U.S. House of Representatives

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May 24, 2016

House Committee Includes Restart Rollback in THUD Bill

The House Appropriations Committee passed a Fiscal Year 2017 transportation spending bill with some key trucking provisions Tuesday, including addressing problems in a previous bill that threatened the industry’s use of a 34-hour restart on driver hours of service.

May 19, 2016

HOS Restart Reform Keeps Cranking on Capitol Hill

Updated on May 20: A House Appropriations subcommittee has advanced language to “fix” the Hour of Service rule’s 34-hour restart provisions that goes much further than a measure contained in a bill passed by the full Senate on May 19.

March 11, 2016

Latest Aviation Bill Ditches Pro-Trucking Reform

The effort to inject a reform proposal widely viewed as favorable to trucking into an aviation bill has crashed and burned. At least for now.

February 7, 2016

Aviation Bill Harbors Pro-Trucking Reform

Intended to keep states from preempting federal motor-carriage regulations, a proposal that that did not make it into the highway bill has resurfaced in reauthorization legislation for the Federal Aviation Administration.

December 16, 2015

Bill Aims to Strengthen Restart Suspension; Slams Brakes on Twin 33s

Congress is expected to further nail down the suspension of two restrictions placed on the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rules — and to bar the door to legalizing twin 33-foot trailers on highways nationwide.

December 2, 2015

New Highway Bill Scores High Marks

Reaction of industry stakeholder groups to the highway bill compromise forged by Congress is mixed, but decidedly more positive than negative.

November 17, 2015

House Applies Highway Patch; Senate Expected to Rubberstamp

A bipartisan bill to extend the authorization for federal highway and transit programs through Dec. 4 has been passed by the House.

November 5, 2015

House Passes Highway Bill

The House of Representatives has passed its version of a highway bill— voting for it 363-64 in overwhelming bipartisan fashion.

November 4, 2015

Truck Weight-Limit Hike Rejected by House

An amendment that would have liberalized truck-weight limits was rejected on Nov. 3 by a vote of 187-236 during floor consideration of the highway bill by the House of Representatives.

November 3, 2015

Amendment Aims to Thwart Threat to Smaller Carriers

An amendment would allow motor carriers that have not been rated by FMCSA to meet safety-eligibility requirements spelled out by the “Interim Hiring Standard” within the proposed long-term highway bill.

October 29, 2015

Senate Rubber-Stamps Highway Bill Patch

Just a day before current funding was set to expire, the Senate on Oct. 28 approved by voice vote the short highway-bill extension that had been passed by the House a day earlier.

October 27, 2015

House Approves Highway-Bill Patch

Playing beat the clock, the House of Representatives today approved by voice vote a three-week extension of transportation funding.

October 26, 2015

Highway Bill Patch Could Derail Over Train Safety Measure

The latest proposed extension of federal highway funding includes a provision to delay a mandate for automatic-braking equipment on trains that could turn passing the measure into a game of political football.

October 25, 2015

Could House Highway Bill Hurt Smaller Fleets?

A letter signed by eight businesses and associations that together represent over 9,500 motor carriers, brokers and shippers has been sent to the House opposing a section of the long-term highway bill because it “could cripple small-business truckers.”

October 22, 2015

House Committee Approves Long-Term Highway Bill

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unanimously approved its version of a long-term highway bill, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform (STRR) Act of 2015 (H.R. 3763).

October 19, 2015

Shuster Maps Passage of Highway Bill

The Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure laid out the long and winding road ahead for passage of a multi-year highway bill by both chambers of Congress.

October 19, 2015

House Highway Bill Promises Trucking Reforms

New long-term measure would hide CSA scores, launch an under-21 CDL pilot program and allow hair-testing for drug-testing truck drivers.

October 15, 2015

House to Mark Up Highway Bill — At Last

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has finally scheduled a hearing to mark up its version of a long-term highway funding bill for Oct. 22 – seven days before the current short-term patch authorizing spending on transportation runs out.

October 9, 2015

Private Fleets Back Higher Truck Weight Limit

The National Private Truck Council is now throwing its own weight behind the legislative effort to allow individual states to increase the federal vehicle weight limit to 91,000 pounds for tractor-trailers that are equipped with a sixth axle.

September 25, 2015

House Speaker Boehner to Step Down Next Month

Speaker of the House John Boehner will resign from Congress effective October 30, according to published news reports.

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