Transportation Secretary Mary Peters today was told point blank by three members of Congress to close the border to trucks from Mexico.
Peters kept the border open after a law was enacted to close it. The U.S. Senate voted 75 to 23 and the House voted 411 to 3 to forbid funding for the unsafe pilot project allowing Mexican trucks to use U.S. highways.
The legislation became law on December 26, 2007 as part of the Omnibus budget bill.
Peters' fellow Arizonan Ed Pastor, a Democrat, cautioned her that the constitutional separation of powers means that she must follow the intent of Congress.
"I advise you that the program as it is should not be implemented," Pastor told Peters during a budget hearing by the Transportation subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee.
Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, said, "You violated the law."
Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, D-Texas, asked rhetorically, "Does the department have the legal authority to disregard Congress's intent?"
Rodriguez noted that Peters' pilot program to open the border to Mexican trucks continues.
"The intent of the language was to prohibit that from occurring," Rodriguez told Peters.
Jim Hoffa, Teamsters general president, thanked the members of Congress for defending the Constitution.
"If Mary Peters thinks the pilot program is lawful, she should consult the Supreme Court," Hoffa said. "The court ruled that if the intent of Congress is clear, that is the end of the matter."
The Teamsters today launched a national grassroots, netroots campaign to alert the public to the Transportation Secretary's lawless actions.
The "Fire Mary Peters" campaign kicked off today with subway ads, radio commercials, Web ads, bumper stickers and a Web site. Teamster Union headquarters have been besieged by requests for bumper stickers that say, "Fire Mary Peters -- She Breaks the Law."
For more information about the campaign, go to www.FireMaryPeters.com.
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
SOURCE International Brotherhood of Teamsters
And Girl Geek sent the following here, posted here so you can to:
"For one, many people did not even know who Mary Peters was…..”
I am the wife of a retired Teamster (Local 107, Philadelphia). I am
also a member of another group that knows full well who Mary Peters is:
the motorcyclists’ rights activist community.
We have a common enemy, and the issue is strikingly similar. Ms. Peters
is skirting the intent and spirit of the law. In doing so, she thumbs
her nose at the will of the people.
While Ms. Peters constructs nebulous “loopholes” to allow the Mexican
truck pilot program, she is also attempting to alter the language of
existing legislation in SAFETEA-LU which will divert funds away from
motorcycle safety and training in order to promote her own personal
Her arrogance is unconscionable.
The Teamsters’ “Fire Mary Peters” campaign is being distributed far and
wide across the country to the motorcycle-riding community. The
Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) is taking strong action in what they
call Ms. Peters’ walking “on the edge of federal regulations.”
We must keep the pressure on.
MADD Ray From Motorcyclists Against Dumb Drivers (MADD) has added:
I don't work in a business that is unionized, but I've never
crossed a workers' picket line at a grocery store or anywhere else in
What I want to say though is that there is truth to the saying,
"the enemy of your enemy is your friend."
Mary Peters has attacked a bunch of organized bikers, and if you
don't know about us, we are ABATE, A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian
Enactments, millions strong nationwide and BOLT, Bikers of Lesser
Tolerance, among many other biker organizations devoted to regaining
our dignity and freedom to ride without the government telling us what
kind of riding hat to wear.
"I had a dream," and my dream was that there was a long line of 18
wheelers mixed with Harley Davidsons descending on Washington, D.C.,
standing side by side in opposition to Mary Peters.
You just let us know, brothers in arms, and we will join you in any effort
that is calculated to bring Ms. Peters down.
Bikers of Lesser Tolerance, BOLT, California (posted here)
And a very large "You go Guy" needs to go to:
Garry Van Kirk
Bikers Accident Survivor Forum
For banging away for allowing Dear Ms. Peters no peace.
So picture in your mind if you will Bikers and Truckers converging on Washington DC to
let them no "THE PEOPLE" are freaking sick and tired of them not only trampling on our rights,
but breakng the law and using "OUR" money to do itAdd to Technorati Favorites!!!!!!!!!!!!!!