CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 4076, the Home Heating Emergency Assistance Through Transportation (HHEATT) Act of 2014,under a suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on February 25, 2014 by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) and referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
H.R. 4076 guarantees an emergency exemption provided by the Department of Transportation—until May 31, 2014—that provides regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance supporting the delivery of propane and home heating fuels.
H.R. 4076 was drafted in response to the ongoing propane and home heating fuels shortage throughout the United States. Due to the exceptionally cold conditions sustained across the United States this winter, demand for propane and other home heating fuels has increased (propane is used for heating in more than 12 million U.S. households). Due to inadequate infrastructure, high-demand areas have been experiencing propane shortages throughout the winter.
As a result, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued emergency declarations to allow commercial truck operators to drive for longer hours to speed up deliveries to affected states. However, these declarations only last for 30 days at a time, which creates uncertainty. H.R. 4076 provides a guaranteed extension of these declarations until May 31, 2014. Under the Act, the Secretary of Transportation is given the authority to determine whether these emergency declarations are still needed on a state-by-state basis in consultation with the governors of affected states.
CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would have no significant impact of the federal budget, and would not affect direct spending or revenues.
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