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Truckers claim small victory for Denham Amendment House vote as they continue their fight on to the Senate


Truckers claim small victory for Denham Amendment House vote as they continue their fight on to the Senate.

The fight continues towards one of the most heated debates in trucking, the addition of the anti-trucker wage amendment known as the Denham Amendment. ATA has lobbied hard supporting the Denham Amendment.  Truckers and their supporters are against it. Later this year, the anti-trucker Denham amendment, if included into law, is to be voted on in the FAA Reauthorization bill .
On April 26th it recently was passed in the House ( no surprise) but it first must go to the Senate for vote, and then on for the final vote.

THIS IS HOW YOUR Representatives VOTED

A Republican aide to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee told CNN they are looking to have the legislation on the Senate floor in May or June and a long-term reauthorization in place by August.

As truckers come off the heels of the ELD mandate and enforcement, drivers have been placed over the edge with the addition of the Denham Amendment in the FAA Reauthorization bill.  It would be one more nail in the coffin against truck driver wages, and they know it.

Truckers have had enough, and the outpouring of calls to their Congresspeople showed it this last week as the vote in the House to include the Denham Amendment approached.

This is only one of many times since the first attempt November of 2015 in the Highway bill that the Denham Amendment has been able to make it through the House portion of a bill, however,  Denham has failed to be included in the past when it met both houses of Congress and went for final vote.
Driver outpouring has proven to prevail in the past, and we expect their fervor to be even greater this time.

 We already expected to lose in the House version of the FAA Reauthorization bill.
What we are encouraged by is the fact that the vote is narrower than in the past when it was included in prior votes.

Denham passes with narrower margin than prior attempts. Final Vote was 222 YEA and 193 NAY .Now off to the Senate. How did your congressperson vote? Find out here

Unfortunately the Denham Amendment is a partisan amendment, mostly Republicans are voting for it.  The fact that more Republicans voted against Denahm this time, is a win for truckers as the bill moves to the Senate. As truckers continue to call their Senators, the momentum is on our side.
How did your Congressman vote?
Here is how your Congressman voted regarding the Denham Amendment in the FAA bill

Link to Senate to make the calls against Denham Amendment in FAA ReAuthorization bill

Even with a last minute attempt by the ATA to discredit those fighting against Denham (namely us at AskTheTrucker), the enthusiasm by truckers to make the calls and send emails continued, and was overwhelming.

ATA attacks truck drivers advocates for spreading truth about Denham Amendment

We want to thank Representative Peter DeFazio ( D-Oregon) for standing up and rebuking Congressman Jeff Denham, the author of the Denham Amendment, confronting the deceptions that Mr. Denham claimed during his introduction of the amendment to the House.  Mr. DeFazio fought hard for truckers and revealed the truth of what the amendment would mean for the hard working truckers of this country, including the fact that it would preempt state labor laws which ensure drivers are paid for all their time, including detention time, something the ATA and others want to legally eliminate by law. I think we should all call Rep DeFazio and thank him for his gallant efforts.  (202) 225-6416

Federal Preemption update against Trucker Wages -The fight to be paid for all time

Last night after the vote was announced, there was a lot of Confusion on FaceBook.  Many had poured all there energy into fighting this bill, so when it made it in the House portion, many drivers thought it was now law.  IT IS NOT LAW.
Below is a post we made on Facebook to explain that although Denham was passed in the House, we had a small victory and can now focus our efforts to the Senate.


FACEBOOK post 4-26-18
Attention Drivers. I want to thank everyone for all their support in fighting the Denham Amendment and calling in to your Reps.
Two good things came out of the house vote today:
1) Even though the Denham Amendment was included in the House portion of the FAA bill in Congress, it was passed with a MUCH narrower margin than the other 5 times it was passed.
More R’s vote against passing it this time.
Even though we hoped it wouldn’t pass, we should be proud at the Congressman we flipped.
We will be making a PDF with the results so we know WHO voted for this amendment and who voted against it. Midterms are coming!!!

2) With this momentum,, we have a good shot at beating the #DenhamAMendment in the Senate bill. BUT ONLY if we keep calling out Senators. Drivers, we will not let the ATA slip this poison into law.

Please pass this on. We don’t want drivers to think the Denham Amendment is law. It is Not. We still have the Senate and old Mo on our side.
We did good!!!! 


Denham Amendment with anti trucker provisions

So continue on drivers, we can and will once again defeat the anti-trucker wage Denahm Amendment.  We have been fighting since 2015, and with the added momentum now, the Denham Amendment in the FAA Reauthorziation bill can be defeated again.
But only if we continue the fight. So on to the Senate and lets win there.

ATA’s Myths and Facts about Denham Amendment Busted

Here are links to both the House and Senate




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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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2 Responses to Truckers claim small victory for Denham Amendment House vote as they continue their fight on to the Senate. - Post a Comment

  1. […] of the Denham Amendment, actually made this false claim on the House floor prior to voting on FAA Reauthorization bill April 26th 2018. The false claim is, by offering a trucker a 10 minute paid rest break after 4 hours is a safety […]

  2. […] The Denham Amendment has already been voted on in the House and Passed. It is up to the Senate to stop it from being included in the Final FAA Reauthorization bill.   Read more here […]

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