Congressman Cuellar Boosts Support for Mexico in State and Foreign Assistance Appropriations Bill
Additional funding for Mexican infrastructure, commercial, and judicial systems improves bi-national cooperation
The House Appropriations Committee favorably reported out the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Fiscal Year 2014 Appropriations bill. This legislation sets funding levels for the State Department and foreign assistance programs for the United States government.
“The relationship we have with Mexico is one of our strongest on the international stage. As our third largest trading partner, over $500 billion in goods and services crossed the U.S.-Mexico border this past year. In my hometown of Laredo, which accounts for 45 percent of trade with Mexico, over 12,000 commercial trucks cross the border every day. I welcome this opportunity to further strengthen our economic, political, and strategic partnership with our southern neighbor.”
“I would like to thank Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX12) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY20) for their hard work in supporting the U.S. relationship with Mexico,” said Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28).
Cuellar was instrumental in the inclusion of several provisions aimed at improving our partnership with the Republic of Mexico. The following provisions to improve the United State’s assistance include:
Additionally, Cuellar played a key role in protecting the appropriations below from across the board cuts to international aid and support:
The legislation now awaits floor consideration by the full House and anticipated consideration by the Senate.