WASHINGTON, D.C. — The US Senate has voted to suspend funding for the cross-border trucking program between Mexico and the US, but its not yet clear whether the program will be killed.
Mexican trucks have already made deliveries into the US under the controversial program, which will ultimately allow 100 Mexican truck fleets to operate into the US. Yesterday the Senate, led by Sen. Brron Dorgan and Sen. Arlen Specter, voted 74-24 in favour of an amendment that would cut off funding for the program.
The amendment stated that None of the funds made available under this act (the FY 2008 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill) may be used to establish a cross-border motor carrier demonstration program to allow Mexico domiciled motor carriers to operate beyond the commercial zones along the international border between the United States and Mexico.
Congress has said enough is enough, responded executive vice-president of OOIDA, Todd Spencer. Theyre tired of the Administrations efforts to force the pilot program on the American people. Our nations safety and security should never be put at risk.
However, theres no guarantee the program will be halted. Its been widely speculated that US President George W. Bush will veto the decision and allow the program to continue receiving federal funds.
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