ROSKAM APPLAUDS CONGRESS FOR KEEPING AMERICAN ROADS SAFE
Congressman Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) today issued the following statement regarding the passage of the DeFazio-Hunter-Boyda-Miller amendment to the FY 2008 appropriations bill for the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development:
"I am pleased that the House of Representatives voted to reiterate its intent to protect U.S. citizens from the potential dangers of unsafe Mexican trucks. All Mexico-domiciled trucks, trucking companies and drivers should be held to the same safety standards currently in place for American trucks. In my opinion, the Department of Transportation has made an irresponsible decision which puts our nation at risk by trying to bypass protections designed to prevent unscreened Mexican trucks from crossing our border. Congress has once again reinforced its strong opposition to this ill-conceived and reckless proposal."
Roskam is a cosponsor and recently voted in favor of the Safe American Roads Act, HR 1773, which would prohibit the U.S. 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.