Two more congressmen cosponsor Safety Month resolution

| Thursday, June 05, 2003

Two more members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed on as cosponsors of House Concurrent Resolution 164.

Rep. 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.

The 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.

"The 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 164."

Costello, 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.

“He 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 Line.

Osborne 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.

"Every day, 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 and responsibilities."

The 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.

The 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 Oberstar, D-MN.

--by Mark H. Reddig, associate editor

Mark Reddig can be reached at mreddig@landlinemag.com.

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