She warned the safety of freight rail oil trains has been compromised “far too often."
Shipping and Cargo
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) pressed Senate appropriators to give more money to programs that intended to boost the safety of freight trains that are carrying crude oil shipments.
The chairman of the Senate committee that oversees transportation issues said Monday that oil companies are dragging their feet on providing data to regulators about the safety of freight trains that are used to carry crude oil.
Critics say the two-year-old deal hasn't worked, which the Obama administration disputes.
The number of railcars carrying crude oil surged 83 percent in 2013.
A Portland cargo ship terminal has been closed since Tuesday because of a labor fight between port workers and management, The Oregonian reports.
At issue is a fight between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the operator of the Portland port, ICTSI Oregon Inc., over the safety of working conditions for port employees and their health.
The work stoppage has resulted into the closing of the Portland port’s terminal six, according to the report.
A cargo ship operated by Google will dock at the Port of Stockton, Calif., the Stockton Record reports.
Georgia's Republican senators are upset with President Obama because he left out funding for deepening the port of Savannah in his budget for the 2015 fiscal year.
Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, both Republicans, said Obama included the Savannah port expansion project in his 2012 "We Can't Wait" initiative that was designed to expedite federal infrastructure investment.
The duo added Vice President Biden both visited the Savannah port last year as he pushed Congress to approve a new $8.2 billion water infrastructure bill.
But Isakson and Chambliss said when Obama released his $3.9 trillion budget proposal for 2015 yesterday, he turned his back on the Savannah port project.
President Obama's proposed budget for the 2015 fiscal year leaves much to be desired for ports, according to the association that advocates for water infrastructure investment in Washington.
The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) said this week that Obama's $3.9 trillion budget proposal cut funding for port-related programs too deeply, even as the president was calling for an overall increase infrastructure spending.
Transportation advocates have lauded Obama's proposal for spending $302 billion on a new road and transit funding bill, but the AAPA said the president's budget also included cuts to the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers' funding for port maintenance and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) grant program for reducing diesel emissions by ships.
A Danish cargo ship lost more than 500 containers during a voyage at sea, CNN reports.
The ship was traveling in the Bay of Biscay near France last week when it began encountering “hurricane-force winds,” according to the report.