DeFazio caves on Mexican Truck issue – Could be implemented in 6 months or less

Consider the source before you get all excited, but the right wing moonbattery website WORLD NET DAILY is reporting that Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), a staunch opponent of allowing Mexican trucks access to the United States, has apparently seen the light and knows that further opposition to the inevitable is fruitless.

WND reports that

in an interview with InsideTrade.com, DeFazio suggested that Mexico has managed to split the congressional coalition that opposed the Bush-era program in the 111th Congress.

DeFazio suggested that Mexico had hurt his Oregon constituents by imposing a retaliatory tariff of 20 percent on Christmas tree exports.

As an indication that his concerns about Mexican truck safety were capable of being assuaged by Obama administration transportation officials, DeFazio said he was willing to accept Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s proposal to install electronic on-board recorders, or EOBRs, to monitor Mexican truck drivers according to hours-of-service rules applied to U.S. truck drivers.

DeFazio told InsideTrade.com that it was hard to judge the degree of support the Obama administration’s Mexican truck pilot program will have in the new 112th Congress, largely because it unclear what position the newly elected Republican members, including tea party advocates, will take on the issue.

He feared that if Mexican drivers are allowed to operate in the U.S. it would lead to outsourcing of U.S. trucking services to Mexico.

We can’t find the interview on insidetrade.com, a subscription website, but we’ll take what WND reports at face value.

Now that Senator Byron Dorgan has retired and Rep Oberstar was defeated in his reelection bid, DeFazio finds himself in a position that calls for compromise.

Looking back at some of the articles WND has published bashing Mexico, Mexican trucks and such, and with James Hoffa’s recent rant about the concept document, I found it interesting to find a quote from the late White House spokesman and conservative talker, Tony Snow.

Tony Snow, who announced his plans to leave the White House post in two weeks, added that he doesn’t believe what the president of the Teamsters Union has to say about the issue actually would be impartial.

“There are a number of things that the Department of Transportation is involved in, in trying to maintain and ascertain and guarantee the safety of any trucks that are on U.S. highways,” Snow said. “I don’t think that I will buy lock, stock and barrel what the president of the Teamsters Union has to say about possibly competing trucking operations.”

MTO opposes the requirement for Mexico to install EOBR’s in their equipment or any other requirement not required of Canadian trucks and truckers operating in this country.

The EOBR debate is contentious and we believe this would be an underhanded way to expedite the requirement they be placed in US rigs. 85% of Mexican carriers and their trucks are already outfitted with Qualcomm Satellite communications which can be used to track drivers compliance with hours of service and compliance with cabotage laws, something we ignore with Canadian drivers.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton travels to Guadalajara on Monday for meetings with Mexico’s Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa. Among other issues, Mexican truck access will be a hot topic according to a State Department official not authorized to speak on the record.
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