US shippers, truckers flex lobbying muscle

WASHINGTON — A new lobbying force representing well-heeled industry players, ranging from Amazon to the National Retail Federation, might have a rare opening to advance freight-friendly-policies, considering the Trump administration’s support for infrastructure and cutting regulation. Some of those fights, like the push to increase the length of pup trailers allowed on federal roadways, have only recently dropped out of the limelight after dying in Congress just more than a year ago. Others, like the fight for increased spending on transportation infrastructure, would require the sort of legislation — and the sort of legislative knowhow — not seen since the Eisenhower administration.

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