Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed H.R. 3288, which included legislation authored by Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) to reauthorize the Southwest Border Regional Commission.
The Southwest Border Regional Commission is a collaboration between federal and state representatives to foster local economic growth and infrastructure development in the border region. When established, the Commission will include a Federal Co-Chair and representatives from the States of Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas.
“The southwest border region has unique challenges in terms of goods movement and economic development. By combining federal and state expertise, the Southwest Border Regional Commission will leverage public and private resources to promote economic development, infrastructure investment, and economic growth along the Southwest Border region,” said Brownley. “When policymakers work together, we can set our communities up to succeed in the 21st Century economy and remain competitive in an increasingly global economy. I am pleased to see my legislation move forward today, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to get it passed in the House.”
In March, Brownley introduced the Southwest Border Regional Commission Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 5325). The Committee packaged the Brownley bill with legislation introduced by Congresswoman Ann Kuster to reauthorize the Northern Border Regional Commission and legislation introduced by Congressman Hank Johnson to reauthorize the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission.