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Sen. Toomey Praises Passage Of Farm Truck Amendment

March 13, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today praised Senate passage of a bipartisan amendment he co-sponsored to the pending highway bill that would free farmers from onerous red tape.

The amendment, which passed by voice vote, would clarify that the federal government may not require farmers to comply with the same red tape reporting requirements that apply to long-haul truckers. Farm truck regulations would instead be left to states to decide, without interference from the U.S. Transportation Department. The amendment is sponsored by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and co-sponsored by Sens. Toomey and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.).

Farmers and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau reached out to Sen. Toomey for help cutting through this red tape. Sen. Toomey's constituent services campaign, Had Enough?, asks Pennsylvanians to tell the senator their experiences with red tape, government waste and overregulation. Had Enough? is focused on helping Pennsylvanians, finding solutions, and making the federal government work more effectively.

Constituents can submit their ideas through the senator's Had Enough? website at www.toomey.senate.gov/hadenough. The senator will select the best ideas and work to resolve these issues for Pennsylvanians.

Sen. Toomey spoke on the Senate floor today in support of the farm truck amendment.

A full transcript of his remarks is below:

"Thank you very much. I want to thank the senator from Missouri and the senator from Oregon for working together on this amendment.

"You know, under current regulations, the states are essentially required to adopt rules that would force a family farm that's driving a tractor across the street to follow the same kind of rules and regulations that a cross-country, long-haul truck driver has to comply with in terms of hours of service and regulations and logbooks.

"It's a solution in search of a problem. It's costly. It's unnecessary. So I would urge adoption of the amendment. And I yield back to the gentleman from Oregon."