The Administration released a Statement of Administration to strongly oppose House passage of H.R. 4745, making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and for other purposes. In particular, the Administration said this about the provisions in the bill that affects Highway and Motor Carrier Safety:
The Administration objects to the provisions altering the permissible size and weight of trucks operating over Federal highways in the states of Mississippi, Wisconsin and Idaho. Pursuant to the provisions of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), the Department of Transportation is currently conducting a comprehensive truck size and weight limits study. Any reconsideration of size and weight limits should be done on a comprehensive basis with full consideration of the infrastructure and safety impacts as informed by the MAP-21 study. The Administration opposes provisions that serve to weaken highway safety by altering or revising the existing safety regulations for motor carrier operators.
Read the entire Statement here.