The cross-border program may very well be without funding thanks to language in the Fiscal Year 2008 Transportation Appropriations legislation.
The House of Representatives and the Senate had both cut off funding to the program in their respective transportation appropriations bills. Thursday, Nov. 8, a conference committee with members from both the House and Senate agreed on the final language.
Washington DC insiders speculate the amendment presented by Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-ND, more closely reflects the language included in the conference committee’s version of the appropriations bill.
Dorgan’s amendment stated “none of the funds made available under this act may be used to establish a cross-border motor carrier demonstration program to allow Mexico-domiciled motor carriers to operate beyond the commercial zones along the international border between the United States and Mexico.”
The final version of the appropriations bill will more than likely be filed on Tuesday, Nov. 13. The House and Senate will vote on the final version either Tuesday or Wednesday.
– By Jami Jones, senior editor