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Cramer: House Passes Bill to Save Trucking Businesses $1B

Sep 26, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced a bill he cosponsored to ensure a fair regulatory process for the trucking industry unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

H.R. 3095 responds to news the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) planned to skip the formal rulemaking process by issuing guidance requiring screening and testing for sleep apnea and other sleep disorders on drivers of commercial motor vehicles. The bill requires FMCSA to instead use a transparent rulemaking process, allowing both a formal notice and public comment period before regulations may be put into effect.

“Federal agencies cannot be allowed to bypass the transparent rulemaking process. This behind-the-scenes style regulation harms public trust of government. The people who transport goods to market on our roads every day deserve to have input on the regulations which will affect their daily lives. This bill shines light on what the administration is attempting to do, and gives the trucking industry a fair opportunity to weigh in,” said Cramer.

“We strongly support this bill and appreciate Congressman Cramer’s leadership in seeing it passed by the House of Representatives,” said Arik Spencer, Executive Vice President of the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association.

The economic impact of screening, diagnosis, and treatment for sleep apnea in the trucking industry is estimated to exceed $1 billion annually, including a $100 million impact specific to the private school bus industry. The bill is supported by the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association, American Trucking Association, American Bus Association, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, National School Transportation Association, and United Motorcoach Association.
Contact: Communications Director, Matt Becker, (202) 225-2611