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house Bill H. Res. 336

Should the House Express its Strong Commitment to the U.S.-Mexico Partnership?

Argument in favor

While there are areas of the U.S.-Mexico relationship that can be improved, Mexico is one of America’s closest partners in terms of economic and security matters. The House should acknowledge that.

Courtney's Opinion
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12/11/2017
Absolutely. And while you’re at it, make sure a border wall gets no funding money whatsoever since, you know, Mexico is an ally.
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Deirdre 's Opinion
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12/12/2017
The idea that America can exist without its allies is foolish. We need to continue to grow globally
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Mike's Opinion
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12/12/2017
And while at it, add a provision that NO MONEY will be allocated for any Trump Wall despite his phony campaign promises to his racist base!
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Argument opposed

Mexico is obviously a close ally and trading partner, but the House passing this resolution doesn’t do anything to substantively improve that relationship other than offer kind words.

RadicalModerate's Opinion
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12/11/2017
Mr. Engel, the best way to show our allies that the American people want good relationships with them is to impeach Trump. Also please legalize cannabis. You Democrats could do well to jump on the weed wagon. Be the party that makes America healthy again.
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shortalay's Opinion
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12/12/2017
Like spitting in the wind, this bill only makes us look dumber. It screams hypocrisy and reaffirms terrible deals and ideas.
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jrs333's Opinion
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12/12/2017
first build the wall then make nice. deal from a position of strength.
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simple resolution Progress


  • The house Passed December 12th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade
    IntroducedMay 18th, 2017

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What is House Bill H. Res. 336?

This resolution would reaffirm the House of Representatives’ commitment to a U.S.-Mexico partnership based on mutual respect and the promotion of shared democratic values. It would express support for: 1) continued bilateral cooperation through the High Level Economic Dialogue on issues related to the economic well-being and security of both countries; 2) continued engagement with Mexico to tackle regional issues and work together in international fora; and 3) efforts by the Mexican government to strengthen the rule of law, reduce corruption, and advance civil and human rights.

It would encourage continued security cooperation between the U.S. and Mexican law enforcement agencies and militaries.

As a simple resolution, this legislation wouldn’t advance beyond the House if passed and wouldn’t carry the force of law.

Impact

The Mexican government; and the House of Representatives.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 336

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) introduced this bill to underscore the importance of a U.S.-Mexico relationship based on mutual respect and a deepening of that partnership:

“It’s hard to overstate the importance of the U.S.-Mexico relationship and the enormous impact it has on Americans every single day. Mexico is a friend and an ally, our third largest trading partner and a country with which we share deep person-to-person, cultural and family ties. It is also a country with which we’ve painstakingly cultivated a vibrant, critical partnership. We’ve come too far to turn back now, and Congress must reject all efforts to downgrade our bilateral relationship.”

Original cosponsor Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) added:

“For years, the United States and Mexico have benefited from bilateral cooperation on issues critical to the national and economic security interests of our respective countries. As our third largest trading partner, we are mutually reliant on the need for a secure border and the free flow of commerce.  While there are areas in our relationship that can be improved, the role Mexico plays in enhancing our security and bolstering our economy cannot be overstated. As we move forward in our relationship, we must not forget this. That is why I am proud to cosponsor this resolution to reaffirm our strong, longstanding partnership with Mexico and highlight ongoing efforts between our two countries to strengthen cooperation. A stronger relationship we have with Mexico means a stronger and safer homeland for Americans.”

This legislation passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee on a voice vote and has the support of 34 bipartisan cosponsors, including 22 Democrats and 12 Republicans.


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Reaffirming a strong commitment to the United States-Mexico partnership.

    Absolutely. And while you’re at it, make sure a border wall gets no funding money whatsoever since, you know, Mexico is an ally.
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    Mr. Engel, the best way to show our allies that the American people want good relationships with them is to impeach Trump. Also please legalize cannabis. You Democrats could do well to jump on the weed wagon. Be the party that makes America healthy again.
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    The idea that America can exist without its allies is foolish. We need to continue to grow globally
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    And while at it, add a provision that NO MONEY will be allocated for any Trump Wall despite his phony campaign promises to his racist base!
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    Like spitting in the wind, this bill only makes us look dumber. It screams hypocrisy and reaffirms terrible deals and ideas.
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    Having a strong relationship with a neighboring country can never be a bad thing.
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    A wall will help both countries. Mexican cartels sell drugs on our streets making them stronger in Mexico due to it. Putting a wall and adding security to stop the drug flow will severely cut off a lot of their income which weakens them and helps Mexico fight the cartels. It’s a win-win.
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    We as Americans and citizens of a global community need to maintain good relationships with our neighbors and allies. Unfortunately, this administration has shot that to hell. Having the House pass another useless bill to justify their salaries this year is getting old. What the congressmen believe or say can and will be undone by the President in a matter of seconds. If you really want to prove a commitment to our partners, stop enabling Trump and start taking your duty to provide oversight seriously. Anything else is just smoke.
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    Only problem is we have a president who thinks Mexicans are rapists and wants to build a wall between the two countries. Now, what countries around the world have walls around them to keep out neighboring country citizens? Sadly, this person has quite the following of like-minded bigots hell bent on catapulting us into the Dark Ages.
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    first build the wall then make nice. deal from a position of strength.
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    Mexico is a supportive ally and should be treated as Such!
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    Yes, of course. The house should also affirm a strong commitment to a partnership with the American Citizens. This could ensure there is no need for a revolution.
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    Congress should also extend an apology to Mexico for the insensitive remarks made by the current American president.
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    Build the wall 1st.
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    Mexico is a bordering ally, allowing this relationship to devolve in any way is irresponsible and extremely short-sighted. It sets us up for failure in every way.
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    Yes, but if Mexico is such a great ally of ours then don’t build the goddamn wall!
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    Why waste time, trump will just screw it up. Let action speak for us.
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    We need to reaffirm our partnership with ALL U.S. allies, Mexico among them. The sitting president has done much damage to U.S. diplomatic relationships, our reputation and image, and our commitments to treat other countries with mutual respect and cooperation.
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    Yes!
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    Let’s be good neighbors and encourage good neighborly behavior.
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