Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is working to reopen the borders from Mexico to allow Mexican trucks to travel within the United States by June, 2009. Stating that the tariff’s imposed by Mexico when Congress refused to allow Mexican trucks into the country, has placed a huge burden on American producers, LaHood is seeking to reopen trade between the U. S. and Mexico.
Citing the stimulus package as “working as planned,” the secretary also boasted that the highway portion of the stimulus package is “flowing at a rate of $4 billion a month,” which he added is twice as fast as traditional highway dollars previously spent by Washington.
Believing that the economy is bouncing back due to the mass amount of dollars pouring in from the stimulus bail out, he also believes that by reopening the Mexican border and allowing thousands of trucks to pour into the U. S. will only be a further benefit to our nation’s economy and recovery.
I think it’s time to call our state representatives and tell them what we think instead. Mexico-domiciled trucking companies do not have to deal with the same regulations as we do. It’s not just a safety hazard, but it’s unfair to American drivers.
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