Congress Doubles Down on Hours-of-Service Solutions for Livestock Haulers

(WASHINGTON) – Following the introduction of the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act in the Senate on Tuesday, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Representative Greg Pence (R-IN) today announced the introduction of H.R. 2460, the Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act.

The legislation is a companion bill to S. 600, introduced into the Senate in February, where it is already showing bipartisan support and would require the Secretary of Transportation to establish a working group to study regulatory and legislative improvements for the livestock, insect, and agricultural commodities transport industries.

The working group would be responsible for presenting the Secretary of Agriculture with a report identifying the “initiatives and regulatory changes that maintain and protect the safety of highways and allow for the safe, efficient, and productive marketplace transport of livestock, insects, and agricultural commodities”.   

Members of the working group would include Governors; representatives of State and local agricultural and highway safety agencies; other representatives of relevant State and local agencies; and members of the public with experience in the livestock, insect, and agricultural commodities industries.

USCA Transportation Committee Chairman Steve Hilker issued the following statement:

“We applaud Congress for working every angle to come up with solutions that would allow for the safe and efficient movement of cattle throughout the country. New regulations, imposed in 2017, do not work for the livestock transportation industry. We’ve been working strategically with Members of Congress and the Administration to find regulations that enhance highway safety, while also allowing transporters to deliver their live cargo as humanely as possible.”

“Thank you to Chairman Peterson and Rep. Pence for recognizing this need and delivering a legislative proposal that would encourage discussion and action on this very important issue.”

Established in March 2007, USCA is committed to enhancing and expanding the cattle industry’s voice on Capitol Hill.  USCA has a full-time presence in Washington, giving cattle producers across the country a strong influence on policy development.  For more information go to www.uscattlemen.org.

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.