Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Update on Hours of Service debate


The debate continues on the floor of the Senate.  As you know there is a Transportation Spending Bill that will be voted on soon, and attached to this bill are many amendments.  One of those is the Collins amendment that would roll back safety provisions of a rule issue by the Department of Transportation just last summer.  The Collins amendment was worked out in a subcommittee without benefit of public comment or any scientific study, brokered by the trucking industry.  Yesterday the Booker (Senator, Democrat, NJ) amendment was introduced on the floor.  You can hear Sen Booker’s passionate introduction here.  It is sixteen minutes, so I understand if you don’t watch it all.  What struck me is his common sense, and how he understands that this is a complicated issue.  That a rule that took years to research, held six public comment periods, heard from 100’s of thousands of stakeholders, used the science of experts, should not be rolled back without study in a private subcommittee unseen by anyone.  Here’s a short article that talks about the introduction of the Booker amendment.

I’m told the debate over the Booker amendment has been tabled and will continue Monday.  I don’t know when the actual vote will happen.  Please let your Senators know that you support the Booker amendment.  And if your Senator is cosponsoring the amendment,   New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez, West Virginia’s Jay Rockefeller, Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal, New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Massachusetts Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, California’s Dianne Feinstein and Ohio’s Sherrod Brown, please please call them and say thank you.   They will appreciate your support.   I believe there were others as well, Senator Booker lists them at the beginning of his speech.

And in case you missed it on YouTube,  here’s Whoopi Goldberg’s reaction to this issue.


Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

13 thoughts on “Update on Hours of Service debate

  1. I still think computerized driving limiters are the way to go…they use these back home as well as speed inhibitors on trucks…sudy after study has shown that driving sleep impaired is the same as driving drunk.


  2. I sent a thank you electronic message to Cory Booker. I’m from NJ and was happy to hear a NJ Senator introduced it.


  3. Leave it to Whooping! I’m off to send a message to my congressmen now.


  4. I called my senators to thank them. Schumer seems to be a big time public safety advocate (he’s helping our city right now to make the oil tankers that fly through our towns safer). Good person to have on your side.


  5. Done, again.


  6. Don’t ever quit, Dawn! I’ve been nearly run right off the highway a couple of times in the last few years by truckers, and I know how frightening it can be. I don’t know (or care) what they’re doing — whether talking on the phone, eating, or just daydreaming — but they shouldn’t be doing stuff like that behind the wheel! And NOBODY ought to be driving exhausted.


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