WASHINGTON (MNS) — The Senate voted Thursday to bring to a vote a measure on the terms under which Mexican trucks are allowed to enter the United States in compliance with the North American Free Trade Agreement.
By voting 70-30 to end a filibuster, the Senate sided with Democrats, who needed 60 votes to end the delaying tactic used to prevent a vote on a bill or an amendment.
"This vote is a vote about truck safety," said Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D. "What the issue is not about is any threat to NAFTA, any threat to free trade."
Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., co-sponsored the amendment to the transportation appropriations bill that would toughen safety requirements for Mexican trucks. Because they garnered 70 votes to end the filibuster, it appears likely they have the support to pass the amendment after 30 hours of debate.