ATA Applauds House Committee Passage of Sleep Apnea Bill
ARLINGTON, VA--Sept. 20, 2013 Yesterday, the American Trucking Associations applauded the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for its swift approval of a bill that would prevent the Obama administration from using informal guidance to address sleep apnea.
"ATA believes that testing alone for obstructive sleep apnea of truck drivers could cost the industry nearly $1 billion," said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. "If our industry is to be burdened with such a cost, then the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration owes it to trucking to conduct a full and thorough rulemaking, including collection of scientific data and a cost-benefit analysis."
The bill, which was introduced by Reps. Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) and Dan Lipinski (D – Ill.), just last Thursday, has broad bipartisan support, already garnering nearly 50 cosponsors. The bill is being credited for the sudden receptiveness by FMCSA to a rulemaking. Nevertheless, members at this morning's markup agreed that there is still a need for the legislation.
"We'd like to thank Reps. Bucshon and Lipinski, as well as all our supporters in the House for moving this important bill forward," Graves said. "While FMCSA has said they are receptive to a rulemaking process in lieu of sleep apnea guidance, we urge the House and Senate to follow through with swift approval of HR 3095."