WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) joined Chairman Bill Shuster to introduce H.R. 4076, the “Home Heating Emergency Assistance Through Transportation Act of 2014,” to guarantee the extension of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s emergency declaration until May 31, 2014. The emergency declaration waives hours of service limitations to enable the rapid delivery of much-needed propane and home heating fuels throughout the Midwest.
Extreme winter weather has led to an increase in demand for propane, which is used to heat over 17,000 homes in Indiana’s Second District. The increase in demand combined with distribution challenges have led to record high propane costs in the Midwest.
“As propane costs soar, Hoosier families should not be forced to choose between heating their home and putting food on the kitchen table, which is why I am proud to cosponsor the HHEATT Act of 2014,” said Walorski. “The HHEATT Act will help ensure Hoosier families and small businesses have access to reasonably priced propane for the remainder of the winter.”
Earlier this month, 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 that would have expired on February 11, 2014, but the U.S. DOT recently extended the emergency exemption until March 1, 2014.