September 19, 2015


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Congressional Report

Dear friends,

Please take a moment to read my latest update from Washington and Texas' 28th Congressional District.

Below you will find information regarding a wild horse and burro adoption event in Laredo on September 25 and 26, a recent interview on mine on C-SPAN in which I address the issues of the Iran nuclear agreement and immigration, my visit with U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald with veterans in the Rio Grande Valley to discuss veteran health care, my discussions within the House Oversight Committee regarding border trade and security, the grand opening of a new crime lab in Laredo, as well as updates throughout my district and some tips for business owners from the Federal Trade Commission.

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Rep. Cuellar Announces Wild Horse and Burro Adoption in Laredo

The U.S. Department of the Interior - Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will feature dozens of adult and yearling horses and burros that once roamed free on Western public lands for adoption at the Laredo International Fair and Exposition (LIFE Downs) on September 25 and 26. Click here to read more.

Discussing Iran, Immigration and Oil

On September 10, I spoke with Greta Brawner about ‪‎Iran‬, ‪immigration, a possible repeal of the crude oil export ban ‬ and other issues on C-SPAN's Washington Journal. Click here to view my video of our interview.

Rep. Cuellar Discusses Veteran Health Care During Valley Tour

On September 14, I joined U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, Gov. Greg Abbott, Sen. John Cornyn, Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, Congressman Filemon Vela and others to tour The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley campus and Smart Hospital in Harlingen and spoke to Valley veterans about improving veteran health care. Click here to read more.

Discussing Border Trade and Security

On September 9, I spoke at the House Oversight Committee about enacting smart policy in regards to border trade and security. Click here to view video of my speech.

Rep. Cuellar Attends Grand Opening of $6.1 Million DPS Crime Lab in Laredo

On September 15, I participated in the grand opening of the new Department of Public Safety Crime Lab in Laredo. I secured $250,000 for crime lab equipment back in 2010. The lab will provide local law enforcement with the technology and personnel to process evidence here in town, rather than having to send materials to existing labs out of town. Click here to read more.

Meeting to Discuss STEM Outreach
On September 15, my outreach coordinator for Bexar County, Pete Arguello (left), met with Perry Robinson, Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for Rackspace (right) to discuss legislative matters and ideas for conducting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education outreach around Bexar County.

Meeting with Atascosa County Officials

On September 10, my outreach coordinator for Atascosa County, Gilbert Lafuente, met with officials in Pleasanton to discuss county projects including the grand opening of the Atascosa County Justice Center. Pictured from left to right are Outreach Coordinator Gilbert Lafuente, Precinct 2 Commissioner Bill Torans, Judge Kyle Bradley, Chief Clerk Imelda Placido, County Clerk Marie Laque and Court Clerk Ashley Garza.

Meeting with Mexican Consul General in Laredo
On September 15, my outreach coordinator for Webb, La Salle and Zapata Counties, Alec Martinez, met with Mexico's Consul General in Laredo, Texas, to discuss how our offices can work together on issues of international trade, tourism and immigration. From left to right are Jose Velez Luna and his wife, Mexican Consul General Carolina Zaragoza Flores, and Outreach Coordinator Alec Martinez.

Meeting with Officials in McAllen to Discuss Higher Education
On September 15, my southern district outreach coordinator, Nichole Hernandez, met with officials in McAllen to discuss the signing of a letter of intent between the City of McAllen, Hidalgo County and Texas A&M University to possibly expand Texas A&M's presence in the Rio Grande Valley and create new higher education options for students. Click here to read more.

Intern Spotlight:

Jonathan Chacon - Washington, D.C. Office

Jonathan Chacon is a rising sophomore majoring in economics and philosophy at the University of Chicago. He has lived in Guatemala, Spain, Peru and Ecuador, and currently lives in Arlington, Virginia. He decided to intern with my office to get a firsthand perspective of how things work on Capitol Hill. He plans on applying to law school to study constitutional law after college.

Read more about Jonathan 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.

TX28 Tips
Federal Trade Commission - Start with Security
This video from the Federal Trade Commission Does your company use personal information? Don’t collect more than you need, and only hold it as long as you have a business need for it. This is the first lesson in the Start with Security series.


Henry Cuellar

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Rep. Cuellar
In the News

9/16/15, El Manana de Reynosa: Congresista Cuéllar demanda más apoyo (Congressman Cuellar demands more support)

9/15/15, KGNS: New state-of-the-art crime lab opens in Laredo

9/15/15, Nueces County Record Star: Port commission discusses ship channel project

9/15/15, Rio Grande Guardian: VA Secretary McDonald’s RGV visit in Pictures

9/14/15, Texas Border Business: Rep. Cuellar Discusses Veteran Health Care During Valley Tour

9/14/15, McAllen Monitor: Health care, not a VA hospital, is priority: VA secretary while in McAllen

9/14/15, Laredo Morning Times: Local crime lab to be named after Laredo investigator

9/13/15, El Financiero: Anuncia Texas plan de colaboración en pro del comercio internacional (Texas announces collaborative plan in favor of international trade)

9/13/15, McAllen Monitor: Secretary’s visit aims to highlight healthcare needs for veterans but some aren’t waiting

9/10/15, Houston Chronicle: House panel approves oil export legislation, more work ahead

9/10/15, San Antonio Express-News: Oil exports bill sails through House panel

Neighborhood Office Hours

Tuesday, September 22nd

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