The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously passed its Fiscal Year 2017 funding bill for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development. Included in the comprehensive legislation is a technical correction to the suspension of the July 2013 restrictions on the use of the 34-hour restart, ensuring that the 34-hour restart remains in place.
The Senate language addresses a legislative drafting error from last year’s omnibus spending bill, which could unintentionally eliminate the entire 34-hour restart when the Secretary of Transportation submits the final HOS restart study to Congress. Additionally, the Senate language also places a cap on weekly working hours at 73 hours in a 7-day period. Following this action, the bill will next go to the Senate floor for consideration.
The House Appropriations Committee is expected to act on their own transportation funding bill in the coming weeks.