S. 2777 - Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2014

Transportation and public works. 113th Congress (2013-2014) View bill details
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Summary:
A bill to establish the Surface Transportation Board as an independent establishment, and for other purposes. (by CRS) 
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The bill has passed through committee and has been put on a legislative calendar. 
There have been no votes on this bill.

Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2014

S. 2777 — 113th Congress (2013–2014)

Summary
A bill to establish the Surface Transportation Board as an independent establishment, and for other purposes. (by CRS)
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Title
A bill to establish the Surface Transportation Board as an independent establishment, and for other purposes.
Other Titles
  • Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2014
  • Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2014
  • Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2014
Sponsor
John D. Rockefeller, IV
Co-Sponsors
Subjects
  • Transportation and public works
  • Administrative law and regulatory procedures
  • Alternative dispute resolution, mediation, arbitration
  • Department of Transportation
  • Executive agency funding and structure
  • Government information and archives
  • Government studies and investigations
  • Pipelines
  • Railroads
  • Surface Transportation Board
  • Transportation costs
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    Major Actions
    Introduced9/08/2014
    Referred to Committee
    Bill History

    There have been no votes on this bill.

    ActionDateDescription
    Introduced9/08/2014
    9/08/2014Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
    9/08/2014Introduced in Senate
    Put on a legislative calendar9/17/2014Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
    12/08/2014Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Reported by Senator Rockefeller with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Without written report.
    Put on a legislative calendar12/08/2014Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 624.
    12/12/2014By Senator Rockefeller from Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation filed written report. Report No. 113-321.
    NumberSponsorDate OfferedStatus
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    Contributions

    1. January - February 2009 For $319,406 Against $32,656
    2. March - April 2009 For $616,159 Against $258,545
    3. May - June 2009 For $777,882 Against $175,200
    4. July - August 2009 For $533,209 Against $116,095
    5. September - October 2009 For $879,889 Against $94,900
    6. November - December 2009 For $620,825 Against $65,800
    7. January - February 2010 For $477,679 Against $69,250
    8. March - April 2010 For $1,123,724 Against $152,950
    9. May - June 2010 For $1,232,214 Against $131,700
    10. July - August 2010 For $989,157 Against $118,435
    11. September - October 2010 For $2,209,915 Against $134,037
    12. November - December 2010 For $220,534 Against $27,150
    13. January - February 2011 For $369,663 Against $10,000
    14. March - April 2011 For $774,418 Against $104,000
    15. May - June 2011 For $905,052 Against $149,000
    16. July - August 2011 For $463,804 Against $34,500
    17. September - October 2011 For $801,927 Against $91,900
    18. November - December 2011 For $549,070 Against $73,950
    19. January - February 2012 For $424,750 Against $81,925
    20. March - April 2012 For $760,169 Against $95,186
    21. May - June 2012 For $996,841 Against $82,150
    22. July - August 2012 For $772,690 Against $65,700
    23. September - October 2012 For $1,354,562 Against $105,221
    24. November - December 2012 For $271,510 Against $33,500
    25. January - February 2013 For $349,170 Against $74,250
    26. March - April 2013 For $933,906 Against $158,235
    27. May - June 2013 For $1,026,605 Against $146,050
    28. July - August 2013 For $589,286 Against $66,500
    29. September - October 2013 For $807,465 Against $53,600
    30. November - December 2013 For $827,448 Against $149,937
    31. January - February 2014 For $524,237 Against $54,400
    32. March - April 2014 For $1,095,241 Against $192,850
    33. May - June 2014 For $1,323,420 Against $261,649
    34. July - August 2014 For $772,587 Against $160,800
    35. September - October 2014 For $1,280,371 Against $81,378
    36. November - December 2014 For $330,920 Against $37,550

    Votes

      44 Organizations Supported and 1 Opposed; See Which Ones

      Organizations that took a position on
      Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2014

