By: Anchia (Senate Sponsor - Carona) H.C.R. No. 80
         (In the Senate - Received from the House May 20, 2013;
  May 20, 2013, read first time and referred to Committee on Business
  and Commerce; May 21, 2013, reported favorably by the following
  vote:  Yeas 7, Nays 0; May 21, 2013, sent to printer.)
  WHEREAS, Since the implementation of the North American Free
  Trade Agreement in 1994, trade between the United States and Mexico
  has risen dramatically, and as the volume of goods crossing the
  border has increased, so have wait times at points of entry; and
         WHEREAS, Mexico is our state's largest trade partner and the
  nation's third-largest trade partner; in 2012, more than $229
  billion in trade passed through the Laredo customs district and
  over $86 billion passed through the El Paso customs district;
  moreover, the United States and Mexican economies are profoundly
  linked because many products are manufactured jointly in Mexico and
  the United States, and materials and parts often cross back and
  forth between factories on each side of the border during assembly;
         WHEREAS, The free flow of commerce across the Mexican border
  is of critical importance, but the capacity of the ports of entry to
  accommodate the increase in traffic has not kept pace with the
  expansion of trade; long and unpredictable wait times leave
  vehicles idling for hours during peak times, having a negative
  impact on the environment and the health of people living near the
  border, as well as on the economy; and
         WHEREAS, Congestion at points of entry along the border costs
  the United States and Mexico billions of dollars each year, and
  increasing efficiency at these crucial corridors would be a
  tremendous benefit to the prosperity of our state and nation; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 83rd Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby request the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the house
  of representatives to create a joint interim committee to study the
  effects on international trade of wait times at Texas points of
  entry between the United States and Mexico; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That the committee submit a full report, including
  findings and recommendations, to the 84th Texas Legislature when it
  convenes in January 2015.
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