WASHINGTON — Ray H. LaHood was sworn in as Secretary of Transportation Friday, just one day after being unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
The ceremony was small, attended by his wife Kathy and son Sam.
Also present were fellow Illinoisan Sen. Richard J. Durbin, assistant majority leader and a small audience of LaHood’s new staff and members of the Department of Transportation transition team. More from The Trucker
The appointment has one of the few bright spots in the new administration. The Trucker article states:
Rep. Byron Dorgan, D.-N.D., made it clear during the committee confirmation hearing Jan. 21 that he expects LaHood, a Republican, to kill the Cross Border Demonstration Project within two months.
Let’s hope LaHood makes good on that projection and kills the Mexican truck pilot program.
Ode to Juan and Moe – cowritten by ATAW commander-and-chief, Mark R. Taylor, performed by Truck It Records’ (and ATAW favorite recording artist), Joey Holiday.
Laredo, Texas — Border Patrol agents assigned to the Laredo North station disrupted an effort to smuggle 7,828 pounds of marijuana today.
“Our agents remain vigilant in employing all available resources to keep drug and alien smugglers from succeeding,” said Laredo Sector Chief Patrol Agent Carlos X. Carrillo.
Agents manning the checkpoint located on Interstate 35 north of Laredo conducted an immigration inspection of the driver of a tractor-trailer. A Border Patrol canine alerted agents to the trailer, indicating the possible presence of people or contraband. More from Officer.com
By Michael Carl
The stories are many. A super highway connecting Mexico to Canada through the heartland of the United States has been the subject of debate, discussion and rumour.
A statement on the “NASCO Speaks Out” page of the organisation’s web site observes, “NASCO (the North American Super-corridor Coalition, Inc.) was founded in 1994 as the ‘I-35 Corridor Coalition.’ At that time, we focused entirely on I-35 in Texas . We were founded in north Texas at about the same time as NAFTA was enacted, because certain urban sections of I-35 already were beyond designed capacity, and we knew it was only going to get worse.”
Frank Conde, who sometimes goes by Francisco Conde, is the Special Projects and Communications Director for NASCO, and he said that his group is concerned about I-35, but they’re also concerned about other interstate systems as well. Continue reading
“Ode to Juan and Moe” performed by Truck It Records’ Joey Holiday for AmericanTruckersAtWar.com
By Michael Howe
© 2008 WorldNetDaily
The Canadian flag is in the background with the U.S. flag overlaid on it, and the Mexican flag placed prominently on top of the American banner.
Though the staff members at the booth were not willing to discuss the goals of the company as it relates to NAFTA, the website is very descriptive. More from WorldNetDaily
U.S. Transportation Secretary Peters Says Cross Border Trucking is Essential for’s Booming Agricultural Exports
Efforts into end a program that permits U.S. truckers to deliver goods directly into would hurt ’s farmers and ranchers, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters said today during a visit to a meat packing plant in Denver.
Secretary Peters said a new federal trucking demonstration project to allow U.S. companies and U.S. drivers to make deliveries infor the first time ever is making it easier and less costly for states like to export goods to the country’s third largest trading partner. However, she warned that efforts by some groups to deny U.S. truckers access to would delay deliveries of agricultural products and needlessly raise the cost of shipments.
“We should be looking for every opportunity to open new markets for our drivers, to find new buyers for our products and encourage new consumers for our produce,” said Secretary Peters. “People may pay a premium for 18-day dry aged steaks, but no one is going to pay a premium for steaks aged on an 18 wheeler.”
Secretary Peters noted thatalone exports over $356 million a year worth of products to , including meat, soy, wheat, onions and beans. She added that a broad coalition of organizations representing many of the nation’s manufacturers, growers and ranchers, including the Denver-based Colorado Farm Bureau, support the Department’s Cross-Border Trucking Demonstration Project and are calling on Congress to allow it to continue.
“Our drivers and our workers don’t deserve a timeout from hope, success and prosperity,” the Secretary said. “This is no time to let the politics of pessimism dim the promise of prosperity for hundreds of thousands of American drivers, growers and ranchers.”
Secretary Peters also said that safety is the Department’s number one priority and that a rigorous safety inspection plan and trained professionals are in place ensuring that every truck crossing the U.S. border as part of this project meets every U.S. safety standard.
Mary, Mary, quite contrary, Where do your trucks want to go? Not to Mexico!!!! Ignoring the obvious – that American truckers are not beating her door down to drive into Mexico – Peters gave us this diatribe today. Perhaps she should concern herself with the real problems facing the American trucker – high fuel, high tolls… maybe THEN we’ll discuss what the ransom will be for a kidnapped trucker and his truck/trailer after the gringo crosses into Mexico……
‘Transportation linking the United States, Mexico and Canada is key to the future’
By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2008 WorldNetDaily
“Transportation linking the United States, Mexico and Canada is key to the future of NAFTA,” Eduardo Aspero, president of the Mexican Intermodal Association, told a recent luncheon sponsored by the Free Trade Alliance San Antonio.
In transportation economics, the term “intermodal” refers to the ability to move a container by crane to different modes of transportation, including ship, truck and railroad, without having to unpack or repack the container. More from WorldNetDaily