off their July Fourth holiday break, Congress returned to the Capitol Monday,
July 11, to work on unfinished business.
the legislation up for discussion before lawmakers break again for their August
recess are the Central American Free Trade Agreement, nine Senate
appropriations measures, judicial nominations, and conference reports on the
energy bill – HR6 – and the Highway Bill reauthorization – HR3.
A conference committee on
the highway bill agreed to an extension earlier this month that gives them
until Tuesday, July 19, to come up with a final version of the bill.
Two key issues – how much
of the bill’s funding is covered by state equity calculations and the division
of earmarked funds for highway projects between the House and the Senate – have
yet to be resolved and have repeatedly stalled negotiators.
fuel surcharge legislation, which was introduced as part of the House version
of the highway bill but not the Senate’s, still remains in play.
4139 of the House bill says that all motor carriers, brokers and freight
forwarders running truckload freight MUST implement fuel surcharges and
they MUST pass 100 percent of those surcharges through to the person who
actually pays for the fuel.
Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is encouraging all truck drivers
to contact their lawmakers to do whatever they can to make sure the fuel
surcharge legislation is in the final version of the Highway Bill.