House Begins Fiscal 2019 Appropriations Process

Earlier this week, the House Appropriations Committee’s transportation subcommittee released and approved the text of their funding bill for fiscal 2019. The bill includes full funding for CMV-related grants, at the FAST Act levels.

  • MCSAP Formula – $304.3 million
  • High Priority – $44 million
  • CDL – $32.5 million
  • CMV Operators – $1 million

In addition, the bill has a number of policy riders included.

  • Section 127 amends the existing weight exemption for natural gas vehicles, expanding the exemption to include electric vehicles and incorporating CVSA’s request that the exemption be a flat 2000 pounds, restricted to the power unit.
  • Section 131 extends the current exemption from the electronic logging device (ELD) requirement for motor carriers transporting livestock or insects through Sept. 30, 2019.
  • Section 132 prevents FMCSA from implementing the agency’s 2015 final rule regarding the lease and interchange of vehicles for passenger motor carriers.
  • Section 133 includes language preempting the states from requiring additional meal and rest break provisions that would affect the trucking industry.
  • Section 134 includes language creating a truck length waiver for transporters of sugar beets in certain portions of Oregon.