February 8, 2014

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Congressional Report

Dear Friends,

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

SA to DC Delegates in Washington

Congressman Cuellar speaks in front of the SA to DC delegation about important issues such as comprehensive immigration reform and appropriations.
On February 4th, I had the pleasure to address the annual SA to DC Chamber of Commerce Delegation on the need for immigration reform. It is important for us to keep the lines of communication open between business and government and I am glad to have the opportunity to speak directly with San Antonio business leaders again this year.

My Visit with San Antonio Students at Georgetown University

Congressman Cuellar and two Georgetown students, Carmen Hernandez and Silvia Hernandez from San Antonio, talk about the young ladies' future plans and how they want to make an impact in their community.

On Friday, I spent the morning with two bright young Georgetown students from San Antonio. I'm always delighted to see the great talent the young people from our district have. These ladies are preparing themselves through education for the bright future they have ahead.

Chili Cook-off celebrates Starr County's thriving local industry

Starr County outreach coordinator, Nichole Hernandez, had the opportunity to be a judge for the delicious cook-off and discuss services with constituents.

This weekend, my outreach coordinator for Starr County, Nichole Hernandez, served as a judge in the 6th Annual Chili Cook Off. Not only did she sample delicious chili, but it was a great opportunity to support local business and industry in Starr County. It was tough to select the winners for each category but, the 14 judges worked diligently to make the right choices. At the end, the winners were presented with a belt buckle and earned bragging rights.

Congratulations to all who participated and we look forward to next year!

Commissioner Roy Peña is Recognized

Congressman Cuellar's staff recognizes Commissioner Raul "Roy" Peña with a Congressional Certificate.

This weekend, my office presented a Congressional Certificate of Recognition to Starr County Precinct 2 Commissioner Raul “Roy” Peña for his commitment to community of Starr County.
Commissioner Peña worked to acquire 29.5 acres of land to use as a county cemetery that will benefit locals in Roma, Escobares and the surrounding areas.

Thank you for your service, Commissioner Peña!

A Step Closer to Immigration Reform

Immigration reform is about jobs and the economy, national security, and fostering entrepreneurship. Study after study has shown that commonsense comprehensive immigration reform will strengthen the economy, spur innovation, reduce the deficit, and increase U.S. trade and exports.

Last week, the House Republican Leadership announced its support for pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and for legalization for the 11-12 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the shadows of illegal status.

I am glad to see the House GOP Leadership finally heed the calls that Democrats have been making for years – fix our broken system for the sake of our economy.

Meeting with CBP and GSA Officers

Congressman Cuellar's staff meets with CBP and GSA officers to discuss improvements that will be made to the international bridges in Laredo.  From left to right: Mucia Dovalina with GSA, Tina Jaegerman with GSA, Jorge Garcia with Congressman Cuellar, Adriana Arce with GSA.  

On February 5th, my outreach coordinator from the Laredo office, Jorge Garcia, met with officials from the General Services Administration (GSA) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials to discuss improvements that will be made to the bridges in Laredo.  As part of the Fiscal Year 2014 Appropriations bill, Laredo received $62 million to update and modernize our international bridges.  The funds will ensure that CBP has the personnel and tools to protect our border, keep lines short, and move goods and people efficiently. 

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Next Week, the House of Representatives is in session from Tuesday to Friday. 


Houston Chronicle, 2/4/14: "Texas Democrats voice support support for Keystone"

Valley Town Crier, 2/4/14: "Rep. Cuellar Co-Sponsors Bill to Stop Government from Making Improper Payments"

Texas Tribune, 2/5/14: "New Farm Bill Spells Big Changes for Texas Ag"

Pleasanton Express, 2/5/14: "Cuellar Presents Flag to Jourdanton"

Neighborhood Office Hours

​My outreach coordinators will be out in the community to meet with constituents and answer questions about how my office can help.  

Tuesday, Feb. 11 

9:30 am-10:00am

Floresville City Hall
1120 D Street
Floresville, TX

Poth City Hall
200 N Carroll
Poth, TX

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

City Hall Conf. Room
2 1/2 Miles, South Farm Rd 2360
La Grulla, TX

Rio Grande City
City Hall
101 Washington Street
Rio Grande City, TX

City Hall
4851 East Hwy 83
Escobares, TX

Roma Community Center
502 6th Street
Roma, TX

Thursday, Feb. 13

St. Hedwig City Hall
13065 FM 1346
St. Hedwig, TX 

Sutherland Springs

La Vernia City Hall
102 E. Chihuahua
La Vernia, TX 

El Cenizo City Hall
507 Cadena St.
El Cenizo, TX 

Rio Bravo City Hall
1701 Centeno Ln.
Rio Bravo, TX 

Starr County Warehouse Bldg.
Pct. 4
FM 755 (La Gloria)
San Isidro, TX 

Starr County Self Help Center
10 Mayorga Street
Rio Grande City, TX
(La Casita)

Congressional Hearings


The Secretary’s Vision for the Future – Challenges and Priorities
Committee on Homeland Security
311 Cannon HOB
Feb 12, 2014 | 9:00am

Bioterrorism: Assessing the Threat
Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications
311 Cannon HOB
Feb 11, 2014 | 10:00am

Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy
Committee on Financial Services
2128 Rayburn HOB
Feb 11, 2014 | 10:00AM

Examining Drug Shortages and Recent Efforts to Address Them
House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health
2123 Rayburn HOB
Feb 10, 2014 | 2:00pm

Serving Seniors Through the Older Americans Act
House Education & Workforce Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training
2175 Rayburn HOB
Feb 11, 2014 | 10:00am

The Persecution of Christians as a Worldwide Phenomenon
House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and the International Organizations
2200 Rayburn HOB
Feb 11, 2014 | 10:00am