August 10, 2013

August 10, 2013
Congressional Report
Dear Friends,

I would like to share the following updates with you from the first week of the August recess period. 

August Grants Tour across TX28

My grants coordinators, Juan Sanchez and Mary Hinojosa, will be traveling across TX28 for the first three weeks of August meeting with city, county, and other officials to discuss the needs of my constituents. My grants team helps individuals, businesses, and organizations apply for loans and grants from federal agencies.  Over the past year, my office has helped cities and towns across my district successfully acquire funds to complete a community center renovation in Cotulla, buy a new fire truck in Jourdanton and Pleasanton, update a water treatment plant in Laredo, and construct a new fire station in Alton, among others. 

The schedule of my grants coordinators will be:

  • Wednesday August 7th   - HIDALGO COUNTY
    • City of Mission, Palmview, Palmhurst, La Joya, Peñitas
  • Thursday August 8th – STARR COUNTY
    • Rio Grande City, City of Roma
  • Monday August 12th – McMULLEN/ATASCOSA COUNTIES
    • McMullen County, Atascosa County, City of Jourdanton, City of Poteet, City of Pleasanton
  • Tuesday August 13th -ATASCOSA/WILSON COUNTIES
    • City of Lytle, City of Floresville, City of Poth, City of La Vernia
  • Wednesday, August 14th - BEXAR COUNTY
    • City of Converse, Windcrest, Selma, Live Oak, Universal City
    • Northeast Lakeview College
  • Thursday August 15th - BEXAR COUNTY
    • City of San Antonio
    • San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
  • Monday August 19th – WEBB COUNTY/City of Laredo
    • Laredo Chamber of Commerce, Laredo Development Foundation
    • Laredo Community College, Texas A&M International University
    • City of Laredo City Council
  • Tuesday August 20th - ZAPATA COUNTY
    • Zapata County
    • Zapata Economic Development Corporation
    • Zapata ISD
  • Wednesday August 21st - WEBB COUNTY/City of Laredo
    • City of El Cenizo, Rio Bravo, Encinal

Left to Right: Fire Chief Jose Garcia, Outreach Rep. Nichole Hernandez, Grant Coordinators Mary Hinojosa, Juan Sanchez, City of Roma Grant Writer Jossie Hinojosa, Public Relations Officer for Roma Fire Dept. N. Martinez, and Cuty City Manager Cristano Salinas.

Left to right: Rio Grande City Mayor -Ruben Villareal, Starr County Outreach Coordinator -Nichole Hernandez, Assistant City Manager- Elisa Beas, Grants Coordinator- Juan Sanchez, Legislative Fellow- Mary Hinojosa and Matt Ruszczak

Mary and Juan with the City of Mission.

For more photos from Starr and Hidalgo counties, visit Congressman Cuellar's Facebook page.

Border Health Conference, August 23rd in Laredo, TX

Thirteen days until the 8th Annual Border Health Conference in Laredo!

Less than two weeks to the Border Health Conference, which will be held on August 23rd at La Posada Hotel in Laredo!   This conference, held for the first time in Texas and on the border, will be an opportunity to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities to providing quality healthcare across the border region.

I will be joined by representatives from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Service’s Office of Minority Health and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, Mexican Department of Health, US-Mexico Border Health Commission, Hidalgo County Health Department, City of Laredo Health Department, US Customs and Border Protection, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Enroll America, Texas Medical Association and others. Also attending will be Rep. Filemon Vela (TX-24) with Rep. Michael Burgess (TX-26) and Rep. Blake Farenthold (TX-27) participating by video message. I encourage doctors, healthcare professionals, and interested citizens across my District and the entire Texas border to attend.

To register for the conference, please email Mary Hinojosa at


Farewell to Summer 2013 Interns!

I would like to thank our Summer 2013 interns for their contributions in Laredo, San Antonio, Mission, and Washington, DC.  It was a pleasure having you in the office and we all wish you the best! 

Congressman Cuellar with interns in the Laredo District Office.  L-R Noe Rodriguez, Arlene Amieva, Clarissa Castaneda (District Press Secretary), Congressman Cuellar, Jorge Garcia (Outreach Coordinator), Tony Casarez.

DC Summer interns, L-R: Mike Meehan, Harrison Shoffner, Abby Harrison, Congressman Cuellar, Jeremy Castro.

L-R – Congressman Cuellar with Narda Terrones, Allyssa Villarreal (top), and Alan Fisher (bottom) in the Mission District Office.

L-R Juan Estrada and Arthur Guerra, interns in the San Antonio District Office.

Human Trafficking Resources from the Department of Homeland Security 

The Department of Homeland Security recently launched the Blue Campaign, an effort to raise awareness and combat human trafficking across our country.  I want to make you aware of these resources so you are better protected against the threats of this criminal practice.     

Public Service Announcement on human trafficking from Department of Homeland Security.

You can access other helpful resources here:

Congressman Henry Cuellar




Washington D.C. Office
2431 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
phone: 202-225-1640
fax: 202-225-1641

San Antonio Office
615 E. Houston Street, Suite 563
San Antonio, Texas 78205
phone: (210)271-2851
fax: (210) 277-6671
toll free: 1 (877) 780-0028

Laredo Office
602 E. Calton Road, Suite 2
Laredo, Texas 78041
phone: (956) 725-0639
fax: (956) 725-2647

Rio Grande Office
100 N. F.M. 3167
Rio Grande City, Texas 78582
phone: (956) 487-5603
fax: (956) 488-0952

Mission Office
117 E. Tom Landry
Mission, Texas 78572
phone: (956) 424-3942
fax: (956) 424-3936