Trip Report: McCaul Leads Bipartisan Delegation to Mexico City to Discuss the Future Course of the U.S.-Mexico Partnership
Washington, D.C. — Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) this week led a bipartisan Congressional delegation to Mexico City to attend the 53rd United States-Mexico Interparliamentary Group (IPG) Meeting. The IPG brings together lawmakers from both countries to discuss a breadth of issues and challenges, including the U.S.-Mexican security cooperation and energy partnership. The first U.S.-Mexico IPG met in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1961, during the Presidency of John F. Kennedy, to discuss our countries’ shared interests and partnerships. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), was appointed to serve as the Chairman of the IPG by the Speaker of the House in 2013.
Chairman McCaul: “This 53rd IPG meeting transpired at a pivotal time and was a cordial and productive discussion between lawmakers of our two nations. Now more than ever, the U.S. and Mexico must work closely together to confront the challenges of today, and strengthen our relationship in such a way that will allow us to prepare to confront the challenges we will face in the future.”
Prior to this trip, Chairman McCaul and Ranking Member Engel of the House Foreign Affairs Committee introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing our strong, bilateral security and economic relationship with Mexico. This resolution also urges continued cooperation in key areas in the relationship such as the need to address issues related to our shared border.
The Congressional delegation included: Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA), Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Rep. David Valadao (R-CA), Rep. William Hurd (R-TX), Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA), Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), and Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA).
The inauguration of the 53rd Interparliamentary Conference brought together members of the delegation of the Chamber of Deputies of the Honorable Congress of the Union of Mexico, as well as the members of the delegation of the Congress of the United States of America.
Chairman McCaul and Mexican officials at the inauguration of the IPG (June 5, 2017).
Members of the United States and Mexican legislative bodies participated in four sessions with a focus on migration and human security, the U.S.-Mexican economic and trade relationship, security cooperation, and a border for the 21st century.
U.S. and Mexican delegations on the floor of the Mexican Chamber of Deputies (June 5, 2017).
Chairman McCaul, Dip. Victor Giorgana, Rep. Sanchez and Dip. Martha Cristina Jimenez Marquez signed a Joint Declaration to reaffirm the close historic, economic, and cultural bonds that have been forged as a result of the U.S.-Mexico relationship over the past 192 years.
Dip. Victor Giorgana and Chairman McCaul sign the Joint Declaration (June 5, 2017).