House THUD bill advances without any trucking amendments

June 19, 2019

Greg Grisolano

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A House committee opted not to include a handful of trucking-specific amendments as riders to an appropriations bill that Congress is expected to vote on later this week.

Among the amendments that were submitted but ultimately not included for a vote on the spending package was a proposal from Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa, which would have prohibited federal funds from being used to create a mandate for speed limiters.

Perry’s proposal would have specifically prohibit any THUD funds from being used by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to finalize a notice of proposed rulemaking that would mandate speed limiters in commercial vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds. Perry has previously offered similar amendments on past spending bills.

Two other trucking-related proposals were offered up, but ultimately not included on the made-to-order phase for the full House to vote on. The first that didn’t make the cut was an amendment that would have struck provision 135 in the bill that prohibits the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from eliminating the 30-minute rest break. The second amendment would have banned federal money from being used to enforce the ELD mandate.

The THUD bill is being packaged with several other appropriations bills as part of a so-called “minibus” funding package. The package is expected to reach the full house floor for debate later this week.

Greg Grisolano

Greg Grisolano joined Land Line in 2013. He was formerly a reporter for the Joplin Globe. He brings business writing and photography skills to Land Line, and has a passion for finding and telling stories about the people who make up the trucking industry.