A container ship in San Francisco Bay. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
With the labor-management struggle at the Pacific Coast ports reaching a critical point in the next week or so, it’s good timing for Congress to focus on the efficiency of U.S. ports.
There’s a Senate hearing on the U.S. supply chain, particularly the importance of ports. Holding the hearing is the Commerce Committee’s Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security subcommittee.
Also Tuesday, the free-market oriented Cato Institute will convene a panel discussion on the regulatory framework that should govern on-demand car services such as Uber and Lyft.
(For some reason these have been labeled as “car-sharing services” which doesn’t really describe what they are or what they do.)
On the Cato program are the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Marc Scribner and Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.
With the Washington, D.C. forecast for Tuesday being snow showers and temperatures falling into the 20s, perhaps you’d rather be in sunny Florida. If so, you could head to the Stifel Nicolaus Transportation and Logistics Conference in Key Biscayne.
Among the speakers are Rob Knight, chief financial officer of the Union Pacific railroad, Donald Seale, executive vice president of Norfolk Southern, and YRC Worldwide chief executive officer James Welch. YRC is a holding company for a portfolio of less-than-truckload companies.
Another sunny day in Florida, another transportation conference as Union Pacific’s Rob Knight and other industry leaders speak at the BB&T Capital Markets 30th Annual Transportation Services Conference in Miami.
Back in Washington, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx testifies on the FY 20167 budget request before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Also, two hearings focus on the Army Corps of Engineers and its work in dredging harbors and improving the nation’s waterways.
Some members of Congress are voicing their unhappiness that President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal would cut planned spending from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund.
Wednesday morning, the House Appropriations subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies hears from Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, and Gen. Thomas Bostick, the commanding general and chief of the Army Corps of Engineers.
Those same witnesses are back in the afternoon before the Senate Appropriations Energy and Water Development Subcommittee.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on the safety of the Washington, D.C. Metro subway system.
On Jan. 12, a Metro passenger died after two trains were engulfed in heavy smoke at the L’Enfant Plaza stop. The NTSB is investigating the incident.