The U.S. House of Representatives
voted Friday (Nov. 30) to approve a transportation bill that includes provisions
to allow Mexican trucks to operate beyond the commercial zone. Less than 48
hours after House and Senate negotiators and the Bush administration reached
an agreement on the controversial border issue, the House approved the 2002
transportation funding bill by a 371-11 vote.
Safety measures included
in the bill could add months to the proposed Jan. 1 start date. For more information,
see "Mexican truck roadblock gives way to compromise," a Land Line
news story posted on this web site Nov. 29-30.
The bill is expected
to pass the Senate early next week.