Tuesday, November 1, 2016

What does the election mean for truckers?

The upcoming election is certainly the hot topic around the country. But, given the seemingly relentless legislative and regulatory attacks on truck drivers, this election in particular has many wondering what any outcome holds.

In fact, this upcoming election and its effect on truckers and trucking issues was a big topic of discussion during the OOIDA Board of Directors meeting held at OOIDA HQ this past month.

The short-version answer delivered to the board was that things rarely change much following a big election when it comes to trucking.

In addition to the obvious presidential election, a number of key congressional seats that are up for grabs involve lawmakers serving on committees overseeing trucking.

OOIDA Director of Legislative Affairs Jay Grimes reported that a number of longtime lawmakers who have served in key posts on trucking-related committees would be retiring at the end of the year. Names you may recognize retiring from the Senate include Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.; Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.; Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.; and Sen. David Vitter, R-La.

In addition to those retirements, the OOIDA Government Affairs team is monitoring the elections of nine lawmakers up for re-election who currently serve on the powerful House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

“The issues for us don’t change much, regardless of who is in office,” OOIDA Executive President Todd Spencer told board members in his opening remarks. “On the regulatory front we are attacked by both sides. If we want regulators to treat small-business truckers fairly, we will have to fight to get that through to them.”

8 comments:

  1. Let's face it, democrat leaders like regulation of everything possible while republicans favor as little regulation as possible. It is a split in visions.

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  2. While I am not a member, I support the efforts of the OOIDA you have done a great many things for the industry. We are an over regulated industry to the point where it has affected carriers and drivers alike and because of regulation have driven many out of the industry. I am hoping that with this election and should Trump get elected he will have a say about regulatory affairs as he has mentioned many times.

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    1. Why not join and help the cause instead of sitting back and enjoying our accomplishments. Too many want the help of ooida but will not commit to it.

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  3. This has been a plan going into action for over 10 years ..Even under Republican and Democratic leaders...It's all pushed through by the big companies AMERICAN TRUCKING ASSOCIATION...It was there plan 2 put us Independent Truckers out...

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  4. This has been a plan going into action for over 10 years ..Even under Republican and Democratic leaders...It's all pushed through by the big companies AMERICAN TRUCKING ASSOCIATION...It was there plan 2 put us Independent Truckers out...

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  5. Suits that know NOTHING about trucking....dictating, creating and pushing regulations laws for small businesses and trying to hold everyone's hands. America sucks going into the Millennium.....just my opinion

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  6. As the old saying goes, "It's the only job with a regular work week of 70 hours - you can go to jail for working overtime - and the government keeps a better watch on you than they do murders or pedophiles". We fight what we can, deal with what we have, or move on to another industry.

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    1. We are more regulated in a deregulated environment than when we were in the regulated environment of the ICC. Enough said!

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