Topics: Highway & Transportation

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. More

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. More

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. More

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. More

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. More

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. More

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. More

First House Transportation Hearing Addresses Infrastructure Funding Issues

In the first of a series of Congressional hearings that will lay the groundwork for Congress to draft infrastructure legislation, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Feb. 7 heard from elected officials as well as members of the private sector. Among those who testified were Former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and UPS Freight President Rich McArdle, who testified on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Witnesses were pressed to address their positions on various funding options, including whether increasing the motor fuels taxes, tolling or public private partnerships were viable methods for funding the nation’s long-term infrastructure needs. More

NATSO, Allies Urge Congress to Support Off-Highway Businesses by Maintaining the Ban on Commercial Activities at 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 Congress to oppose efforts to commercialize Interstate rest areas as they consider infrastructure legislation this year. More

President Offers No Details on Infrastructure in State of the Union

President Donald Trump renewed his call for a major infrastructure investment during his State of the Union address on Jan. 5, but offered no details on his plans as he urged Republicans and Democrats to work together to pass legislation to rebuild and revitalize the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. More