US Transportation Policy

US Transportation Policy

25 Feb 2015
The Obama administration is discussing a plan that U.S.-flag carriers fear will further reduce their ability to carry food aid shipments financed by government agencies.
25 Feb 2015
Merely suggesting that U.S. domestic ships might be built overseas is enough to jeopardize U.S. orders for ships in Jones Act trades, U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen told a congressional budget hearing Wednesday.
17 Feb 2015
U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez’s meetings with West Coast longshore union and employer negotiators have generated hope, skepticism — and questions.
14 Feb 2015
President Obama is sending Labor Secretary Tom Perez to California to meet with International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association negotiators to help them reach a contract as West Coast congestion nears a breaking point.
10 Feb 2015
The U.S. Congress on Tuesday shone a rare light on growing West Coast port congestion, but despite legislators’ concern that American exports are losing market share as a result, there’s little they can do currently but do what many others have already done many times: urge dockworks and waterfront employers to reach a deal.
03 Feb 2015
Various ports, including Charleston and Savannah, are set to gain from President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget request, but his request for overall port funding falls far short of the targets set by legislation he signed just six months ago.
02 Feb 2015
Like his past surface transportation budgets, President Obama’s most recent ambitious plan to boost funding won’t likely go far, but his proposal to tap more dollars for highway, roads and bridges through corporate tax reform has a shot, experts say.
Capitol building
02 Feb 2015
The U.S. Congress is stepping up its pressure on the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association to reach a “swift resolution” to their 9-month-old contract negotiations.
26 Jan 2015
Associations representing truckers and motorists joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in asking the new Congress for a federal fuels tax hike to replenish the U.S. Highway Trust Fund before funding runs out May 31.
20 Jan 2015
A bipartisan group of 32 U.S. House members are pushing back against a recently filed amendment to repeal requirements that domestic waterborne cargo be shipped in U.S.-flag ships owned, built and operated by Americans.
20 Jan 2015
California’s roadways and freeways are in desperate need of repair or expansion, so the trucking industry is willing to examine a variety of funding mechanisms that will raise billions of dollars to address the problem immediately.
14 Jan 2015
For years, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been urging Congress and the White House to raise the federal fuels tax to help maintain and expand aging highways and bridges. For years, Congress and the White House have said no. It’s time to try and try again, the head of the largest U.S. business lobbying group said Jan. 14.