Overdrive Staff | April 01, 2010

APRIL 24: NORTHWEST CHAPTER Antique Trucks Show, American Truck Historical Society, Harold E. LeMay Marymount Museum, Spanaway, Wash., (360) 866-7716.

APRIL 24-25: CUSTOM RIGS PRIDE & POLISH 75 CHROME SHOP, Wildwood, Fla., (888) 349-4287, www.prideandpolish.com.

May 11-12: SLEEP APNEA & TRUCKING CONFERENCE, Westin hotel in Baltimore, www.satc2010.org or rblank@sleepapnea.org.

JUNE 17-19: THE GREAT WEST TRUCK SHOW, Las Vegas, (888) 349-4287, www.greatwesttruckshow.com.

AUG. 26-28: THE GREAT AMERICAN TRUCKING SHOW, Dallas, (888) 349-4287, www.gatsonline.com.

Senate approves highway bill

The Senate approved and sent to President Obama a jobs bill with funds for highway construction and extension of the Highway Trust Fund tucked inside.

Approved 68-29 on March 16, HR 2847 provides $20 billion for road and bridge construction and extends the federal highway program through year-end.

Earlier, the Senate had voted to pass a $10 billion stopgap measure to fund highway projects and extend unemployment benefits for 30 days after Republican Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky agreed to end his filibuster demanding a way to pay for it first.

The Senate’s failure to overcome Bunning’s objections meant funding for federal highway, transit and highway safety programs ran out at midnight Feb. 28. The current surface transportation authorization act – the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) – was due to expire Sept. 30, 2009, but had been kept alive by extensions while Congress considered a replacement authorization bill.

The expiration forced 2,000 employee layoffs at the U.S. Department of Transportation, including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Federal Highway Administration and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

— Staff reports

Navistar to work on natural gas engine

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