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Venable partner, and former Secretary of Transportation, Jim Burnley was featured in a July 7, 2011 DC Velocity article about the July 6 announcement to open the US market to qualified Mexican truckers. Independent truckers and trucking labor groups are taking legal steps to block implementation of the US-Mexico pact.

Burnley said he "Doubts opponents of the measure will be able to mount a successful fight in the courts," and also added that "Members of Congress whose constituents have been affected by the Mexican tariffs would be unwilling at this point to challenge an agreement that reopens the market to those industries."