US Transportation Policy

US Transportation Policy

12 Sep 2014
Rep. Janice Hahn, D-Calif., has proposed legislation that would use federal funding to test whether 100 percent container scanning is feasible at two U.S. ports.
29 Oct 2013
The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation released its final report today on the current state of freight transportation...
federal budget
29 Oct 2013
Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordrero warned Congress that continued tight budgets will harm the FMC’s ability to regulate the shipping industry, gather information and upgrade its information technology.
23 Oct 2013
WASHINGTON — The Senate and House are set to conference on a long-delayed water resources bill authorizing port and inland waterway projects after the lower chamber approved its version tonight 417-3.
16 Oct 2013
A U.S. district court in Oregon on Oct. 15 issued a preliminary injunction intended to prevent the International Longshore and Warehouse Union from picketing a barge company that shuttles grain on the Snake and Columbia rivers to the Marubeni-Columbia Grain elevator in Portland.
U.S. Capitol
14 Oct 2013
There’s little good news coming out of Washington these days. The federal government partially shut down at the beginning of the month after a stalemate in Congress over funding President Obama’s health care reform law. Congress and the Obama administration failed to address long-term fiscal issues, allowing the federal budget sequestration — the proverbial gun pointed to its own head — to fire.
14 Oct 2013
Inland waterways shippers and barge companies welcome the prospect of freeing up Inland Waterways Trust Fund dollars for projects other than the problem-plagued, over-budget Olmsted Lock and Dam project. But they’re also keen to pay more in fuel taxes so the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can better maintain and modernize the nation’s lock and dam system.
Locked gates to business
30 Sep 2013
WASHINGTON — Shippers shouldn’t expect any delays in the clearance of cargo at ports of entry, nor will highway, road and bridge construction cease, if the federal government partially shuts down tomorrow because of a fight over President Obama’s health care law.
26 Sep 2013
The U.S. House of Representatives has unanimously passed H.R. 3095, a bill that would require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to go through a formal notice...
25 Sep 2013
President Obama has nominated Deb Miller for a seat on the three-member U.S. Surface Transportation Board, which oversees the U.S. rail industry.
25 Sep 2013
WASHINGTON —The chair of a major U.S. Senate transportation committee wants to replace the federal fuels tax with a sales tax on oil at refineries, a move she says will provide a better way to boost construction of the nation's roads, bridges and highways and avoid the bankruptcy of the Highway Trust Fund.
Inland lock
24 Sep 2013
More than 75 business, agriculture and labor groups and local governments are urging the U.S. House of Representatives to hike the fuel tax that barge and towing companies pay into the Inland Waterway Trust Fund.