      44 organizations supported this bill

      Agricultural Retailers Association
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      Alliance for Rail Competition
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      American Architectural Manufacturers Association
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      American Bakers Association
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      American Chemistry Council
      Scott Jensen (2014, September 17). ACC Commends Senate Committee for Passing Freight Rail Reform Legislation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      American Coalition for Ethanol
      Brian Jennings (2014, September 17). American Coalition for Ethanol Letter to Chairman Rockefeller and Ranking Member Thune. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from Ethanol.
      American Farm Bureau Federation
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 16). Ag Industry Letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from Wheatworld.
      American Forest & Paper Association
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      American Public Power Association
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      American Soybean Association
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      Chlorine Institute
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      Corn Refiners Association
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 16). Ag Industry Letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from Wheatworld.
      Edison Electric Institute
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      Glass Packaging Institute
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      Growth Energy
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 16). Ag Industry Letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from Wheatworld.
      National Association of Chemical Distributors
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      National Association of Wheat Growers
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 16). Ag Industry Letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from Wheatworld.
      National Barley Growers Association
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      National Corn Growers Association
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      National Cotton Council
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 16). Ag Industry Letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from Wheatworld.
      National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 16). Ag Industry Letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from Wheatworld.
      National Farmers Union
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      National Grain and Feed Association
      Randy Gordon (2014, September 19). Senate Committee Approves Rail Legislation; NGFA Spearheads Letter Signed by 36 Other Ag Groups. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from NGFA.
      National Industrial Transportation League
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      National Oilseed Processors Association
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 16). Ag Industry Letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from Wheatworld.
      National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      National Sunflower Association
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      North American Millers' Association
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 16). Ag Industry Letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from Wheatworld.
      plastic pipe and fittings association
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      Plastics Industry Association
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      Portland Cement Association
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      Renewable Fuels Association
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      Resilient Floor Covering Institute
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      Steel Manufacturers Association
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      The Fertilizer Institute
      Kathy Mathers (2014, September 18). The Fertizer Institute Applauds Committee Approval of the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2014. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from The Fertizer Institute.
      U.S. Canola Association
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      U.S. Dry Bean Council
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.
      USA Rice Federation
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 16). Ag Industry Letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from Wheatworld.
      Vinyl Institute
      undersigned organizations (2014, September 15). ACC Multi Association Letter to he Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ACC.

      1 organization opposed this bill

      Association of American Railroads
      AAR Media Relations (2014, September 16). Railroads: STB Reauthorization Bill Would Undercut Industry’s Ability To Invest In Rail Network To Serve Shippers. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from ARR.

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      Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office during the 113th U.S. Congress, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2014.
      Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

