Resolution to Mexican Truck issue may be near

DOT Secretary Ray LaHood
Responding to a question by Senate Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Chairman Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who asked for an update on the Mexico truck program, LaHood said "We are finalizing a plan. The reason it is taking so long is there's a lot of moving parts.

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said this morning that the DOT was close to coming up with a proposal to allow Mexican trucks access to the United States, under the rules of NAFTA.

LaHood was testifying at a hearing about the 2011 DOT budget before the Senate Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development.

Responding to a question by subcommittee Chairman Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who asked for an update on the Mexico truck program, LaHood said “We are finalizing a plan. The reason it is taking so long is there’s a lot of moving parts.”

On March 1, 56 lawmakers sent a letter to Kirk and LaHood urging the Obama administration to resolve the nearly year-long dispute that started when Congress killed the program in the 2009 appropriations bill.

Trade Representative Ron Kirk in thanking committee members for helping pass the 2010 appropriations bill that did not include language prohibiting a cross border program, and said, “President Obama, as you know, has asked Secretary LaHood to help us move forward and work with Congressional leadership to come up with an acceptable program to get this resolved. It is having a very negative impact, particularly on our agricultural industries in Washington and Texas and we’d like to come up with an acceptable program to move forward.”

Hopefully, we’ll be seeing a resolution to this issue in the very near future, one that will benefit all parties concerned.
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