DeFazio urges overhaul of NAFTA truck provisions with Mexico

| 3/24/2010

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-OR, is calling on his fellow lawmakers to sign their names to a letter urging the Obama Administration to renegotiate NAFTA trucking provisions with Mexico.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association issued a Call to Action on Wednesday, March 24, to rally support for DeFazio’s effort.

In part, DeFazio’s letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk says: “We believe the U.S. should renegotiate U.S. NAFTA Annex I (I-U-21) … This would remedy all the truck safety, homeland security, and unemployment issues associated with this long-standing trade dispute.”

The letter also goes on to say: “Removing the cross border trucking provision from NAFTA will also prevent more job losses at a time when we can least afford them. Should the border be fully opened to Mexican trucks, the low wages of Mexican drivers will drive U.S trucking companies out of business. … Opening our border to Mexican trucks is a lose-lose for U.S. workers and the traveling public.”

OOIDA called on its membership to urge lawmakers to sign their name to DeFazio’s NAFTA letter.

The U.S. Capitol switchboard number is 202-224-3121 and all you need is your home ZIP code. You are also welcome to call OOIDA at 800-444-5791, and a staff member will be happy to help put you in touch with your elected officials.