US Transportation Policy

US Transportation Policy

harbor truckers at Port of Long Beach
30 Apr 2015
The picketing by independent harbor truckers serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach got some attention in Congress after a congresswoman on Wednesday highlighted their efforts and asked whether the federal government could come to their aid.
03 Mar 2015
The third-ranking Senate Republican on Tuesday floated the idea of putting unionized port employees under the purview of the Railway Labor Act, a move proponents say would prevent longshore labor showdowns like those seen seen on the U.S West Coast in recent months.
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.