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OHIO SENATOR SHERROD BROWN BLASTS ADMINISTRATION’S NAFTA TRUCK POLICY | September 3, 2007

On August 30, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) recently issued the following release opposing the Bush administration’s plans to begin allowing Mexican trucks unlimited access to U.S. highways.

BROWN BLASTS ADMINISTRATION’S NAFTA TRUCK POLICY

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown today announced support of an injunction filed today in the U.S. Court of Appeals to block a pilot program allowing long-haul Mexican-domiciled trucks to operate within the United States. The pilot program is scheduled to go into effect this weekend.

“Whether it’s product safety, food safety, or road safety, you can count on the Bush Administration to compromise it,” Brown said.

The administration has yet to complete several steps requested by Congress this spring before the pilot program could begin. These steps include publishing information about the inspections of Mexican-domiciled truck carriers that will operate beyond the border zone, ensuring U.S. truck carriers be granted the same authority to operate in Mexico, and establishing a system for statistical findings so that an informed judgment may be made regarding the pilot program.

The pilot program was included in NAFTA after lobbying by the trucking industry to open the U.S. border fully to Mexican-domiciled trucks.

“Congress asked the administration to use caution. Now the administration is running a red light,” said Brown.

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