The announcement fell short of the specific funding proposal that advocates had hoped for.
The Vermont Democrat said Congress should scrap the corn-based mandate.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is launching a national bus tour to push lawmakers to approve a new round of road and transit funding.
The bus tour comes as lawmakers face a Sept. 30 deadline to approve new transportation fuding before the current legislation expires. Additionally, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has projected that the transportation department’s Highway Trust Fund will go bankrupt as early as August without congressional action.
The DOT said Foxx will travel to eight states next week to “make the case for a robust multiyear federal investment as proposed by the Obama administration that will address the current shortfall and meet the country’s future needs, all without adding to the deficit.”
Lawmakers in the Senate are preparing to make a “major” announcement about transportation funding on Thursday as lawmakers race to beat a deadline for a bankruptcy in the pool of money that is used to pay for road transit projects.
The announcement will come from the top lawmakers on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
The lawmakers “will make a major announcement regarding the reauthorization of the transportation bill, entitled Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21)” on Thursday morning, the panel announced.
A pair of unions for U.S. airline employees are calling for a "thorough investigation" of Norwegian Airlines bid to gain access to airports in the U.S. and European Union.
Norwegian Air is attempting to gain access to airports that are covered under the U.S. and European Union’s “Open Skies” agreement by registering its airplanes in Ireland, which is a member of the EU.
The Scandinavian company says it will be able to offer transatlantic flights for as low as $150 each way if its effort is approved by the Department of Transportation.
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.
Support for the renewable fuel standard has grown in the last two years, the Renewable Fuels Association said.
The Transportation Department proposed more than $9.7 million in penalties for safety violations against pipeline operators in 2013.
The proposed regulation was created in response to a deadly derailment last year in Canada.
A House bill would nullify rules that require airlines to include taxes in price quotes.