U.S. Rep Michael Cloud has been appointed to the U.S.-Mexico Interparliamentary Group, according to a news release.
The bipartisan group is composed of U.S. representatives responsible for fostering dialogue with Mexico’s congress on issues that are important to both nations. In appointing Cloud to the group, Republican leader Kevin McCarthy recognized Cloud’s leadership on issues of border security and trade, according to the news release.
“Texas is disproportionately affected by the crisis on the border, and we export $100 billion of Texas products to Mexico each year, so I’m committed to making sure our state’s interests are represented in U.S.-Mexico negotiations,” Cloud said in a prepared statement. “A strong partnership is in the interests of both nations, and I look forward to working with Mexico to develop mutually beneficial solutions that strengthen our economy and security.”
Congressman Michael McCaul, a lead Republican in the group, also praised Cloud’s leadership.
“Congressman Cloud has established himself as a leader on issues of border security and trade, and he will bring innovative and thoughtful solutions to the U.S.-Mexico Interparliamentary Group,” McCaul said in a prepared statement. “I am confident that his appointment to this group will be truly beneficial to the state of Texas and to the safety and prosperity of both nations.”
Cloud recently led a congressional delegation to Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley to provide out-of-state members of Congress with a firsthand understanding of the situation at the border, and he has been an advocate of funding border security and reforming asylum laws, according to the news release.
“I’m committed to free, fair and reciprocal trade that is vital to economic growth in Texas and across both nations and to working with Mexico as they follow through on their recent commitment to fixing the crisis on our shared border,” Cloud said in the news release.