CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Monday, May 16, 2016, the House will consider S. 2143, a bill to provide for the authority for the successors and assigns of the Starr-Camargo Bridge Company to maintain and operate a toll bridge across the Rio Grande near Rio Grande City, Texas, and for other purposes, under suspension of the rules. S. 2143 was introduced on October 6, 2015 by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and was referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works which ordered the bill reported without amendment favorably on January 20, 2016. The bill passed the Senate on March 17, 2017, without amendment by Unanimous Consent. The House Committee on Foreign Affairs ordered the bill reported by Unanimous Consent on April 20, 2016.
S. 2143 would permanently extend the authority for the Starr-Camargo Bridge Company and its successors to operate the Starr-Camargo Bridge. The Starr-Camargo Bridge Company and its successors would have the same rights and privileges granted to the B and P Bridge Company. This bill also would permit the bridge to consist of no more than 14 lanes.
The Starr- Camargo Bridge, which opened in 1966, is a two lane, private toll bridge connecting Rio Grande City, Texas and Camargo, Mexico. This is one of the most direct routes between the Rio Grande Valley and Mexican cities such as Monterrey and Mexico City. Under current law, the Starr-Camargo Bridge Company has the authority, through 2032, to operate the bridge. The B and P Company operates the Progreso International Bridge in Progreso, Texas.
According to the sponsor, “Permanent operating authority would mean the region can finally engage in efficient long-term planning, benefiting the community by increasing trade and commerce with Texas’ largest trading partner.”
 See the Monitor article, “50-year-old Starr-Camargo bridge close to gaining permanent status,” March 22, 2016.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that enacting S. 2143 would not affect the federal budget. Because direct spending or revenues would not be affected, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply. CBO also estimates that enacting S. 2143 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2027.
For questions or further information please contact Molly Newell with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 2-1374.