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COVID-19 Surge in Rio Grande Valley Comes as Over 20,000 Immigrants Arrive at Border in 1 week; 87 Border Agents Test Positive; Major NGO Shuts Down

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Washington, D.C.— Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) is urging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to prioritize the health and safety of border agents and border communities amidst a COVID-19 surge in the Rio Grande Valley. The migrant surge has resulted in the temporary shutdown of Catholic Charities, nearly 70 border agents testing positive for COVID-19 in...

El aumento de COVID-19 en el Valle del Río Grande se produce cuando más de 20.000 inmigrantes llegan a la frontera en una semana; 87 agentes fronterizos dan positivo; Cierra una importante ONG ?

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Washington, D.C.— El congresista Henry Cuellar (TX-28) urge al secretario del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS) de los Estados Unidos, Alejandro Mayorkas, a priorizar la salud y la seguridad de los agentes fronterizos y las comunidades fronterizas en medio de un aumento de COVID-19 en el Valle del Río Grande. El aumento de COVID-19 ha resultado en el cierre temporal de Catholic Charities, c...

Congressman Cuellar Releases Statement on the Termination of Two Laredo Sector Border Wall Contracts

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Laredo, TX—Today, U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement in response to an announcement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that the agency is terminating two Laredo Sector border wall contracts funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations bill and outlined in the executive order (Presidential Proclamation 10...

Cuellar Statement in Response to Texas District Court Ruling on DACA

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Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (TX-28) issued the following statement after a U.S. District Court judge ruled to invalidate the DACA initiative and halt the approval of new applications: “This weekend’s ruling is against the law. In my home state of Texas over 120,640 young people, who have known no other country, have benefited from the DACA program. Of those, over 104,959 are...

Rep. Cuellar Announces Arrival of Expanded Child Tax Credit for TX-28

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Washington, D.C.— Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced the much-anticipated Child Tax Credit (CTC): a lifeline to middle class families, which is estimated to cut child poverty in half. Nearly 95% of children in TX-28 will gain from the expanded Child Tax Credit, totaling 231,000 children. Additionally, 9,800 children will be lifted out of deep poverty. The expanded Child Tax Credit is proj...

Rep. Cuellar Secures $115.8 Million for Joint Base San Antonio

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Washington, D.C.— Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) secured $115.8 million for Recruit Housing & Training Facilities, a Military Ambulatory Care Center, and F-16 Mission Training Center at the Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) in the fiscal year 2022 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (MILCONVA) Appropriations bill. This funding, an increase of nearly 75% over the FY21 fundi...

Congressman Cuellar Releases Statement in Response to the Laredo Boil Water Notice

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Laredo, TX—Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement in response to the boil water notice in Laredo: “I have been in close contact with Mayor Saenz and City Manager, Robert Eads, to discuss the ongoing boil water notice. Additionally, my team has been in communication with the Texas Division of Emergency Management, and the Texas National Guard, to ensure that Lared...

Cuellar & Miller-Meeks Introduce Bill to Improve Care for Unaccompanied Children

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Washington, D.C.—Today, U.S. Representatives Henry Cuellar (TX-28) and Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02) introduced the Responsibility for Unaccompanied Minors Act. This bicameral and bipartisan legislation clarifies the responsibilities of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide additional protections, keep better track, and care for unaccompanied alien children (UACs). This l...

Rep. Cuellar Announces Nearly $4 million In Federal Funds to San Antonio Metropolitan Health District

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Washington, D.C.—Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced $3,999,933 in federal funding to the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (SAMHD). These funds, awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) initiative, will be used over the next two-years to identify and implement best practices for improving health literacy to enhance COVID-19 va...

Congressman Cuellar Releases Statement in Response to the Laredo Boil Water Notice

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Laredo, TX—Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement in response to the boil water notice in Laredo: “I have been in close contact with Mayor Saenz and City Manager, Robert Eads, to discuss the ongoing boil water notice. Additionally, my team has been in communication with the Texas Division of Emergency Management, and the Texas National Guard, to ensure that Lare...

Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2022 Financial Services and General Funding Bill

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Washington, D.C.— Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) voted in favor of the fiscal year 2022 Financial Services and General Government funding bill. The bill passed on a 33 to 24 vote. For fiscal year 2022, the bill includes $29.1 billion in funding, an increase of $4.8 billion over 2021. The funding bill includes many of Congressman Cuellar’s legislative priorities for the constituents of the 28t...

Rep. Cuellar and Appropriations Committee Approve Fiscal Year 2022 Legislative Branch Funding Bill

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WASHINGTON— Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) voted in favor of the fiscal year 2022 Legislative Branch funding bill, on a 33 to 25 vote. Additionally, Congressman Cuellar helped secure language permitting Legislative Branch agencies to employ Dreamers and language directing the Library of Congress to increase partnerships with minority serving institutions. The bill passed full committee markup a...

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Rep. Cuellar with Bipartisanship and Leadership Awards

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Washington, D.C.— Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) received the Abraham Lincoln Leadership for America Award and the Jefferson-Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship by the United States Chamber of Commerce. These two awards are presented to members of Congress who demonstrate bipartisan leadership and constructive governing necessary to move our country forward. Representatives Don Bacon (R-NE-2), ...

Reps. Cuellar, Joyce, Keating, Pingree, Chabot and Harris Introduce the Returning Worker Exception Act of 2021

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Washington, D.C. –Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28), along with Reps. David Joyce (R-OH-14), Bill Keating (D-MA-09), Chellie Pingree (D-ME-01), Steve Chabot (R-OH-01), and Andy Harris (R-MD-01), introduced the bipartisan Returning Worker Exception Act of 2021 (H.R. 3897). This legislation would reform the H-2B program by exempting returning workers from an outdated numerical cap as well as suppo...

Rep. Cuellar Applauds the Redirected Border Barrier Funds, Emphasizes the Role of Congressional Appropriators

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will reprioritize the Border Barrier Funds to address and remediate urgent life, safety, and environmental issues resulting from the previous administration’s border wall construction. “As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, and Vice Chair of the Homeland Security ...