      Contributions by Legislator

      Namesort iconPartyState$ From Interest Groups
      That Supported
      $ From Interest Groups
      That Opposed
      Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$312,860$38,500
      Kelly AyotteRNH$228,060$46,000
      Tammy BaldwinDWI$71,768$3,700
      John BarrassoRWY$255,773$25,000
      Mark BegichDAK$246,000$56,000
      Michael F. BennetDCO$150,341$58,500
      Richard BlumenthalDCT$91,700$16,000
      Roy BluntRMO$710,037$117,117
      Cory A. BookerDNJ$231,450$37,000
      John BoozmanRAR$162,900$77,120
      Barbara BoxerDCA$256,087$29,750
      Sherrod BrownDOH$524,046$19,000
      Richard BurrRNC$393,710$27,000
      Maria CantwellDWA$230,841$2,000
      Ben CardinDMD$136,000$22,000
      Tom CarperDDE$272,142$18,000
      Bob CaseyDPA$337,213$36,397
      Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$173,041$29,000
      Daniel CoatsRIN$264,950$39,000
      Tom CoburnROK$55,050$22,500
      William Thad CochranRMS$567,203$57,500
      Susan M. CollinsRME$225,647$40,000
      Christopher A. CoonsDDE$259,200$49,750
      Bob CorkerRTN$360,290$57,250
      John CornynRTX$493,214$57,500
      Mike CrapoRID$199,335$23,478
      Ted CruzRTX$264,217$35,750
      Joe DonnellyDIN$286,079$12,500
      Dick DurbinDIL$272,410$60,800
      Mike EnziRWY$88,000$36,000
      Dianne FeinsteinDCA$229,334$8,500
      Deb FischerRNE$191,410$37,800
      Jeff FlakeRAZ$208,250$19,500
      Al FrankenDMN$170,703$250
      Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$497,284$44,250
      Lindsey GrahamRSC$441,864$42,750
      Chuck GrassleyRIA$439,999$61,898
      Kay R. HaganDNC$266,890$25,100
      Tom HarkinDIA$42,135$0
      Orrin G. HatchRUT$320,616$41,500
      Martin HeinrichDNM$102,883$12,000
      Heidi HeitkampDND$96,435$27,750
      Dean HellerRNV$232,766$51,166
      Mazie K. HironoDHI$133,360$0
      John HoevenRND$212,370$34,800
      Jim InhofeROK$293,960$43,500
      Johnny IsaksonRGA$388,435$69,350
      Mike JohannsRNE$61,000$14,000
      Ron JohnsonRWI$326,677$17,500
      Tim JohnsonDSD$35,000$0
      Tim KaineDVA$121,896$63,855
      Angus S. King, Jr.IME$74,665$0
      Mark KirkRIL$471,060$20,500
      Amy KlobucharDMN$342,483$9,500
      Mary L. LandrieuDLA$732,843$32,250
      Patrick J. LeahyDVT$39,750$2,000
      Mike LeeRUT$40,550$20,750
      Carl LevinDMI$2,920$0
      Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$494,550$84,450
      Ed MarkeyDMA$294,463$37,000
      John McCainRAZ$274,500$44,500
      Claire McCaskillDMO$351,917$75,259
      Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$967,726$207,537
      Bob MenéndezDNJ$238,850$34,000
      Jeff MerkleyDOR$174,626$25,000
      Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$74,665$60,000
      Jerry MoranRKS$476,670$130,536
      Lisa MurkowskiRAK$527,153$32,400
      Chris MurphyDCT$213,326$6,500
      Patty MurrayDWA$358,837$62,750
      Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$221,200$63,750
      Rand PaulRKY$132,553$6,550
      Rob PortmanROH$856,473$33,300
      Mark L. PryorDAR$492,300$67,150
      John "Jack" ReedDRI$30,350$6,500
      Harry ReidDNV$522,137$35,900
      Jim RischRID$119,370$22,500
      Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$584,240$76,125
      John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$88,549$30,561
      Marco RubioRFL$403,678$47,600
      Bernie SandersIVT$17,475$0
      Brian SchatzDHI$178,135$26,000
      Chuck SchumerDNY$307,403$58,900
      Tim ScottRSC$327,775$52,000
      Jeff SessionsRAL$181,822$32,000
      Jeanne ShaheenDNH$159,533$29,700
      Richard C. ShelbyRAL$183,350$31,400
      Debbie StabenowDMI$727,988$7,750
      Jon TesterDMT$161,650$16,550
      John ThuneRSD$515,935$84,850
      Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$807,880$26,750
      Mark UdallDCO$298,192$40,500
      Tom UdallDNM$141,550$44,000
      David VitterRLA$543,374$2,000
      John E. WalshDMT$14,350$2,500
      Mark R. WarnerDVA$226,649$101,551
      Elizabeth WarrenDMA$111,528$1,250
      Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$61,641$2,500
      Roger F. WickerRMS$279,763$67,500
      Ron WydenDOR$524,477$72,799

