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  • FULL TEXT: Sen. Cornyn, Rep. Cuellar Letter to Amb. Lighthizer Asking for NAFTA Meeting
    Posted in Press Release on June 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade

    Today, Senator John Cornyn (TX) and Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) sent a letter to Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, requesting that he meet with all Members of Congress representing constituencies along the U.S.-Mexico border to discuss modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The letter is attached. It reads: Dear Ambassador Lighthizer: Upon your May 18, 2017, notification to Congress of the Administration’s intent to “initia... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar: $1.7 Billion for Job Corps; $15m Increase from FY16
    Posted in Press Release on June 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economy, Education

    Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced $1,704,155,000 in funding for the 2017 fiscal year for Job Corps, a free training program that helps American youth develop job skills, find employment, and graduate high school or earn a GED. Congressman Cuellar successfully increased the funding by $15 million compared to last year. Job Corps, run by the U.S. Department of Labor, is open to low-income youth ages 16-24 with legal status in the United States. It provides technical training, educ... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar Improving Food Safety Procedures on the Border
    Posted in Press Release on June 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced new measures for the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to more efficiently fight disease and food-borne illnesses, including some border-specific efforts that could save businesses money and avoid wasted food. When a truck carrying produce crosses the border, U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors or certified Customs & Border Protection (CBP) agriculture inspectors inspect the contents. If they find a... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar: $81m for Farmworkers Jobs Program
    Posted in Press Release on June 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economy, Agriculture

    Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced the National Farmworkers Jobs Program would receive $81,896,000 for the 2017 fiscal year, consistent with 2016 funding. He also pushed the Department of Interior to improve cooperation with state governments on worker protection standards. Congressman Cuellar said: “I protect and support farm workers because agriculture is vital to the economy, in my district and nationwide. My parents were migrant workers when I was a child. It is a tough job, ... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar Supports $4b Veterans Budget Increase
    Posted in Press Release on June 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Supporting Veterans

    Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced significant funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs, including a $4 billion discretionary funding increase, in the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill for FY 2018. That $4 billion increase is part of a $78.3 billion proposed budget for the agency. It includes $186m for suicide prevention outreach, $7.3 billion for homeless veterans, and $69 billion for medical care. That is enough money to treat approximately se... Read more

  • VIDEO: Rep. Cuellar Asks CBP Leader about World Trade Bridge
    Posted in Press Release on June 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security

    In a meeting of the Homeland Security Subcommittee of Appropriations this morning, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) questioned John P. Wagner, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), about the Department of Homeland Security’s plan to get the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas back to full capacity. Congressman Cuellar asked: “On Sunday, May 21, 2017, severe weather damaged the World Trade Bridge in my home town of Laredo, Texas significantly disrupting ... Read more

  • Cuellar Legislation Directs DHS Search & Rescue Report
    Posted in Press Release on June 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security

    After Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) directed them to do so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a report on its search and rescue efforts, including the causes of death of migrants attempting to cross the southwest border. Last month, the House of Representatives passed the FY17 Omnibus Appropriations Act, including requirements from Congressman Cuellar that DHS prepare this report. Congressman Cuellar said: “Crossing our southwestern border is an illegal and dangerous und... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar Meets with Asst. U.S. Trade Representative
    Posted in Press Release on June 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade

    Yesterday, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) hosted Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Christopher Jackson and Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Cameron Bishop to discuss the modernization of NAFTA and the need for America, not China, to lead the world on trade. Congressman Cuellar has already been working with businesses on both sides of the border, as well as the Mexican Ambassador and other government leaders, to improve NAFTA. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), hea... Read more

  • VIDEO: Rep. Cuellar Co-Sponsors Bipartisan ‘Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017’
    Posted in Press Release on June 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security

    Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of the Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill he is co-sponsoring to solve the severe staffing shortage faced by Customs and Border Protection. “Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is facing a staffing deficit of more than 3,000 positions,” said Congressman Henry Cuellar. “That puts our homeland security at risk. One reason for this dangerous shortage: applicants ... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar, Mayor Taylor Announce $1m Federal Investment in San Antonio Homeland Security Preparedness
    Posted in Press Release on June 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security

    Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) and San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor announced that the City of San Antonio will receive a $1 million federal investment for fiscal year 2017 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to expand and improve homeland security preparedness in that city. The funds are part of the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) and are specifically geared to address the unique planning, organization, training and equipm... Read more