August 24, 2013

August 24, 2013
Congressional Report
Dear Friends,

I would like to provide you with an update from the third week of the August District Work Period, which I have spent across TX28.

Federal Funds Awarded to the City of Encinal

This week, I participated in an event awarding a $1,513,000 loan from the United States Department of Agriculture to the City of Encinal along with City Mayor Sylvano Sanchez and USDA Rural Development State Director Paco Valentin.  The funds will be used to construct a new city hall.  The successful progressive development of the City of Encinal has been evident throughout the past few years.  These funds will support the continued expansion of the community by providing new and efficient delegation offices for city officials

Congressman Cuellar presents federal funding from USDA to the City of Encinal.

Federal Funds Awarded to the City of Converse

This week I was also honored to present a $195,000 grant to the City of Converse from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program along with City Mayor Suarez and Fire Chief Richard Wentz.  The grant will be used to purchase 32 new units of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). The City of Converse firefighters and emergency medical services unit have demonstrated acts of valor during times of extreme danger. There have been several deaths and serious injuries across the country due to face mask failure. These funds will help further protect their health and wellbeing through the purchase of this personal protective equipment.

Congressman Cuellar presents a federal grant check to the City of Converse. 

My Interview with Univision Noticias 41

This Tuesday, I visited the Univision studio in San Antonio and talked to nightly news anchor Arantxa Loizaga about border security and US-Mexico relations.  Thanks for having me on the show!

Congressman Cuellar appears on Univision Noticias 41, discussing border security and US-Mexico relations.

Grants Tour: Webb, Zapata, and La Salle Counties

This week, my grants coordinators met with city and county officials across Webb, Zapata, and La Salle counties.  The grants team assists individuals, businesses and organizations in applying for loans and grants from federal agencies such as, United States Department of Agriculture, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Department of Justice, among others. 

Mary Hinojosa and Juan Sanchez, grants coordinators, meet with the City of Laredo

Juan Sanchez and Mary Hinojosa, grants coordinators, meet with the City of

Juan and Mary meet with the City of Encinal

For assistance applying for a federal loan or grant, contact Juan Sanchez at or 956-725-0639 or Mary Hinojosa at or 202-225-1640. 


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