.) Eagle
February 16, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Dems to Push Clean Energy Tax Breaks in Infrastructure Plan

A General Electric Co. renewable energy technician walks on a turbine A General Electric Co. renewable energy technician walks on a turbine at the Colorado Highlands Wind Farm in Fleming, Colo. (Bloomberg News)

House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal unveiled plans to pursue tax breaks for renewable energy as a way to ease the shift away from fossil fuels in President Joe Biden’s upcoming infrastructure bill.

February 12, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics

Amazon Sues N.Y. Attorney General, Claiming Excessive COVID Demands

A worker carries Amazon packages during a delivery in New York. A worker carries Amazon packages during a delivery in New York. (Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg News)

Amazon .com Inc. is suing the New York State attorney general, arguing that she’s exceeding her authority in seeking to penalize the company for alleged failures in its pandemic safety protocols and treatment of workers at New York City warehouses.

Matt Day | Bloomberg News
February 12, 2021
Government, Business

Biden Team Cool to Preflight Virus Tests Floated by Buttigieg

Passengers wear protective masks on an American Airlines flight. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News) Passengers wear protective masks on an American Airlines flight. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

President Joe Biden’s administration isn’t seriously considering an imminent coronavirus testing requirement for domestic U.S. flights, people familiar with the matter said.

February 12, 2021
Government

New York Gov. Cuomo Announces $87 Million in Rail, Port Funding

Gov. Andrew Cuomo "These targeted investments allow us to modernize our state’s aging rail and port infrastructure, helping to spur economic growth and ensure we remain competitive in today’s global economy.”(Gov. Andrew Cuomo via YouTube)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the availability of $87 million for port and rail improvements in an effort to enhance the state’s trade corridors,

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 12, 2021
Government, Business

Consumer Sentiment Unexpectedly Falls to Six-Month Low

A shopping mall in Tucson, Ariz. A shopping mall in Tucson, Ariz. (Cheney Orr/Bloomberg News)

Consumer sentiment unexpectedly declined to a six-month low in early February as the outlook for personal income deteriorated and more Americans anticipated faster inflation in the year ahead.

Julia Fanzeres | Bloomberg News
February 12, 2021
Government, Logistics

Illinois Launches Program to Promote Supply Chain Management Training

Gov. Jay Pritzker Illinois Gov. Jay Pritzker says the program helps prepare workers for jobs of the future and supports the state's health response, which relies heavily on the supply chain. (Chares Rex Arbogast/Associated Press)

Illinois officials and the Association for Supply Chain Management have partnered to launch a job-training program.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 12, 2021
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Transportation Expert Highlights I-64 Pavement Recycling Project

FHWA Traffic flows on Interstate 64 near Williamsburg, Va. (Virginia Transportation Research Council)

Pavement recycling presents opportunities for cost reduction and environmental sustainability, according to the principal research scientist at the Virginia Transportation Research Council.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 11, 2021
Government, Business

Economy Is Improving, but Challenges Remain, Economists Say

Trucks at Kroger distribution center Trucking companies that transport agriculture products will likely see an increase in business. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

The U.S. economy is poised for a strong recovery in the third quarter, provided the number of people being given the COVID-19 vaccine significantly improves and Congress and the White House reach a COVID relief package.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
February 11, 2021

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