President Obama is set to sign into law a 2-year transportation reauthorization bill on Friday after Congress passed the measure a week ago. Moving Ahead for the Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) has several important provisions including the Farmers’ Freedom Act (H.R. 2414), extending federally subsidized student loan interest at 3.4 percent, a five-year reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program and streamlining of agencies’ environmental review process.
H.R. 2414 clarifies agricultural hours of service provisions and continues the farm vehicle exemption from federal commercial driver’s license requirements. MAP-21 provided maritime provisions that ensure harbor maintenance operations and maintenance funds are being utilized properly. The bill fails to give guidance on states’ ability to increase truck weights which NAWG and others were seeking as well as freight rail provisions that are important to the grain industry.