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Immediate Action Needed: Help Finalize F4A

Thursday, March 01, 2018

The American Trucking Association needs your help telling Congress about an important issue affecting the trucking industry.

As Congress works to finalize the fiscal year (FY) 2018 spending bills before the upcoming March 23 deadline, the trucking industry has a window of opportunity to urge Congress to include language clarifying the interstate commerce preemption provision of the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994 (F4A) by affirming that it applies to state meal and rest break rules.

National ATA is asking that you contact both your Senators and Representative and request that they urge their respective leadership (Speaker Paul Ryan & Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for the House and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell & Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for the Senate) to include Section 134 of the House passed Transportation, Housing & Urban Development (T-HUD) appropriations bill in the final spending package. Section 134 of the T-HUD appropriations bill clarifies that, since the F4A’s enactment in 1994, federal law has preempted the regulation of interstate motor carriers’ meal- and rest-break obligations.

Time is of the essence. Even though the vote may not occur before March 23, lawmakers and their staff are actively crafting the final bill and need to hear from their constituents. Reach out to your elected officials today!

Contacting them is easy. Simply following this link, fill out the form and a letter will be sent on your behalf to your elected officials. If you have any questions, contact Ed Gilroy of ATA’s Legislative Affairs Office at