Propane Shortage Relief Signed by President Obama
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today President Barack Obama signed legislation cosponsored by Congressman Kevin Cramer to relieve the national propane shortage. The Home Heating Emergency Assistance Through Transportation (HHEATT) Act of 2014 guarantees an extension of the U.S. Department of Transportation emergency declarations to speed deliveries through May 31, 2014.
“The President’s signature on this legislation provides more certainty in federal relief policy as families, farms, and other businesses continue to deal with the propane shortage. This action will strengthen the emergency declarations already being made by individual states,” said Cramer.
The U.S. Department of Transportation and many states have issued temporary emergency declarations to waive hours of service requirements for truck drivers hauling propane and other home heating fuels. However, such emergency declarations only last 30 days. The HHEATT Act goes a step further by guaranteeing a longer term extension of the U.S. DOT emergency declarations on the national level to expedite delivery to affected states, including North Dakota.
Last month, Cramer joined a bipartisan coalition of more than 70 lawmakers including Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Kristi Noem (R-SD) in calling on President Obama to address the shortage. Cramer has also requested the House Energy and Commerce Committee hold a hearing on the shortage, potential solutions, and the long term supply outlook in the Midwest.