Please take a moment to read my latest update from Washington and Texas' 28th Congressional District.
Below, please find information about my position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), my attendance at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Higher Education Summit on Financial Aid for Postsecondary Education Latino Students, a de-risking rountable I hosted in Washington, an energy roundtable I hosted in Laredo, updates from my staff in the district, a spotlight on some of my current interns and tips about your heart health from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Congressman Henry Cuellar Statement on TPP Final Agreement
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) final agreement was reached last week. The TPP will lead to more jobs and an increase in opportunity for the agricultural products and manufactured goods made in this country and throughout my district.
Over the summer, I was a strong supporter of the Trade Promotion Authority, which will give the president the authority to present the agreement to Congress for a simple up-or-down vote.
As the representative for the largest inland port in the country, I have seen the positive effects that free trade can have on my district. Therefore, I am glad that a final agreement has been reached, and I look forward to reviewing it closely in the coming days.
CHCI Higher Education Summit on Financial Aid For Postsecondary Education Latino Students
Binational Energy Roundtable in Laredo and Academic Agreement Between TAMIU and Mexican Universities
On October 7, Congressman Joaquin Castro (left) and I led the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 2015 Higher Education Summit on Financial Aid for Postsecondary Education Latino Students to discuss policy recommendations that improve the financial aid process and to help Latino students and parents make sound decisions when paying for college. To my right is Jamey Rorison, Ph.D., Senior Research Analyst at the Institute for Higher Education Policy.
Congressman Cuellar Hosts De-Risking Roundtable in Washington
On September 30, I hosted a roundtable in Washington, D.C., with my fellow colleagues in Congress and representatives from U.S. and Mexico private and public sectors to discuss the issue of bank closures, or de-risking, in communities along the border. The discussion allowed border community, banking and government representatives the opportunity to bring up issues and potential solutions regarding the large number of bank closures along the border.
Click here to read more about the de-risking roundtable.
On October 2, I hosted a binational energy roundtable at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) in Laredo with top experts from the energy industry in both the United States and Mexico. The first event of its kind in South Texas, the discussion brought together public and private sector officials from both the United States and Mexico in order to strengthen binational cooperation and work together to develop a more advanced energy infrastructure and workforce on the border.
In addition to the roundtable discussion, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between TAMIU, the Universidad Autónoma Nacional de México, the Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila, the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, the Universidad de Monterrey, the Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey was signed to commence exchange programs for academic material, students and faculty. The MOU recognizes the value of scientific and educational exchange for promoting the research and teaching activities of the five respective institutions in both countries.
Click here to read more about this energy roundtable and the MOU between TAMIU and six universities in Mexico.
National Night Out in Live Oak, Texas
On October 6, my Outreach Coordinator for Bexar County, Pete Arguello, (center), met with City of Live Oak Mayor Mary Dennis (left) and Councilman Aaron Dahl (right) during National Night Out to discuss how Congress and my office can help promote police-community partnerships in order to make our neighborhoods safer and better places to live.
Breon Williams - Washington, D.C., Office
Milwaukee native Breon Williams is currently a senior at the University of North Texas, where he is studying business economics. Breon chose to intern with my office to experience working on Capitol Hill and helps with constituent services. He plans to find a job in the foreign exchange market.
Read more about Breon and other interns in my office here.
Find out how to apply for an internship with my office either in the district or in D.C. here.
How Old Is Your Heart? Learn Your Heart Age!
Most U.S. adults have a heart age greater than their actual age, placing them at increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Watch this short video from the CDC to learn why your heart age is important and what you can do to improve it.
District Work Period Next Week
In the News
10/7/15, Texas Tribune: Texans Rally U.S. House to Lift Crude Oil Export Ban
10/7/15, WOAI: Push grows to end US oil export ban
10/7/15, KTSA: Cuellar to GOP: Vote on Speaker–Get Back to Work
10/6/15, Rio Grande Guardian: Cuellar welcomes Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement
10/6/15, El Periodico USA: Congresista Cuéllar realiza mesa redonda binacional sobre energía (Cong. Cuellar hosts binational roundtable about energy)
10/3/15, San Antonio Business Journal: Cuellar hosts roundtable on trade agenda
10/3/15, Imperial Valley Press: Congressmen host border bank closure roundtable
10/3/15, TAMIU signs deal with Mexican schools
10/3/15, Televisa: Universidades de Texas y México firman acuerdos académicos en apoyo de industria energética (Texas and Mexican universities sign academic agreement in support of the energy industry)
10/2/15, TAMIU: TAMIU Signs Agreements with Five Mexican Universities at U.S.-México Roundtable
10/2/15, KGNS: Energy and Oil officials come together for roundtable discussion
10/2/15, Railroad Commission of Texas: Commissioner Craddick Calls for Greater Cooperation Between Texas, Mexican Energy Officials to Benefit Shared Economy - Congressman Cuellar Hosts U.S., Mexico Officials at Texas A&M International University
Neighborhood Office Hours
Tuesday, October 13th
La Salle County Offices
every other month
Court House Square
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Encinal City Hall
107 N. Tejas
3:00pm - 4:00pm
City Hall Conf. Room
2 1/2 Miles, South
Farm Rd 2360
8:00am - 9:00am
La Grulla, TX
Escobares City Hall
4851 East Hwy 83
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Rio Grande City,City
101 Washington Street
Rio Grande City, TX
502 6th Street
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Thursday, October 15th
Converse City Hall
9:00am - 10:00am
(call for appointment)
10:30am - 11:30am
China Grove, TX
Open to San Antonio
Have a question about neighborhood office hours? Call my toll free number at 877-780-0028