Today, I introduced my first bill in the 118th Congress, the Ceasing Age-Based (CAB) Trucking Restrictions Act, which would cut unnecessary red tape and get more truckers on the road to get the supply chain moving again.
Truckers are an essential part of the supply chain, and we need to make sure the truckers are able to get their jobs done. There’s no such a thing as “farm-to-table” - there’s always a truck in between.
However, burdensome and unnecessary restrictions are keeping many truckers parked. While many states - including Florida - allow truckers between the ages of 18 to 20 to transport goods within the state lines, any transportation across the state boundaries requires that the trucker is at least 21 years old. Due to an oversight in the current law, picking up goods from a port is interpreted as interstate transportation, even if it is within the state, and therefore all drivers must be over 21 to pick up cargo coming off of ships. That means a 20-year-old with a commercial driver’s license could not pick up a shipment at the Port of Palm Beach and deliver it to a destination in Stuart, but that same driver could transport cargo from Tallahassee all the way to Miami.
The supply chain is broken, and Americans are paying the price. For years, families have struggled to get even the most basic necessities, like baby formula. Congress should be working to find common sense solutions that reduce regulations and repair what President Biden and Congressional Democrats broke. The CAB Act does just that.
As your Representative, I’ll keep fighting to fix the supply chain and build an economy that is strong. To learn more about the CAB Act, read the bill here: