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Rio Grande International Trade Day Concurrent Resolution .pdf


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RESOLUTION PROPOSED
BY THE
LOWER VALLEY HISPANIC CHAMBER, RGV HISPANIC CHAMBER AND
CAMARA DE COMERCIO INTERNACIONAL
Rio Grande Valley
March 2017
85th Legislative Session
By:

_________

S.C.R. No. __

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
WHEREAS, Trade between Texas and Mexico plays a vital role
in the economic prosperity of the Lone Star State; and
WHEREAS, Each year, Texas sends about 36 percent of the
state's total exports to Mexico, and in 2015, exports to Mexico
totaled nearly $92.5 million; goods exported to Mexico include
computer and electronic products, petroleum and coal products,
chemicals, machinery, and transportation equipment, all of which
are produced by industries that supply hundreds of thousands of
jobs to the Lone Star State; and
WHEREAS, Since the ratification of the North American Free
Trade Agreement in 1994, the export of U.S. goods to Mexico has
risen 325 percent, while imports into the United States from
Mexico

have

increased

458

percent;

in

2012,

Americans

spent

$277.5 billion for goods from Mexico, and Mexico is America's
third-largest supplier of oil, after Canada and Saudi Arabia;
additionally, nearly half of the tomatoes and two-thirds of the

mangoes consumed in the United States come from Mexico; and
WHEREAS, The importance of this trade to the economic and
fiscal health of Texas border cities, counties, and businesses
is significant, and disruption to international commerce would
be economically devastating; and
WHEREAS, Mexico is the largest trading partner of Texas and
the third-largest of the United States, and it is imperative
that our federal government take proactive steps to strengthen
ties with Mexico and build bridges of economic opportunity that
will benefit Texas and the entire nation; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the 85th Legislature of the State of Texas
hereby

urge

importance

the
of

United

trade

States

between

Congress

Texas

and

to

recognize

Mexico

and

the

foster

international commerce; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That the 85th Legislature of the State of Texas
hereby urge the federal Executive and Legislative Branches to
fully evaluate the impact of proposed federal trade policies,
legislation, executive orders, and other actions on the TexasMexico commerce; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That the Texas Secretary of State forward official
copies of this resolution to the president of the United States;
to all Executive Branch officials with authority to manage,
oversee, and set international trade policy; to the president of
the U.S. Senate; to the speaker of the U.S. House of
Representatives, and to all the members of the Texas delegation
to Congress with the request that this resolution be read in
both federal legislative chambers and be entered in the
Congressional Record.


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