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“We just wanted to make sure it stayed a priority.”

In his letter to GSA Administrator Stephen Perry and Office of Management and Budget Director Joshua B. Bolten, Mr. McCain called funding for the project “essential.”

“As you prepare the administration’s budget for fiscal 2007, I urge you to fully fund the San Luis commercial port of entry project along the Arizona-Mexico border,” he wrote.

He also called the project “an excellent opportunity to expedite travel and commerce across our southern border and improve our trade capabilities with our southern neighbors.”