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USHCC Statement on Congressional Efforts to Improve Cross Border Trade

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The following statement should be attributed to Javier Palomarez, President & CEO, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce:

"The USHCC applauds Sen. John Cornyn's recent efforts to help improve infrastructure needs along our nation's land border ports of entry. By partnering with Texas delegation members Rep. Henry Cuellar and Rep. Beto O'Rourke, Senator Cornyn has reaffirmed his commitment to bipartisan legislation introduced last session that addresses commerce-hindering congestion at our borders.

"The Cross Border Trade Enhancement Act of 2015 encourages innovative cost sharing agreements to carry out infrastructure improvement projects, and the Emergency Port of Entry Personnel and Infrastructure Funding Act of 2015 would ensure that our U.S. Customs and Border Protection units are better staffed and financed, leading to more efficient trade.

"With the Panama Canal expansion nearly complete and two Free Trade Agreements being discussed, trade remains at the forefront of the national discussion. These pieces of legislation are positive steps forward in helping promote business and national security interests along our nation's northern and southern borders.

"We're especially pleased that both sides of the aisle recognize that the efficient flow of goods is critically important to businesses across the country, and we encourage Congress to move swiftly in advancing these two pieces of legislation."

About the USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of our nation's entrepreneurs. The USHCC advocates on behalf of nearly 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that together contribute in excess of $486 billion to the American economy, each year. As the leading organization of its kind, the USHCC serves as an umbrella to more than 200 local chambers and business associations across the nation, and partners with more than 240 major corporations.

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CONTACT: Ammar Campa-Najjar Director of Communications and Marketing 619-721-5148Source:United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce