ROSKAM STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF THE SAFE AMERICAN ROADS ACT
Congressman Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) issued the following statement today supporting HR 1773, the Safe American Roads Act:
"I was pleased that the House of Representatives today passed legislation I cosponsored protecting American jobs and roadways. The House considered and passed H.R. 1773, the Safe American Roads Act of 2007. This legislation will prohibit the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) from granting authority for Mexico-domiciled trucks to operate beyond a commercial zone near the border until the U.S. DOT complies with all safety and security requirements prescribed by Congress.
"The Safe American Roads Act will go a long ways towards ensuring that Mexico-domiciled trucks, trucking companies and drivers are held to the same standards as their American counterparts. Questions regarding safety, security and economic risks involved with opening our roads to Mexico-domiciled trucks must be answered before our government moves forward with the DOT proposed program. H.R. 1773 helps to ensure those questions will be answered and that the public will be satisfied before the program moves forward.
"This is much-needed legislation for Illinois' 6th Congressional District that is so heavily trafficked by the trucking industry. So many in our District rely on a safe and sound trucking industry; the manufacturers and producers along the North Avenue corridor, stretching across the heart of the district; the many businesses on the Route 83 corridor; and most importantly, all of the families in our District that share these roadways with truckers. Our economy thrives on healthy competition, but we should not sacrifice the jobs of truckers in our district for those of Mexico-domiciled trucks that compete on an uneven playing field by cutting costs on safety measures. All security concerns must be completely and appropriately addressed before expanding access to U.S. highways, which is why this legislation is such a helpful step forward in protecting American jobs and roadways."