Senate

Senate highway bill that would remove CSA scores moves step closer to passage, House hesitant

The six-year DRIVE Act would remove from public view major chunks of FMCSA's CSA carrier ranking program. It would also map out highway funding for six years. The House, however, has signaled it's not ready to take up the bill just yet.

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Senate this week could vote on highway bill that would remove CSA scores from public view

The six-year DRIVE Act would be the first multi-year bill since 2012’s MAP-21, which was just a two-year funding measure. The bill also is packed full of regulatory changes, with some notable stabs by Congress at the CSA carrier-scoring program.

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Big CSA reform highlights Senate highway bill that moves closer to passage

A Senate committee stamped approval on a package that would remove CSA’s carrier percentile rankings from public view, allow some under-21 CDL holders to operate interstate and allow carriers to use hair tests for driver drug screening.

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Hourly driver pay, insurance increase part of Senator’s truck safety bill

A bill introduced last week in the U.S. Senate would if passed require employers to pay truck operators for all hours worked, rather than solely per-mile pay, and double the minimum amount of liability insurance required to be held by motor carriers.

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Keystone XL: Congress sends approval bill to the White House

Legislation granting necessary approvals for the pipeline has now passed both houses of Congress -- President has signaled he would veto the measure.

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Restart rollback bill delayed as Senate pulls it from the floor

The Senate bill that would have suspended two of the 34-hour restart provisions included in the 2013-implemented federal hours-of-service rule was pulled from the Senate floor June 19 after disagreements over procedural rules prevented the bill from moving forward for debate.

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Groups praise amendment to suspend 2013 restart changes

Groups representing segments of the trucking industry have been quick to praise passage of an amendment to the Transportation Department funding bill that would suspend the 2013-imposed restart provisions in hours-of-service regulations for one year.

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Hot buttons poll: What’s your view on the filibuster rule change?

On November 21, 2013, reacting to Republicans' continued blocking of votes on federal appeals court nominations, Senate Democrats exercised the "nuclear option" on filibuster rules; what's your view of the move?

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Amid government shutdown furor, a tap on the sleep apnea brakes

For now. There are indications that Congressional mandating of FMCSA taking a rulemaking approach to any apnea regulation would slow the process down, though some readers didn't see it that way.

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Why confiscation is unlikely

Overdrive's Wendy Parker: "Here is a very basic, bare bones answer to the question of what process is required to make a change in the Bill of Rights: It's not easy to do."

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