WASHINGTON, D.C. (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, with Texas Representatives Filemon Vela and Mike Conaway have introduced legislation to address Texas water shortage.
The Working to Address Treaty Enforcement Rapidly (WATER) for Texas Act addresses Mexico's failure to uphold its water obligations under the 1944 Treaty.
The WATER Act would require the U.S. Secretary of State:
- Requires the U.S. Secretary of State to submit a report, no later than 45 days after enactment and quarterly thereafter, describing efforts by Mexico to meet their treaty obligations to deliver water to the Rio Grande under the 1944 Treaty.
- Requires the U.S. Secretary of State to put forward an annual report describing the benefits the United States is receiving from the interim cooperative measures in the Colorado River basin that help Mexico following the 2010 earthquake.
Prevents the U.S. Secretary of State from extending benefits for Mexico from this interim agreement if the Secretary fails to comply with the report requirements.
“The U.S. has always met our obligations to deliver water to Mexican border states under the 1944 International Water Treaty which, like American border states, depend greatly on our shared water resources,” said Rep. Vela. “Since last November, the Department of State and IBWC have known that Mexico’s failure to meet its obligations under the treaty would negatively impact South Texas communities. The State Department and IBWC have been ineffective in securing much needed water deliveries from Mexico. The ‘WATER for Texas Act’ will help countless American farmers, ranchers, and residents in areas along our southern border get the resources they need to carry on with life.”