November 9, 2013

November 9, 2013
Congressional Report
Dear Friends,

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

Starr County Weatherization Workshop

On Thursday, my Outreach Coordinators hosted a Home Repair and Energy Efficiency Workshop to provide a broad array of information on home weatherization, preservation, and repairs for Starr County residents.  The program was designed to provide senior citizens, low-income families, Americans with disabilities, and veterans the opportunity to meet with Federal and State agencies and apply for programs that meet their specific needs.

Starr County residents browse federal agency booths to learn more about grant opportunities for home repair and weatherization. 

I thank all of the organizations that joined us to make this event possible:
  • Texas Department Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA)
  • US Department of Agricultural Rural Development (USDA-Rural Development)
  • American Electric Power (AEP)
  • Community Resource Group (CRG)
  • Community Action Corporation of South Texas (CAC)
  • Costal Bend Center for Independent Living
  • Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas
  • Habitat for Humanity of the Rio Grande Valley
  • Medina Electric Cooperative, Inc
  • Texas Veterans Land Board
  • VA Texas Valley Costal Bend Health Care System Starr County Administration
  • South Texas College
  • Starr County Industrial Foundation
  • Rio Grande City Administration
  • Texas Office of the Secretary of State
  • Roma City Administration
  • La Grulla City Administration
  • Community of San Isidro
  • City of Escobares Administration

Webb County Health Insurance Marketplace Community Seminar

Last weekend, I spoke at an Health Insurance Marketplace Community Seminar for Webb and La Salle Counties at Laredo Community College. The Affordable Care Act allows Americans to take personal responsibility for the costs of their health care and provides universal access to quality and affordable health insurance. Our District includes some of the counties that have the highest rate of uninsured Americans in the country. This is why I partnered with local agencies and organizations to host a Health Insurance Marketplace Community Workshop in Laredo to raise awareness and educate the public.

Congressman Cuellar greets constituents attending the Health Insurance Community Workshop held at Laredo Community College.

Upcoming Health Insurance Marketplace Community Seminars

In the upcoming weeks, I will host additional seminars throughout the 28th District. Join us at a workshop in a community near you:

Thursday November 14th (Atascosa + McMullen Counties)

When: 6 PM- 9 PM

Where: South Texas Regional Medical Center, Medical Plaza Building - 1905 Highway 97 E, Jourdanton, TX 78026            

Saturday November 16th (Hidalgo County)

When: 10 AM- 4 PM

Where: Speer Memorial Library, Community Conference Room & Computer Lab - 801 E 12th Street, Mission, TX 78572

Saturday December 7th (Starr County)

When: 10 AM- 4 PM

Where: South Texas College, Rio Grande City- Auditorium and Computer Lab - 142 N FM 3167, Rio Grande City, TX 78582

Outreach Events throughout District 28

On Monday, I joined the Wilson County community to honor Deputy Ollie F. “Sammy” Childress Jr. of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department, who made the ultimate sacrifice 30 years ago on Nov. 4, 1983. I presented a flag to the Childress family for the unveiling of Deputy Childress’ memorial and the retiring of his badge number. Deputy Ollie Childress gave his life in the line of duty for the people of this great nation and we will continue to honor his bravery and service.

Congressman Henry Cuellar presents a flag to members of the Childress family at the 30th Anniversary Memorial of Deputy Sheriff Ollie F. "Sammy" Childress Jr.

Rio Grande City Relay for Life

Last weekend, my Outreach Coordinator for Starr County, Nichole Hernandez, attended a Relay for Life event organized by Rio Grande City and the American Cancer Society. Cancer survivors from all across Starr County came out "to give the boot to cancer" and to raise funds for a cure around the Joe R. Sanchez Stadium - Track.

Attendees participated to support cancer research at the Joe R. Sanchez Stadium - Track in Rio Grande City.

Opportunity to Apply for Federal Surplus Property

The Surplus Property Program provides access to local governments, non-profits, public health centers, schools, colleges, and universities to an array of property from across federal agencies at very low cost. Examples of items include vehicles, furniture, teaching and research equipment, computing hardware, printing supplies, and much more.

Organizations eligible to receive federal surplus property donations must register via a simple application to the Texas Facilities Commission. If approved, the registration must be renewed every three (3) years. There is also a sister program for State of Texas surplus property.

For more information click here:

A special note to schools: Both the federal and State of Texas governments have a computers in schools donation program, which provides free used, refurbished computers for teaching and learning. This is a great and inexpensive way to equip a school computer lab. Learn more about the programs here:


Congressman Henry Cuellar




Washington D.C. Office
2431 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
phone: 202-225-1640
fax: 202-225-1641

San Antonio Office
615 E. Houston Street, Suite 563
San Antonio, Texas 78205
phone: (210)271-2851
fax: (210) 277-6671
toll free: 1 (877) 780-0028

Laredo Office
602 E. Calton Road, Suite 2
Laredo, Texas 78041
phone: (956) 725-0639
fax: (956) 725-2647

Rio Grande Office
100 N. F.M. 3167
Rio Grande City, Texas 78582
phone: (956) 487-5603
fax: (956) 488-0952

Mission Office
117 E. Tom Landry
Mission, Texas 78572
phone: (956) 424-3942
fax: (956) 424-3936