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Dear Friends,

Last week I was back in Texas for this month's district work period. This gave me the opportunity to travel around the district to share with my constituents the work that I have been doing for them in Washington.

In the recent highway bill, I secured more than $1.7 billion worth of funding for road projects across all nine counties in my district. Last week, I had the privilege of hosting Congressman Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania, who serves as the chairman of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as we announced more than $1 billion worth of transportation projects that could be funded under the new federal highway bill in Bexar County and Webb County. I also held a press conference in Laredo last Friday to announce $13.5 million to assist Laredo International Airport.

You can also read more below about my district staff's outreach efforts.

Announcing More than $1.7 Billion Worth of Highway Project Funding in the 28th District

On Wednesday, I announced nearly $933 million worth of Bexar County highway projects that could be funded under the new federal highway bill. The press conference was held in front of San Antonio City Hall and was attended by local officials as well as my colleague Rep. Bill Shuster, chairman of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

In the recent highway bill, I secured more than $1.7 billion worth of funding for road projects across all counties in my district. This money could help ease traffic congestion and improve the economy across the 28th District. In order to see the benefit that this will have for my district, I invited Congressman Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania, who serves as chairman of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, to visit.

On Wednesday, I traveled with Congressman Shuster to San Antonio and Laredo to announce more than $1 billion worth of highway projects in Bexar and Webb counties that could receive funding under the new federal highway bill.

Nearly $933 million worth of road projects could be funded in Bexar County, including on major roads like I-410, while nearly $100 million worth of projects could be funded in Webb County. Additionally, the new federal highway bill designates as a key freight corridor network the stretch of I-35 between Laredo and San Antonio. This rightfully makes that stretch of road eligible for additional federal dollars due to its importance to the state's and nation's economies.



On Wednesday, I, along with Rep. Bill Shuster, chairman of the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and local officials, announced nearly $100 million in funding that could be available for Webb County highway projects.

Click here to read more about the federal funding Rep. Cuellar secured for all counties in Texas Congressional District 28



Congressman Cuellar Announces $13.5 Million in Federal Funds for Laredo Airport Improvements


On Friday, I, along with the City of Laredo and the Federal Aviation Administration, announced $13.5 million in federal funds for improvements at the Laredo International Airport, which will be used to mitigate airport noise in the residential area adjacent to the airport and for a full reconstruction of an existing taxiway at the airport, which is over two decades old and poses safety concerns due to decay.


Click here to read more.


Laredo Border Patrol Youth of the Month Ceremony
On Wednesday, my outreach coordinator for Webb, Zapata and La Salle counties, Alec Martinez, along with the Laredo Sector Border Patrol, honored 10 local seniors for the academic achievement.

Attending the Rio Grande City State of the City Address
Last week, my southern district outreach coordinator, Nichole Hernandez, attended the annual Rio Grande City State of the City Address. Among the issues discussed were the city’s plans to install 200 streetlights, making improvements to sidewalks and streets, the installation of a new main sewage line, allocating $1.2 million for digital water meter investments, plans to upgrade the city’s 911 generator (for emergency communications during a natural catastrophe), active shooter straining for local police, a new fire station, improvements in fire prevention education and cross training in emergency medical services.

 
Know Before You Fly
Personal drone devices are becoming increasingly popular among consumers. This video from the Federal Aviation Administration explains some simple rules to follow when using your drone.


Sincerely,
Henry Cuellar


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