The bipartisan group of U.S. senators known as the "Gang of Eight" that is crafting a comprehensive immigration reform package has, by anyone's measure, a tough job. Writing a bill that can pass muster with a Democrat-controlled Senate, a Republican-controlled House and that will get signed by the president is hard enough on any topic, never mind how difficult it is to do on an issue that gets as emotional a response as more..
BTA urges that the post-MAP-21 highway bill restore the CBI program similar to its construction under SAFETEA-LU, while also allowing for CBI dollars to be used for freight rail projects. Read our issue brief on the more..
Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Specialists (CBPAS) are facing diminished ability to release agricultural products into U.S. commerce. Slowdowns in pest determinations are causing delays for time-sensitive perishable shipments and increased congestion at ports of entry, leading to further delays for other non-agriculture U.S.-bound shipments. A BTA issue brief is available more..
The Border Trade Alliance supports the Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act of 2013 (S. 178 and H.R. 1108), which would create a legislative framework for private sector or local community dollars to be used to develop border infrastructure or boost agency staffing levels. A BTA write-up on the issue is available more..