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Why OOIDA will fight the highway bill

June 19, 2020

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Land Line Now, June 19, 2020.

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The new highway bill would pump nearly $500 billion into U.S. highways – but a section drastically increasing insurance costs means OOIDA won’t support it.

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I. Today’s news with Terry Scruton

A House committee finishes work on the highway bill; California extends food truck waivers for rest areas; and Vegas tries out a royal flush of a different kind – it’s today’s news in trucking.


II. OOIDA: Insurance amendment is a deal breaker

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has advanced a bill that would pump nearly $500 billion dollars over 5 years into the nation’s roads, bridges and highways – but OOIDA won’t be supporting it.


III. Trucking is stabilizing a bit – even if weather isn’t

Jon Osburn is seeing more weird weather, but the weird economics of trucking are starting to calm down just a bit.


IV. OOIDA watches other trucking issues in bill

The proposed highway bill is on its way to the House floor. We’ll go over some of the less-discussed trucking issues in that measure.


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Links, email addresses, phone numbers and more information

  • OOIDA has set up an online resource to provide direct access to information needed to operate in the current coronavirus pandemic. Click on the COVID-19 – Facts for Truckers logo on the OOIDA or Land Line Media websites.
  • It’s helpful for our members to keep us apprised of conditions on the roads and any problems they encounter. If you have situations to report call OOIDA at 816-229-5791 or email Questions@OOIDA.com.
  • Nominations are open for this year’s Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence award. You can download a nomination packet here. Nominations are due by July 31.
  • Jon Osburn and OOIDA’s tour truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, are at the J.D. “Doc” Osburn TA in Boise, Idaho. That’s at Exit 54 on Interstate 84. Find the upcoming Spirit stops here.
  • It’s never too late to share your views with lawmakers. You can do that on the Fighting for Truckers website or by calling 202-224-3121.