Daily Transportation and Logistics News – July 20, 2011

Resilient infrastructure: What’s wanted, what’s needed, what’s affordable

Washington finally seems semi-serious about infrastructure. There are dueling bills circulating on Capitol Hill, with Senate Democrats favoring a two-year, $109 billion proposal and House Republicans offering a six-year, $230 billion deal to replace the six-year, $286 billion transportation funding law that expired 23 months ago.

Obama Administration Steps Up Action Against Unsafe Motor Carriers

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that in the last two years, the Obama Administration has issued as many imminent hazard orders placing unsafe bus and truck companies out of service as in the previous 10 years combined.

Dukakis: Invest in Future by Spending on Infrastructure

Former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Michael Dukakis said to invest in the future spending on infrastructure is key  — even if requires increasing the fuel tax during the economic recovery.

Air Cargo: Energy is King

Patrick Burnson weighs in on the impact that fuel prices and energy consumption is having and will have on the air cargo shipping industry.

Ports Group to Help US Export Initiative

The American Association of Port Authorities will work with the Department of Commerce to help small and medium-sized businesses export goods to overseas markets, part of President Obama’s goal of doubling U.S. exports.

ATA Announces Conference Highlights

American Trucking Associations announced the highlights of the annual Management Conference & Exhibition on Oct. 15-18 in Grapevine, Texas. The highlights are ATA advocacy luncheon, All Eyes on Economy panel, a panel of leading industry execs and several educational sessions on the impact of new federal rules, regulations to human resource management and how trucking can best give back to the community.

Feds Want to Ease Military Export Licensing

The U.S. Commerce Department is proposing to make it easier for companies to export military parts with low or no sensitivity to NATO partners and other American allies.

– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst
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