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Major legislative and regulatory issues facing trucking industry

Elaine Chao

Q&A with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine L. Chao is one of seven members of the Cabinet who has served the entire four...
Donald Trump and Joe Biden

No agreement, no surprise: Trump, Biden far apart on trucking industry issues

In a year that has already seen a pandemic accompanied by an economic collapse, U.S. voters will select the president and vice president, along...
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Capitol recap: A review of important news out of the nation’s capital | March-April

Despite the change in administrations and the fact that there is no clarity about where President Joe Biden and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg stand...
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Capitol recap: A review of important news out of the nation’s capital | January-February

While the aftermath of the general election and Joe Biden securing the presidency have taken the spotlight, trucking news continues to come out of...
Pete Buttigieg

Meet Pete: New transportation secretary has ambitious plans for infrastructure, emission standards

President Joe Biden wasted no time in making major Cabinet appointments, announcing Pete Buttigieg as his choice for the U.S. Department of Transportation secretary...
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Capitol recap: A review of important news out of the nation’s capital | November-December

In some months, federal departments and agencies seem to slumber regarding regulatory matters. At other times, they buzz with activity. The latter has been...
May TruckParking

Holding out hope: Industry looking to bipartisan bill to be catalyst leading to increased...

The latest, and hopefully most successful, initiative to at last increase truck-parking capacity is the bipartisan bill known as the Truck Parking Safety Improvement...
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Infrastructure Bill 2017 vs. 2021: Where Trump faltered, can Biden succeed?

Standing before a packed U.S. House of Representatives chamber on February 28, 2017, newly sworn-in President Donald J. Trump was delivering his first State...
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Senate showdown: Democrats eye four seats they say are key to gaining majority

Then Chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Bill Shuster, a Pennsylvania Republican, stood before delegates to the American Trucking Associations Management Conference...
Traffic Cones

‘Mr. Fixit’: Biden rolls out plan to repair 20,000 miles of highways, 10,010 bridges

“Mr. Fixit” was a popular Canadian instructional series that aired on CBC Television from 1955 to 1965.The series demonstrated home repairs and construction by...
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Biden’s Box of Infrastructure Chocolates: Crumbling roads, unsafe bridges, and dwindling funds

Most Americans are familiar with the iconic phrase uttered by actor Tom Hanks in the Academy Award-winning film “Forrest Gump,” spoken as he sits...
U.S. Capitol Building

Capitol recap: A review of important news out of the nation’s capital | September-October

Trucks and trade top the list of articles in this edition’s Capitol Recap. Leading off is the effort to encourage Congress to suspend the...
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Capitol recap: A review of important news out of the nation’s capitol | July-August

The months preceding the expiration of a highway reauthorization bill normally feature a whirlwind of activity, but a new bill is rarely passed and...
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Path to progress: Fuel tax, vehicle miles traveled tax square off as primary options...

When you think about America’s progress, it’s easy to look at the advanced number of roads and highway systems as a symbol of that...
US Capitol Building

Capitol Recap: A review of important news out of the nation’s capital | May-June

BIPARTISAN TRUCK PARKING LEGISLATION REINTRODUCEDBipartisan legislation aimed at creating safe, secure parking sites for commercial truck drivers has been reintroduced in the U.S. House...
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Four more races Republicans need to win to ensure keeping Senate

In the last edition of Truckload Authority, we highlighted four races for U.S. Senate seats that Democrats are hoping will enable them to take...
Rep. Richard Neal

The road ahead: Proposed legislation could help rebuild nation’s deteriorating infrastructure

Moving Forward for the People.America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act.Build America Fund.These are proposals from Democrats, Republicans, and industry groups, working separately and — all too...
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Looking up: 2019 concerns about economy give way to optimism

2019 brought predictions of a looming recession, tariffs and trade wars, overcapacity in the freight market, and fears of diesel fuel price increases.As the...

Keep on truckin’: Stakeholder perspectives on trucking in America

The Anatomy of a Hearing: Senate Subcommittee on Transportation and SafetyDavid HellerVice President of Government Affairs, Truckload Carriers AssociationThe overall theme of the hearing...
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Capitol recap: A review of important news out of the nation’s capitol | May-June

Even with the nation’s capitol consumed with the COVID-19 crisis, the Washington wheels continue to turn, albeit probably more slowly than usual. The top...