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  • 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

  • Rep Cuellar Renews Calls for Independent Probe of Trump-Russia Ties
    Posted in Press Release on March 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security

    In response to the latest developments regarding Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, including former Vice President Dick Cheney’s recent statements, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) said: “It’s clearly time for an independent, non-partisan investigation into the ties between Russia and Trump administration officials, before and after the 2016 election. The Russian government is no friend of the United States. Under Putin’s leadership, it stole Crimea from Ukraine, assassi... Read more

  • Cuellar Issues Statement on Alleged Terror Attack in London
    Posted in Press Release on March 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security

    “An attack on Parliament is an attack on the very principle of representative democracy. As a legislator, I stand in solidarity with my counterparts in the United Kingdom. My thoughts are with the injured, the dead, and their families. I pray for the safety of the law enforcement officers responding to this tragedy as they secure the area and investigate.” Read more

  • Rep Cuellar: Trump Cuts Webb County Infrastructure, Services
    Posted in Press Release on March 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation, Trade, Border & Homeland Security , Health Care, Seniors & Medicare , Energy Independence , Appropriations, Jobs and Economy, Education

    Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) expressed his concern about President Trump’s budget cuts to Texas infrastructure, education, agriculture, business, and other vital programs: “The people of Texas’ 28th district will suffer if President Trump’s budget cuts are forced through Congress,” said Congressman Cuellar. For example, in Webb County alone, students at Texas A&M International, Laredo Community College, and Laredo Beauty College will lose nearly a million dollars in grants that hel... Read more

  • Immigration Judge Coming to Laredo
    Posted in Press Release on March 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security , Appropriations

    Today Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) made the following statement upon word that the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) will be detailing an Immigration Judge to Laredo, Texas. “I have been working to get Immigration Judge Teams into border communities, like Laredo, for years and I applaud EOIR for sending a temporary judge to Laredo,” said Congressman Cuellar. “I will be working with EOIR and Immigration and Customs Enforcement to make that position in Laredo permanent and pote... Read more