U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., who spent 35 years as a large animal veterinarian before being elected to Congress, brought back his “Transporting Livestock Across America Safely (TLAAS) Act” and he is already rounding up support for the proposal.
Back in June, Yoho, who sits on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, teamed up with U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn. to bring out the bill which reforms federal regulation on how haulers transport livestock across the country by changing the Hours of Service (HOS) regulations for haulers of livestock.
With Peterson back as the main cosponsor, Yoho reintroduced the bill last week.
“The safe transportation of livestock is an essential part of feeding America,” Yoho said. "Hours of Service regulations are rigid and costly for haulers. They also place the wellbeing and welfare of cattle, hogs, fish, and other livestock at risk. Extended stops for a hauler, which would be necessitated by these HOS regulations, are especially dangerous for livestock during summer or winter months. TLAAS will make the right modifications to current regulations, so we protect the safety of both haulers and livestock in route to their destination.”
Kevin Kester, the president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), threw his support behind the proposal.
“On behalf of America’s cattle producers, I want to thank Congressman Yoho for once again taking a leadership role in working towards delivering certainty and common sense for our nation’s livestock haulers. The current Hours of Service rules for livestock haulers remain very problematic for our industry and can often jeopardize the health and well-being of our animals. The Transporting Livestock Across America Safely (TLAAS) Act would finally address this situation, and we hope that Congress passes this legislation as soon as possible,” Kester said.
“Hours of Service regulations are rigid and costly for haulers,” Yoho’s office noted back in June when he first unveiled it. “They also place the wellbeing and welfare of cattle, hogs, fish, and other livestock at risk. The current law does not allow flexibility for livestock to reach their destination given the vast geography of production and processing facilities, most often spanning from coastal states to the Midwest. Extended stops for a hauler, which would be necessitated by these HOS regulations, are especially dangerous for livestock during summer or winter months.”
Yoho and Peterson rounded up more than 25 cosponsors of the bill including Florida Republican U.S. Reps. Neal Dunn and Dan Webster. The bill was sent to the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure last week. So far, there is no counterpart over in the U.S. Senate.