The Trump administration’s freight tracking bill is an embarrassment
By Andrew Harrer ReporterWashington (AP) A Senate Republican is introducing a measure to overturn President Donald Trump’s 2015 executive order requiring U.S. companies to collect and report freight data for freight tracking purposes.
The measure would also require the Trump administration to provide Congress with data by July 1 on how the administration is using its authority under the orders.
The Senate bill is sponsored by Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma and Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri.
The bill is the second in a series of bills to take aim at the president’s orders since taking office.
The Trump administration had asked Congress to repeal the orders, but the measures stalled.
Trump, in a tweet last week, said he was “rebuilding the U.s. military,” and he has promised to fight for a “greater focus on the border and other critical issues.”
Senators and congressional aides say the bills, introduced Wednesday, would give Congress more control over how the federal government uses its authority to track shipments.
The bills would require the administration to collect data from shipping companies about whether a shipment has been sent to Mexico or to other countries, how much freight is coming and how much it is worth.
They would also make the government more transparent about how the government tracks its orders and report how it is using the data.
The bills would make it easier for Congress to enforce the orders by requiring the Commerce Department to report the data on a quarterly basis to Congress.
They would also include requirements for shipping companies to turn over the information within five days.