March 22, 2013

Kaine To Chair Mexico Interparliamentary Group

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was appointed Chairman for the Mexico Interparliamentary Group (IPG) by Senator Harry Reid.  The IPG is the official dialogue mechanism between the United States Senate and the Mexican government.

“I’m honored to chair this group that is an important avenue for open discussion and cooperation between the United States and Mexico, our third-largest trading partner,” said Kaine. “I look forward to working together with Mexican legislators to find solutions to problems facing both of our nations, including immigration reform, national security, trade, and fostering economic growth.”

The Mexico-U.S. Interparliamentary Group began meeting in 1961. The discussions between the nations’ legislators serve to bolster the bilateral relationship Mexico and the United States share and increase opportunity for the people of both countries.

Senator Kaine was also recently appointed as Chairman of the International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection Subcommittee, and as a member of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, and the International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy and Global Women's Issues Subcommittee.

“I am excited to serve on each of these Foreign Relations subcommittees and look forward to working with my colleagues to strengthen our nation’s leadership abroad,” Kaine said.  “As Chairman of the International Development and Foreign Assistance subcommittee, it will be my goal to ensure our development policy and foreign assistance programs are consistent with our diplomatic goals and national security objectives. I also look forward to being involved in the oversight of Peace Corps programs. As a member of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, I will focus on building economic opportunity and security partnerships throughout the Western Hemisphere which will create more growth and job creation here at home.  As a member of the International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy and Global Women's Issues Subcommittee, I look forward to supporting policies that promote democracy, human rights, women’s issues, and the freedom of religion.”  

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