Passed by a vote of 395 to 18, the bill H.R. 6630 terminates a Department of Transportation (DOT) cross-border trucking demonstration project and prohibits the DOT from granting new authority for Mexican trucks to operate beyond the commercial zones on the border without express authorization by Congress.
Mexican trucks are currently allowed to operate legally only within a 20-mile commercial zone around U.S.–Mexican border crossings.
"Before the border is completely opened to Mexican trucks, we must ensure the safety of motorists on our highways," said Highways and Transit Subcommittee Ranking Member John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN), in a press release. "No matter how much we want to have good relations with our friends in Mexico, our first obligation is to the American people."