The Senate approved a
transportation appropriations bill Tuesday that includes provisions to allow
Mexican trucks full access to U.S. roads. The legislation imposes safety requirements
Mexican trucks must meet before they can start hauling cargo across the United
President George W. Bush
is expected to sign the bill, which he threatened to veto earlier this year
after the House and Senate passed separate legislation at odds with White
House priorities on Mexican trucks. Both sides agree that by the time federal
screening systems for the trucks can be implemented, the Bush administration's
goal of allowing Mexican trucks full access by Jan. 1 will likely be delayed,
probably for months.
The House approved the
bill 371 to 11 last week after congressional negotiators and the White House
compromised on the heated Mexican truck issue. For more information, see "Mexican
truck roadblock gives way to compromise," a Land Line news story posted
on this web site Dec. 3.