At 5 a.m. Eastern this morning, when many truckers were either starting their day or still asleep in their cabs, the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee passed a highly partisan highway bill, HR3684, the INVEST in America Act. After several pro-trucker amendments were rejected on largely party line votes, OOIDA remains opposed to the legislation.
Our opposition was cemented when Democratic members of Committee unanimously voted against an amendment offered by Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL) that would have prevented an unnecessary increase in motor carriers’ minimum liability insurance from $750,000 to $2 million. Several other pro-trucker amendments were rejected during the highly-partisan markup, including measures to prevent an AEB mandate, excessive screening requirements for obstructive sleep apnea, the initial step toward a side underride guard mandate, restrictions on the use of personal conveyance, and the expanded use of ELD data for “research.”
While this bill will likely pass the House in a few weeks, we’re relieved it has zero chance of advancing in the U.S. Senate. Many of the most problematic provisions in the bill are simply too controversial to gather sufficient support in the Senate.
Thank you again for all your calls, messages, and outreach supporting efforts to improve the legislation. Because of your hard work, many Committee Members spoke up on behalf of independent truckers and adamantly opposed the harmful provisions in the bill. We’ll work with lawmakers from both parties to stop these policies from ever becoming law.