Mississippi ground zero for double trailer debate

Mississippi has become ground zero for the battle in Congress over whether to force states to allow larger double-trailer trucks on their roads.

The House recently passed a transportation appropriations bill with a provision tacked on to allow trucks nationwide to pull “double 33s,” or two 33-foot trailers. Now, the issue is before Sen. Thad Cochran’s Appropriations Committee.

So both sides have focused the PR battle on Cochran — who has not taken a position on the issue — and Mississippi, where interests appear divided.