Mexican truck dispute may end soon, officials say

05/07/2010 01:36:51 PM
Tom Karst

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the Obama Administration is very close to announcing a plan to end a dispute over Mexican truck access in the U.S.

LaHood spoke May 6 at a hearing of the Senate transportation, housing and urban development appropriations subcommittee, and was questioned about the issue by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., chairman of the subcommittee.

“We literally have thousands of jobs at stake and are in serious jeopardy over this,” Murray said.
Murray raised the issue with LaHood at another hearing in March and was informed by LaHood then that the administration was nearing a solution.

LaHood said the Administration would announce the program very soon.  “It needs to be restarted, it is a part of NAFTA,” he said. “It is closer than soon.”

Congress cut funding to a cross-border trucking program more than a year ago, resulting in retaliatory tariffs on U.S. exports, including  grapes and pears, totaling more than $2.4 billion.



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