Over the weekend, Congressman Henry Cuellar released the following statement regarding the inauguration of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador:
“It was an honor for me to have attended the inauguration of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. I am looking forward to working with President Lopez Obrador and his administration on a variety of matters important to both countries. Mexico is one of our most important allies and we deeply value our relationship. For this reason, we must work with the President’s administration on issues that are essential to both countries including trade, security, drug trafficking, crime, legal immigration, and border infrastructure. I hope the new administration will continue addressing these issues in collaboration with the U.S. as it has in the past.
“During my visit to Mexico City, I had the opportunity of meeting with President Lopez Obrador’s new cabinet, and high-level officials, including senators, congressman and the President of the House of Representatives Mario Delgado to discuss these collaborative efforts and we are looking forward to continue working closely with the Mexican government during this transition. I will continue working with my colleagues in Congress towards this goal by introducing bipartisan legislation that supports this partnership, such as the US-Mexico Economic Partnership Act I introduced with Representative McCaul, which would foster educational and economic development opportunities with our friends from the southern border.
“I also hope that we continue working with the new president on security initiatives that promote the safety and well-being of our citizens in border towns and throughout our communities. Bilateral initiatives by Mexico and the U.S. are essential tools that enable both nations to address issues such as organized crime and drug trafficking. If we want to ensure both sides continue to thrive economically, we must work together.”