On Thursday morning Congressman Brian had a speech urging Trump to cancel the fast-approaching ELD mandate. Bubin presented his speech today, on December 14 just 4 days before ELD mandate (December 18).
The ELD Extension Act, or H.R. 3282, was introduced in the summer of 2017 and has since gained 68 additional sponsors. Still, despite the support, the bill has never been brought to the floor for a vote according to Congress’s website.
Now since the ELD mandate deadline is rapidly approaching the only way to stop the mandate is for the president to issue an executive order.
Bulbin mentioned truckers in his speech as one of the reasons that helped Trump got elected pointing out that it is the right time for Trump to “give them a hand”.
Mr. Babin said “Mr. President, you call the shots in your administration,” He also added Please issue an executive order today and instruct DOT to give all truckers relief from this mandate for three months. Don’t implement this colossal, Obama-era mandate just a week before Christmas.”
Here is Bubin’s full speech:
“Millions of American Truck Drivers helped elect President Trump last November, and I am calling on him to step in and give them a hand. President Obama left office back in January, but a $2 billion dollar regulation he wrote in 2015 to require an electronic tracking device in every truck in America is still scheduled to go into effect this Monday.
Let me repeat that: an Obama regulation that shamefully remains on the books is going into effect this Monday under a Republican Congress and White House.
The DOT can give a 90-day waiver for all truckers from this mandate, and proved it by issuing several waivers for specific industries, including one just this week. Instead of offering fairness and relief, they are picking winners and losers. Millions of American truckers are asking 24/7 for relief from this mandate using the hashtag #ELDorMe – but it has fallen on deaf ears at DOT.
“Mr. President, you call the shots in your administration. Please issue an executive order today and instruct DOT to give all truckers relief from this mandate for three months. Don’t implement this colossal, Obama-era mandate just a week before Christmas.”
Currently, Congressman Babin and truck drivers across the country are waiting for Trump’s answer.