Democrats Score Big Win in Fight to Pass Bill Trucking Groups Warn Will Wipe Out Many I/Cs
Washington D.C. – Democrats just scored a major victory in their quest to pass legislation many trucking groups warn will wipe out tens of thousands of independent contractors.
On Monday, U.S. Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough delivered a favorable ruling to Democrats which will allow them to use a budgetary tool known as “reconciliation” to pass two more pieces of legislation during this fiscal year.
“The Parliamentarian has advised that a revised budget resolution may contain budget reconciliation instructions,” said Justin Goodman, spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). “This confirms the Leader’s interpretation of the Budget Act and allows Democrats additional tools to improve the lives of Americans if Republican obstruction continues.”
Reconciliation only requires 51 votes to approve a measure instead of the normally required 60 vote filibuster-proof majority.
This is a huge win for Democrats given the U.S. Senate is so closely divided (50-50) and Vice President Kamala Harris could possibly be needed to cast the deciding vote on legislation enacting the Biden Administration’s agenda.
Specifically, this could pave the way for passage of President Joe Biden’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure spending bill — called the American Jobs Plan — which Transportation Nation Network (TNN) reported also includes the highly controversial and contentious Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.
Click HERE to browse Transportation Nation Network’s extensive reporting on the PRO Act.
Even before the American Jobs Plan was unveiled last week, Senate Majority Leader Schumer already signaled Democrats are prepared to pass “certain parts” of it by using reconciliation.
It remains unclear if the Democrats will attempt to pass the PRO Act using reconciliation, but it appears they could be heading in that direction.
“While no decisions have been made on a legislative path forward using Section 304 [of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974] and some parameters still need to be worked out, the Parliamentarian’s opinion is an important step forward that this key pathway is available to Democrats if needed,” Goodman stated.
Trucking groups vocal in opposition to the PRO Act include: the American Trucking Associations (ATA), Truckload Carriers Association, Owner Operator Independent Driver’s Association, Small Business in Transportation Coalition, and Transportation Intermediaries Association.
Following the news the Biden Administration was including the PRO Act into the American Jobs Plan, ATA President and CEO Chris Spear called it a “political poison pill” and “counterproductive to economic growth.”
An ATA spokesperson told TNN last month the group was “gravely concerned” Democrats would ultimately find a way to pass the PRO Act and President Biden would sign it into law.
TransportationNation.com will continue to track the issue closely.