U.S. House acts to ease propane shortage in the Midwest
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) applauds House passage of H.R. 4076, the Home Heating Emergency Assistance Through Transportation (HHEATT) Act of 2014. This bipartisan, commonsense legislation guarantees the extension of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s emergency declaration and waiver of hours of service limitations until May 31, 2014. This will allow the rapid delivery of much-needed propane and home heating fuels throughout the Midwest.
Unusually harsh winter weather and propane distribution challenges have led to a shortage resulting in record-high propane prices. In Indiana’s Second District, over 17,000 homes depend on propane as a fuel source.
“As frigid temperatures and winter storms persist, affordable, reliable energy is crucial for Hoosier families who should not be forced to choose between heating their homes and putting food on the kitchen table. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to find long-term solutions to our nation’s energy distribution challenges,” said Walorski, who is an original cosponsor of the HHEATT Act.
In January, Walorski led a letter, along with other Hoosier lawmakers, to Secretary Anthony Foxx requesting an emergency extension exempting motor carriers from hours of service limitations. The U.S. DOT declared a state of emergency on January 14, 2014; however, the emergency exemption expired on March 1, 2014.