Right now, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are busy debating a funding bill that must be passed by midnight in order to avoid a possible government shutdown. While the primary sticking points appear to cover such widely varying issues as immigration and banking reform, there are also other provisions included in the draft funding bill that could prove to be contentious.
For instance, consider a provision introduced by appropriations committees in the House and Senate just last night that would temporarily suspend the hours-of-service regulations currently governing commercial truckers here in the U.S. pending the completion of a traffic study.
For those unfamiliar with the current hours-of-service regulations, they were introduced back in July 2013 and permit truck drivers to work upwards of 14 hours per day with 11 hours spent driving. They also dictate, however, that if truck drivers average 70 hours in a week, they must take a mandatory 34-hour rest period that includes two consecutive nights from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.