Congressman Sam Graves, representing Missouri’s 6th Congressional District, visited Deluxe Truck Stop in St. Joseph, Missouri, Sept. 1 to discuss issues of importance to the industry.
Rep. Graves, who is Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, met with the Wollenman family to discuss the need for long-term sustainable infrastructure funding as well as the hours-of-service rule that governs truck driver work and rest periods, and the small business climate.
Current surface transportation law is set to expire Sept. 30, and lawmakers in the House and the Senate currently are eyeing a 12-month extension to the FAST Act. Such an extension could pass as a standalone bill or be attached to a continuing resolution to keep the government funded that also has a Sept. 30 deadline.
In an interview News Press-NOW, Rep. Graves said, “We've got an issue too when it comes to the reauthorization of the surface transportation bill. That's wrapped up in Infrastructure right now, but we have to do something in regards to that before Sept. 30. That's when the deadline comes up.”
During the Sept. 1 visit, Congressman Graves toured Deluxe Truck Stop and its growing facilities. Recent capital improvements include two livestock trailer washout bays and a renovation of the original three livestock washout bays. Deluxe also has added a mechanical room housing two new tank washout systems that enable Deluxe Truck Stop to increase its capacity for handling Kosher, Food Grade and inedible food interior tank cleaning.
The improvements allow Deluxe Truck Stop to offer drivers greater service and efficiency.
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