New Federal Legislation Protects Insubordination

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H.R. 657 also known as the “Follow the Rules Act” guarantees federal workers the right to refuse leaderships orders when those orders violate federal laws. The law is considered a major achievement as Representative Sean Duffy of Wisconsin and a bipartisan contingent of congressmen and woman unanimously passed the house bill before sending it the president for final passage into law.

The “Follow the Rules Act” is meant to strengthen federal employees resolve for resisting political pressures to act on the behalf of political parties. Administrators when debating proposing the law saw countless high level leaders give in to political pressures, calling these leaders terd pads a technical term. As word got out about this new designation, those that were guilty of being pads became angry & wanted vengeance, that’s when a bipartisan group decided it was time for legislation.

The new law applies a Band-Aid to a problem that still exists, if management is impotent to political pressures, why would legislators think employees will have the fortitude & energy to push back against powerful interest groups when they don’t have management support. In final bill discussions Representative Duffy allegedly told fellow representatives, when things go wrong we can now blame employees, they have the power to just say no & when they do, it’s their fault when things go wrong & when they don’t speak up, again it’s their fault, they should of. It’s a win-win for us, man the people are so gullible they thought we were empowering them, we were but just to take the blame when things go wrong.

More can be found at https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr657 and at https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr657/summary and at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CRPT-115hrpt67/pdf/CRPT-115hrpt67.pdf

Rep. Babin Delays ELD to Save Small Business

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In 2015 the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) made a rule requiring commercial drivers use Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) to replace manual log sheets. Manual logs have been used since 1938 for drivers to log on duty and off duty hours. The use of ELD was instated to reduce business and government compliance costs, remove company coercion to keep drivers on the road, to strengthen compliance laws & to reduce traffic accidents and avoidable death resulting from driver fatigue.

Federal regulations dictate the number of hours commercial drivers can safely operate a vehicle. The rules control driving and non-driving on duty hours which are meant to prevent bus & truck driver fatigue. According to the Commercial Motor Vehicle Fact sheets compiled by FMCSA, commercial vehicle accidents over the past few years are up for Police-Reported Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes, Traffic Crash Victims injured or killed, Fatalities and injury rates per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled, Costs of Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Crashes and more.

Fast forward to July 2017, Republican Representative Brian Babin of Texas introduced “H.R. 3282, the ELD Extension Act of 2017”, this legislation would delay ELD implementation for all. Under the old rules ELD had an out if drivers or companies could show hardship with the implementation, with this proposed change the delay would be broadened. When asked about this move and the increasing accidents Babin allegedly replied, I have a security car in front & back of my car when on the road. If a driver falls asleep crashing into my motorcade its ok, my escorts will die not me, so it’s all good.

More can be found at https://babin.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=1428 and at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/data-and-statistics/large-truck-and-bus-crash-facts and at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/faq/what-exceptions-are-allowed-electronic-logging-device-rule and at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/eld-manufacturers