What is H.R. 1567, the United States-Mexico Economic Partnership Act?


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mexico is one of the top three trading partners with the U.S., with $579.7 billion in two-way trade in 2016. The United States-Mexico Economic Partnership Act, or H.R. 1567, promotes a partnership between the U.S. and Mexico to ensure a joint operation to make North America energy efficient. This will involve a standard education system and increased trade production. Consistent cooperation between both countries economically will ensure the sharing of goods within NAFTA among each country.

Through internships, education and exchanges, the United States energy sector would work with Mexico to develop an energy efficient continent. Joint efforts to combine infrastructure would start by training Mexican workers within the energy sector.

Academic institutions would provide the energy efficient tools and technologies needed to expand. The president would develop the plan to implement policies within H.R. 1567 to ensure continued cooperation so that North America can benefit from all students within its borders.

There would be exchanges at the secondary, post-secondary and even postgraduate levels, with consistent information sharing between educators and students. There would be a doubling of students within five years after the enactment of H.R. 1567. The bill, introduced by Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28), would give priority to communities within 100 miles of the border.

This legislation would also have the president coordinate with other agencies and create a pilot program between Mexican medical schools and American undergraduate institutions. Student exchanges between universities open up the possibility that students from each respective country can apply to the other’s schools.

This would promote the need for Mexican schools to meet the standards of properly teaching medicine and promoting bilingual doctors. Like the U.S. universities, institutions would meet specific guidelines and provide sufficient opportunities for students.

The president would also create a plan for cooperation in the business sector to train and mentor entrepreneurs. Combined efforts would allow for joint business cooperation and better opportunities for companies on both sides of the border.

H.R. 1567 outlines sources of funds for this entrepreneurship training. Private sector funding for this exchange would match the U.S. government’s contribution. No fewer than 100 grants of $25,000 will be given after the enactment of this bill. Academic institutions would ultimately facilitate the expansion of entrepreneurs.

H.R. 1567 describes the means for a partnership between the U.S. and Mexico that stems from academic exchanges. Educating each other on efficient energy and business helps by providing more markets. The integration of North American trade is a united effort that will benefit the U.S. and Mexico. It will promote high standards of education and access the potential of every student and entrepreneur.

Nick Katsos

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