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U.S. lawmakers and industry advocates need to do more to address a “critical” shortage of skilled truck technicians and mechanics, according to Bill Graves, CEO of American Trucking Associations.
The inability to agree on a long-term highway bill led Congress in July to pass a six-month extension of Transportation Department programs that will expire at the end of the month.
The global shipping industry has reduced total carbon dioxide emissions by more than 10 percent since 2007, according to the International Chamber of Shipping.
Industry advisors to the Commerce Department are calling on the government to get involved much sooner when contract talks between dockworkers and terminal operators diminish port productivity.
A group of Republican House lawmakers on Friday exercised a rarely used “discharge petition” to gather enough support to force a vote on the chamber floor to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank.
The legislation (HR 702) also includes a provision to increase funding for the 60 ships in the Maritime Security Program from $3 million to $5 million.