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September 06, 2017   |   Heavy Duty Trucking


Transportation Group Opposes De-Funding Diesel Emissions Reduction Act

In a letter to Congress, the group urged members to oppose the amendment by Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL), which would strike all funding for the program. DERA is currently up for reauthorization, and a bipartisan bill from Reps. Ted Poe (R-TX) and Doris Matsui (D-CA) would reauthorize the program through fiscal year 2022 with no changes to the program.

The group argues that DERA been one of the most cost-effective federal clean air programs and helps to improve air quality at schools, construction sites, highways, rail yards, and ports. The bipartisan program passed the Senate by a 92-1 vote and by unanimous consent twice since then and by voice vote in the House in 2010. It receives funding from required non-federal matching funds for projects seeking funding.

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