Bills Summary and Status & Needed Legislation
H.R.3200     [ America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 ]
Title: To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Dingell, John D. [MI-15] (introduced 7/14/2009)     Cosponsors (8)
Latest Major Action: 7/21/2009 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
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S.2019     [ Interstate / Highway Tolling ]     [ 110th Congress ]
Title: A bill to prohibit the imposition and collection of tolls on certain highways constructed using Federal funds.
Sponsor: Sen Hutchison, Kay Bailey [TX] (introduced 9/5/2007)      Cosponsors (1)
Related Bills: H.R.3510, H.R.3802
Latest Major Action: 9/5/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.
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S.2910     [ TRUCC ~ Transparency In The Trucking Industry ]     [ 110th Congress ]
Title: A bill to require brokers to disclose and pay independent truckers for any fuel surcharges received from shippers that relate to fuel costs paid for
by the truckers.
Sponsor: Sen Snowe, Olympia J. [ME] (introduced 4/24/2008)      Cosponsors (4)
Related Bills: H.R.5934, H.R.5977, H.R.5997
Latest Major Action: 4/24/2008 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and
Transportation.
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H.R.5977     [ TRUCC ~ Transparency In The Trucking Industry ]     [ 110th Congress ]
Title: To amend title 49, United States Code, to require a motor carrier, broker, or freight forwarder that collects a fuel surcharge to disclose and pay
the fuel surcharge to the person responsible for bearing the cost of the fuel, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] (introduced 5/6/2008)      Cosponsors (16)
Related Bills: H.R.5934, H.R.5997, S.2910
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2008 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.
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H.R.6106     [ Diesel Tax Reduction ]     [ 110th Congress ]
Title: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to temporarily reduce the excise tax on diesel fuel and kerosene to the rate applicable to gasoline.
Sponsor: Rep Bono Mack, Mary [CA-45] (introduced 5/21/2008)      Cosponsors (4)
Related Bills: H.R.6890
Latest Major Action: 5/21/2008 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
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H.R.6330     [ Commodities Market Speculation ]     [ 110th Congress ]
Title: To provide for regulation of certain transactions involving energy commodities, to strengthen the enforcement authorities of the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission under the Natural Gas Act and the Federal Power Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Stupak, Bart [MI-1] (introduced 6/20/2008)      Cosponsors (66)
Latest Major Action: 6/20/2008 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Agriculture, and in addition to the Committee
on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within
the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
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H.R.6630.IH     [ Cross-Border Program ]     [ 110th Congress ]
Title: To prohibit the Secretary of Transportation from granting authority to a motor carrier domiciled in Mexico to operate beyond United States
municipalities and commercial zones on the United States-Mexico border unless expressly authorized by Congress.
Sponsor: Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] (introduced 7/29/2008)      Cosponsors (41)
Latest Major Action: 9/10/2008 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on
Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
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Other Bill Versions:  H.R.6630.EH ; H.R.6630.RFS ; H.R.6630.RH
H.R.6922     [ Small Business Act Amendment ]     [ 110th Congress ]
Title: To amend the Small Business Act to provide low-interest loans to small business concerns providing transportation services to assist them in
dealing with high motor fuel prices.
Sponsor: Rep Baird, Brian [WA-3] (introduced 9/17/2008)      Cosponsors (5)
Latest Major Action: 9/17/2008 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.
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Issues Congress Needs To Address

Commercial Vehicle parking has been an issue among professional drivers for over two decades.  Congress and FMCSA refuses to address
this issue in a positive direction.  They continually attempt to legislate safety, but ignore the critical aspect of safety...proper rest, which
means a driver needs to be able to park.  We need to communicate the need for legislation on this issue to our representatives.

DAC is a third party vendor which has no government over-site, and has been destroying professional driver's livelihood with inaccurate
information.  We need Congress to reign in this outrageous action by DAC with legislation.  Our government granted authority to a third
party vendor without any thought regarding over-site.  This is an ignorant act in itself and needs to be corrected.

Federal law for 400-pound APU exemption has been ignored by all but 5 states (Arkansas, Kansas, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin.)  
This weight exemption became law with the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and due to a memo from our fine FMCSA administrators...stating
"We determined that (the exemption) does not pre-empt state regulations or compel the states to grant the increased weight
tolerance."...federal law is not being enforced.  Professional drivers are attempting to meet strict clean air regulations by states without
the aid of the states to allow for the needed weight exemption to meet those regulations according to federal law.  We need better over-site
of the FMCSA.  This agency is acting outside of our government framework, and we need to impress upon our representatives the
importance for legislation to reign in FMCSA's actions of being above the law.
Please Contact Your Member Of Congress
Impress Upon Them The Importance For Their Support Of These Bills And To Address These Issues

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