August 17, 2013

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August 17, 2013
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Dear Friends,

I would like to share the following updates with you from the second week of the August District Work Period. 


Grants Tour Across Bexar, McMullen, Atascosa, and Wilson Counties


This week, my grants coordinators met with city and county officials from across Bexar, McMullen, Atascosa, and Wilson counties.  They met with the following entities and officials:

Atascosa and McMullen Counties
City of Jourdanton
City of Poteet
City of Pleasanton
City of Lytle
McMullen County Judge

Wilson County
City of Floresville
City of La Vernia
Wilson County Judge

Bexar County
City of Converse
City of Windcrest
City of Live Oak
City of Universal City
City of Selma
Randolph Metrocom Chamber of Commerce
Northeast Lakeview College
City of San Antonio
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

Securing federal funds for the taxpayers of my district is one of my top priorities as a United States Congressman.  I will continue to work with the cities, counties, and businesses across TX28 to ensure that federal resources continue to be allocated to pressing local needs.

To see photos of the whole tour, visit my Facebook page here. 


Countdown to Border Health Conference

Only 6 days until the Border Health Conference!

Less than a week until the Border Health Conference kicks off in Laredo on Friday, August 23rd!  I will be joined by representatives from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Service‚Äôs 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. 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.

To register for the conference, please email Mary Hinojosa at mary.hinojosa@mail.house.gov.

Unveiling of Newly Renovated Laredo Little Theatre

I spoke at the unveiling of the newly renovated Laredo Little Theatre.  In 2010, I secured over $200,000 in a federal earmark from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for this renovation.  Laredo is a city rich in culture and tradition and these funds have supported the growth, advancement and promotion of the performing arts here in Laredo.


Congressman Cuellar speaks about the federal funding he secured for renovations at the unveiling of the  Laredo Little Theatre in Laredo.

My Keynote Speech at 23rd Annual Motor Vehicle Criminal Interdiction Meeting in San Antonio

I provided keynote remarks at the 23rd Annual Motor Vehicle Criminal Interdiction Training and Intelligence Sharing Meeting on August 13th in San Antonio. The State of Texas has the longest stretch of the border with Mexico than any other State, measuring at 1,254 miles, and contains four High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas.  We all owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to all federal, state and local law enforcement agencies who work tirelessly over the years.

Congressman Cuellar provides keynote remarks congratulating law enforcement officers honored for significant seizures at the 23rd Annual Motor Vehicle Criminal Interdiction Training and Intelligence Sharing Meeting in San Antonio.

Presentation of $1 Million in Federal Funds to Webb County District Court

I presented almost $1 million in federal funds to the Webb County District Drug Court to start a program focused on rehabilitating veterans.  Our veterans risked their lives to protect our freedom and many suffered injuries that will affect them and their families for the rest of their lives. With the Veterans Court we can help them heal and regain their health and independence.


Congressman Cuellar presents $1 million in federal funds to the 406th Webb County District Court to benefit veterans. 

My Meeting with the Laredo Chapter of AARP

I spoke to the American Association of Retired Persons, Laredo Chapter about important issues in Congress now, including immigration reform, social security, Medicare, and budget cuts, all of which have an impact on Laredo.  In my legislative update, I expressed my support for comprehensive immigration reform, the continued strength of the Medicare and Social Security systems, and the need to balance fiscal responsibility with funding for valuable programs.

Congressman Cuellar addresses the Laredo chapter meeting of AARP about immigration, Medicare, Social Security, and federal budget cuts. 
Sincerely,



Congressman Henry Cuellar





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