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House Appropriators Concerned With DOT Grant Handling

June 3, 2019

House Appropriators Concerned With DOT Grant Handling

House appropriators are concerned about how DOT is handling virtually all of its major grant programs, an issue that has been a significant area of oversight for Democrats, Politico reported June 3.

Rep. DeFazio Says New Revenue Unlikely for Transportation

May 23, 2019

Rep. DeFazio Says New Revenue Unlikely for Transportation

The abrupt ending May 22 to an infrastructure meeting between the White House and Congressional Democrats means there probably won't be any new revenues for the surface transportation reauthorization that Congress must pass by next fall, Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) told Politico.

Rep. DeFazio to Focus on Transportation Reauthorization After Infrastructure Talks Fall Apart

May 22, 2019

Rep. DeFazio to Focus on Transportation Reauthorization After Infrastructure Talks Fall Apart

House Transportation Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) plans to pursue a surface transportation reauthorization as well as individual pieces of infrastructure legislation after infrastructure talks between Democratic Leadership and the White House broke down on May 22.

Rep. Blumenauer to Introduce Bill to Increase Motor Fuels Taxes

May 20, 2019

Rep. Blumenauer to Introduce Bill to Increase Motor Fuels Taxes

One day before President Donald Trump and Democratic Congressional leaders are scheduled to discuss ways to pay for a 2$ trillion infrastructure plan, Rep. Earl Blumenauer plans to introduce a bill to increase the motor fuels tax by 5 cents a year for the next five years and indexing it to inflation.

NATSO Urges House T&I Committee to Maintain Prohibitions on Commercial Rest Areas, Tolling in Infrastructure Legislation

May 11, 2019

NATSO Urges House T&I Committee to Maintain Prohibitions on Commercial Rest Areas, Tolling in Infrastructure Legislation

NATSO on May 10 submitted its comments in response to a request for stakeholder input from the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure with regard to the Committee’s work on infrastructure this Congress.

   White House Meeting on Infrastructure Reignites Debate Over Pay-Fors

May 3, 2019

White House Meeting on Infrastructure Reignites Debate Over Pay-Fors

The meeting between Congressional Democrats and the White House on the potential for a $2 trillion infrastructure deal earlier this week reignited bipartisan arguments over just how to pay for an infrastructure measure – further calling into question the viability of anything moving forward in the near term.

NATSO, Allies Urge House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to Support Off-Highway Businesses

April 30, 2019

NATSO, Allies Urge House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to Support Off-Highway Businesses

NATSO led a group of 15 trade associations representing off-highway communities, businesses, alternative fuel advocates and the National Federation of the Blind in urging members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to oppose efforts to commercialize Interstate rest areas as they consider infrastructure legislation this year.

Wall Street Journal Publishes Anti-Tolling Coalition Letter

April 18, 2019

Wall Street Journal Publishes Anti-Tolling Coalition Letter

Tolling existing interstates represents a veiled supply-chain tax that makes businesses less competitive and drives up the cost of living wherever they are located, the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (ATFI) said in a recent letter to the editor published in the Wall Street Journal.

ATA Appeals Dismissal of Challenge to Unconstitutional Truck Toll Program

March 29, 2019

ATA Appeals Dismissal of Challenge to Unconstitutional Truck Toll Program

The American Trucking Associations along with three motor carriers representing the industry on March 28 appealed the recent decision by the federal district court in Rhode Island to dismiss their challenge to Rhode Island’s RhodeWorks truck-only toll scheme, on procedural grounds.

Nicole Nason Confirmed as FHWA Administrator

March 28, 2019

Nicole Nason Confirmed as FHWA Administrator

The Senate on March 28 voted 95-1 to confirm Nicole Nason as the next Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), a position that has sat vacant since January 2017.

NATSO CEO Discusses Truck Parking With Land Line Now Radio

March 25, 2019

NATSO CEO Discusses Truck Parking With Land Line Now Radio

NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings discussed the issue of truck parking with Land Line Now radio on Sirius XM Channel 146. Mullings appeared on the radio program after LandLine, an online publication for truck drivers published by OOIDA, attacked comments made by Mullings during a NATSO Connect panel discussion with fleet representatives.

Supreme Court Rules Tribal Co. Doesn't Owe Wash. State Fuel Tax

March 19, 2019

Supreme Court Rules Tribal Co. Doesn't Owe Wash. State Fuel Tax

The U.S. Supreme Court on March 19 upheld a Washington state court ruling that a Yakama Nation company does not have to pay a state fuel tax, saying the tribe's right to travel on public highways under its treaty makes the company exempt from the tax, Law360 reported.

NATSO, Allies Urge Senate to Maintain Prohibition on Commercial Rest Areas

March 15, 2019

NATSO, Allies Urge Senate to Maintain Prohibition on Commercial Rest Areas

NATSO led a group of 15 trade associations representing off-highway communities, businesses, alternative fuel advocates and the National Federation of the Blind in urging Members of the Senate to oppose efforts to commercialize Interstate rest areas as the consider infrastructure legislation this year.

House Subcommittee Holds First Hearing on Highway Trust Fund Reauthorization

March 14, 2019

House Subcommittee Holds First Hearing on Highway Trust Fund Reauthorization

The House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit on March 13 held its first hearing focused on reauthorization of the Highway Trust Fund. The FAST Act, which provided $281 billion for federal surface transportation programs, expires on September 30, 2020.

Congress Holds Multiple Infrastructure Hearings

March 11, 2019

Congress Holds Multiple Infrastructure Hearings

Congress held multiple infrastructure hearings in recent days during which lawmakers and witnesses reiterated long-standing calls to fix the nation’s infrastructure funding gaps and began laying the groundwork for House Leadership to bring an infrastructure bill to the floor by spring.

NATSO Supports DRIVE-Safe ACT

March 7, 2019

NATSO Supports DRIVE-Safe ACT

Following the introduction of companion, bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House and Senate designed to alleviate a nationwide shortage of truck drivers, NATSO joined nearly 70 organizations in supporting the DRIVE-Safe Act, which would allow commercial drivers aged between 18 and 21 to engage in interstate trucking.

House Leaders Reserve Floor Time for Infrastructure

March 5, 2019

House Leaders Reserve Floor Time for Infrastructure

As the House Ways and Means Committee prepares to hold its March 6 hearing examining the nation’s infrastructure, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said that House leadership has reserved floor time for an infrastructure bill with a target of late spring.

Contours of Infrastructure Debate Take Shape

February 28, 2019

Contours of Infrastructure Debate Take Shape

Despite more headline-grabbing news regarding President Trump's personal attorney and U.S. relations with North Korea, there has been subtle yet steady progress surrounding infrastructure legislation in recent days.

NATSO President and CEO Discusses Truck Parking

February 28, 2019

NATSO President and CEO Discusses Truck Parking

NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings yesterday sent an email to NATSO members regarding several blog and other online publications that reported on brief comments she made about truck parking during a panel discussion at NATSO Connect.

House Transportation Committee Considers Climate Policy

February 27, 2019

House Transportation Committee Considers Climate Policy

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing on February 26 examining how federal infrastructure policy can help mitigate and adapt to climate change. The hearing was another of several hearings the Committee has held in the opening weeks of 2019, all designed to lay the foundation for a comprehensive infrastructure bill that House Democrats hope to pass by the end of May.

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