Please take a moment to read my latest update from Washington and Texas' 28th Congressional District.
Below, please find information about the continuing resolution to fund the federal government, my views about ending the crude oil export ban, funding legislation for a new San Antonio federal courthouse, some of my recent meetings and events in the district and Washington, my intern spotlight and an informative video about PTSD from the Veterans Health Administration.
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Congressman Cuellar Votes to Keep the Government Open
I voted for a continuing resolution to continue funding the federal government until December 11, 2015. Keeping the federal government funded is vitally important. Doing so will allow us to continue paying local Homeland Security staff as well as our military. It will also allow us to continue funding crucial education, health care and transportation projects that our community needs as well as keeping all the other federal agencies open. Failing to keep the government open beyond this week would have caused great harm in a number of ways to my district.
Click here to read more about my views on the continuing resolution.
Crude oil export ban has outlived usefulness, is harming economy
Last week, I wrote an opinion column for the San Antonio Express-News on how the 40-year-old ban on exporting U.S crude oil hampers the oil industry’s ability to bring jobs back to our still-recovering national economy.
Without the ability to ship crude oil overseas, the domestic petroleum industry is denied a level playing field and access to markets, thus hurting Texas’ economy — particularly in South Texas and West Texas.
Click here to read the full article.
Legislation for New San Antonio Federal Courthouse
I recently introduce bipartisan legislation to provide emergency funding for FY 2016 for the construction of a new federal courthouse for the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio.
If passed, the San Antonio delegation’s bill, which would require an emergency budgetary designation by Congress, will provide an adequate seat of justice for a large federal judicial district that covers nearly 92,000 square miles and has divisions in Austin, Del Rio, El Paso, Midland, Pecos and Waco.
Click here to read more about this legislation.
Speaking About Trade Policy at CHLI Trade Symposium in D.C.
On September 30, I met with Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Rep. Carlos Curbelo, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart and other fellow House colleagues during the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) Trade Symposium at the Newseum in D.C., where I spoke about important developments in trade policy.
Meeting to Discuss Auto Financing
I recently met with Pamela Crail, left, April Ancira, center and Bill Wolters from the San Antonio Automobile Dealers Association in Washington about legislation regarding auto financing and recalled vehicles.
Meeting with Bureau of Land Management Officials in Laredo
On September 26, I met with representatives from the Department of the Interior - Bureau of Land Management about a recent wild horse and burro adoption event in Laredo. About 21 of the 35 horses were adopted during the two-day event at LIFE Downs in Laredo. These horses will now have great new homes in South Texas, saving the federal government and taxpayers approximately $840,000 over the lifetime of these horses on food and care that would have been spent on them had they remained in the care of the government.
Honoring New Eagle Scouts in Laredo
On September 26 I presented Oscar Ortegon of Boy Scouts Troop 84 in Laredo with a congressional certificate of recognition for achieving the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America, that of Eagle Scout.
I also presented Jeremiah Cuellar, also of Troop 84 in Laredo, with a congressional certificate of recognition for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.
Immigration Reform Roundtable Discussion in Edinburg
On September 19, my southern district outreach coordinator, Nichole Martinez, met with several congressmen and area representatives in Edinburg, Texas, during the Immigration Reform Roundtable Discussion with members of Congressional Hispanic Caucus to discuss issues relating to border security, immigration reform and bipartisan immigration legislation.
Marcos Araya - Washington, D.C. Office
Springfield, Virginia native Marcos Araya is an intern this fall in my Washington, D.C., where he has been helping with media requests. He is currently studying business administration at Northern Virginia Community College. Marcos decided to intern in my office to learn what Congress is like, as he hopes to work for the federal government after graduating.
Gilbert Garcia - Laredo District Office
Gilbert Garcia is studying business administration and marketing at Texas A&M International University. He is currently an intern in my Laredo District Office, where he helps with constituent issues. He hopes to attend law school after graduating.
Read more about Marcos, Gilbert 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.
Veterans Health Administration - What is PTSD? (Whiteboard Video)
Do you know what Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is? This whiteboard video from the Veterans Health Administration covers PTSD basics, such as types of trauma and symptoms. If you feel that you or someone you love may be battling with PTSD, know that there is help.
The House is in session next week.
In the News
9/28/15, San Antonio Business Journal: The San Antonio business leaders, residents who traveled to see Pope Francis in DC
9/28/15, Tyler Morning Telegraph: The pope, politics and pipeline
9/28/15, El Manana de Nuevo Laredo: Podrán utilizar fondos federales (They will be able to use federal funds)
9/28/15, El Manana de Reynosa: Agilizan al pagar a agentes (They speed up payment to agents)
9/26/15, San Antonio Express-News: Crude oil export ban has outlived usefulness, is harming economy
9/26/15, Herald Current: What we learned from the Pope’s politically-charged speech to Congress
9/25/15, San Antonio Business Journal: Bipartisan bill brings San Antonio a step closer to landing new federal courthouse
9/25/15, Laredo Morning Times: Difficult issues ahead
9/24/15, Laredo Morning Times: UISD dedicates new campus
9/24/15, KGNS: Congressman Henry Cuellar attends Pope Francis's speech in DC
9/24/15, Bradenton Herald: Pope’s address to Congress resonates with Texas lawmakers
9/24/15, San Antonio Express-News: Texans praise Pope’s message of cooperation
9/24/15, San Antonio Business Journal: Oil industry, environmentalists react to pope's speech before Congress
9/24/15, Texas Insider: Rep. Cuellar Issues Statement on Pope Francis’ Visit to Washington
9/24/15, Dallas Morning News: Pope Francis’ speech to Congress, as told by Twitter
9/24/15, Dallas Morning News: Texans bring Catholic icons, political patrons and spouses as guests for Pope’s speech
9/24/15, KTSA: Local Delegation Awaits Pope’s Address to Congress
9/24/15, Zapata County News: House Energy and Commerce Committee Approves Crude Oil Export Ban Repeal
Neighborhood Office Hours
Tuesday, October 6th
Selma Stage Stop Visit Center
9:00am - 10:00am
Live Oak City Hall
8001 Shin Oak Dr.
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Live Oak, TX
Universal City - Public Works Conference Room
265 Kitty Hawk Rd.
10:30am - 11:30am
Universal City, TX
Falcon Community Center
Third at Ramireno
9:15am - 10:15am
Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Office
1103 Hwy 83
1:15pm - 2:00pm
San Ygnacio, TX
Zapata County Courthouse
200 E. 7th Ave
11:00am - 12:00pm
Mission City Hall
1201 E. 8th Street
9:00am - 10:00am
Palmhurst City Hall
4417 North Shary Road
11:30am - 12:30am
Palmview Multi Purpose Ctr
406 West Veterans Blvd.
10:15am - 11:15am
Thursday, October 8th
St. Hedwig City Hall
13065 FM 1346
9:00am - 10:00am
St. Hedwig, TX
La Vernia City Hall
102 E. Chihuahua
1:00pm - 2:00pm
La Vernia, TX
(call for appiontment)
10:30am - 11:30am
Sutherland Springs, TX
El Cenizo City Hall
507 Cadena St.
9:30am - 10:30am
El Cenizo, TX
Rio Bravo City Hall
1701 Centeno Ln.
11:00am - 12:00pm
Rio Bravo, TX
Starr County Warehouse Bldg. Pct. 4
FM 755 (La Gloria)
10:00am - 11:00am
San Isidro, TX
Starr County Self Help Center
10 Mayorga Street
11:30am - 12:30pm
Rio Grande City, TX
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