Congressman Keith Rothfus

Representing the 12th District of Pennsylvania

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Rothfus Participates in U.S.-Mexico Interparliamentary Group

Jun 5, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Keith Rothfus [PA-12] is in Mexico today with a bipartisan delegation of members of Congress for the first U.S.-Mexico Interparliamentary Group meeting between U.S. and Mexican government officials since the election of President Trump. They are discussing a series of issues of mutual concern including: the economy and trade; security; migration; and border management. Congressman Rothfus serves on the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance, where he works to enhance U.S. efforts to combat both the opioid epidemic, and relatedly, cartel finance.  

“The American and Mexican people deserve better than to live with the brutal, and too often deadly, results of the illegal drug and weapons trade between our two nations. The opioid epidemic is tearing communities in Western Pennsylvania and across the country apart. In addition to over-prescription of opioids for pain management contributing to this crisis, massive amounts of illicit opioids are smuggled over our southern border. Meanwhile, illicit weapons, as well as illicit cash, are smuggled over the border from the U.S. into Mexico, contributing to crime and turmoil among the Mexican people,” said Congressman Rothfus. “The Mexican and American governments have a mutual interest in securing our border and protecting our citizens, while facilitating a strong and healthy relationship that benefits all. I am honored to be taking part in this crucial meeting between the U.S. and Mexico, where I believe we have an opportunity to establish shared goals, as well as shared responsibilities to our people.”

The bipartisan delegation to the IPG meeting also includes: House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX); Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA); Rep. Raymond (Gene) Green (D-TX); Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA); Rep. Stevan Pearce (R-NM); Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO); Rep. David Valadao (R-CA); Rep. William Hurd (R-TX); Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ); and Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA).