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Veteran Drivers May Benefit From Proposal

Earlier this month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposed a rule that waives commercial driver’s license knowledge test requirements for veterans who operated commercial motor vehicles during their time serving in the military.

The “Military Licensing and State Commercial Driver’s License Reciprocity” rule has been proposed in response to a bill authored by Rep. Denham – the “Veteran Skills to Jobs Act,” which was signed into law July 23, 2012 – directing federal departments and agencies to treat relevant military training as sufficient to satisfy training or certification requirements for federal licenses.

“Our military veterans gain valuable knowledge, skills and certifications during their time in service to our country, only to be faced with redundant – and in some cases, costly – testing requirements when they reenter the civilian workforce. This rulemaking is a step in the right direction toward compliance with the ‘Veteran Skills to Jobs Act’ and easing the transition from active service into a job market that recognizes the merits our veterans earned while protecting our freedoms.”

The rule is now in a comment period that ends Aug. 11.

Denham represents California’s 10th congressional district, which includes Stanislaus County and a portion of San Joaquin County. He is the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials and also serves on the House Committees on Agriculture and Natural Resources.