This morning, Texas lawmaker Brian Babin took to the floor of the House to plead with the President to act immediately to delay the ELD Mandate that goes into effect in just a few days.
With the ELD Mandate set to go into effect on December 18, an executive order from President Trump could be the last, best hope for stopping the controversial regulation.
Babin, a former truck driver, delivered a speech reminding Trump that the support of the nation’s truck drivers helped him win the election. Babin implores the President to help those who helped him by delaying the ELD regulation.
Babin is the author of the ELD Extension Act of 2017, also known as H.R. 3282. Support for the bill has swelled to 68 co-sponsors since it was introduced over the summer, but it has never come to the floor for a vote.
Texas Lawmaker Asks Trump To Support The Truckers Who Helped To Elect Him
Here is the full text of Babin’s 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.”