March 10, 2008
A senator wants Congress’ investigative arm to determine whether the Transportation Department has broken the law by spending federal money on a program allowing Mexican trucks on U.S. roads.
Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., called for the investigation by the Government Accountability Office a few hours after Transportation Secretary Mary Peters warned of economic losses if Mexican trucks are prohibited from driving deep into the U.S.
Peters has been fighting in court to prevent the program’s end. But Dorgan and others say Congress prohibited spending money on the program last year.
“When Congress passes a law that says no funds can be used for this program, we mean no funds can be used for this program,” Dorgan said in a news release. “The Department of Transportation cannot simply pick and choose which laws they want to follow and which laws they want to break.”
Dorgan said the agency is violating the Anti-deficiency Act, which prohibits spending federal money that has not been authorized or appropriated.
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