Weekly Legislative Update - February 10, 2020
Save the Date!
TIA would like you to save the date for our 2020 lobby day and international environmental summit.
The lobby day will take place on May 6th with the international environmental summit to take place the following day on May 7th.
Both events will take place in Washington, D.C.
More details are RSVP instructions to follow. But for now, mark your calendar!
Transportation Reauthorization Update
On January 29, House Democrats released their infrastructure framework which provides $760 billion in infrastructure funding over five years (FY 2021-2025) including $319 billion for highway investments.
The framework is an overview of a large infrastructure package that includes funding for roads, transit, rail, aviation, broadband, wastewater, and drinking water. The framework touches on funding and financing infrastructure investments but doesn't offer a pay-for.
On January 28, House Republicans released their infrastructure principles for the surface transportation bill.
The Republicans are hopeful that they can work with the Democrats to produce a bipartisan bill that can be signed by the President.
During the State of the Union President Trump called for Congress to pass the Senate reauthorization bill, S. 2302, signaling that, for now, a larger infrastructure package is off the table.
It is promising that passing the transportation authorization is a priority for the President. This statement received rousing bipartisan support during his speech.
TIA will continue to be actively involved in transportation funding discussions.
DRIVE-Safe Act Key Points
The country is facing a massive truck driver shortage that's increasing the costs of consumer goods and hurting the economy.
The DRIVE-Safe Act (HR 1379, S 569) provides a pathway to high-paying jobs for young adults seeking a career path while making our roads safer.
Safety is a critical component of the DRIVE-Safe Act.
○ Complete at least 400 hours of on-duty time and 240 hours of driving time with an experienced driver in the cab with them.
○ All trucks used for training in the program must be equipped with safety technology including active braking collision mitigation systems, video event capture, and a speed governor set at 65 miles per hour or below.
The common-sense solution to the driver shortage is to expand the work pool, period.
○ Truckers collected record pay increases in 2018 and that had little effect on the industry's shortage of drivers.
○ Hundreds of trucking firms surveyed quarterly by the National Transportation Institute found that 85 percent do not link higher pay to attracting driver candidates.
Outdated regulations are preventing access to a stable, middle-class profession.
TIA supports the DRIVE-Safe Act.