Amendment could brake cross-border program


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A U.S. Senate committee approved an amendment that would demand all congressional mandates be met and simultaneous access for American trucks be granted before proceeding with a pilot program to allow Mexican trucks to deliver in the United States.

The appropriations committee approved the amendment by voice vote to the supplemental appropriations bill providing emergency spending on March 22.

The amendment would make the program “subject to an open transparent process that will include public comment, quantifiable means of success and require that safety be enhanced,” according to a committee summary of the bill.

Democratic Sens. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, Dianne Feinstein of California and Patty Murray of Washington sponsored the amendment.

Feinstein noted in a statement that under the current proposal, American trucks would not be granted full access to Mexican highways for approximately six months, while the Mexican government gathers information and determines which American companies will be granted access to Mexico.


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