November 30, 2013

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Congressional Report

Dear Friends,

I would like to share with you several updates during my Congressional Work Week across the 28th District of Texas. 

HEB 23rd Annual Feast of Sharing 

This weekend, I attended the HEB Feast of Sharing in Laredo. It was a great opportunity to see many people in the community serve food to thousands of Laredoans and I thank HEB for the good work it is doing in our community. I wish every family the best during this week. 

Congressman Cuellar attending the HEB Feast of Sharing with Mayor Raul Salinas and Bishop James Tamayo and discussing efforts among the community to serve food for thousands in Laredo, Texas.

Congressman Cuellar attends the HEB Feast of Sharing in Laredo, Texas where he discussed his efforts to fight hunger with members of the community.

Congressman Cuellar speaking with volunteers at the HEB Feast of Sharing in Laredo, Texas about his and their efforts to strengthen community involvement in anti-hunger efforts.

US-Mexico Inter-Parliamentary Meeting

Congressman Henry Cuellar in attendance at a joint US - Mexico Inter-Parliamentary meeting in Mexico City, where he discussed issue of trade and security with Mexican counterparts. 

It was a pleasure to join my colleagues Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Congressman Gene Green (D-TX), Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI), Congressman Pete Gallego (D-TX), Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX), Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Congressman Richard Hudson (R-NC), and Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) in the United States and Mexico for an Inter-Parliamentary joint meeting last week in Mexico City. Our southern neighbor is one of our strongest and most important allies in terms of trade, security, and global relations. I look forward to traveling back again soon!

Service Academy Day

My Outreach Coordinator, Pete Arguello, hosted a Service Academy Day to provide information to interested students and their parents about applications to the National Service Academies. 
On Monday, my Outreach Coordinator, Pete Arguello, hosted an informational session for high school students and their parents to learn about the application process for our nation’s prestigious service academies.   

Two years ago, an applicant from the 28th District of Texas, Gavyn Gonzales, was accepted to the Naval Academy and is now completing his training as a Midshipman.  I encourage all young people interested in serving their country to apply – with hard work and dedication, an excellent opportunity to gain a first class education and serve your country is within your reach. 

Neighborhood Office Hours with Gilbert Lafuente

My Outreach Coordinator, Gilbert Lafuente, met with constituents in Poteet Texas and discussed the Affordable Care Act during neighborhood office hours.
My Outreach Coordinator, Gilbert Lafuente, met with constituents at a local Dairy Queen in Poteet, Texas during neighborhood office hours.  He discussed the Affordable Care Act with Brad Stelving, Yvonne Mejia, and Iris Martinez (L-R in photo above).

New Poll Shows Broad Support for Immigration Reform  

A new poll shows that a strong majority of Americans, across party lines and religious boundaries, support reform for our nation's immigration system.  We must act now to reform our broken immigration system and I am glad to see Americans are ready for reform as well.  The poll shows that:

--65% of Americans agree that our nation’s immigration system is broken.
--63% support immigration legislation that creates a pathway to citizenship for immigrants.

You can view the full article here at the New York Times.

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 This Coming Week's Congressional Hearings

Education & Workforce Committee

Hearing 12/4
Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
Examining Recent Actions by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

Hearing 12/3 
Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training
Keeping College Within Reach: Strengthening Pell Grants for Future Generations

Space, Science, & Technology Committee

Hearing 12/4
Full Committee
Astrobiology: Search for Biosignatures in our Solar System and Beyond

Veterans Affairs Committee

Hearing 12/4
Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
Adjudicating VA’s Most Complex Disability Claims

Transportation and Infrastructure

Hearing 12/11
Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation on Coast Guard Mission Execution

Neighborhood Office Hours
Do you need assistance with a federal agency? My Outreach Coordinators will be visiting throughout the District in the following week.

Tuesday, December 3rd 
Pleasanton City Hall
108 2nd Street
10:00am - 11:30am Pleasanton, TX

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

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

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

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

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

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

Palmview Multi Purpose Ctr
406 West Veterans Blvd.
10:15am - 11:15am
Palmview, TX  

Charlotte City Maint Bldg
11 Bruce Place
Charlotte, TX  

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

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

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

​Thursday, December 5th
​Sullivan/La Joya/Penitas
9:30am - 10:00am Floresville City Hall
1120 D Street
10:30am - 12:00pm
Floresville, TX  

Adkins (call office for appointment)
10:30am - 11:30am  

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

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

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

Windcrest City Hall
8601 Midcrown
 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Windcrest, TX  

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