January 11, 2014

January 11, 2014

Congressional Report

Dear Friends,

I would like to provide you with a few updates from my first week back in session in Washington after the holiday break. 

My Legislative Record in 2013

According to the non-partisan group Gov Track's newly released Report Card, in 2013, I did not miss a single vote on the House Floor and was ranked the Texas Congressman who reached across the aisle the most.  I was also ranked the 8th most likely to reach commonsense solutions with Democrats and Republicans out of the 435 Members of the House of Representatives.  Remaining accountable to you by never missing a vote and finding commonsense solutions regardless of party lines or affiliations is my top priority.  I look forward to doing the same as your Congressman in 2014.

​Congressman Cuellar serves the constituents of the 28th District of Texas in his Washington and Texas offices. 

Read the full report here at https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/henry_cuellar/400657/report-card/2013.

Outreach Coordinators Meet with Constituents in Universal City and La Vernia

This past week, my outreach coordinators Pete Arugello and Gilbert Lafuente visited constituents in University City and La Vernia.

In Universal City, Pete Arguello visited Kajun Kuisine restaurant, which provided delicious desserts for a meeting at the University City Public Library.  Pete talked to restaurant owners about ways in which my office can help grow jobs and the economy.

​Pete Arguelloe meets with a Universal City business owner to discuss constituent services. 

In La Vernia, Gilbert Lafuente met with Fire Chief Bruce Ritchey and Lieutenant Danny Pitts to discuss services my office can provide.

​Congressman Cuellar's outreach coordinator meets with La Vernia Fire Department to discuss constituent services. 

Gateway Community Health Center in Laredo and Atascosa Health Center in Pleasanton Earn Federal Funds

Gateway Community Health Center in Laredo and Atascosa Health Center in Pleasanton have both earned federal funds in a competitive grant process for specifically geared towards community health centers.  Gateway Community Health Center earned $130,182 in federal funds and Atascosa Health Center earned $63,955.

Local community centers like Gateway are where the rubber meets the road in implementation of the new health insurance marketplace.  It’s simple – when we help local organizations help themselves, they can provide the kind of face to face, personalized care and assistance that gives taxpayers the guidance they need to enroll in new plans.  I congratulate Gateway Community Health Center and Atascosa Health Center and their staffs for the excellent job they have done in helping Webb, Zapata, Jim Hogg, Atascosa, and Wilson County residents gain access to quality, affordable health care

Maria E. Bustamante (center, pictured here with her family) enrolled in a plan on the health insurance marketplace with the help of Gateway Community Health Care. 

Read the full details here /news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=366067 and /news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=365371.

Healthcare Costs for Seniors Down Across TX28

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid announced good news for seniors: The Affordable Care Act has reduced costs of prescription drugs and expanded access to preventative care for seniors in Texas and across the country.

Seniors across Texas rely on Medicare to cover their basic healthcare needs, and I am pleased to see that their costs have decreased during 2013. Prescription drug costs can be a huge burden on seniors, especially those seniors living under the Medicare Part-D donut hole that fails to cover costs that are not catastrophic.

Read my full op-ed in the McAllen Monitor here - http://www.themonitor.com/opinion/columnists/article_569da4fc-6f57-11e3-adc8-0019bb30f31a.html.

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2013 was a great year for District 28. With your continued prayers, friendship, and support we will make 2014 an even better year.


Congressman Henry Cuellar

P.S. Make sure to keep in touch on Facebook or Twitter!  Hearing from you directly is very important to me. 


Latest News

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Pleasanton Express (01/08/14) - Federal Grant Assists Atascosa Health Center Enrollment

Upcoming Hearings

-House Natural Resources Committee, "Oversight of the Obama Administration's Questionable Application of Sequestration to the Secure Road Schools Program and Cost to States, Local Economies, and Rural School Children," Jan. 14th at 10am

-House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee "Building the Foundation for Surface Transportation Reauthorization,” Jan 14th at 10am

-Western Hemisphere Subcommittee of House Foreign Affairs Committee "NAFTA at Twenty: Accomplishments, Challenges, and the Way Forward,” Jan 15th at 2pm

-Military Personnel Subcommittee "Future Recruiting Challenges in the Fiscally Constrained Environment," Jan 16th at 10am

-House Homeland Security Full Committee Hearing: A False Narrative Endangers the Homeland, Jan 15, 2014 at 10:00 am

-House Financial Services Subcommittee Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit  “How Prospective and Current Homeowners Will Be Harmed by the CFPB’s Qualified Mortgage Rule” Jan. 14th at 10am

Neighborhood Office Hours

Nichole Hernandez - Starr County

Tuesday, Jan. 14th 

La Grulla City Hall
Conference Room 2
1/2 miles South Farm Road 2360
La Grulla, TX

Rio Grande City, City Hall
101 Washington St.
Rio Grande City, TX

Escobares City Hall
4851 E. Highway 83
Escobares, TX

Roma Community Center
502 6th St.
Roma, TX

Thursday, Jan. 16th

Starr County Warehouse Bldg.
Pct. 4 FM 755
San Isidro, TX

Starr County Self Help Center
10 Mayorga St.
Rio Grande City, TX

Jorge Garcia - Webb County

Tuesday, Jan. 14th

El Cenizo City Hall
Rio Bravo City Hall

Wednesday, Jan. 15th

Bruni Community Center
Oilton Elementary School
Mirando City Community Center

Gilbert Lafuente - Wilson and Bexar Counties

Tuesday, Jan. 14th

Elmendorf City Hall
203 Bexar Avenue
Elmendorf, TX

Floresville City Hall
1120 D St
Floresville, TX

Poth City Hall
200 North Carroll
Poth, TX

Thursday, Jan. 16th

Converse City Hall
403 Seguin Road
Converse, TX

China Grove
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