The Senate voted to strip funding from the experimental Mexican cross border trucking program. The vote passed 74-24. This was after the first Mexican truck was allowed to cross the border. The cross border pilot program was rushed into implementation late last week – literally in the dark of night. It was launched just one hour after a required Transportation Department Inspector General’s report was issued. That report identified numerous problems with allowing the program to go forward. To find out how your Senator voted on the amendment (Dorgan Amdt. No. 2797) go to: www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm
Earlier this month two trucks collided in northern Mexico, in Piedras Negras. One was loaded with explosives. The dynamite laden truck exploded. The accident left 37 dead and a 65 foot crater in the road. These trucks remain dangerous and do not meet US standards. Until the US can fully inspect these trucks they should not be allowed on America’s highways.