May 31, 2014

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Please take a few minutes to read my latest updates from this past week and remember to sign up for my email list here if you have not already subscribed.

I paid my respects during Memorial Day this past weekend and joined the community to commemorate the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

I feel that the freedom we enjoy today is a credit to the members of the armed services who fought bravely for us around the world. During Memorial Day weekend, I met with my constituents to discuss the importance of educating the young people in our community about the importance of civic service and engagement. 

I met with many veterans of past wars. during Memorial Day events this past weekend and discussed how my office can of assistance for any casework issues they may have.

My Outreach Coordinator for Wilson County, Gilbert Lafuente, presented certificates of recognition to a group of veterans in Sutherland Springs.

My Outreach Coordinator, Nichole Hernandez, attended the Operation Interdependence Kick-Off event with local Rio Grande Valley organizations to discuss our joint support for veterans and ways we can collaborate.
Laredo Energy Summit

Pictured here are (from left to right) Mexican Congressman Javier Trevino, former American Ambassador to Mexico Tony Garza, and Ross Ramsey of the Texas Tribune at the Mexican Oil and Gas Opportunities update. It is important that all parties get together to discuss the current energy climate and future plans.

This week, I spoke at the Mexican Oil and Gas Opportunities conference and provided an update on the shale oil boom we are experiencing in South Texas.  Today, Texas is the leading crude oil producing state in the nation, largely due to the growth of the Eagle Ford Shale.  The oil and gas development has the potential to dramatically change our communities for the better, as long as we make the long term investments in our communities and infrastructure.  

Last week, I also invited officials from Pemex, Mexico’s state oil company, to join me in Laredo for a discussion on oil and gas cooperation between the United States and Mexico.  We also discussed how our governments can collaborate on border security.  Watch some of my remarks from the conference here

Rep. Cuellar joined officials from Pemex, Mexico's state oil company, to discuss the oil and gas shale boom and its impact on South Texas.

Successful Casework in Webb County

Elda Ramirez came to my Laredo office last year hoping to clear up issues with her passport approval process. My staff was able to coordinate with the State Department and successfully got Elda her passport in a timely manner.

Elda Ramirez is a graduating senior studying at the University of Texas in San Antonio. Last year, she had an opportunity to study abroad in Spain but she had issues hearing back about the status of her passport application. 

She reached out to my caseworker, Martha Barrera, in Laredo for help. Martha was able to work with the State Department and make sure Elva got her passport in time to start her trip. 

Elda, we are so happy you had the opportunity to travel abroad and have this experience. Congratulations on your graduation and best of luck in your next steps!

New Lytle Police Station Opens 

Gilbert Lafuente, my outreach coordinator for Atascosa County, joined the Lytle Police Department and the Mayor of Lytle to mark the opening of the town's new police station. With the help of federal funding, this building was constructed so that the police could better protect the community of Lytle and keep its citizens safe.

My Outreach Coordinator for Atascosa County, Gilbert Lafuente, presented Mark Bowen, the Mayor of Lytle, with a certificate and a U.S. flag to commemorate the opening of a new police facility in Lytle, which received federal funds. With the addition of this new station, the Lytle Police force will be better equipped to protect serve their community. Our offices are equally committed to ensuring the public safety of Lytle and the surrounding community.

Meeting with DaVita Healthcare

My outreach coordinator for Starr County met with executives of DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc. regarding methods to improve providing the proper care to constituents across Rio Grande Valley.

My outreach coordinator for Starr County, Jorge Trevino, met with executives of DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc. in an effort to discuss ways in which they can improve their care for patients in Mission. They talked about a range of issues concerning DaVita’s kidney care processes, including how to alleviate transportation costs for patients as well as how to improve accessibility for those that seek care.

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5/25/2014, San Antonio Express-News: “As Mexico scores win against cartels, US cuts aid budget”

5/28/2014, Texas Public Radio: ""Inhumane” Conditions Reported at Temporary Immigrant Holding Facility in McAllen”

5/26/2014, KGNS: “More speak out on overcrowding at Border Patrol jails”

5/22/2014, McAllen Monitor: “McAllen Border Patrol detains 1,000, agents warn of overcrowding”

5/28/2014, KRGV: “VA to rely more on private health care sector”

5/27/2014, Rio Grande Guardian: ”Cuellar: Laredo to Valley will be epicenter of oil production boom”

5/22/2014, "Henry Cuellar votes to enhance US-Mexico cooperation against illegal drug trade"

5/21/2014, "Henry Cuellar's request for GAO to assess border rail crossing times passess committee"

5/21/2014,"Henry Cuellar speaks on status of VA system"

5/28/2014, mySA:"Trade supports 11 million jobs in United States"

5/23/2014, Laredo Morning Times: "Cuellar at summit: Laredo could be major hub for oil companies"


Tuesday, June 3rd

Selma Stage Stop Visitor Center
9374 Valhalla
9:00 - 10:00am
Selma, TX

Universal City - Universal City Public Library
2150 Universal City Blvd.
10:30 - 11:30am

Live Oak City Hall
8001 Shin Oak Dr.
1:00 - 2:00pm

Falcon Community Center
Third at Ramireño
9:15 - 10:15am
Falcon, TX

Zapata County Courthouse
200 E. 7th Ave
11:00am - 12:00pm
Zapata, TX

Justice of the Peace Pct.2 Office
1103 Hwy 83
1:15 - 2:00pm
San Ygnacio, TX

Mission City Hall
1201 E. 8th Street
9:00 - 10:00am

Palmview Multi Purpose Cty.
406 W. Veterans Blvd.
10:15 - 11:15am

Palmhurst City Hall
4417 North Shary Road
11:30am - 12:30pm

Thursday, June 5th

Pleasanton City Hall
108 2nd Street
10:00 - 11:30am

Jourdanton County
Courthouse, 1
Courthouse Circle
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Jourdanton, TX

Charlotte City Maint
Bldg 11 Bruce Place
Charlotte, TX

Fire Dept Meeting Room
500 Cenizo
9:30am - 10:30am
Sullivan City, TX

La Joya Senior Citizens
925 Lee Street
11:00am - 12:00pm
La Joya, TX

Penitas City Hal
FM 1427
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Penitas, TX

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