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  • Rep. Cuellar Supports US-MX Relations, Trade with Appropriations Bill
    Posted in Press Release on May 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade, Border & Homeland Security , Appropriations

    Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar announced that the Omnibus Appropriations Act passed by the House last week included funding and language to support international trade and relations between the United States and Mexico. For example, Congressman Cuellar supported efforts to streamline commerce at land ports of entry by directing the federal agencies involved to improve their staffing models, and encouraged early steps to explore a rail line between the U.S. and Mexico via Texas. “Mexico is an i... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar Funds 10 New Immigration Judges, $1.5 Billion for Border Security
    Posted in Press Release on May 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security , Appropriations

    Today, Congressman Cuellar announced that he has successfully included language in the Omnibus Appropriations Act to hire at least 10 additional immigration judges, along with many other border security measures he included in the Omnibus Appropriations Act. The House of Representatives is set to vote this week on the legislation, which would fund the government for the rest of the 2017 fiscal year. “Increasing the number of judges to process immigration cases is a common sense solution that sho... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar Applauds Bipartisan Compromise Spending Bill // El Rep. Cuéllar Celebra la Aprobación de Acuerdo Bipartidista de Presupuesto
    Posted in Press Release on May 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security , Appropriations, Education

    In response to the news that a compromise Omnibus Appropriations Bill will come to the House this week, Congressman Henry Cuellar said: "This compromise is a big win for the American people, especially middle class families. Year-round funding of Pell Grants means more kids can stay in school this Summer and get closer to graduating and entering the workforce. Zero funding for an unnecessary border wall means private property rights and the environment will be protected. And, grants for medical ... Read more

  • Rep Cuellar: Trump Acknowledges Natural Border Barriers
    Posted in Press Release on April 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security

    In response to President Trump’s comments today before the National Rifle Association summit, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) said: “Today, President Trump’s acknowledged something we Texans have been saying all along: that there are natural barriers on the border that would make a wall unnecessary and impractical. If the President is sincere, and is ready to collaborate with Democrats and Republicans on the most effective, modern border security tools, I am ready to work. We need to support... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar: Americans Deserve Bipartisan Collaboration, Not Shutdown Threats
    Posted in Press Release on April 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security , Appropriations, Responsible Spending

    In response to reports that President Trump will postpone the fight over funding a border wall, likely averting a government shutdown, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) said: “Americans deserve to see bipartisan collaboration on the real challenges facing this country. Lately, instead they’ve seen threats to shut down the government, and an expensive plan to use their tax dollars for an ineffective border wall. That’s why I’m glad to hear that President Trump might be backing down, at least for now. ... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar: Trump Shutdown Threat over Border Wall Funding is ‘Irresponsible’
    Posted in Press Release on April 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security , Responsible Spending

    In response to threats from President Trump to shut down the government if Congress will not approve funds to build a fence on our southern border, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) said: “President Trump is threatening to shut down the government if he doesn’t get to build his symbolic border wall. He wants to cut things like education, transportation, and health care, to fund his pet project. Now that he is facing bipartisan opposition to this irresponsible plan, he wants to punish the American peo... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar, City of Laredo Announce FAST Lane Expansion Project
    Posted in Press Release on April 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade, Border & Homeland Security , Appropriations, Jobs and Economy

    Today at the World Trade Bridge, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) joined City of Laredo leaders, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, and representatives of the international trade community to announce that federal officials have approved the city’s planned $10.3 million FAST Lane Expansion Project. “This expansion will streamline international commerce through Laredo, eliminating costly bottlenecks and benefiting the local and national economy,” said Congressman Cuellar. “Laredo is... Read more

  • Rep Cuellar Responds to Border Wall Cost Estimates
    Posted in Press Release on April 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security , Responsible Spending

    Today, Senate Democrats released a report (attached) attempting to estimate the cost of President Trump’s proposed border wall idea. In response, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28), a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittee which funds Border Patrol, wrote: "A new report has found that President Trump's border wall idea may cost up to $70 billion taxpayer dollars - despite little evidence it will actually improve security. The President's expensive side project would be a 14... Read more

  • Rep Cuellar Statement on Airstrikes in Syria
    Posted in Press Release on April 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security

    Following the U.S. airstrikes in Syria in response to Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons attack on his own people, Defense Appropriations member Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) wrote: “Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians is an absolute atrocity. Like all Americans, I was horrified by the images of innocent children among the victims. The United States has a responsibility to condemn these actions in the strongest terms, and to hold the perpetrators responsible within t... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar Meets with MX Legislators Rep. Guerra and Rep. Oropeza
    Posted in Press Release on April 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security

    Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) hosted Congressman Braulio Guerra and Congresswoman Nora Liliana Oropeza of Mexico for a meeting to discuss U.S.-Mexico relations and border issues. Congressman Guerra is well-known for climbing over the fence dividing the Tijuana, Mexico from San Diego, California in March 2017, to call attention to the limitations of that type of border security measure. Congressman Cuellar has been a vocal critic of President Trump’s proposal to build a wall or fence al... Read more