ATA thanks Congress for common sense repeal of blacklisting rule

March 15, 2017

On behalf of the American Trucking Associations, Executive Vice President for Advocacy Bill Sullivan expressed the trucking industry’s appreciation at the repeal of the Obama Administration's so-called “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” rule via the Congressional Review Act.

“The repeal of the ‘blacklisting’ rule by Congress is a positive step toward injecting common sense into the regulatory process,” Sullivan said. “The trucking industry is not opposed to sensible, data-supported regulations, but this rule was a prime example of a rushed, partisan, and ill-conceived regulation that the CRA was designed to be a check on.

“We appreciate Congress stepping up and taking a leadership role in reversing this rule that could have unduly excluded carriers from earning contracts to move freight for the government,” he said. “We hope that this type of oversight signals the dawn of a new era of inclusive and data-driven regulations.

“ATA is proud of the work we did as a member of the coalition that encouraged Congress to take this rare step. It is through that coalition’s hard work that we were able to secure this important win for not just the trucking industry, but for the business community at large,” Sullivan said.