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Nathan Hurst


Nathan Hurst covers transportation as a staff writer for CQ Roll Call. He previously wrote about Congress and the White House for the Washington bureau of The Detroit News, and before that was a business reporter for the News following stints covering crime and business at The Seattle Times and The Boston Globe, as well as several smaller publications in New Hampshire.

Born in Ohio, Nathan grew up in southwest Virginia and New Hampshire before graduating with a degree in print and multimedia journalism from Emerson College in Boston. He lives on Capitol Hill.

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Stories by Nathan Hurst:

California Lawmakers Seek Tougher Rules for Limos

June 24, 2013

There’s no sign of any legislative effort in Congress after a deadly California limousine crash this spring, but state lawmakers in Sacramento are weighing bills aimed at making the vehicles safer.

Limousine Makers Unlikely to Face Tougher Congressional Scrutiny, Despite Recent Accidents

June 24, 2013

Two high-profile limousine accidents in Northern California this spring are raising questions about oversight of the industry that builds the vehicles — though highway safety advocates see little prospect of tougher scrutiny by lawmakers anytime soon.

NHTSA Proposes Rules for Driverless Technology Already on the Roads

June 10, 2013

Driverless cars remain a rare novelty, but it might surprise motorists to discover that much of the technology that will make them work is already available in the new cars they’re buying today.

Driverless Vehicles Pose New Challenges for Lawmakers, Regulators

June 10, 2013

No longer confined to the realm of science fiction, driverless vehicles are beginning to show up on American highways, with California, Nevada and Florida already legalizing their use.

House Earmarks Ban May Be Tested in Writing Water Bill

June 6, 2013

The House’s 3-year-old ban on earmarks may be put to the test in the coming weeks, as the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee writes its authorization of flood control, navigation and environmental restoration programs.

Transportation Secretary Nominee Ducks Highway Financing Questions

May 22, 2013

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx sidestepped persistent questioning Wednesday about how to fill revenue shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund, telling senators weighing his confirmation as Transportation secretary that he would “bring together a wide variety of stakeholders”

Declines in Driving Complicate Vehicle Tax Changes

May 20, 2013

A new study suggests the driving habits of Americans may be changing faster than lawmakers can figure out how to tax them.

Highway Trust Fund Already Feeling Effects of Declines in Driving

May 20, 2013

The decline in driving by Americans may already be hastening the demise of the Highway Trust Fund.

Landrieu Revamps Flood Insurance Amendment, Clearing Path for Water Bill

May 10, 2013

Louisiana Democrat Mary L. Landrieu has revamped her amendment to freeze flood insurance rates for five years, removing the biggest obstacle to final Senate action this week on legislation to authorize federal projects for flood control, navigation and environmental restoration.

Obama's Budget Would Restructure Airport Improvement Program

May 6, 2013

While President Barack Obama complained that averting Federal Aviation Administration furloughs by transferring airport capital improvement funds amounted to “using our seedcorn,” his own fiscal 2014 budget would cut the Airport Improvement Program by 17 percent.

Airport Operators Worry That Furloughs Deal Will Reduce Capital Spending

May 6, 2013

Airport operators were relieved that Congress enacted legislation before the recess rolling back air-traffic-controller furloughs — though they were less than pleased about where lawmakers found the money to offset the cuts.

Charlotte Mayor to Be Nominated as Transportation Secretary

April 28, 2013

Outgoing Charlotte, N.C., mayor Anthony Foxx will be President Barack Obama’s pick for the next Transportation Secretary, according to two sources with knowledge of the selection.

GOP Pins Airport Delays on Obama

April 22, 2013

Political finger-pointing over Federal Aviation Administration furloughs intensified Monday, with congressional Republicans orchestrating a Twitter campaign aimed at blaming the Obama administration for flight delays.

Lawmakers Weigh In on How to Question Bombing Suspect

April 21, 2013

Congressional lawmakers continued the debate over how to legally handle the Boston bombing suspect on the Sunday talk show circuit, as new details about the accused brothers continued to trickle out.

Advocates for Inland Waterways Users Say They're Perplexed by Obama Budget

April 15, 2013

It isn’t often in Washington that an interest group asks Congress to raise its taxes — but that’s exactly what inland barge operators are urging.

Cost Overruns in Illinois Prompt Industry Demand for Funding Overhaul

April 15, 2013

A quarter-century ago, Congress authorized a $775 million project to replace the antiquated Olmsted Locks on the Ohio River, about 20 miles northeast of the point where it converges with the Mississippi. The project was supposed to be finished in 2000.

Special House Panel Will Draft Intermodal Freight Strategy

April 15, 2013

House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster has tapped six committee members to help formulate a national intermodal freight plan that will tie together road, rail, air cargo, ports and inland waterways infrastructure planning and policy.

Indiana Jones and the Control Tower Crusade

March 19, 2013

The man who played Indiana Jones on the big screen is on a new crusade, this time on Capitol Hill.

Waiving Visas Promises to Boost Tourism to the U.S.

March 18, 2013

While the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s proposal to expand foreign preclearance facilities is encountering stiff opposition from airlines, concurrent moves to expedite visa processing for foreign visitors are getting broad support.

Airlines, Business Groups Aim to Block U.S. Customs Facilities in Foreign Airports

March 18, 2013

A coalition of U.S. airlines, their employee unions and business groups is opposing a proposal that would allow companies to foot the bill for U.S. customs agents to clear passengers at foreign facilities, saying it would give international competitors an unfair advantage.

Metro to Get Reprieve From Wireless Service Mandate

March 8, 2013

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is getting a brief reprieve from a Congressional mandate to provide wireless service in the capital city’s Metrorail stations and tunnels.

787's Woes Put FAA Safety Certifications Under Scrutiny

March 4, 2013

As federal transportation safety officials continue investigating the flaws in a Boeing Co. jetliner’s battery systems that led investigators to ground the 787 Dreamliner fleet, there is growing scrutiny of the Federal Aviation Administration’s practice of letting manufacturers self-certify the safety of critical aircraft systems.

Congress Wary of Outsourcing Aircraft Maintenance

March 4, 2013

Congress last year mandated the Federal Aviation Administration step up oversight of the growing trend by U.S. carriers of outsourcing aircraft maintenance to foreign repair stations.

Two House Panels Signal Continued Scrutiny of GSA

Feb. 27, 2013

General Services Administration officials should expect Republicans on two House panels to keep a close eye on their actions during the 113th Congress.

Airline Passengers Prefer to Put In-Flight Cellphone Calls on Hold

Feb. 11, 2013

While federal aviation regulators face mounting pressure to relax the ban on electronics use on commercial flights, passengers should not expect to use their cellphones anytime soon.

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