Reps Yoho, Peterson Introduce Bipartisan Livestock Transportation Bill
Washington, D.C. – Today Congressmen Ted S. Yoho (R-FL) and Collin C. Peterson (D-MN) introduced the bipartisan Transporting Livestock Across America Safely (TLAAS) Act- H.R 6079. This bill, supported by forty-five original co-sponsors, directly addresses the far-reaching Hours of Service (HOS) regulations for haulers of livestock.
Hours of Service regulations are rigid and costly for haulers. They also place the wellbeing and welfare of cattle, hogs, fish, and other livestock at risk. The current law does not allow flexibility for livestock to reach their destination given the vast geography of production and processing facilities, most often spanning from coastal states to the Midwest. Extended stops for a hauler, which would be necessitated by these HOS regulations, are especially dangerous for livestock during summer or winter months.
“The safe transportation of livestock is an essential part of feeding America. TLAAS makes the right modifications to current regulations, so we protect the safety of both haulers and livestock in route to their final destination. I want to thank Rep. Peterson and all my colleagues who are original sponsors of this important legislation.”
“This legislation provides needed flexibility to improve the safety and efficiency of livestock haulers across rural America. Moreover, it reduces the stress of travel on livestock, particularly during the summer and winter months.”