Arlington, VA - FMI – The Food Industry Association welcomed the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s bipartisan passage of three bills that would collectively strengthen our nation’s trucking sector and enhance the resilience of the supply chain. In advance of the markup, FMI sent a letter addressed to Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) and Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-WA) to the full Committee urging them to support passage of these bills.
Specifically, H.R. 3372 would establish a pilot program of up to ten years to increase the gross vehicle weight on federal interstates; the Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act (H.R. 2367) would authorize funding for the creation of thousands of new truck parking spaces; and, the Licensing Individual Commercial Exam-Takers Now Safety and Efficiently (LICENSE) Act (H.R. 3013) would modernize and streamline the commercial driver’s license (CDL) process.
FMI Vice President, Government Relations, Christine Pollack stated, “Building long-term capacity and resilience in the food industry supply chain is an imperative issue to FMI and our members, who rely on trucks to move tens of thousands of products found on grocery store shelves every day. FMI welcomes the Committee’s approval of these three measures that will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of trucking and provide solutions to address the nearly 80,000 truck driver shortage in our country.”