Public Policy Objectives to MATT

Public Policy requires the participation of all community stakeholders in the definition of problems and the realization of its solutions via measurable government actions impacting stakeholders.

MATT ́s US Policy Agenda
Civic Engagement & Representation
Civic Engagement & Representation
Economic Development & Trade
Economic Development
Education
Education
Foreign Relations
Foreign Relations & Trade
health
Health
Inmigration
Immigration
Highlighting Introduced Federal Legislation

Summary: United States-Mexico Economic Partnership Act (H.R. 1567)

“The Purpose of the Act is to promote economic partnership and cooperation between the US and Mexico, particularly in the areas of academic exchange, entrepreneurship, and infrastructure integration.”

The bill addresses 4 areas of opportunity: education, entrepreneurship, infrastructure, and medical professional training. The Bill requires the Secretary of State to submit a report to Congress on the strategy no later than 180 days after the legislation passes.

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The AG & Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 6417)

The AG & Legal Workforce Act is made up of 2 section:

  • 1. The Agricultural Guestworker Act
  • 2. The Legal Workforce Act (Originally introduced by Lamar Smith as late as 2015)

The Bill looks to replace the H-2A visa, which was introduced via the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Mexico has consistently supplied over 90% of the H-2A visas used, while historically uncapped this proposed legislation looks to limit the number of H-2C visas issued every year to 450,000. No longer limited to just seasonal opportunities the visa will also afford year-round agricultural operations access to additional labor. The visas will be available for workers who are already in the country undocumented.

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Reducing Obesity in Youth Act of 2018 (S. 2726 / H.R. 6586)

The purpose of the introduced legislation is to appropriate $21,700,000 for the creation of the “Healthy Kids Program” within the Public Health Service Act.

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United States-Mexico Economic Partnership Act (H.R. 1567)

“The Purpose of the Act is to promote economic partnership and cooperation between the US and Mexico, particularly in the areas of academic exchange, entrepreneurship, and infrastructure integration.” The bill is made up of 4 sections encompassing education, entrepreneurship, infrastructure, and medical training.

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The Legislative Process

Since 2013, the beginning of the 113th Session, only 6.37% of all introduced bills (28,055) have been enacted. Every law goes through a series of steps, and many times end up in limbo without the necessary support to push them through the committee stage. The steps below are those highlighted on Congress.gov. We hope this page inspires you to send a message to your representatives in regards to your stance on the presented bills.

  1. Laws begin as ideas.
  2. First, a representative sponsors a bill.
  3. The bill is then assigned to a committee for study.
  4. If released by the committee, the bill is put on a calendar to be voted on, debated or amended.
  5. If the bill passes by simple majority (218 of 435), the bill moves to the Senate.
  6. In the Senate, the bill is assigned to another committee and, if released, debated and voted on.
  7. Again, a simple majority (51 of 100) passes the bill.
  8. Finally, a conference committee made of House and Senate members works out any differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.[/dt_list_item]
  9. The resulting bill returns to the House and Senate for final approval.
  10. The Government Printing Office prints the revised bill in a process called enrolling.
  11. The President has 10 days to sign or veto the enrolled bill.

If you believe there is any legislation you should be supporting