U.S. border closed to unsafe Mexican trucks

Well, Congress has actually done something useful for once. They blocked the deal I mentioned the other day.

The U.S. Senate has dealt a likely death blow to the Bush administration plans to give Mexican long-haul trucking rigs free access to United States roads and highways.

A bipartisan majority voted 74-24 tonight to pass an amendment offered by Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., to remove funding from the Fiscal Year 2008 Department of Transportation appropriations bill for the Department of Transportation Mexican trucking demonstration project.

Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Penn., joined Dorgan as a co-sponsor of his amendment.

“Tonight, commerce – for a change – did not trump safety,” Dorgan said in a news release issued after the vote.

“Tonight’s vote is a vote for safety,” Dorgan said. “It also represents a turning of the tide on the senseless, headlong rush this country has been engaged in for some time, to dismantle safety standards and a quality of life it took generations to achieve.”

Teamster General President Jim Hoffa praised the Senate for “slamming the door on the Bush administration’s illegal, reckless plan to open our borders to trucks from Mexico.”

“The American people have spoken, and Congress has spoken,” Hoffa said. “Now it’s time for the Bush administration to listen. We don’t want to share our highways with dangerous trucks from Mexico.”

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5 Responses to “U.S. border closed to unsafe Mexican trucks”

  1. MulledVine says:

    Apparently its not illegal to cross the border if you walk backwards! Can’t remember where I read that (hope it wasn’t here) but it made me chuckle.

  2. casey says:

    Ha, ha. Yeah, that was me. :P

  3. Porter Corn says:

    Don’t count on the issue being resolved yet. The Senate and the rest of these bozo’s who passed this ridiculous amendment, on the basis of lies, and exaggerated hype, are in for a fight.