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Chamber Of Commerce Brings Binational Delegation To Lobby D.C. Leaders

Jerry Sanders, former Mayor of San Diego, sits in the boardroom of the San Di...

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Above: Jerry Sanders, former Mayor of San Diego, sits in the boardroom of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, where he is now president. Oct. 19, 2016

Chamber Of Commerce Brings Binational Delegation To Lobby D.C. Leaders

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Jerry Sanders, president, San Diego Chamber of Commerce

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A trade delegation of officials from San Diego and Tijuana is visiting Washington, D.C. this week, meeting with officials to discuss homelessness funding, ports of entry renovations and health care policy.

The group, led by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, will bring the message of binational cooperation and trade to lawmakers and policy makers. The fate of NAFTA will be high on their list of priorities, along with border policy and tax reform. Chamber of Commerce president Jerry Sanders hopes the composition of the delegation itself will drive home how local business leaders support free trade.

"We have about 165 people, by far the most people on this trip we've ever had. Half of them will be bi-national," Sanders said. "When we go to D.C., we're the only binational delegation that actually goes to D.C. We think that tells a story right there."

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The delegation will also meet with Sen. Bill Cassidy's health policy adviser. Cassidy, a Republican from Louisiana is one of the architects of the latest Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Sanders joined KPBS Midday Edition with more about the Chamber's goals for the annual trip.

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