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September 13, 2017

Senate Panel Hears Pros and Cons of Autonomous Trucks

While the House has already passed a bill that could help bring self-driving cars to market faster, a Senate panel is taking a more deliberative approach by considering whether such legislation should also help foster the development of autonomous truck technologies.

September 7, 2017

Self-Driving Trucks Need to Gain Traction on Capitol Hill

Despite the argument that some sort of self-driving truck will become an everyday reality before any self-driving car does, legislation that would ease the application of autonomous driving technology to commercial trucks has so far failed to gain traction on Capitol Hill.

February 2, 2017

Sen. Fischer Floats Quick-Fix Highway Funding Proposal

The first highway bill has emerged in the 115th Congress— a two-pronged measure introduced on Feb. 1 by Nebraska's Sen. Deb Fischer.

December 12, 2016

Congress Completes Hours-of-Service Fix

Special legislation that contains language to fix the legislative glitch that threatened use of a 34-hour restart as part of the hours-of-service rule for truck drivers passed the Senate late Friday night, Dec. 9.

November 9, 2016

Trucking with Trump: Beware Fog Ahead

Since President-elect Trump has never been in lockstep with Republican orthodoxy, let alone GOP leadership on Capitol Hill, there’s no way of telling now how their vision of governing jointly will ultimately turn out.

June 1, 2016

Senate Action Opposes Federal Excise Tax Increase

Sen. Cory Gardner introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 40, expressing opposition toward increasing the 12% Federal Excise Tax (FET) on heavy trucks and truck bodies.

April 20, 2016

Senate Approves Energy Bill Promoting Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

The U.S. Senate has approved an energy bill that reauthorizes a federal program that works with truck manufacturers and suppliers to improve fuel efficiency.

April 19, 2016

Safety Groups Oppose Changing HOS in THUD Bill

A broad coalition of interest groups is lobbying Congress “to oppose any special interest anti-truck safety riders including changes to the truck driver hours of service rules..."

December 4, 2015

Highway Bill Signed by President Obama

Ten years in the making, a fully funded highway bill that runs longer than two years has become law.

December 2, 2015

New Highway Bill Scores High Marks

Reaction of industry stakeholder groups to the highway bill compromise forged by Congress is mixed, but decidedly more positive than negative.

October 29, 2015

Senate Rubber-Stamps Highway Bill Patch

Just a day before current funding was set to expire, the Senate on Oct. 28 approved by voice vote the short highway-bill extension that had been passed by the House a day earlier.

August 6, 2015

Senator: Hike Fuel Tax 4 Cents a Year for 4 Years

Sen. Tom Carper contends all that’s needed to restore the Highway Trust Fund is to raise federal fuel taxes by four cents a year for four years and then index the rates to inflation from then on.

July 30, 2015

Senate Approves House’s 3-Month Highway Bill

The Senate passed its massive and contentious long-term highway bill and then approved the three-month extension of federal highway funding passed earlier by the House. The $8 billion patch, which runs out on October 29, has been sent to President Obama, who is expected to sign the bill.

July 26, 2015

Senate Highway Bill Dodges Potholes

As of late Sunday evening, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had managed to steer the multi-year highway bill introduced last week beyond some legislative potholes that had threatened to slow the process of getting the measure to the House for consideration.

July 22, 2015

Senate Moves Highway Bill Forward

The Senate voted on Wednesday to move forward a bipartisan highway bill that had been blocked by a procedural vote just a day before.

July 21, 2015

Senators’ Highway Deal: 6-Year Bill Funded for 3

Two top Senators reached agreement today to put forward a bipartisan, multi-year highway bill that would fund projects for the next three years — leaving it to the next Congress to determine how to fund its final three years.

May 14, 2015

Senators Float Midsummer Highway Bill Patch

With one week left to pass a short-term funding extension two key Democratic lawmakers have introduced a measure to extend the authorization of surface transportation programs into this July.

February 18, 2014

Legislation Restoring Federal Biodiesel Incentives Introduced

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. to reinstate a tax incentive that expired at the end of 2013 when it comes to the production of domestic biodiesel fuel.

April 20, 2012

N.J. Trucking Executive Urges Adoption of Commuter Protection Act

ARLINGTON, VA – In testimony before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, NFI Chief Financial Officer Steve Grabell warned that rapidly increasing toll rates are a threat to consumers and to the trucking industry.

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