Rep. Cuellar Announces More than $157.5 Million to Strengthen U.S.-Mexico Relations
$10.5 million above Fiscal Year 2016 to support economic development and reduce illegal immigration
Today Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) announced that he helped secure more than $157.5 million, as well as important language in the State, Foreign Operations and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2017 which will strengthen the partnership between the U.S. and Mexico. This funding is $10.5 million above last year’s funding amount in the Omnibus bill which passed in December. In addition to this important funding, Congressman Cuellar included provisions calling on the State Department to increase academic, cultural, and professional exchanges between the U.S. and Mexico.
“I have always viewed the relationship between the United States and Mexico to be a special one and believe these continued and increased funds are a step in the right direction,” said Congressman Cuellar. “The expansion of this relationship benefits both the U.S. and Mexico economically and culturally. Due to this, I included many provisions in the recent appropriations bill to encourage further cooperation between our two nations. I would like to thank the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee Chairwoman, Kay Granger (R-TX-12), and Ranking Member, Nita Lowey (D-NY-17), for helping me on these important issues.”
Provisions included by Congressman Cuellar (the full language can be found here):