The Senate’s Appropriations Committee on Thursday voted to Deliver the Chamber’s 2019 U.S. DOT appropriations bill to the full Senate for consideration. Unlike its House counterpart, the bill is indicative of trucking policy reforms, largely a extension of the ELD waiver given to livestock haulers and also the Denham Amendment, a provision to prevent states from enforcing rest and meal break laws for truck drivers.
Senate appropriators did adopt an amendment to direct the DOT to evaluate the requirements of livestock haulers comparative to the national electronic logging device mandate. That officials stops short of this House’s plan to exempt insect and livestock haulers from compliance with the logging device mandate through September 2019. After consideration of the amendment starts by the full Senate, lawmakers may elect to add trucking reforms through the amendment procedure. The Senate hasn’t set a date to consider the charge. Present DOT funding expires in the end of the September. The House has not yet brought its DOT appropriations bill to the floor for consideration yet . If the two chambers pass distinct Variations of their respective bills, lawmakers will enter a Conference committee to make a unified bill which will then have to be Passed by both chambers . Any trucking policy riders attached to The bill would be subjected to inspection during the conference committee process.