U.S. borders may soon be opening up to allow more trade with Mexico and for some exporters it can’t happen fast enough.
In March of 2009, lawmakers canceled funding for a test program pioneered by the Bush administration that allowed Mexican long-haul trucks into the United states, because of safety and security concerns.
But Mexico retaliated by slapping taxes on a long list of U.S. exports, including fruits and industrial goods, worth an estimated $2.4 billion dollars.
“I can tell you that those industries in the united states, our farmers, our ranchers, our other exporters that have been subject of the retaliation, have made their displeasure known to congress and so there is a sense of urgency within the united states,” said U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.
Kirk is packing his bags for Mexico this week to move forward with the discussion. He says that President Obama is pushing for congress to remove the clause, which cuts funding for the program and it’s giving congress the green light to move forward..
“We have been able to work with congress and Obama is very pleased that the language in the 2009 appropriations bill that essentially cut off the funding for the demonstration safety program was not included in the 2010 appropriations bill,” said Kirk