April 5, 2014

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Dear Friend,

Today, I would like to provide you with some updates from my work week in Washington, D.C.

Laredo Nominee Accepted into U.S. Naval Academy

Rep. Cuellar stands next to Eduardo Salinas’s proud parents after congratulating Eduardo on his acceptance to the U.S. Naval Academy.Congressman Cuellar spoke with Eduardo about his future goals and plans for during and after the academy.

On Monday, I joined United Independent School District to announce that Eduardo Salinas, a high school student at Alexander High School nominated by my office, has been accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy. 

I would like to congratulate Eduardo for his acceptance into the prestigious U.S. Naval Academy. His leadership skills, excellent grades and test scores, and extensive volunteer service made him stand out among a group of competitive candidates for the Academy. I am certain he will serve his country and District 28 as a role model and a leader in the Naval Academy. I wish Eduardo the best of luck.


STEM Alliance Event at TAMIU

Congressman Cuellar spoke to a group of students that attended the STEM Alliance event about the importance of their education and the current need for young talent in the STEM field.
 
This past week, I addressed area middle and high school students today participating in the four-day long Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Alliance event that my office co-hosted in conjunction with Texas A&M International University.  I had the privilege to join TAMIU Provost, Dr. Pablo Arenaz, and an astronaut from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to encourage participating students to consider a career in a STEM field.  


The students were engaged in the various science experiments and lectures at the STEM Alliance event.


A career fair was held to inform college students about the many career options in the STEM field.

The event included a career fair, presentations from companies, universities, and government agencies, and activities for middle and high school students. It targeted local Hispanic and female students as they are underrepresented in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  I am confident that with the talent District 28 has, we can fill those jobs with the best in the field.


The Need for a Permanent Repeal to the Doc Fix

This year, Congress came closer than it ever has before to finding a permanent fix to the flawed formula that provides Medicare reimbursement to doctors. I signed on to the legislative fix, H.R. 4015, the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014, which would transition Medicare away from a system where doctors are paid based on the number of patients they treat toward a system that is based on the quality of care they provide. 

This bipartisan, bicameral agreement was the result of months of hard work done by the committees, staff and concerned stakeholders.

I had hoped that Republicans would bring a clean bill to the Floor but instead I believe they added a poison pill and continue to waste the taxpayer’s time by delaying a serious vote on this issue. I hope my Republican colleagues will put the permanent proposal back on the table so we can create a responsible solution and a permanent repeal of the Doc Fix.

If you would like to read more about why this is an important issue, click HERE.


Rio Grande Valley Senior Summit

Outreach coordinator, Nichole Hernandez, attended the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Senior Summit and spoke to Valley seniors about ways my office can provide constituent services.  
 
If you are a senior living in the Rio Grande Valley, I hope you attended the Senior Summit last week hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  It provided important health information and free health screenings to Valley seniors.  My staff, Nichole Hernandez, attended and spoke to seniors about ways my office can help them follow up with government agencies or provide more information on their options.  

Watch my full remarks to the Senior Summit here

Intern Spotlight

Congratulations to one of our outstanding interns, Alfredo Hickman, who completed his internship at the San Antonio district office last Friday! Alfredo is a Political Science major at UTSA and served our country in the Marine Corps from October 2003 through October 2007, where he served a tour of duty in Iraq. He did an outstanding job during his time with us and brought a lot of enthusiasm to the team.


Outreach coordinator, Pete Arguello, congratulates Alfredo Hickman and thanks him for all the great work he did while interning at the San Antonio district office.

Thank you for all of your hard work and I wish you all the best on your future endeavors! 

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Sincerely,


Henry Cuellar

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NEIGHBORHOOD OFFICE HOURS

Tuesday, April 8

Elemendorf
9:30am-10:00am

Floresville City Hall
1120 D Street
10:30am-12:00pm
Floresville, TX

Poth City Hall
200 N Carroll
1:00pm-2:00pm
Poth, TX

La Salle County Offices
Court House Square
1:00pm-2:30pm
Cotulla, TX

Encinal City Hall
107 N. Tejas
3:00pm-4:00pm
Encinal, TX

City Hall Conf. Room
2 ½ Miles, South
Farm Rd 2360
8:00am-9:00am
La Grulla, TX

Rio Grande City hall
101 Washington Street
10:00am-11:30am
Rio Grande City, TX

City Hall
4851 East Hwy 83
1:30pm-2:30pm
Escobares, TX

Roma Community Center
502 6th Street
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Roma, TX

Thursday, April 10

St. Hedwig City hall
13065 FM 1346
9:00am-10:00am
St. Hedwig, TX

Sutherland Springs
10:30am-11:30am

La Vernia City Hall
102 E. Chihuahua
1:00pm-2:00pm
La Vernia, TX

El Cenizo City Hall
507 Cadena St.
9:30am-10:30am
El Cenizo, TX

Rio Bravo City Hall
1701 Centeno Ln.
11:00am – 12:00pm
Rio Bravo, TX

Starr County Warehouse
Bldg. Pct. 4
FM 755 (La Gloria)
10:00am-11:00am
San Isidro, TX

Starr County Self Help Center
10 Mayorga Street
11:30-12:30pm
Rio Grande City, TX
(La Casita)


CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS

Improving Predictability and Transparency in DEA and FDA Regulation

3:00 PM | 2123 Rayburn 
Committee on Energy and Commerce | Subcommittee on Health

Business Meeting: The Panel on Public-Private Partnerships will hold a hearing on The International Experience with Public-Private Partnerships

10:00 AM | 2167 Rayburn HOB 
Host: Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Oversight Hearing on “American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Women and Minorities”

2:00 PM | 1334 Longworth
Committee on Natural Resources | Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

Hearing: "The Boston Marathon Bombings One Year On: A Look Back to Look Forward."

10:00 AM | 311 Cannon 
Committee on Homeland Security

Budget Hearing - Department of Commerce

2:00 PM | H-309 Capitol 
Committee on Appropriations | Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies