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Congressman Issa Meets with Mexican Ambassador on Tijuana Sewage Spills & NAFTA

Press Release
Sep 28, 2017

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista) today met with the Mexican Ambassador to the United States, Geronimo Gutierrez, to discuss needed measures to fix the ongoing sewage spills along the Tijuana River Valley and San Diego County coastlines, and to collaborate on mutual priorities as the administration and others work to renegotiate NAFTA.

"I appreciate the time Ambassador Gutierrez took to meet with me this afternoon. It was an important opportunity to work together on the steps needed to fix the sewage flows that continue contaminating our beaches and unite on issues of shared concern as the administration engages on NAFTA. Ambassador Gutierrez expressed his shared commitment to work with us to prevent further pollution of the Tijuana River Valley, as well as his focus on strengthening the United States and Mexico's trading relationship."

"Strong trade partnerships are absolutely critical to creating economic growth and good-paying jobs for the American people. No one knows that more than us here in Southern California where in 2015 San Diego exported more than $17.4 billion worth of goods and continues to be one of the largest export markets in the entire country. I was encouraged by our conversation today and look forward to continuing our work together on these important issues."

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Earlier this week, Congressman Issa met with the Mayor of Tijuana at an event in DC held by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce to discuss NAFTA and work needed to clean up and prevent future sewage spills.

Congressman Issa and Congressman Vargas (D-Chula Vista) together introduced bipartisan legislation to provide the necessary funding and plan to rehabilitate the Tijuana River Valley, known as the Tijuana River Valley Comprehensive Protection and Rehabilitation Act.

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