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House Votes to Pass Shuster's HHEATT Legislation

WASHINGTON – Today the House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass Congressman Shuster’s bill to provide emergency relief for the ongoing propane and home heating fuels crisis. H.R. 4076, the Home Heating Emergency Assistance Through Transportation (HHEATT) Act of 2014 will help ensure that propane and fuel supplies are being delivered to consumers as fast as possible throughout the rest of the winter.

“After the brutally cold weather we have experienced these last few months, I know everyone is counting down the days until spring,” said Shuster. “But the fact is that we still have many weeks of cold ahead of us, and until the warm weather returns this propane and heating fuel crisis remains a serious problem. Over 9,000 homes in my district rely on propane for home heating, and this emergency is putting a strain on them at a time when they cannot afford the additional expense.”

H.R. 4076, the Home Heating Emergency Assistance Through Transportation (HHEATT) Act of 2014 was introduced by Congressman Shuster on February 25th, and guarantees an extension of longer driving hours for tank truck operators carrying propane and other home heating fuels through May 31st. An emergency declaration by the Department of Transportation had previously allowed a suspension of certain Federal rules, including Hours of Service, however this was is only a temporary measure since each declaration lasts just 30 days at a time.

“The people of the 9th District need certainty that the emergency measures put in place for propane delivery will last as long as they are needed. This bill will deliver that certainty, and I was pleased to see the House take swift action to pass it. We may not be able to bring an early end to winter, but with this legislation we can do everything possible to ensure that these fuels are being delivered without delay to the people of Pennsylvania.”