A bipartisan group of border lawmakers is urging Congress to act quickly to save a program that brings in the public and private sector to help pay for infrastructure improvements at the international bridges. The Donations Acceptance Program, created in 2014, is set to end December 16th.
Texas Senator John Cornyn along with Valley Congressmen Henry Cuellar and Vicente Gonzalez are among those pushing for the program to be reauthorized. The program has allowed the federal government to accept public and private dollars to help fund crucial international bridge projects when federal dollars alone aren’t available.
The federal and public-private sector partnership has helped pay for lane expansions, high-tech cameras, inspection booths, and other infrastructure upgrades at the land ports of entry.