Infrastructure & Trade

Trade is a major driver of the Texas economy and that is why Congresswoman Garcia supported the USMCA. Mexico and Canada are two of Texas' biggest trading partners, accounting last year for nearly $230 million in total trade. Trade with Mexico and Canada also supports about 1 million jobs in Texas, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The renegoatiated USMCA:

  • Removes “Sustained or Recurring” Requirement so that acts of anti-worker violence can be more easily confronted and violations enforced.
  • Creates a new presumption that a labor violation affects trade and investment and will require the other government to prove otherwise.
  • Establishes Labor Attachés that will be based in Mexico and will provide on-the-ground information about Mexico’s labor practices.
  • Establishes key benchmarks for Mexico’s labor reform implementation process. Failure to comply with these benchmarks will lead to enforcement action under the agreement.
  • Leads to penalties on goods and services that are not produced in compliance with the freedom of association and collective bargaining obligations.
  • Creates a presumption that an environmental violation affects trade and investment and will require the other government to prove otherwise.
  • Establishes Environment-Focused Attachés in Mexico City that will regularly monitor Mexico’s environment laws, regulations, and practices.

The Congresswoman also fought to ensure that the USMCA included reauthorization of the North American Development Bank, which funds environmental projects along the U.S.-Mexico border. She also supported the reauthorization of the Export Import Bank, which supports U.S. companies exporting overseas.

Congresswoman Garcia is also supportive of the House Democrats' bold Moving Forward Infrastructure proposal. As part of this new proposal, she will fight to ensure that it includes language on the Port of Houston that will allow it to: 

  • Widen and deepen the Ship Channel.
  • Streamline a public private partnership for dredging operations along the Ship Channel.

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More on Infrastructure & Trade

January 14, 2022 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia (TX-29) announced the first round of investments in repairing Texas bridges coming in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The funding announced this year is part of a larger 5-year grant, where Texas is expected to receive $537 million for repairs. This year, $107.4 million will be coming to Texas to repair bridges across the state, including over 818 Texas bridges found to be in poor condition.

November 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia voted to pass H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act. The Act, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 220 to 213, provides wide-ranging support for programs to lower costs, increase access to critical care, and invest in hardworking families. 

November 6, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C.— Today, Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia (TX-29) issued the following statement on the historic passing of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to bring much-needed and transformative investments in infrastructure and good-paying jobs across Houston, Texas, and the entire country:

August 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia issued the following statement on the House of Representatives historic vote to advance the Build Back Better agenda, which will deliver life-changing benefits for working families in Texas and across the nation:

"I am proud to have voted yes on advancing the Build Back Better Agenda which represents the greatest progress for Texan families in decades,” said Congresswoman Garcia.

July 1, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia (TX-29) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed her amendments and Transportation and Infrastructure projects through the historic passage of the INVEST Act, securing infrastructure funds for Texas' 29th District: 

June 14, 2021 Press Release

Washington D.C. – This week, Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia (TX-29) will meet with local labor leaders and constituents from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Texas and the National Domestic Workers Alliance to recognize Domestic Workers Day. 

During the meeting, the Congresswoman will hear from workers about their experiences of balancing work and child care during the COVID-19 pandemic.