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


“Yesterday’s 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,” Sullivan continued. “We hope this type of oversight signals the dawn of a new era of inclusive and data-driven regulations.


The following is a description of the rule from the Department of Labor (DOL), which was an executive order signed by former President Obama:


“These regulations and guidance make sure that agencies have the information they need to determine which contractors are providing their workers with basic protections. Using this information, agencies can ensure that taxpayer dollars only go to contractors that are willing to meet their responsibilities to their employees. They also create a process for agencies and DOL to help contractors come into compliance with labor laws and to ensure that contractors who get federal contracts continue to comply with labor laws while they are receiving federal funds.”