Congress Vs. President: US-Mexican Trucking


It appears that President Bush and Congress are going to continue butting heads over the continuation of the pilot project that allows trucking between the U.S. and Mexican border. The year long project ends on September 6, but it appears truck will still be crossing the border until either Congress or the President can push through with their intents.

Currently the House has approved a bill to block the project continuation, while the Senate has approved another similar bill. However, neither of the bills can be passed until a floor vote, which cannot occur until after the summer recess ends. In the mean time the USDOT has expressed its intent, with the backing of President Bush, to continue the pilot project for another two years.

Congress hasn't shown signs of being pleased as the approved house bill not only terminates the project, but also requires the USDOT to obtain Congressional permission before attempting any other similar projects.

This whole controversy is back dropped by CANAMEX, a $4 billion planned corridor through the west United States that links Mexican and Canadian ports.

The most important factors in the situation include:

 Â Ã‚  Claims that the program should continue so more research can be done, since the current  Â Ã‚   Â Ã‚  project started off very small.

 Â Ã‚  Even if Congress passes its bills President Bush still has the power to veto them.

 Â Ã‚  Worries continue to mount about decreased trucking wages in an already hurting industry.

 Â Ã‚  CANAMEX backers are pushing to continue the program which would add the  Â Ã‚   Â Ã‚   Â Ã‚   Â Ã‚   Â Ã‚  CANAMEX project itself.