WASHINGTON (MNS) — A San Diego congressman was the sole area legislator and one of only two Democrats to vote against a bill that would open the U.S. border to Mexican trucks.
On Friday, the House voted 371-11 to approve a $60 billion transportation spending bill that includes a provision that would allow Mexican trucks on U.S. roads.
Mexican trucks have been confined to a commercial corridor zone along the border.
In Calexico, the zone extends four miles beyond the city limits. In bigger border cities, it extends as far as 20 miles. The Senate is expected to pass the bill next week.
Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, said he was not satisfied with the bill's safety requirements, which include electronic checks on the license of every Mexican truck driver hauling hazardous material, on-site inspection of trucking companies before they receive access to the United States and inspection of rigs every 90 days. He said the bill did not provide sufficient resources to make the safety checks.