The Department of Transportation should have legislation drafted to allow Mexican trucks to operate in the United States by the time President Obama visits Mexico on April 16 and 17, according to a department spokesman.
The administration has called on DOT, the State Department and the U.S. Trade Representative to devise a plan to continue cross-border trucking after Congress on March 11 terminated a pilot program in the 2009 omnibus appropriations bill.
After Congress pulled the plug on the pilot, Mexico retaliated with tariffs on U.S. goods totaling some $2.4 billion.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, during her visit to Mexico last week, said the administration was “making progress” to resolve the dispute to the satisfaction of members of Congress.
Earlier in the week, DOT Secretary Ray LaHood told reporters that the administration was working on a plan, and he was on Capitol Hill to discuss it with lawmakers.