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      NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
      That Supported
      $ From Interest Groups
      That Opposed
      Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$312,860$38,500
      Kelly AyotteRNH$228,060$46,000
      Tammy BaldwinDWI$71,768$3,700
      John BarrassoRWY$255,773$25,000
      Mark BegichDAK$246,000$56,000
      Michael F. BennetDCO$150,341$58,500
      Richard BlumenthalDCT$91,700$16,000
      Roy BluntRMO$710,037$117,117
      Cory A. BookerDNJ$231,450$37,000
      John BoozmanRAR$162,900$77,120
      Barbara BoxerDCA$256,087$29,750
      Sherrod BrownDOH$524,046$19,000
      Richard BurrRNC$393,710$27,000
      Maria CantwellDWA$230,841$2,000
      Ben CardinDMD$136,000$22,000
      Tom CarperDDE$272,142$18,000
      Bob CaseyDPA$337,213$36,397
      Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$173,041$29,000
      Daniel CoatsRIN$264,950$39,000
      Tom CoburnROK$55,050$22,500
      William Thad CochranRMS$567,203$57,500
      Susan M. CollinsRME$225,647$40,000
      Christopher A. CoonsDDE$259,200$49,750
      Bob CorkerRTN$360,290$57,250
      John CornynRTX$493,214$57,500
      Mike CrapoRID$199,335$23,478
      Ted CruzRTX$264,217$35,750
      Joe DonnellyDIN$286,079$12,500
      Dick DurbinDIL$272,410$60,800
      Mike EnziRWY$88,000$36,000
      Dianne FeinsteinDCA$229,334$8,500
      Deb FischerRNE$191,410$37,800
      Jeff FlakeRAZ$208,250$19,500
      Al FrankenDMN$170,703$250
      Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$497,284$44,250
      Lindsey GrahamRSC$441,864$42,750
      Chuck GrassleyRIA$439,999$61,898
      Kay R. HaganDNC$266,890$25,100
      Tom HarkinDIA$42,135$0
      Orrin G. HatchRUT$320,616$41,500
      Martin HeinrichDNM$102,883$12,000
      Heidi HeitkampDND$96,435$27,750
      Dean HellerRNV$232,766$51,166
      Mazie K. HironoDHI$133,360$0
      John HoevenRND$212,370$34,800
      Jim InhofeROK$293,960$43,500
      Johnny IsaksonRGA$388,435$69,350
      Mike JohannsRNE$61,000$14,000
      Ron JohnsonRWI$326,677$17,500
      Tim JohnsonDSD$35,000$0
      Tim KaineDVA$121,896$63,855
      Angus S. King, Jr.IME$74,665$0
      Mark KirkRIL$471,060$20,500
      Amy KlobucharDMN$342,483$9,500
      Mary L. LandrieuDLA$732,843$32,250
      Patrick J. LeahyDVT$39,750$2,000
      Mike LeeRUT$40,550$20,750
      Carl LevinDMI$2,920$0
      Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$494,550$84,450
      Ed MarkeyDMA$294,463$37,000
      John McCainRAZ$274,500$44,500
      Claire McCaskillDMO$351,917$75,259
      Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$967,726$207,537
      Bob MenéndezDNJ$238,850$34,000
      Jeff MerkleyDOR$174,626$25,000
      Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$74,665$60,000
      Jerry MoranRKS$476,670$130,536
      Lisa MurkowskiRAK$527,153$32,400
      Chris MurphyDCT$213,326$6,500
      Patty MurrayDWA$358,837$62,750
      Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$221,200$63,750
      Rand PaulRKY$132,553$6,550
      Rob PortmanROH$856,473$33,300
      Mark L. PryorDAR$492,300$67,150
      John "Jack" ReedDRI$30,350$6,500
      Harry ReidDNV$522,137$35,900
      Jim RischRID$119,370$22,500
      Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$584,240$76,125
      John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$88,549$30,561
      Marco RubioRFL$403,678$47,600
      Bernie SandersIVT$17,475$0
      Brian SchatzDHI$178,135$26,000
      Chuck SchumerDNY$307,403$58,900
      Tim ScottRSC$327,775$52,000
      Jeff SessionsRAL$181,822$32,000
      Jeanne ShaheenDNH$159,533$29,700
      Richard C. ShelbyRAL$183,350$31,400
      Debbie StabenowDMI$727,988$7,750
      Jon TesterDMT$161,650$16,550
      John ThuneRSD$515,935$84,850
      Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$807,880$26,750
      Mark UdallDCO$298,192$40,500
      Tom UdallDNM$141,550$44,000
      David VitterRLA$543,374$2,000
      John E. WalshDMT$14,350$2,500
      Mark R. WarnerDVA$226,649$101,551
      Elizabeth WarrenDMA$111,528$1,250
      Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$61,641$2,500
      Roger F. WickerRMS$279,763$67,500
      Ron WydenDOR$524,477$72,799

      Interest Groups that supported this bill

      $ Donated
      Electric Power utilities$4,538,846
      Chemicals$3,587,043
      Food and kindred products manufacturing$2,264,005
      Stone, clay, glass & concrete products$2,070,367
      Alternate energy production & services$1,958,226
      Sea freight & passenger services$1,932,468
      Forestry & Forest Products$1,726,259
      Architectural services$1,355,265
      Steel$1,237,770
      Agricultural chemicals (fertilizers & pesticides)$1,045,335
      Auto manufacturers$945,284
      Rural electric cooperatives$665,956
      Plastics & Rubber processing & products$628,844
      Animal feed & health products$609,750
      Recycling of metal, paper, plastics, etc.$598,078
      Wheat, corn, soybeans and cash grain$538,995
      Other commodities (incl rice, peanuts, honey)$485,933
      Farm organizations & cooperatives$409,289
      Truck & trailer manufacturers$342,513
      Cotton$338,874
      Grain traders & terminals$267,950
      Plumbing & pipe products$257,537
      Paper, glass & packaging materials$225,495
      Building materials$163,812
      Farm bureaus$103,161
      Consumer groups$8,650

      Interest Groups that opposed this bill

      $ Donated
      Railroads$3,740,949
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