more members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed on
as cosponsors of House Concurrent Resolution 164.
Jerry Costello, D-IL, and Rep. Tom Osborne, R-NE, recently signed
on as cosponsors. The measure, introduced by Rep. Sam Graves, R-MO,
would establish a National Truck Safety Month each year.
resolution asks President George W. Bush to issue a proclamation
commending all truckers for their extra effort this June to comply
with truck safety regulations. The legislators introduced a congressional
resolution to heighten awareness about the contributions, needs
and safety-related issues of the nation's truckdrivers.
pressure on truckdrivers is real and, at times, can be immense,"
OOIDA President Jim Johnston said. "We appreciate this effort
by Congress, and encourage all truckers to contact their U.S. representative
and ask them to sign on as a cosponsor of House Concurrent Resolution
a native of East Saint Louis, IL, was first elected to the House
in 1988 to fill the term of late U.S. Rep. Melvin Price. He was
re-elected to full term later that year. He serves on the Committee
on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Subcommittee on Water
Resources and Environment.
certainly understands the importance of the trucking industry and
truckers to our transportation system and wants to be very supportive
of that,” David Gillies, Rep. Costello’s press secretary, told Land
is somewhat of a legend in his home state of Nebraska, where, from
1972 until 1997, he was the head football coach for the University
of Nebraska Cornhuskers and led the team to three national championships.
When he retired from that position, the congressman was the most
winning active football coach in NCAA Division I-A. Osborne now
serves the state in Congress, sitting on the committees on Agriculture,
Education and the Workforce and the Resources Committee.
thousands of truckdrivers from Nebraska and across the country carry
goods and services to families, farmers, ranchers and small businesses
everywhere,” Osborne said. “We depend on them to keep our economy
moving and also to keep our nation's highways safe. They have
a big job to do and this legislation recognizes their important role
resolution calls on all highway users, shippers, receivers, motor
carriers and federal and state regulatory and law-enforcement officials
to support the efforts of truckdrivers to make the nation's highways
a safer place to travel and to work.
other cosponsors include Rep. Roy Blunt, R-MO, Rep. Danny Davis,
D-IL, Rep. Dan Burton, R-IN, Rep. James Moran, D-VA, Rep. Lee Terry,
R-NE, Rep. Mac Collins, R-GA, Rep. Kevin Brady, R-TX, and Rep. Jim
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