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Congresswoman Monica De La Cruz Introduces the Texas Agricultural Producers Assistance Act

Congresswoman Monica De La Cruz (TX-15) introduced the Texas Agricultural Producers Assistance Act in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday. This crucial piece of legislation addresses the significant economic losses suffered by Texas agricultural producers due to Mexico's failure to comply with water delivery obligations under the 1944 Water Treaty between the United States and Mexico.

The Texas Agricultural Producers Assistance Act mandates that the Secretary of Agriculture conduct a comprehensive review to catalog all existing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) authorities and programs that can provide relief to affected Texas farmers and producers. This directive ensures that the struggles of Texas farmers and ranchers are not overlooked and that they receive the support necessary to continue their critical contributions to our economy.

"I am proud to sponsor this important legislation that stands up for Texas farmers and producers who face challenges due to Mexico’s violations of the 1944 water treaty," Congresswoman De La Cruz said. "Agriculture is the backbone of the Texas economy, and it is essential that we protect and support our farmers through these difficulties. This bill safeguards the livelihoods of those who feed our nation."

De La Cruz is joined by Congresswoman Jasmine Crockett (TX-30), who serves as the Democratic co-lead on the bill, showcasing a strong bipartisan commitment to Texas agriculture.

Groups that support the Texas Agricultural Producers Assistance Act include Texas Farm Bureau, Rio Grande Valley Sugar Growers, Texas Citrus Mutual, and Texas International Produce Association.