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Mayor of Laredo Pete Saenz to testify before the U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittee on International Trade

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Pictured above in the center Pete Saenz, mayor of Laredo Texas. Mayor Saenz is the chairman of the Texas Border Coalition (TBC). He will testify before the U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness on Wednesday July 18, 2018. He is flanked from left to right by Roel “Roy” Rodriguez, McAllen City Manager and John D. Franz, former mayor of Hidalgo, Texas. Photo taken during Mayor Jim Darling McAllen State of the City early this year (2018). Photo by Roberto Hugo Gonzalez
Pictured above in the center Pete Saenz, mayor of Laredo Texas. Mayor Saenz is the chairman of the Texas Border Coalition (TBC). He will testify before the U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. He is flanked from left to right by Roel “Roy” Rodriguez, McAllen City Manager and John D. Franz, former mayor of Hidalgo, Texas. Photo taken during Mayor Jim Darling McAllen State of the City early this year (2018). Photo by Roberto Hugo Gonzalez

Texas Border Business

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Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz, chairman of the Texas Border Coalition (TBC), will testify before the U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness on Wednesday, July 18, about the need for investments in infrastructure, technology and staffing at the ports of entry to facilitate legitimate trade and travel along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The hearing will take place at 2:30 p.m. in Room 215 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill.

The combination of higher volumes of goods crossing ports of entry and enhanced post-Sept. 11, 2001, security procedures have led to longer wait times at the U.S.-Mexico border. These delays create substantial costs to the American economy.
Texas’ 20 ports of entry account for $650 billion in international trade and the creation of 1.6 million Texas jobs. As reported by the Texas Comptroller’s Office, trade through Laredo, alone contributed to the creation of 363,000 jobs and the infusion of $52 billion dollars to the Texas gross domestic product.

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WHO:
Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz, Chairman of the Texas Border Coalition

WHAT: Testimony Before the U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness Customs and Global Competitiveness

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2018

WHERE: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building Capitol Hill Washington, D.C.

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About the Texas Border Coalition

The Texas Border Coalition (TBC) is a collective voice of border mayors, county judges, economic development commissions focused on issues that affect 2.5 million people along the Texas-Mexico border region and economically disadvantaged counties from El Paso to Brownsville. TBC is working closely with the state and federal government to educate, advocate, and secure funding for transportation, immigration and border security, workforce development, economic development, and healthcare. For more information, visit the coalition website at www.texasbordercoalition.org.

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