Ford Boswell posted an article earlier this month through the Alabama Trucking Association (ATA) announcing that association leaders went to Washington DC to discuss key concerns on trucking.
An Excerpt from the article states “Alabama Trucking Association leaders were at our nation’s capital for “Call on Washington”, a legislative affairs program of the American Trucking Associations that affords state trucking association executives, leadership, business leaders, and staff an opportunity to discuss legislation and regulations affecting the industry with Members of Congress, key congressional staff, federal regulators, and fellow industry leaders.”
- ATA has participated in the program the past two years.
- Sent dozens of members who are constituents in key Alabama Congressional districts.
- This year’s delegation included the following individuals:
- ATA Chairman, Fenn Church
- National ATA Vice Chairman and Board Director, Harold Sumerford Jr.
- ATA Foundation Officer and LEAD ATA member, Collins White
- Immediate Past ATA Chairman and Board Director, Terry Kilpatrick
- Past Chairman and Board Director, Gary Bond
- Past Chairman and Board Director, Barry McGriff
- Past Chairman and State Vice President to the American Trucking Associations, Greg Brown
- Board Director, Joe Donald
- Board Director, Wesley Dunn
- Board Director, Beau Holmes
- Board Director, Danny Smith
- Board Director, Bo Watkins,
- Additionally, Frank Filgo and Ford Boswell of the ATA staff were sent.
Two days on Capitol Hill advancing from Russell Senate Office Building to the Cannon House Office Building, and then finally the Rayburn House Building “visiting with top staffers for Rep. Bradley Byrne; Rep. Gary Palmer; Rep. Mike Rogers, Rep. Martha Roby; Rep. Terri Sewell; and Sen. Richard Shelby.”
ATA leaders also met face-to-face with Sen. Doug Jones and Rep. Robert Aderholt for Alabama’s 4th District expressing trucking’s key concerns and support for various legislation. Jones, a junior Democratic Senator from Birmingham, won a special election last year to replace the seat vacated by current U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, while Rep. Aderholt has served his district since 1997.
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The group promoted measures for workforce development and H.R. 3889 (a proposal that expands the FAST Act pilot program for interstate truck drivers to include drivers under 21 with previous military experience, as well as, civilian drivers under 21 who have a CDL and meet other minimum qualification standards). Support for the creation and implementation of an apprenticeship program that would train 18-21-year-old CDL holders to drive trucks in interstate commerce.
“ATA supports efforts aimed at reducing states’ CDL skills-testing delays and creating career pathways in trucking for veterans and youth who are neither in school or work. Other topics covered included autonomous vehicles and platooning technology.”
ATA Chairman Church – “National ATA’s Call on Washington was created to help educate elected officials on important matters for trucking.”