‘We must strengthen our relationship as allies and partners’
Washington, DC – Today Speaker of the House Paul Ryan recognized Representative Will Hurd’s leadership on border security, trade, and transnational cooperation, by appointing Hurd to the U.S.-Mexico Interparliamentary Group (IPG) for the 115th Congress. The IPG is responsible for fostering dialogue between members of the United States and Mexican legislative bodies on issues of bilateral importance.
“The largest trading partner for Texas is Mexico,” said Hurd, who represents over 800 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border, more than any other Member of Congress. “It is now more important than ever that we strengthen our relationship as allies and partners, so we can work together to solve our complex border challenges without sacrificing the livelihood of millions of Texans.”
“Will has a unique national security background and represents more miles of the US-Mexico border than anyone else—he will be an asset to this group,” said Speaker Paul Ryan. “His experience as an undercover CIA officer and cybersecurity entrepreneur will be useful as we work to tackle some of our biggest shared challenges with Mexico, like border security and organized crime. I look forward to Will’s contributions as we continue to strengthen ties between our two nations.”
“Speaker Ryan’s appointments of Representative Hurd to the US-Mexico Interparliamentary Group and Representative McCaul as Chair of the U.S. delegation are great choices. Congressman Hurd will advance productive dialogue and shared policy objectives between our countries,” said Mexican Under Secretary for North America Carlos Sada. “He is a thoughtful leader on border issues, trade, and most importantly, fully understands the importance of our bilateral relationship and the need to further integrate our existing cooperation frameworks. I am confident Rep. Hurd will be an asset to the working group by embracing frank and open discussions that will lead the way with other members of the group towards fostering and strengthening our countries mutual understanding, paving the way to continue improving the wellbeing of our people. I look forward to his contributions.”
“Representative Hurd is a champion for the people of South and West Texas and understands that we can secure the border without harming the long-standing trade and cultural bonds that these communities share with Mexico. Additionally, his outspoken advocacy to modernize NAFTA to embrace 21st Century technology, new energy developments, and cyber protections, which would have tremendous gains for the economy, make him the perfect representative for the Committee,” said former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Antonio Garza of the appointment.
Hurd added, “This is an exciting opportunity for both our countries. I look forward to working with my Mexican counterparts to develop a mutually beneficial policy that strengthens the economy and keeps Americans safe.”