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With 10 days to go until funding for highway and transit programs runs out, a motion to proceed with debate was defeated as Democrats claimed they hadn’t been given enough time to read the details of the 1,030-page multi-year bill unveiled Tuesday morning.
Legislation would index the gas tax to inflation after the initial $0.10 increase to prevent future transportation funding standoffs in Congress, according to the bill’s sponsor.
The Federal Maritime Commission found the Northwest Seaport Alliance is not likely to reduce competition or result in an unreasonable increase in cost or reduction in service.
The U.S. State Department Monday released its annual “Trafficking in Persons Report” for 2015, in which it removed Trans-Pacific Partnership member Malaysia from its list of the worst offenders in the areas of human trafficking and slavery.
Meanwhile, drayage drivers at Pacific 9 Transportation continue their strike in an attempt to be reclassified as employee drivers.
The future of the Export-Import Bank is still in doubt because it depends on passage of a long-term transportation bill that is expected to pass the Senate, but which faces strong opposition in the House.