Mexican trucking dispute close to resolved

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The 2002 U.S. transportation spending bill seems to open the door for the Bush administration’s plans to permit Mexican trucks to travel freely in the U.S.

Texas Republican Sen. Phil Gramm and Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain have temporarily withdrawn their objections to the NAFTA-required open trade with Mexico. As well, Alaska Republican Sen. Ted Stevens, the ranking member on the Appropriations Committee, says both have agreed to, “Move a bill the President would sign.”

The administration developed this plan after a NAFTA dispute resolution panel ruled the U.S. was in violation of the agreement by banning all Mexican trucks from U.S. highways.

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