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house Bill H.R. 1567

Should the U.S. & Mexico Partner on Economic Initiatives?

Argument in favor

America’s economic relationship with Mexico is longstanding, and needs to be reaffirmed. Bolstering both countries’ academic institutions, entrepreneurs, infrastructure, and medical training will benefit both nations.

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11/26/2018
Yes, but why would Mexico want to partner with us on anything given how we’ve treated them the past two years?
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Hunter's Opinion
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11/26/2018
Why wouldn’t we want strong relations with our neighboring nations? Vote YES.
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Andrea's Opinion
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11/26/2018
Yes especially when Mexico is our neighbor.
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There are already many forms of economic and academic exchange between the U.S. and Mexico, making this bill unnecessary. Other aspects of the U.S.-Mexico relationship, like border security, need more attention.

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11/26/2018
No although it sounds reasonable on the face of it I don’t trust this Administration and our current senate to establish and carry out such a policy.
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11/26/2018
I wouldn’t do nothing until a wall is built
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More of the socialist democrat global agenda no thanks. America first
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What is House Bill H.R. 1567?

This bill — the United States-Mexico Economic Partnership Act — would aim to promote economic partnership and cooperation between the U.S. and Mexico through academic exchanges, entrepreneurship, and infrastructure integration which use grants from the 100,000 Strong in Americas Initiative. The legislation includes sections related to education, entrepreneurship, infrastructure, and medical training, breakdowns of which can be found below.

Education

This bill would make it U.S. policy to increase U.S.-Mexico academic exchanges at the secondary, post-secondary, and post-graduate levels with an eye toward doubling the number of exchange students studying in each country within five years. Priority would be given to strengthening ties between communities and academic institutions in those portions of the United States and Mexico that are within 100 kilometers of the international boundary between those countries.

Entrepreneurship

The president would be responsible for developing a plan to implement policies and programs that support cooperation, training, and mentoring of entrepreneurs. Such policies and programs should seek to provide at least 100 grants of up to $25,000 each for program participants to better leverage participation by the private sector.

Infrastructure

The president would be responsible for developing a plan to implement policies and programs that promote U.S.-Mexico energy infrastructure coordination and cooperation through support of vocational-level education, internships, and exchanges between the two countries. Those policies and programs would seek to provide education, internships, and exchanges for at least 1,000 program participants.

Medical Training

The president would be responsible for developing a plan to implement a pilot program to develop a pipeline between undergraduate colleges and universities in the U.S. and medical school programs in Mexico. This program should be utilized to prepare medical students to become doctors who can pass U.S. medical licensing board exams. The pilot program should seek to increase the number of bilingual medical professionals in a cost-effective manner who can practice in U.S. underserved communities.

Impact

Students; medical students; entrepreneurs; infrastructure; U.S.; Mexico; and the president.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1567

The CBO estimates that implementing this bill would cost less than $500,00 a year, for a total of less than $2 million over the 2019-2023 period.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) introduced this bill to strengthen cooperation between the U.S. and Mexico on a range of commercial, cultural, and educational priorities:

“Mexico is the United States’ second-largest export market and third-largest trading partner; the relationship between our two countries runs deep and bridges commercial, cultural, and educational divides. This is why I introduced the United States-Mexico Economic Partnership Act. Increasing academic exchanges in the energy, business, education, and health sectors will increase economic prosperity in both nations and allow us to further capitalize on the strengths each country has to offer.”

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), speaking on the floor in support of this bill at its House Foreign Affairs Committee markup, called it an important expression of support for Mexico:

“Our partnerships with foreign countries are important for economic development as well, especially when it comes to our neighbors… Mexico is a friend and ally...our third-largest trading partner...and a country with which we share extraordinarily close cultural and familial ties. This bill requires the Secretary of State to expand educational and professional exchange programs with Mexico. It’s important that we send a strong message to the Mexican people that the United States Congress will not walk away from them despite the damage that has been done to its relationship in recent months and years.”

This bill passed the House Committee on Foreign Affairs unanimously with the support of four cosponsors, all of whom are Democrats.


Of NoteMexico is one of America's top three trading partners, with an estimated $615 billion in two-way trade between the two countries in 2017. However, despite the closeness of this economic relationship, not many Mexican students study in the U.S. In the 2015-2016 academic year, over 56,000 U.S. students studied in other countries in the Western Hemisphere and over 84,000 non-U.S. students from the region studied in the U.S., but only 5,000 U.S. students studied in Mexico and only 16,000 Mexican students studied in the U.S.


Media:

Summary by Lorelei Yang

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AKA

United States-Mexico Economic Partnership Act

Official Title

To promote economic partnership and cooperation between the United States and Mexico.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
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      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade
    IntroducedMarch 16th, 2017
    Yes, but why would Mexico want to partner with us on anything given how we’ve treated them the past two years?
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    No although it sounds reasonable on the face of it I don’t trust this Administration and our current senate to establish and carry out such a policy.
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    Why wouldn’t we want strong relations with our neighboring nations? Vote YES.
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    Yes especially when Mexico is our neighbor.
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    If we cannot create partnerships with our next door neighbors, what hope is there for meaningful partnerships with everyone else.
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    I wouldn’t do nothing until a wall is built
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    WHY THE HECK NOT ??? DEMOCRATIC BRETHREN? America’s economic relationship with Mexico is longstanding, and needs to be reaffirmed. Bolstering both countries’ academic institutions, entrepreneurs, infrastructure, and medical training will benefit both nations. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 11*25*28.....
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    Mexico is our neighbor, so, yes!
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    Let's try it. We may like the results. We see the ”Hecho en Mexico” on many labels on items sold in the US. But let's not get carried away, we want goods manufactured at home.
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    No more libtard ideas like this.
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    Partnerships are always good for everyone.
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    America first
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    It wouldn’t cost us much considering the grand sceme of things and would benefit both countries over the long haul.
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    Yes I think this will help the poor people in Mexico and Mexico economy as well as keep Mexican people from coming to our county. Can’t we the US give Mexican government with our resources such as equipment to help build their infrastructure and help with underground sewers so people can have better access to water. My daughter lives in Mexico and I see what is going on. Also need to get rid of the cartel and control drugs. Please help the Mexican people just like our neighbors to the north.
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    Much better than building the stupid wall.
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    In an era of increasing tension between the two nations, we need to reaffirm our partnership with Mexico. Strong economies will benefit both countries.
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    More of the socialist democrat global agenda no thanks. America first
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    The United States and Mexico share far more than a 1,989-mile border. The two countries share a deep and complex history. This history is marked by ups and downs; by war and cooperation; by competition and collaboration; by the movement—northbound and southbound—of millions of people across a shared border in search of a better future; by a trickle of trade and today’s flow of more than $1.5 billion of goods and services crossing the border every day. If we are to achieve the maximum benefits of this relationship, the United States must engage across the full policy spectrum with Mexico.
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    It’s imperative we restore our good relationships with our allies. Thanks. I monitor every vote and am so thankful you are there. I support you as long as you support progress. Remember, compromise is not a dirty word.
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    Yes, assuming we properly document to what extent the president personally benefits.
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