Rep. Cuellar announces groundbreaking development for Texas-Mexico border communities
Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28), as member of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, joined his colleagues in approving the 2014 Homeland Security Appropriation Act
Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced the approval of the requested 1,600 new Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in the Homeland Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee.
Congressman Cuellar called this, “A huge step for our community’s border security.”
The Congressman stated:
“This Homeland Appropriations bill does something very unique. For the first time (in a long while), it’s going to add 1,600 new Customs and Border Protection officers, which are the folks that work on our bridges, our airports, and our seaports.
Being the largest amount of CBP officers added (recently) means that trade and tourism are going to be improved. This should help us with the waiting lines (at the border). This should mean that the economic impact to our community will improve simply because we will not be wasting time waiting in line for (on average) an hour – to – an hour and half every time one of those commercial trucks passes.
It is good news for the border.
I feel good that this legislation will simply do a lot of good for the border. It has a good focus on the border communities.
And this is one of the reasons I wanted to get on the Appropriations (committee) to make sure that the border communities are heard on issues like this.”
This fiscal year 2014 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill provides $10.6 billion for the CBP and $38.9 billion in total.