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Washington (CNN)Lawmakers return to the Capitol on Tuesday with little time to tackle big-ticket items to avoid a government shutdown and raise the nation's debt limit.
DEL RIO, TEXAS —
President Donald Trump’s promised U.S.-Mexico border wall could trigger a budget showdown when Congress returns in September, as Democrats, and some Republicans, debate whether beginning construction on new sections of the wall would be worth the $1.6 billion expense.
But 2,700 kilometers away from Capitol Hill, in the varied border terrain of Del Rio, Texas, law enforcement and residents alike say the issue is even more complicated than is understood in Washington.
Last week, Carlos Curbelo ventured across the Capitol to see his hero, Arizona Sen. John McCain, speak about the need for compromise in Congress.
The moderate from Miami listened intently as the maverick from Arizona, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, chided colleagues from both parties on the Senate floor about the dangers of naked partisanship.
“Just had the special privilege of being in the Senate Chamber to welcome John McCain back to D.C.,” Curbelo tweeted. “He's a national hero & one of my heroes.”
Private contractors and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have spent the past six months working on the first part of President Donald Trump's border wall in Texas.
The first part of the wall on the federally owned Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge in South Texas is in the works, according to the Texas Observer.
The 2,088-acre refuge could see an 18-foot high wall erected on it in Jan. 2018.
Conservationists have already raised concerns over the disruption Trump's wall could create to the refuge, particularly with birders.
After being ousted from the VR empire he built, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is wasting no time on his next project: building the wall.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today U.S. Representative Will Hurd (R-TX) introduced the Secure Miles with All Resources and Technology (SMART) Act with Representatives Henry Cuellar (D-TX), David G. Valadao (R-CA), Steve Knight (R-CA), Steve Pearce (R-NM), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Keith Rothfus (R-PA) to ensure that the United States implements the most effective and fiscally-responsible strategy to achieve operational control of our southern border.
The Free Trade Alliance San Antonio and the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce hosted a bipartisan forum Friday with Texas congressmen Henry Cuellar (D) and Will Hurd (R) regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), immigration reform, and global trade policy.
Moderated by KLRN’s Rick Casey, the conversation focused on all that is at stake for San Antonio and the state as U.S. President Donald Trump seeks to renegotiate the historic trade agreement he called a “disaster.” The event took place at the Pearl Stable.
An example of bi-partisan support for the North American Free Trade Agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada, was on stage Friday at an event hosted by the San Antonio Chamber and Free Trade Alliance San Antonio.
Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-Dist. 28) and Congressman Will Hurd (R-Dist. 23) both represent districts that include the Texas-Mexico border.
“NAFTA is important to the San Antonio economy, to the Texas economy, and to the U.S. economy,” Cuellar said in an interview.
San Antonio took the spotlight when the North American Free Trade Agreement was ceremonially signed here almost a quarter-century ago, and a bipartisan group of South Texas lawmakers is pushing to have “NAFTA 2.0” signed here, too.
U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, and Will Hurd, R-Helotes, on Friday said that whatever happens during the renegotiation, they already have bids out to bring the revised free trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico back to its hometown.