Washington – The House of Representatives passed the 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill by a vote of 216-210 June 9.

Included in the bill was a narrowly-tailored exemption to allow the Kansas Legislature to modify its truck length laws for hauling custom harvesting equipment, similar to one afforded to Nebraska in 2005. THUD Appropriations Subcommittee Vice Chairman Kevin Yoder, who worked to ensure the language was included in the legislation, issued the following statement after the passage of the bill:

“I applaud my colleagues in the House for passing this bill to adequately fund our infrastructure and ensure the safety of all Americans traveling by air, rail, and road. I commend the efforts of Chairman Diaz-Balart and the rest of the committee for shepherding this bill through the House at the fastest pace since 1974, which is no small feat.

“The bill’s passage also means farmers in Kansas are one step closer to being able to transport their custom harvesting equipment across the state more efficiently without having to sacrifice on safety. My amendment will help bring our truck length laws in line with Oklahoma and Nebraska, which will be a shot in the arm for our Kansas economy without increasing federal spending or adding to our National Debt. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to include this provision in its version of the bill as the appropriations process continues.”