Members of the American Trucking Associations, along with a contingent of America’s Road Team Captains, visited the White House Thursday for a conversation about issues affecting the trucking industry, including health care.
“Trucking is the backbone of the nation’s economy. We employ 1 in 16 people in the U.S. Driving a truck is the top job in 29 states. Trucking moves 70% of the nation’s freight and 56% of GDP. To grow our economy, we need to take care of the people that move America forward,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear.
“Truck drivers are in all 50 states—every single day. As a driver, we feel the weight of the numerous regulations placed on us, as well as our companies—and those that we serve,” said America’s Road Team Captain Don Logan, a professional truck driver with FedEx Freight, from Eskridge, Kan. “We proudly stand with you in your effort to improve the current healthcare law making it easier for us to make a living and serve America.”
For the event, ATA brought its Image Truck – Interstate One – and a trailer provided by Jet Express featuring Trucking Moves America Forward imaging, hauled by ATA’s Share the Road Truck.
Social media coverage of the event included some highlights:
President Trump is sporting a newly acquired "I luv Trucks" pin at White House event with trucking executives pic.twitter.com/24B8iClUzL— Brian Ries (@moneyries) March 23, 2017
President Trump toots the horn of a semi truck on the lawn of the White House, living every child's road trip dreams. pic.twitter.com/Z8AghxmJWF— Brenna Williams (@brennawilliams) March 23, 2017