UNDERCHARGE BILL HITS HOUSE FLOOR

UNDERCHARGE BILL HITS HOUSE FLOOR

Legislation to resolve the trucking undercharge controversy is scheduled for action on the House floor today where it likely will gain easy passage.

That's because the shipper- friendly measure is on the so-called suspension calendar - a list reserved for noncontroversial bills. There will be limited debate and no amendments permitted to the Negotiated Rates Act, which has about 250 co-sponsors.The quick floor scheduling of the bill after it emerged from the House Public Works and Transportation Committee last week was something of a surprise to observers who anticipated that the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jack Brooks, D-Texas, would seek referral of the measure. Referral to that panel might have delayed action on the bill indefinitely.