Gianforte Leads Bipartisan Effort to Aid Cattle Producers and Haulers
Congressman Greg Gianforte today led a bipartisan effort to aid cattle producers and live-cattle haulers who face a crisis because of an August fire.
Gianforte sent a letter to Raymond P. Martinez, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), requesting an emergency declaration and suspension of the Hours of Service (HOS) regulations for live-cattle haulers.
“It is important that cattle haulers transport their cargo in a safe and timely fashion. Any additional delays in transport dramatically increases the morality rate among the animals,” the letter reads. “Granting this emergency request for the suspension of HOS is important for cattle haulers as well as America’s farmers and ranchers.”
In early August, the Tyson beef processing plant in Holcomb, Kansas was shut down after a fire. The closest processing facilities that can accommodate the additional cattle are located hundreds of miles away. The emergency declaration would remove the delays in transporting cattle planned for processing in Holcomb to other facilities.
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) as well as Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.), and Ron Estes (R-Kan.) signed onto Gianforte’s letter to FMCSA.
Gianforte’s full letter to FMCSA may be found HERE.