Skip to comments.White House Presses Senate to Allow Mexican Trucks(11/2008 won't come soon enough for me)
Posted on 06/14/2007 5:41:44 AM PDT by kellynla
In an effort to ensure Mexican trucks will begin rolling across the U.S. on schedule, the Bush administration is pressing the Senate to not take any action on a bill passed overwhelmingly by the House that essentially would block the project.
Sources within the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation have confirmed in background conversations that the panel has put on hold taking any action on the Safe American Roads Act of 2007, the bill the House passed May 15 by a vote of 411-3.
At the encouragement of the White House, the senators on the transportation committee are taking the position that the requirements of the Safe American Roads Act were wrapped into the provisions of H.R. 2206, the Iraq supplemental funding bill, signed May 25 by President Bush.
At the moment, the staff of the Senate transportation panel has no plans to discuss a Senate bill comparable to Safe American Roads Act before the July recess.
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An unhappy Todd Spencer, executive director of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, believes the Bush administration "has preordained that the Mexican truck demonstration project will begin regardless who objects."
"Simply put, the Bush administration has turned a tin ear to both the public and the Congress and there are no objections which can put a stop to the DOT plans," he told WND.
In response to the Iraq supplemental funding bill, the Department of Transportation issued a press release June 8 indicating additional regulations applicable to the Mexican trucks had been filed in the Federal Register, with a public comment period that extends to June 28.
As WND reported, Spencer has argued the supplemental funding bill demanded verification of safety issues that the DOT did not provide in its Federal Register filing.
The new regulations supplement the Mexican truck regulations DOT published in the Federal Register on May 1.
A statement by John H. Hill, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration suggests the agency believes the new regulations complete the legislative requirements set out in the Iraq supplemental funding bill.
Referring to the supplemental Federal Register notice published June 8, Hill said, "This shows the great lengths to which we've gone to ensure this program meets high safety standards while providing American business opportunities for further economic growth. We continue to meet or exceed every condition required by law."
The only remaining step required by the Iraq supplemental funding bill is for the DOT inspector general to confirm that the regulations published by FMCSA meet the safety and security requirements specified by Congress in the Iraq supplemental funding bill.
Allowing an extra month for this requirement to be filled, industry insiders now anticipate the Mexican truck demonstration project will begin Aug. 15, one month later than the July 15 start anticipated as recently as a week ago.
"No matter how many forms FMCSA creates," Spencer said, "nobody can assure us that the Mexican commercial driver licenses or drug testing procedures are up to U.S. standards."
"DOT is jamming these regulations for us, yet we seriously doubt that Mexico will have controls in place that will assure the U.S. public that the Mexican trucks allowed in the United States will be safe or secure," he said.
Spencer suggested that in the final months of the Bush administration, every effort will be made to keep promises made to Mexico.
"Whatever it takes, the administration is going to make sure that Mexican long-haul rigs have free access on U.S. roads before George W. Bush leaves office," he said.
keeping us supplied with illegal alien invaders, drugs, and cheeep chinese slave-labor produced trinkets.
Thanks, BOOOOSH! Thanks a lot!
Bush is obsessed with Mexico and wants us to be to.
Who, may I ask, do you think will occupy the post next. I bet it won't be anyone who even pretends to be a conservative. The next president will be able to behave in the same manner without letting anyone down.
This week, we will vote on cloture and final passage of a comprehensive bill that will strengthen border security, bring the 12 million undocumented Americans out of the shadows, and keep our economy strong. In the days ahead, we will work to improve the bill to protect and strengthen family ties while improving the structure of the temporary-worker program.
I was on jury duty the week of 12/11/06 and one of my fellow jurors told me that her nephew was killed a year earlier by two illegals DRIVING their truck with FAULTY BRAKES to the BRAKE SHOP to be repaired when surprise, surprise — the BRAKES FAILED AND THEY KILLED HER NEPHEW. I guess these MORONS thought they were back in Mexico where in addition to driving DRUNK — they and their idiot friends do crap like that all the time. Can you say “Tijuana Taxi?” Can you say “TOW TRUCK?”
The driver got 4 years in prison and will be deported when he gets out.
Gotta wonder how long it will take him to sneak back in and kill someone else?
Estimates indicate they are killing around 25 American citizens each day, either with vehicles or via other criminal activity.
I cant wait until the interstates start filling up with Mexican truckers on tight deadlines and I do mean DEADlines hurtling at carloads of unsuspecting native-born American citizens all 387 of us.
