Daily Transportation and Logistics News – July 29, 2011

Bill Authorizing MARAD Calls for Short Sea Research

A new proposed U.S. Senate bill may help fill the gap in data needed to help marine highway advocates estimate the potential market for waterborne alternatives to landside transportation.

Carriers Looking at Acquisitions

That’s the comment of Richard Mikes, partner at Transport Capital Partners, about what the group’s most recent Business Expectations Survey says about attitudes toward buying or selling trucking companies.

GOP leader: ‘I believe there will be a vote today’ on House debt ceiling plan

House GOP leaders expressed confidence Friday morning that they would move a vote on raising the debt ceiling one day after they had to pull their Speaker’s measure from a planned House floor vote.

The downside of deadlines

Ezra Klein from Washington Post discusses why Washington loves deadlines and how real they really can be when they affect the entire country the way some recent ones have.

LaHood wants Congress to compromise on FAA

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood spoke before the White House press corps Thursday in an effort to pressure Congress to approve a routine funding measure that would end a nearly weeklong partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration.

If the Debt Ceiling Isn’t Raised, What Will Happen to U.S. Infrastructure?

The Bipartisan Policy Center has released a report (pdf) on what will happen to various federal programs if the United States fails to raise the debt ceiling by August 2.

Innovative federal financing is expanded under House bill

The House has not yet released the full text of a transportation bill proposal, but the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has released an outline of the principles that will be included in the bill. We posted an analysis of the outline here. This is one in a short series of posts looking into some of the provisions with a little more depth.

– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst
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