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Teamster Chief, Congressmen Blast Mexico Truck Access To U.S.

Aired 10/19/11 on KPBS News.

Jimmy Hoff Jr. was joined by Bob Filner and Duncan Hunter, showing bipartisan distress with new trucking access.

— The national Teamsters Union president was in San Diego speaking out against a program which allows Mexican trucks access to all U.S. roads. Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. has been fighting against the program for years.

The North American Free Trade Agreement ostensibly opened up U.S. and Mexican roads to truckers from both countries when it was signed in 1994, but the idea has been stalled for years. Hoffa said at a news conference in Otay Mesa today that this is the wrong time to ship American trucking jobs south of the border. He said it puts Americans at risk.

"This basically is a program that is playing Russian roulette with highway safety in the United States," Hoffa said.

But the American Trucking Organization represents thousand of trucking companies and the group supports the program.

They argue that the move will create U.S. jobs because Mexico will lift retaliatory tariffs on US goods.

San Diego congressman Bob Filner, a Democrat, and Duncan Hunter Jr., a Republican, found rare common ground. They called for the program to be stopped.

"Don't do this when America's in a huge recession, a depression some would even say,: Hunter said. "Don't do it now. Let's talk about it, make sure it's the right thing to do. Congress and the administration need to step up immediately and stop this program from continuing. Let's keep America working."

Filner, who is running for mayor of San Diego, said his message is simple: Mexican trucks just aren't safe.

When the pilot program moves forward, Mexico is expected to lift retaliatory tariffs on US goods being shipped into that country. Business groups say that'll help create jobs in the U.S.

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Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | October 20, 2011 at 8:51 a.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

Hoffa said at a news conference in Otay Mesa today that this is the wrong time to ship American trucking jobs south of the border. He said it puts Americans at risk."

Was it ever a "right time" for Hoffa? Why doesn't he just say he's ideologically opposed to it?

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Missionaccomplished | October 20, 2011 at 8:58 a.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

Where were you in '92?

So, Junior suddenly throws in with the unions? What happened to his Teabirching "Unions are destroying Amerika" mantra??? I guess being a Nativist in more important to him. Your man, BUSH I iniiated this, Junior. Don't you forget it!

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Missionaccomplished | October 20, 2011 at 9:04 a.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

Where were you in '92?

Well Filner, maybe the issue is not so much that the Obama Administration has made a "mistake" on this today as the Clinton Administration did when it siding with NAFTA and helped usher it in back in the 90s??? Where were you in '92, standing next to Perrot or next to your man Clinton? Today you stand next to the Nativist Right.

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HarryStreet | October 20, 2011 at 9:22 a.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

This should bring healthy competition. When you have it it keeps you sharp and honest. Let's see what happens before shooting this down.

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