Do you suppose this crap might stop if one of Bushs daughters became a victim?
Of course, unlike the rest of us, they are driven to their endless round of parties by an armed SS detail, which eliminates the risk that they will be tempted to drive drunk themselves.
Economic growth of American companies is not worth Americans being endangered. It’s pro business, unless your a trucker, and anti American.
On again, off again...Now its back on...
I guess they are really going to show us this time...
Just be aware...When the Mexican POS trucks (and their sub-par drivers) start killing American citizens...For whatever cotton-pickin’ reason!!!
It would be safe to say, all bets would be off at that time...
Part of me still hopes, and would really like for this stuff to work itself out...But when the government tells me to accept something that all of us who know better, know that its going to be an extreme risk, not only to me and my friends and family, but to other Americans which I care for as well, but don;t knwo personally...
I just wonder why this whole concept of accepting this newworldorder-ish BS being shoved down our throats is going to backlash on those in our government, and in a way that is really going to sting them!
But what do I or anyone else know, right??? Our government is holding us in contempt, and that may not be a crime in that aspect, but when that contempt kills people, or at the very least puts us at risk...You have to wonder how long its going to take for most to figure out that enough is enough...
“Who, may I ask, do you think will occupy the post next?”
I couldn’t tell you...I left my crystal ball at home. LOL
But, that’s the whole idea of elections now isn’t it;
to find someone who will do a better job than the last person.
You old kidder, you!! Of course they won’t pay for anything they damage. Look at how they behave now!
Read www.spp.gov to see what this potus wants for the country formerly known as America.
All Hail The King!
I cannot wrap my mind around this. Voting in this land has become a choice, would you like your arm broken or your leg?
The Republican Jimmy Carter. Only Jimmy wasn’t out to destroy our borders and let the dregs of Mexican society overrun us.
Just one more in a number of very asinine positions from Bush and the White House.
Since taking office G.W. has supported Mexico and Mexicans over the U.S.
Round up All illegals and deport their butts.
If you’ve ever been to Mexico and seen their transportation system, (I.E. their trucks)you’d not want them running around our country.
If you pollute or run an unsafe rig you get flagged and fined. I doubt that will happen to the Mexican rigs.Also they mostly don’t speak ENGLISH.
Looks like a messy break-up...
Bump for later read.
I guess when I get a car, I’ll definately be buying extra “uninsured motorist” coverage. What a mess. Don’t you just love how this was buried in the Iraq spending bill?
... the Bush administration is pressing the Senate to not take any action on a bill ..
Now that shouldn’t be a problem
Wonder what comment #26 was? Wish we could still ‘see them’.
Pardon my pointing out the obvious, but....
what is to keep these Mexican truck drivers from accepting a bribe from ...say..some swarthy Muslim gent with lots of cash...that wants to transport some equipment across (or into) the US, along with the legal cargo? You know....equipment like a nuke or two?
Nothing. Absolutely NOTHING.
Bush has sold us out, folks. At least, that’s the way I’m seeing it. And here, all this time, I was afraid he would merely wuss/wienie out and let us down, like his dad did!
There has been no leadership in the White House in the last 18.5 years.
BUMP to the TOP.
It's not law yet, but the sheer insanity of it demonstrates their maniacal obsession to create another part of the coming North American Union socialist paradise of Canada, USA, and Mexico.
I can't think of any other rational explanation for it. I hope AMERICAN TRUCKERS will stage a massive strike and put a stop to it.
I disagree. I think Fred Thompson will run, and win, and be much better than Bush in this regard, despite what the Tancredoites and Hunteristas say.
The traitor continues his treason.
I am dreading 11/08 — but only because I am imagining what horrors a de jure lame duck Boosh WH will do. The de facto lame duck prez we have is spiraling down into Alice’s Rabbit Hole (or the commode, I can’t be sure...).
It is 1/21/09 that cannot come fast enough for me at this point.
Bush is a traitor - pure and simple.
He has foreswore allegiance to America in return for allegiance to globalism and internationalism. He has defiled his oath of office. He is unfit for the august position he holds.
He should be impeached - along with most of COngress.
And well beyond our grandkid’s lifetime, FRiend.
Just the latest chapter in what has been a 1,400 year long war...
You do realize Thompson left Washington because he was sick of the BS, right?
Also because of his daughter, but still.
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