WASHINGTON, D.C. (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Several Texas Congressmen introduced a bipartisan bill, The Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act of 2013, on Wednesday allowing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to enter into partnerships with local governments and private businesses.
Since federal funding remains scarce, allowing these agencies to partner up with private entities or local governments would ensure that essential needs are met. Currently federal law prohibits CBP from accepting any non-federal funding.
It would also allow CBP to leverage it's limited resources and obtain additional tools and financing to better increase the flow of traffic at border port of entries. The partnership would help in the construction and maintenance of facilities, infrastructure and fund in hiring additional staff.