Engel & McCaul Introduce Resolution Recognizing Importance of US-Mexico Relationship

Bipartisan Measure Calls for Increased Economic, Security Cooperation with Mexico

May 19, 2017

WASHINGTON—Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Representative Michael T. McCaul, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security and a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced a measure in the House of Representatives that underscores the importance of a United States-Mexico relationship based on mutual respect (H.Res.336). The resolution specifically calls for the deepening of our strategic alliance through increased economic and security cooperation.

“It’s hard to overstate the importance of the U.S.-Mexico relationship and the enormous impact it has on Americans every single day. Mexico is a friend and an ally, our third largest trading partner and a country with which we share deep person-to-person, cultural and family ties. It is also a country with which we’ve painstakingly cultivated a vibrant, critical partnership,” said Rep. Engel. “We’ve come too far to turn back now, and Congress must reject all efforts to downgrade our bilateral relationship.”

“For years, the United States and Mexico have benefited from bilateral cooperation on issues critical to the national and economic security interests of our respective countries,” Rep. McCaul said. “As our third largest trading partner, we are mutually reliant on the need for a secure border and the free flow of commerce.  While there are areas in our relationship that can be improved, the role Mexico plays in enhancing our security and bolstering our economy cannot be overstated. As we move forward in our relationship, we must not forget this. That is why I am proud to cosponsor this resolution to reaffirm our strong, longstanding partnership with Mexico and highlight ongoing efforts between our two countries to strengthen cooperation. A stronger relationship we have with Mexico means a stronger and safer homeland for Americans.”

H.Res.336 can be found here.

Original cosponsors include Reps. Albio Sires (D-NJ), Sean Duffy (R-WI), Linda Sánchez (D-CA), Will Hurd (R-TX), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Martha McSally (R-AZ), Norma Torres (D-CA), David Valadao (R-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), Ted Poe (R-TX), Gene Green (D-TX) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX).