Multiple pieces of congressional legislation are being considered as the best vehicle to fix a technical “glitch” in a fiscal 2016 funding law related to the hours-of-service rule for truckers. Transportation leaders on Capitol Hill are likely to begin addressing the legislative fix as early as March, said Dave Osiecki, chief of national advocacy for American Trucking Associations. Lawmakers are considering whichever bill has the best chance of advancing to the president’s desk for his signature.
- On Thursday, Dec. 8, the House passed the Continuing Resolution that contains the hours-of-service fix sought by trucking interests
- If the Senate falls to act by the end of Dec.9, there could be a brief shutdown of the federal government that would last over the weekend.
- The problem stemmed from a policy rider attached to a bill last year that was so poorly written it inadvertently added requirements
“Special legislation, in the form of a Continuing Resolution, introduced in Congress in hopes of averting a year-end government shutdown contains language that would permanently fix the glitch in previous legislation that threatened the use of a 34-hour restart as part of the hours-of-service rule for truck drivers.”