Cross-Border Trucking Program On Hold

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Labor union leaders are claiming another victory on Capitol Hill, after a Senate committee voted to block President Bush's "reckless plan" to open the U.S. border to "unsafe" Mexican trucks.

"The 1.4 million members of the Teamsters Union were heard loud and clear on Capitol Hill today," said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa in a news release on Thursday. He said the Teamsters are fighting to keep America's highways safe and secure (not to mention union job security).

However, business and industry groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, calls cross-border trucking an important step in enhancing competitiveness, reducing pollution (from trucks idling at the border), and promoting economic growth in both Mexico and the U.S.

A Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Thursday blocked funding for the pilot program announced last month by the Bush administration. The panel passed an amendment that requires the U.S. Transportation Department to publish details of the plan and to allow time for public comment.

The committee also voted to require that the pilot project meet congressionally mandated safety and security standards.

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