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May 18, 2015                                                                                                          Brenda Rangel 956.564.1527


Amendment to Address Violence in Mexico Included in Defense Policy Legislation

House-passed bill moves to Senate for Consideration


WASHINGTON – A legislative provision proposed by U.S. Representative Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, has been included in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (H.R. 1735).  U.S. Rep. Vela’s provision would require the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to Congress on violence and cartel activity in Mexico and its impact on U.S. national security.  The bill was approved by the House of Representatives on Friday morning, and the measure now moves to the Senate for consideration.


“It is imperative that we help bring stability and peace to Mexico, especially the cities of Matamoros, Rio Bravo and Reynosa,” U.S. Rep. Vela said. “For too long, these communities have been plagued by violence, kidnappings, extortions and killings. Mexico must commit federal, state, and local resources to regain control of the region and bring this violence to an end.”


U.S. Rep. Vela said he would continue to work on issues of violence in Mexico through all possible avenues.


“I’ll continue to press leaders in Washington and Mexico City to bring order to Tamaulipas and return our way of life to the U.S.-Mexico border region.”


The National Defense Authorization Act is an annual defense measure, which authorizes funds for Department of Defense programs and sets national security policy.


Since taking office in 2013, U.S. Rep. Vela has worked to end drug-related violence in Mexico.


Attached is a timeline of the work he has done on the issue of violence in Mexico.


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