The U.S. House of Representatives has just passed the NEFI-backed Home Heating Emergency Assistance through Transportation or "HHEATT" Act by voice vote.
Under current law the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issues emergency declarations to waive Hours-of-Service requirements and other regulations during periods of inclement weather and other hardships. Unfortunately, each declaration is limited to 30 days. This creates uncertainty during extended emergencies such as the long stretch of extreme cold and snow currently being experienced throughout much of the country.
The HHEATT Act (H.R.4076) would guarantee extension of most FMCSA emergency declarations through May 31st. The U.S. Secretary of Transportation, in consultation with state Governors, may terminate the guaranteed extension prior to May 31st but only if current emergencies subside.
The bill's lead sponsor and House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) publically thanked NEFI for the strong support in a floor statement this afternoon. Again, the HHEATT Act passed the House overwhelmingly by voice vote. The bill now awaits consideration by the U.S. Senate. We will continue to keep NEFI members and supporters up-to-date as things progress.
To read NEFI’s endorsement letter, click here.
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