Congress slams brakes on plan
Ohio.com - Congress slams brakes on planWILSON'S MILLS, N.C.: When trucker Luis Gonzalez drove recently from Monterrey, Mexico, to North Carolina, he expected to be the first of many who would make such a journey.
Now it appears he may be one of only a handful. Gonzalez, a driver for Transportes Olympic, based in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, is part of a controversial U.S. Department of Transportation pilot program of cross-border trucking that has the potential to end a 13-year free-trade impasse between the United States and Mexico.
Gonzalez hopes it paves the way to new destinations for him.
''I like the adventure of the open road,'' he said. ''Through this program, maybe I will know Alaska. I want to know Alaska.''
But the day after Gonzalez made the first delivery under the program dropping a load of steel at a Baptist church construction site in a small town nestled among farmland, tall trees and picturesque cottages U.S. senators voted to pull funding for it. continues.........................