The House Homeland Security Committee approved a bill to allow businesses to import and export goods to the U.S. as long as they have a customs license from the federal government.
The House passed the bill, which now goes to the full House for consideration.
The House voted 98-0 to approve the measure, with Democrats supporting the move.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, is one of a number of measures designed to speed up the border with Mexico.
The measure would allow businesses, such as hotels, to import goods from countries that do not have a visa requirement for goods to enter the country.
The Department of Homeland Security says about two million travelers a day cross the border illegally into the U, with the majority coming from Mexico.