(WASHINGTON) – The U.S. Senate voted 100-0 today to end the debate on the Transportation bill which has been held up for weeks by a handful of Senators intent on weakening its safety provisions regarding Mexican trucks. The bill's manager, Sen. Murray (D-Wash.), issued the following statement.

"In its clearest voice yet, today the Senate voted unanimously to move to final passage of the Transportation Appropriations bill. By a 100-0 vote, the Senate has decided that it's time to move on.

This is a defeat for the opponents of the safety provisions in this bill, and it is the sixth vote of support for the bill by a bipartisan majority of Senators.

The provision on Mexican trucks contained in this bill is a common sense compromise between the laissez-faire approach of the Administration to let Mexican trucks in and check them later, and the strict-protectionist approach of the House to keep Mexican trucks out and not check them at all.

This bill is neither protectionist nor discriminatory, as some Senators have desperately claimed.

We have spent weeks trying to find an accommodation for the opponents of this bill. I sincerely hope that we can now move forward, to approve this bill and get back to work for the American people.

Congestion on our roads and in our airports is a frustration to our constituents and an impediment to our productivity. Only by approving the Transportation bill can we begin reducing congestion with funding for highways, runways and transit systems.

The Senate should not further delay providing this relief to Americans."