Bush administration has asked for the Supreme Court's help in a
fight over allowing Mexican trucks and buses on U.S. roadways, The
Associated Press reported.
administration wants to drop a court-ordered environmental study
that has delayed the border opening. The $1.8 million study is expected
to take a year or more.
Bush ordered U.S. highways open to Mexican trucks last fall, despite
opposition from U.S. labor, consumer and environmental organizations.
consumer group Public Citizen, the Teamsters and others sued on
safety and environmental grounds, and a federal appeals court ruled
earlier this year that the government must perform the lengthy study.
Bush administration has said it will comply with that order, but
also filed an appeal with the Supreme Court.
court of appeals misapplied the nation's environmental laws and
constrained the president's discretion to conduct foreign affairs,"
Solicitor General Theodore Olson wrote.
ruling "prevents the president's action form taking effect
and thereby hampers commerce," Olson also wrote.