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Restoring Our Ports, Restoring U.S. Competitiveness | Commentary

Our nation’s ports and waterways are vital to American competitiveness. They employ more than 13 million people and transport millions of products to markets across the globe.

Innovation Holds the Key to Driver Safety | Commentary

Even after almost 10 years of unveiling the latest consumer technology at the International CES, innovation and the ways it keeps us connected — no matter where we are — continues to amaze me. But innovation can also produce what economists refer to as negative externalities: an incessant urge to stay connected, even while we’re driving. And that connection can come at the expense of safety — for us, our families riding in our cars, the strangers with whom we’re sharing the road and everyone who’s hoofing it along sidewalks and crosswalks.

Water Infrastructure: In Need of Work And a Renewed Commitment | Commentary

Ours is a nation with a strong maritime heritage, and it is our ports and waterways that have linked communities with one another and to the world.

America?s Transportation System Is Foundation of American Competitiveness | Commentary

There’s no disputing that our nation’s infrastructure requires improvements. For many Americans, an overly lengthy commute to work is proof enough that we need to do better. Organizations such as the American Society of Civil Engineers regularly confirm this perception when they score our infrastructure with grades barely above failing.

Distracted Driving Is a Public Safety Concern | Commentary

Distracted driving has been a growing public safety concern for me, as it has for the Department of Transportation, safety advocates and the countless families who fear losing a loved one because of a driver focused on something other than driving. Distractions have always been present in the car, but the face of this problem has completely changed with the evolution of modern technology. Now, drivers can talk, text and search for information on a smartphone, further drawing their attention away from the road.

For Families' Sake, Global Aviation Community Must Create Disaster Plans | Commentary

The recent mystery surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is headed towards tragedy on countless levels. It is tragic in the number of lives lost and in the rippling waves of emotional and psychological damage that has been — and will continue to be — inflicted upon the family members and loved ones of the passengers aboard Flight 370.

Bike Sharing Is a Winner in the Senate Tax Bill

Bike sharing systems would be among the winners under draft legislation extending a laundry list of tax incentives that Senate tax writers approved last week.

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Transit Advocates Won't be Caught Napping as Highway Bill Advances

Public transit advocates were blindsided when House Republicans introduced a five-year highway bill two years ago that proposed eliminating the Highway Trust Fund’s transit account.

Critics of GM Bailout Wonder Whether Government Ownership Hindered Response

Critics of the Obama administration’s bailout of the domestic auto industry are questioning whether regulators may have ignored safety defects in General Motors Co. vehicles while the carmaker was under taxpayer ownership.

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In Wake of GM Recall, Lawmakers Are Set to Scrutinize Regulators, as Well as Automakers

The recall of about 1.7 million General Motors Co. vehicles for ignition switch defects linked to 13 deaths has renewed congressional scrutiny of the federal agency charged with regulating highway safety.

Asking Congress to Support Meaningful Patent Reform Legislation | Commentary

This month, transit agencies around the country are in D.C. for the American Public Transportation Association legislative conference. An issue that surfaced in many of our meetings is “patent trolls” — shell companies that purchase patents with no intention of innovating or inventing, but rather, suing those who do — and how they are crippling transit agencies with meritless threats.

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Ukraine's Neighbors Urge Expansion of U.S. Gas Exports

The crisis in Ukraine has injected a new element of Cold War politics, as well as a supporting cast of European diplomats and Washington lobbyists, into the debate on Capitol Hill over natural-gas exports.

Industry Group Says Fracking Could Help Ukraine

European countries seeking to ease their dependence on Russian natural gas may discover that their salvation lies deep beneath their native soil.

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Local Governments Fear Plan to Tax Bond Interest Threatens Road Funding

House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp’s proposed tax overhaul got high marks last week from federal transportation leaders for committing to prop up the ailing Highway Trust Fund, but it is drawing criticism from state and local officials who depend on municipal bonds to finance infrastructure projects.

Airport Operators Worry Tax Overhaul Would Ground Improvement Plans

In addition to worrying road builders, state highway officials and transit agencies, House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp’s tax overhaul plan has struck a nerve with airport operators.

When Great Ideas Go Wrong: How the EPA's New Fuel Shipping Standard Hurts the Environment and Economy | Commentary

There’s at least one law that’s universally familiar in Washington: the law of unintended consequences. It describes how a proposed solution can end up creating new problems. And it perfectly explains how a new, well-intentioned but poorly designed EPA policy meant to improve coastal air quality actually achieves the opposite, meaning more pollution, more traffic congestion and higher transportation costs. Fortunately, it’s not too late to make some sensible changes to everyone’s benefit, and we’ll explain how in our Tuesday testimony before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.

Norton Talks D.C. Equality with TSA Administrator

The Transportation Security Administration appears to have set the record straight when it comes to driver’s licenses issued in Washington, D.C.

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Norton: TSA Must Train Employees to Accept D.C. IDs

Washington, D.C., may not be a state, but the people who live in the nation’s capital deserve the same treatment as other American citizens when traveling within its borders.

Holocaust Reparations Talks Won't Halt Pressure From Maloney, Ros-Lehtinen

Despite ongoing reparations negotiations between France and the State Department, one member of Congress vows to continue fighting a French rail firm’s bid on Metro’s Purple Line project.

Close Corporate Tax Loopholes to Fix Holes in Our Infrastructure | Commentary

Business owners know the importance of investing to keep their companies competitive. When essential equipment breaks, they fix it if they can or replace it if they can’t. They don’t respond by cutting their budget for maintenance and investment. Yet that’s what Congress has done.

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