What: All Issues : Labor Rights : Rights of Individuals in the Workplace : H.R. 3. Surface Transportation (Highways, etc.)/Vote on Amendment to Alter Safety Rule Governing How Much Down-Time Between Shifts is Required of Drivers of Agricultural Products During the Time of Harvest and Planting. (2005 house Roll Call 57)
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H.R. 3. Surface Transportation (Highways, etc.)/Vote on Amendment to Alter Safety Rule Governing How Much Down-Time Between Shifts is Required of Drivers of Agricultural Products During the Time of Harvest and Planting.
house Roll Call 57     Mar 09, 2005
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

In this vote, the House approved an amendment offered by Jerry Moran (R-KS) to H.R. 3 that would broaden an exemption in the safety rule governing how much down-time between shifts is required of drivers in the agricultural sector during the times of harvest and planting. H.R. 3 was a bill to reauthorize the nation's surface transportation (highways, etc.) laws. Moran's amendment would make explicit that for purposes of this rule, the definition of "agricultural product" includes "livestock, milk and other farm products." Progressives opposed this amendment, stating that it would actually broaden the agricultural-products exemption-which exists "to ensure that products grown and harvested get from the farm to market in timely fashion,"-to include "processed products, processed foods, [and] beverages" (James Oberstar (D-MN)), thus including tens of thousands more carriers in the safety exemption. Most Republicans supported the amendment, arguing that it would merely clarify the existing exemption to clear up unnecessary confusion about what the exemption covers within the agricultural sector. The House agreed to this amendment by a vote of 257 to 167, with numerous Democrats voting in favor in part due to interests particular to their districts. Thus, language was added to the bill to make it clear that the agricultural exemption to this safety rule ought to be applied broadly in the sector and cover many edible products.

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