Rockefeller Says Jobs & Highway Safety Should Come Before Mexican Border Trucking Plan

May 12, 2011

Chairman Rockefeller and Ranking Member HutchisonWASHINGTON, D.C.—Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today announced that he is asking the Obama Administration to be sure that new regulations on trucks carrying freight from Mexico into the United States do not jeopardize safety or existing jobs in the United States. 

Rockefeller argued that a proposed plan on this issue would threaten the competitiveness of U.S. trucking firms, lacks sufficient tools to accurately track the safety performance of Mexican trucks, burdens American taxpayers with the cost of safety upgrades to Mexican trucking fleets, and fails to eliminate all of Mexico’s retaliatory actions. He shared his concerns in a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk. 

“The cross-border trucking program must be done in a way that does not hurt U.S. companies or make our highways less safe,” Chairman Rockefeller said. “I need assurances that this new plan will meet those criteria before I can support this initiative.”