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H.R.133 - United States-Mexico Economic Partnership Act

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



You might favor this bill if:
►  You believe America’s economic relationship with Mexico should be reaffirmed in order to bolster both countries’ academic institutions, entrepreneurs, infrastructure, and medical training which will benefit both nations. America needs to strengthen its economic ties with Mexico, aiming to improve the relationship with them and encourage more cooperation and diplomacy throughout the world.

You might oppose this bill if:
►  You believe economic and academic exchanges between the U.S and Mexico already exist, making the legislation unnecessary. Other aspects of the U.S-Mexico relationship needs more attention. Mexico's interests do not align with those of America, therefore all foreign aid should be cut off.
Introduced House Senate President Law


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 uses grants from the 100,000 Strong in America’s Initiative. The legislation includes a section related to education, entrepreneurship, infrastructure, and medical training.

The United States and Mexico have benefited from a bilateral, mutually beneficial partnership focused on advancing the economic interests of both countries.

In 2013, Mexico adopted major energy reforms that opened its energy sector to private investments, increasing energy cooperation between Mexico and the United States and opening new opportunities for United States energy engagement.

“Our exchange programs build enduring relationships and networks to advance U.S national interests and foreign policy goals. The role of our exchanges in advancing U.S national Security and economic interests enjoys broad bipartisan support from Congress and other stakeholders and provides a strong return on investment” the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs at the Department of State stated.


This bill would make it U.S. policy to increase U.S-Mexico academic exchanges at the secondary, post-secondary, and postgraduate levels with an eye towards 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.

According to the Institute of International Education, in 2015-2016 academic year, more than 56,000 United States students studied in other countries in the Western Hemisphere region while more than 84,000 non-United States students from the regions studied in the United States, but only 5,000 of those United States students studied in Mexico and only 16,000 of those non-United States students were from Mexico.

In March 2011, the United States launched the 100,000 Strong in the America’s Initiative, which seeks to increase educational exchanges between the United States and other countries in the Western Hemisphere region so that 100,000 United States students are studying in other countries in the Western Hemisphere region and 100,000 non-United States students from the region are studying in the United States per year by 2020.

When it comes to 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.

The Secretary of State shall develop a strategy to carry out the following policy:
- To continue deepening economic cooperation between the United States and Mexico; and
- To seek to prioritize and expand educational and professional exchange programs with Mexico, including through the framework of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative.

The strategy required would promote Energy infrastructure coordination and cooperation through the support of vocational- level education, internships, and exchanges between the United States and Mexico, particularly in the region in which the Eagle Ford Shale is located and in proximity to such region.

Assess the feasibility of fostering partnerships between universities in the United States and medical school and nursing programs in Mexico to ensure that Medical school and nursing programs in Mexico have comparable accreditation standards as medical school and nursing programs in the United States.

H.R.133

Sponsored by: Rep. Cuellar, Henry [D-TX-28].

Cosponsored by: 1 Rep / 3 Dem. (PASSED HOUSE).

See list of cosponsors.



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