Regulation & Policy

A House Republican wants to save the Federal Highway Trust Fund from insolvency and he’s targeting funds under the country’s universal health care program to do it.

MSC Fabiola in Long Beach
Shipping lines and terminal operators at California’s major ports urged the state Air Resources Board to change the way that regulators look at goods movement before finalizing its Sustainable Freight Strategy that will govern emissions from vessels, trucks and trains over the next 35 years.

An ambitious plan to rebuild Rhode Island's crumbling bridges using up to $700 million in truck tolls came under fire by the American Trucking Associations, which wants to stop the smallest state in the U.S. from setting a big precedent.

It has become increasingly unlikely that the Export-Import Bank, the official export credit agency in the United States, will survive the 114th U.S. Congress.

When a routine maintenance dredging project at two key navigation spots on the Snake River in America’s Pacific Northwest finished in February, it was a welcome sign for commercial users of the waterway, part of the Columbia River system. But mixed messages from Washington on funding for other projects have shippers and transportation providers uneasy.

The two-month extension of legislation authorizing the Highway Trust Fund to continue supporting infrastructure projects across the country is a patch, not a fix, to much-needed highway and transit development, according to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

A long-awaited Pacific trade deal between the U.S. and other Pacific Ring nations cleared another hurdle Friday evening. In a 61-38 vote, the U.S. Senate passed legislation to renew trade promotion authority for the country’s president.

A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would set national standards for shippers and third parties contracting or hiring trucking companies, complementing legislation in the House. Shippers and brokers want clarity, especially in courtrooms where they face negligent hiring claims.

The U.S. Congress moved closer to hitting port funding goals set last year after a Senate committee this week passed a bill that would send $1.25 billion to ports in fiscal 2016.

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The U.S. Senate now has just more than a day to extend funding for the Highway Trust Fund before the money that maintains America’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure runs out.