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CVSA Letter to House and Senate Conferees

CVSA Letter to House and Senate Conferees

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May 3, 2012
The Honorable John D. Rockefeller IV, ChairThe Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison, Ranking MemberCommittee on Commerce, Science and TransportationUnited States SenateWashington, DC 20510The Honorable John L. Mica, ChairThe Honorable Nick J. Rahall II, Ranking MemberCommittee on Transportation and InfrastructureUnited States House of RepresentativesWashington, DC 20515
Dear Senators Rockefeller and Hutchison and Representatives Mica and Rahall:Passage of a robust, long-term transportation bill with adequate funding levels is critical to the continued
success of the nation’s commercial motor vehicle
(CMV) enforcement community. The men and womentasked with enforcing federal motor carrier and hazardous materials safety regulations depend on thetransportation bill for guidance and funding to do their jobs and to save lives.The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) strongly encourages the House and Senate Members namedto the reauthorization Conference Committee to act swiftly to finalize a fully-funded, multi-year bill thatputs safety at the forefront. CVSA represents the state truck and bus safety enforcement agencies thatreceive federal funding under the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) administered by theFederal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).CVSA applauds leaders in both the House and Senate for their commitment to CMV safety and looksforward to a transportation bill that gives enforcement the tools necessary to keep dangerous carriers,
drivers and vehicles from operating on the nation’s roadways.
Both the Senate-passed bill, S.1813, MovingAhead for Progress in the 21
st
Century Act, and the House Committee on Transportation and
Infrastructure’s H.R. 7, the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act of 2012,
call for a number of policies supported by CVSA, including:
 
tightening of the commercial driver’s license program;
 
 
additional oversight of the CMV/carrier registration processes, targeting chameleon carriers;
 
creation of a national clearinghouse for drug and alcohol records;
 
creation of a national registry of certified medical examiners for CDL medical certificates; and,
 
increased funding for critical truck parking facilities.While the House and Senate proposals are very similar in terms of CMV safety, there are a number of points where the policies diverge. Should portions of H.R. 7 be brought to the Conference Committee forconsideration, CVSA supports:
 
MCSAP Funding
: Changes to the MCSAP grant funding program, found in Subtitle F of Title II of S.1813,will provide states with increased flexibility, while ensuring that states get the funds they need and areable to sustain programs, including keeping the New Entrant and Border Enforcement grant programsfunded with a 100% federal share. Section 6101(c) in H.R. 7 seeks to provide more continuity andreliability to states by shifting to a completely formula-based system. While CVSA applauds the effort tohelp streamline and simplify the grant process, the shift from a discretionary grant and merit-based

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