Truck Stop Operators Lobby Congress to Give its Workers Tax Breaks or “Direct Payments”
Arlington, VA – The National Association of Truckstop Operators (NATSO) has joined with more than a dozen trade groups representing the agricultural and food service industries in asking Congress for tax breaks and direct payments to its workers.
As U.S. lawmakers consider a fourth round of stimulus and relief legislation for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of trade associations is asking for additional relief for its workers.
In a letter sent last week to Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), seventeen trade associations, including NATSO, urged lawmakers to give “essential workers” special consideration.
“The essential critical industries working to care for, feed, and protect Americans, in addition to performing countless other jobs fundamental to the continuity of the nation’s necessary functions, are selflessly serving the nation during this time of crisis,” the letter states. “Workers in these critical industries are serving even as they face challenges including lack of childcare, transportation, health concerns and exhaustion.”
The trade groups argue its workers are “fighting a war against the coronavirus at great personal cost,” and as a result, “should be recognized and supported by the federal government.”
Specifically, the groups request tax breaks or additional direct compensation above the relief already provided.
“Whether by exempting these essential critical infrastructure workers from federal taxes and requiring immediate adjustments to their tax withholdings, or by providing direct payments, the federal government should stand by these workers as they serve as the nation’s lifeline during this difficult time,” the letter states.
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NATSO was joined in its request by the American Bakers Association, American Frozen Food Institute, Consumer Brands Association, FMI – The Food Industry Association, Global Cold Chain Alliance, International Dairy Foods Association, International Foodservice Distributors Association, National Automatic Merchandising Association, National Chicken Council, National Grocers Association, National Milk Producers Federation, National Restaurant Association, North American Millers’ Association, Peanut and Tree Nut Processors Association, SNAC International, and United Fresh Produce Association.
Notably, no trucking association signed on to the letter.
Click HERE to read the entire letter.
However, last week NATSO was joined by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) in warning lawmakers that some state and local ordinances imposed amid the coronavirus outbreak will cause excruciatingly long delays for truckers.
NATSO said newly imposed occupancy restrictions in certain locations will turn a 20-minute stop for a trucker into a two-hour delay.
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