I spoke last Friday on the House floor on the need to lift the crude oil export ban.
Please take a moment to read my latest update from Washington and Texas' 28th Congressional District.
Below, please find information on an effort to repeal the crude oil export ban, my recent trip to Mexico City, a recent VISTA event at TAMIU, a grant announcement in Webb County, the Floresville Peanut Parade and outreach in the district.
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Crude Oil Export Ban Repeal
Last Friday, the House voted 261 to 159 to repeal the longstanding ban on U.S. crude oil exports. H.R. 702 now heads to the Senate and hopefully to the president's desk. If it becomes law, which I hope it will, it will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, including tens of thousands here in the district, likely lower gas prices and help enhance national security.
Read more about my position on H.R. 702 here.
Mexico City Border Trade Alliance Meeting
It was great to participate in the annual Floresville Peanut Festival Parade. I enjoyed the chance to interact with my San Antonio-area constituents.
I met with Congresswoman Yahleel Abdala in Mexico City. It was a pleasure to discuss border infrastructure between Nuevo Laredo and Laredo with her.
I participated in the Border Trade Alliance meeting in Mexico City to discuss the development and expansion of border infrastructure and international trade. As the representative for a large part of South Texas, and as a lifetime resident of the largest inland port in the United States, I know first-hand how important it is to develop and expand our border infrastructure and increase border competitiveness. We can do this by maintaining a collaborative and constructive relationship with our neighbors to the south in Mexico.
TAMIU VISTA Event
I joined Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) recently in celebrating the 50th anniversary of AmeriCorps, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), which has done a tremendous job at working to eliminate poverty in Webb County.
Since 1965, VISTA has engaged volunteers to alleviate poverty in the United States. Working with my office, TAMIU was able to establish an AmeriCorps VISTA program. They now have five VISTA members supporting community efforts to overcome poverty.
Laredo Webb County Court at Law II Event
It was an honor to present a grant award of $975,000 to the Webb County Court at Law II on Friday morning. The money will help tackle the problem of drinking and driving in the community.
Late this week I had the opportunity to participate in a press conference to announce $975,000 in federal funding for Webb County Court at Law II. The award comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and will be distributed over three years, at $325,000 per year, to tackle the problem of drinking and driving in the community.
Floresville Peanut Festival Parade
Last weekend I participated in the annual Floresville Peanut Festival Parade. The event offered me the chance to interact with my constituents in a beloved annual event.
National Hispanic Heritage Month
In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol Division Chief J.R. Villarreal, at left, shared his take this week on diversity in law enforcement. Pictured at center is my southern district outreach coordinator, Nichole Hernandez. To her right is Sgt. Johnny Hernandez, the Texas Department of Public Safety's public relations director.