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WASHINGTON-Representative Collin C. Peterson (D-MN) and Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tina Smith (D-MN) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Detroit Lakes-Wething Field a grant of $12,826,068 for airport infrastructure improvements. This win comes after years of local community leadership and advocacy. New funds will be used to support further development of runway construction and the extension of the parallel taxiway.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Representatives Collin C. Peterson (D-MN) and Greg Pence (R-IN) introduced legislation to reduce the regulatory burden on the hard-working men and women of America’s robust agricultural community.
The Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act of 2019 (H.R. 2460), directs the U.S. Department of Transportation to examine Hours of Service (HOS) regulations and the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) regulations to identify obstacles to the safe, humane, and market-efficient transport of livestock and other perishable agricultural commodities.
WASHINGTON-Representatives Collin C. Peterson (D-MN) and Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) introduced the bipartisan Modern, Clean, and Safe Trucks Act of 2019 that seeks to repeal the federal excise tax (FET) on heavy trucks that was created in 1917 to help pay for World War 1. When it was introduced, the FET was 3%, but has increased to 12% today. The revenue generated through the FET tax goes into the Highway Trust Fund but is unreliable since truck sales are inconsistent year-to-year.
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