December 14, 2013

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Dear Friends,

I would like to share with you several updates during my work week in Washington, D.C.

USDA Funds for Roma and Rio Grande City

Congressman Henry Cuellar and USDA Rural Development Director Paco Valentin present a certificate to Riverview Supermarket in Roma, Texas, congratulating the owners for their successful renovation with the use of USDA Funds.

On Monday, I announced the completion of two projects funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with USDA Rural Development Director, Paco Valentin in Rio Grande City and Roma.

In Roma, I attended the unveiling of new equipment purchased for Riverview Supermarket through the USDA Rural Energy for America Loan and in Rio Grande City, I spoke at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Casa de Adobe Restaurant, constructed through the USDA Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan.

Congressman Henry Cuellar and USDA Rural Development Director Paco Valentin participate in the ribbon cutting of Casa de Adobe restaurant in Rio Grande City, purchased and constructed with funds from USDA.

Starr County Health Insurance Marketplace Community Workshop

Outreach Coordinators Nichole Hernandez and Pete Arguello helped facilitate the Starr County Health Insurance Marketplace Community Workshop to provide residents with information about the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Starr County Health Insurance Marketplace Community Workshop that my office hosted this past Saturday! Over 120 people attended and received free information about how to enroll in the new Health Insurance Marketplace, with assistance provided by local, certified organizations.

Thank You Laredo Custom Brokers' Association

Congressman Cuellar wasrecently honored for his efforts to ensure trade and commerce move quickly and efficiently across the bridges in Laredo, Texas.

Thank you to the Laredo Custom Broker’s Association for honoring me this week. Ensuring that trade and commerce move quickly across the bridges in Laredo is one of my top priorities. Laredo is the number one inland port along the U.S. - Mexico border and goods shipped through the city travel to more than 60 countries. It is vital that we continue to support the economic growth that efficient trade can provide.

Universal City Tree Lighting Ceremony

Outreach Coordinator Pete Arguello participated in the festivities of the 1st annual Universal City Tree Lighting Ceremony and helped spread some holiday cheer.

Last week, my Outreach Coordinator Pete Arguello participated in the 1st annual Universal City Tree Lighting Ceremony. The festivities included hot chocolate, story time, songs of the season from the Rose Garden Elementary Choir, and a visit from Santa for the children. The event was a great start to a yearly tradition that we hope to see every holiday season. Happy holidays!

Neighborhood Office Hours with Gilbert Lafuente

Outreach Coordinator Gilbert Lafuente met with Atascosa County Veterans Service Office Mike Lambraria and his staff (top), the owner of Art on Main in Pleasanton, Texas, and Pleasanton Fire Chief Chuck Garris to discuss constituent services that our office makes available for them.

Atascosa County Outreach Coordinator, Gilbert Lafuente, met with business owners and city officials during his neighborhood office hours this past week. As always, should you have any question or need help with a federal agency, my officewelcomes your inquiry. Catch Mr. Lafuente the next time he is in Atascosa County!
U.S. Businesses Add 203,000 New Jobs in November

The U.S. Labor Department recently announced that job growth for the month of November exceeded experts' forecasts. In November,American employers added 203,000 jobs and the rate of unemployment fell from 7.3% to 7.0%.

The economy has gained more than 2 million jobs so far this year, the most since January-November of 2005. Additionally, the average workweek (34.5 hours) and average hourly earnings ($24.15) slightly increased.

I invite you to read more about the economic growth last month here:

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Latest News

McAllen Monitor, 12/09/2013:U.S. Rep. Cuellar honors retiring CBP official during RGV visit

Fox Rio 2, 12/09/2013:Valley Small Businesses Gets Boost From Uncle Sam

Laredo Morning Times, 12/7/2013:Vets honored at local ceremony

Houston Chronicle, 12/6/2013:Texas lawmakers react to Nelson Mandela’s death

McAllen Monitor, 12/5/2013:Cuellar's office to host Affordable Care Act workshop in Starr County on Saturday

​This Week's Congressional Hearings


Science, Space, and Technology

Hearing 12/12
Subcommittee on Research and Technology onBuilding a Network for Manufacturing Innovation

Transportation and Infrastructure

Hearing 12/11
Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation onCoast Guard Mission Execution

Hearing 12/12
Subcommittee on Aviation onthe State of American Aviation

Energy and Commerce

Hearing 12/12
Subcommittee on Communications and Technologyon Oversight of the FCC

Committee on Homeland Security

Hearing 12/12
Full Committee onImplications of Leadership Vacancies on the Mission and Morale

Armed Services

Hearing 12/11
Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces onU.S. Asia-Pacific Strategic Considerations Related to P.L.A. Naval Forces Modernization


Neighborhood Office Hours
Do you need assistance with a federal agency? My Outreach Coordinators will be visiting throughout the 28th District this coming week.

Second Tuesday of Every Month

(call for appointment) 9:00am - 10:00am

McMullen CountyCourthouse, Commissioners Court Room,SH 16 @ Elm St.
10:30am - 11:30am Tilden, TX

Christine City Office 102 S. 10th St.
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Christine, TX

(call for appointment)
10:30am - 11:30am
Adkins, TX

Windcrest City Hall
8601 Midcrown
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Windcrest, TX

Second Thursday of Every Month

Converse City Hall
403 Seguin
9:00am - 10:00am
Converse, TX

China Grove
(call for appointment)
10:30am - 11:30am
China Grove, TX

Bruni Community Center
303 12th Street
9:00am - 10:00am
Bruni, TX

Oilton Elementary School
300 DeSpain St.
10:30am - 11:30am

Mirando City Quad City Community Center
917 N. Main Street
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Mirando, TX

Wrap Up of ThisWeek on the Floor

House meets at 12:00 p.m
Legislative Business begins at 2:00pm.


1.H.R. 3627- The Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act of 2013 (Rep. Robert Pittenger / Judiciary)

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the House meets at 10:00 a.m. for Morning Hour.
Legislative Business begins at 12:00 p.m.

Friday, House meets at 9:00a.m. Last votes expected no later than 3:00p.m.


1.H.R. 1447- Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013 (Rep. Bobby Scott / Judiciary)

2.H.R. 3521- The Department of Veterans Affairs Major Medical Facility Lease Authorization Act of 2013, as amended (Rep. Jeff Miller / Veterans’ Affairs)

3.H.R. 1402- VA Expiring Authorities Extension Act of 2013 (Rep. Mike Coffman / Veterans’ Affairs)

4.S. 1471- Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act (Sen. Daniel Coats / Veterans’ Affairs)

5.H.R. 3212- Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act of 2013 (Rep. Chris Smith / Foreign Affairs)

6.H.R. 1992- Israel QME Enhancement Act, as amended (Rep. Doug Collins / Foreign Affairs)

7.H.R. 3509- Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2013, as amended (Rep. Barbara Lee / Foreign Affairs)

8.H.R. 2019- Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act of 2013, as amended (Rep. Gregg Harper / Energy and Commerce)

9.H.R. 2642- Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (Rep. Frank Lucas / Agriculture)

10.H.Con.Res. 25- Establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2014 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2015 through 2023 (Rep. Paul Ryan / Budget)