The American Soybean Association has submitted comments on the American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act of 2012 (H.R. 7), underscoring highlights in the bill's initial language as the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee prepares to consider revisions.

“[The American Soybean Association] applauds Chairman [John] Mica’s proposal, which included multiple soybean farmer priorities, including the renewal of an agricultural harvest time exemption from the hours-of-service rules that limit the number of hours truck drivers may operate, as well as the chairman’s proposed inclusion of provisions enabling states to allow increased truck weight limits if an additional axle is used," said the association in a statement. “The [association] is also particularly encouraged that the proposed bill includes stated support for the Realize America’s Maritime Promise Act, which will ensure sufficient funding for dredging of inland waterways and port maintenance activities.

According to the association, the industry and agriculture as a whole needs reliable and modern roads and highways, rail infrastructure, inland waterways and ports to ensure that American farmers can move their products to market as quickly and efficiently as possible. "The steps taken this week by Chairman Mica and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee are productive ones toward this ultimate goal,” said the association.