Daily Transportation and Logistics News – July 25, 2011

With the debt ceiling taking such a prominent place in all news, it is fitting that most of the news in the transportation and logistics industry reflects this. Industry experts and journalists have reported on the current situation, as well as the effect it has on our industry. Here are a few of the stories:

Bipartisan talks falter; Boehner, Reid work on separate debt proposals

U.S. is defaulting on credibility, but supply chain hangs tough

On a similar note, Congress is still battling back and forth on the reauthorization of a multi-year surface transportation bill. Both sides are also very far apart in what they want out of this plan over the next 2-6 years. Here are a few of the notable articles:

Senate EPW committee releases outline of new transportation bill

House transportation bill outline silent on “state of good repair” guidelines

Federal transportation program slated for 35 percent spending cut in House bill

Dozens of airport construction projects halted

Dozens of airport construction projects across the country are on hold and thousands of federal employees are not working because Congress failed to pass legislation to keep the Federal Aviation Administration operating, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Monday.

Safety Aspects of Highway Bill Could Include New Carrier Training, Reincarnated Carriers, Changes to Drug Testing

As Congress last week held hearings that offer some insight into what a transportation reauthorization might look like, Sen. Frank Lautenberg opened discussions on what will likely be included in the safety portion of the Senate’s reauthorization bill.

Warehouse industry moves forward on sustainability

Green initiatives are finally taking hold in the final frontier of today’s supply chain: the warehouse.

Equipment and driver expenses are moving LTL rates up, says A. Duie Pyle’s O’Kane

With the recent news of rate increases being implemented by large LTL freight carriers, many are wondering the reasons behind these increases. Jeff Berman from Logistics Management discusses this topic with A. Duie Pyle President Steve O’Kane.

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