I’l ask the same question I asked about Mark Reddig of OOIDA last week! How stupid does he think people are?
This headline coming from PRNEWSWIRE, which is a pay for print news service. In other words, it doesn’t have to be the truth, but if you pay them to promote it, they will.
Hoffa Praises Proposal to Ban Unsafe Mexican Trucks
Omnibus Budget Would Stop Cross-Border Trucking Pilot Program
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa applauded the House Democratic leadership for including a ban on unsafe Mexican trucks in the omnibus appropriations bill unveiled today.
Though Congress shut down the Bush administration’s pilot program to open the border in the 2008 appropriations, the Bush administration ignored the ban, which expired at the end of the fiscal year.
“Shutting down the border is the right thing to do,” Hoffa said. “There’s no guarantee that trucks or drivers from Mexico are safe. Until there is, dangerous Mexican trucks should not be allowed to drive freely on our highways.”
Despite the bipartisan opposition to opening the border to the cross-border trucking pilot program, the U.S. Department of Transportation said last year it will extend the program for another two years.
Section 136 of the Omnibus Appropriations Bill’s Transportation Title states, “None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available under this Act may be used, directly or indirectly, to establish, implement, continue, promote, or in any way permit a cross-border motor carrier demonstration program to allow Mexican-domiciled motor carriers to operate beyond the commercial zones along the international border between the United States and Mexico.”
Same shit, different year! The trucks and drivers have proven themselves to be safe and qualified. Only Jimmy Hoffa and his gang of thugs have proven to be delusional.
So, the program gets shut down! Then what? Mexican trucks will disappear from US highways? Not in a million years!
The Mexican participants in the program have positioned themselves to continue to legally operate in the US, but without the strict oversight they have now. And the American carriers in Mexico?
They’ll be kicked out! More potential American job losses, thanks to Jimmy Hoffa!
We’ll see what we shall see! Really stupid to start a protectionist trade war while we’re in a recession!