TTA 2018 “CALL ON WASHINGTON”
We held our annual Call on Washington on April 17-19, 2018. We had 18 members attend the event which was conducted differently from how we have done it in the past. Because of Connie Vaughan’s idea and relationships with Representatives Fleischmann and DesJarlais, we were able to secure meeting rooms in both the Longworth and Cannon buildings where we had the representatives or their staff folks come and meet with us. This saved us from having to split our group three ways in order to make calls on each congressional office in the time allotted. We then went to both Senate offices the next morning. Those who attended liked the new process and we will endeavor to improve on it next year. We focused on three key initiatives; The Denham Amendment which seeks to clarify the meal and rest break provisions in order to eliminate a patchwork of rules carriers have to deal with in different states, in particular California, the Drive Safe act which seeks to evaluate the possibility of expanding the ability of 18-21 year olds to use a CDL in interstate commerce, and finally on road funding and the need to identify a stable source of revenue to invest in where we work every day. If you have not gone on one of the Calls in the past, we encourage you to consider it next April!
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