White House reaches out to trucking

December 22, 2021


The White House met with trucking stakeholders and held a listening session in South Carolina. Todd Spencer and Lewie Pugh fill us in.

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White House issues ‘regulatory freeze’ memo

I. Today’s news with Scott Thompson

A prosecutor has asked the courts to reconsider a trucker’s 110-year prison sentence. ‘Tis the season for a spike in cargo theft and this year is no different. And why a Pennsylvania couple may want to think about putting Tesla’s Autopilot feature on their baby’s birth certificate.

II. White House meets with trucking officials

The White House is opening up the doors of communication with the trucking industry. That effort started in earnest last week with a White House meeting with industry stakeholders and a listening session in South Carolina. OOIDA CEO and President Todd Spencer was at that White House meeting and explains what happened. OOIDA Executive Vice President Lewie Pugh explains what happened at the South Carolina event.

III. Is the end of year calm here, or not?

Spot market volumes and rates typically start to settle down a bit this time of year. Stephen Petit of DAT tells us if that’s holding true right now before telling us which routes are hot, which are not – and which ones to keep an eye on as we head into a new year.

IV. Build Back Better stalemate develops

A stalemate in the Senate has developed over the president’s build back better bill – and at the center of the storm is Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. We’ll have an update – including why it matters to you.

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Links, email addresses, phone numbers and more information

  • Starting Jan. 3, Marty Ellis and the Spirit of the American Trucker will be at the TA in Terrell, Texas. That’s at Exit 503 off Interstate 20. Find upcoming Spirit stops here.
  • Get more information about the freight market. And you can find loads at OOIDA Members Edge.
  • Be sure to check out the Fighting for Truckers website. Remember, it’s never too late to contact your lawmakers. You can do that via the website or by calling 202-224-3121.
  • You can donate to the Truckers for Troops fund all year long.
  • OOIDA has an online resource to provide access to information needed to operate in the coronavirus pandemic. Click on the COVID-19 menu at the top of the page on the Land Line Media website.
  • OOIDA is seeking the names and addresses of military personnel serving overseas so we can send them care packages through Truckers for Troops. You can call that information in to Nikki Johnson at our main number, 816-229-5791, or e-mail it to troops@ooida.com.
  • OOIDA is soliciting personal letters or hand-made cards from children to be sent to our troops overseas as part of The Association’s care packages. You can mail them to us at OOIDA Truckers for Troops, PO Box 1000, Grain Valley, MO, 64029, c/o Norita Taylor.
  • You can find a location to get a COVID-19 vaccination by entering a zip code into the website Vaccine Finder.org, by texting your zip code to 438829, or by calling 1-800-232-0233.
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