March 8, 2014

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Dear Friend,

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

Service Academy Day at UTSA

Bexar County Outreach Coordinator, Pete Arguello, is pictured here at an event my office hosted in collaboration with other local organizations to provide more information on the nomination process to U.S. service academies.  

Last weekend, my office hosted the annual Academy Day at University of Texas San Antonio in collaboration with other local organizations. It was an information session for students, parents, counselors and educators regarding the five service academies – the United States Military Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, the United States Naval Academy, the United States Coast Guard Academy and the United States Air Force Academy, and the nomination process for congressional offices.  

For information on the application process, please contact my Bexar county outreach coordinator, Pete Arguello or visit my website by clicking HERE.  

Housing and Urban Development Grant for Colonias

On Tuesday, my office joined the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to announce $1.6 million in grants to stimulate job growth and business opportunities in chronically underserved rural areas along the Texas-Mexico border region.  My Hidalgo County Outreach Coordinator, Alexis Gallegos, attended the event along with HUD Region VI Administrator, Tammye Treviño.  

My Hidalgo County Outreach Coordinator met with officials from USDA, HUD, and other agencies to discuss ways my office can collaborate and create more affordable housing opportunities in the Valley. Left to Right:  Roel Gomez - USDA Rural Development Regional Director, Alexis Gallegos- Hidalgo County Outreach Coordinator with Congressman Henry Cuellar, Desire Mendez - Grants Coordinator with Congressman Ruben Hinojosa TX-15, Tammye Trevino -HUD Regional Administrator, Celina Pena – Accion Texas Chief Program Officer, Robert A. Calvillo - AHSTI Executive Director

Improving the quality of life for people living in colonias has been a priority of mine both as a Texas state legislator and as a member of Congress.  

I represent part of the over 1,300  
colonia communities in Hidalgo, Starr, Webb, and Zapata Counties and many people living in those areas suffer from a lack basic services that negatively impacts their quality of life.  This is especially true in regards to resources for job growth and business development.  I am very pleased to see this federal investment benefitting these areas in my district and I thank the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Tammye Treviño in particular for recognizing and working to meet the need in these communities.

HUD announced grants to the following organizations:


Laredo Veterans Ceremony

In addition to honoring the group of Laredo Veterans, my outreach coordinator was able to speak with them about issues that are currently affecting veterans residing in District 28.

On Sunday, my staff had the opportunity to honor a group of veterans in Laredo. They presented a Congressional Certificate of Recognition and a US Flag flown over the Capitol, which will be displayed in the office of Veterans Service Officer David Garza. Thank you for your service and defense of our country.

Meeting with Federal Protection Services 

My Chief of Staff, Cynthia Gaona, met with officials from the Federal Protection Services to discuss security for ports of entry along the border as well as Federal Protection Services crime statistics for the 28th District.  

My Chief of Staff, Cynthia Gaona, met with officials from the Federal Protection Service to discuss security for ports of entry.   

Latest Twitter Updates

​I joined Rep. Farenthold and Rep. Vela to discuss issues affecting South Texas and the border region with the City of Laredo delegation.  
​I joined Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul to discuss border security issues with the Laredo delegation.  


Henry Cuellar 

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Next week, Congress will be in session from Tuesday through Friday.

La Prensa, 2/26/14: ''Things are getting better for both sides of the border"

My SA, 3/4/14: "Investment needed in trade infrastructure"

KGNS, 3/3/14: "Henry Cuellar and TAMIU host STEM Alliance Event"


Tuesday, March 11


Floresville City Hall
1120 D Street
Floresville, Tx

Poth City Hall
200 N. Carroll
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Poth, TX

La Salle County Offices
Court House Square
Cotulla, TX

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

City Hall Conf. Room
2 ½ 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, March 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)


Underserved Small Businesses: 
Providing Access to Federal Programs

Committee on Small Business | Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce

Budget Hearing - Department of State
10:30AM | 2359 Rayburn
Committee on Appropriations | Subcommittee on State Foreign Operations, and Related Program 

Budget Hearing - United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement
10:00AM | 2362-A Rayburn
Committee on Appropriations | Subcommittee on Homeland Security

Oversight Hearing - United States Central Command and International Security Assistance Force
10:00AM | H-140 Capitol
Committee on Appropriations | Subcommittee on Defense