Infrastructure & Transportation

Four-Legged TSA Screeners Collared by Government Shutdown

The partial government shutdown is impacting its four-legged workers, too.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has halted parts of its bomb-detecting dog training program as well as the program’s planned expansion, spokesperson Michael Bilello told Bloomberg Government in an interview.

Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker Mired in Fight Over Mexico Wall

The U.S. foothold in the Arctic may be at risk as congressional wrangling over President Donald Trump‘s push for a southwestern border wall more than 4,000 miles away threatens to shortchange funding for the Coast Guard’s new polar icebreaker.

Driverless Cars Stall in Congress as Trial Lawyers Drop Support

A group representing trial lawyers is opposing legislation on self-driving vehicles after backing one section of the bill earlier this week, saying changes to other areas of the draft bill would harm consumer rights.

The American Association for Justice said Monday it could support key arbitration and preemption language in one section of the AV START (S. 1885) bill, which creates the first federal framework for self-driving technology.

Trump’s Artificial Intelligence Strategy Arrives This Spring

The Trump administration will release a national strategy for artificial intelligence in the spring of 2019, according to a senior White House official.

The strategy will focus on setting priorities for investment in AI-related research and development, preparing the U.S. workforce for the economic opportunities and challenges posed by AI, and identifying ways to preserve the U.S.’s technological advantage, said Lynn Parker, assistant director of artificial intelligence at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), at a Dec. 4 conference.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Oppose U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal

“I oppose Nafta 2.0, and will vote against it in the Senate unless President Trump reopens the agreement and produces a better deal for America’s working families,” Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren plans to say in a speech Thursday, according to prepared remarks from her office.

Trump Trade Plan Gives Food Banks More Help Than They Can Handle

Mountaineer Food Bank, located in the middle of West Virginia, expects to get three times the 1.1 million pounds it typically receives in federal emergency food aid. The problem is finding ways to store and distribute it all.

“That’s quite a bit for us in our area,” said Chad Morrison, the food bank’s executive editor. “There’s good, bad, and unintended consequences that come with it.”

McCarthy Intervenes for Bus Company Targeted by Spending Bill

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) intervened in House-Senate spending bill negotiations to exclude a bus manufacturer in his district from a proposed funding restriction, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.

Waymo, GM to Deploy Self-Driving Cars With or Without Congress

Congress is the closest it could be for at least a year to passing self-driving vehicle legislation, but if lawmakers fall short, companies such as Alphabet Inc.,’s Waymo and General Motors Co. plan to deploy commercially with fewer strings attached.

Scooters Trigger Backlash Among Cities That Felt Burned by Uber

It was after 10 p.m. on a Monday night when Rick Usher learned, via Facebook, that Bird Rides Inc. was bringing hundreds of its matte black electric scooters to Kansas City, Mo., in two days. Usher, Kansas City’s assistant manager for small business and entrepreneurship, got right on the phone.

Chao Defying Law on Self-Driving Auto Test Funds, Lawmakers Say

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao ignored explicit congressional direction by shutting down a program to test self-driving vehicle technology at a handful of government-designated proving grounds, key lawmakers from both chambers say.