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U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar Joins Washington Post Live to Discuss Border Security

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Yesterday, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar joined a Washington Post event, moderated by Washington Post reporter Leigh Ann Caldwell, to discuss the urgent need for border security measures. During the discussion, Cuellar emphasized the need to address the pull factors that are contributing to the record number of encounters at the U.S. Southern Border. Watch the full…

Rep. Cuellar Releases Statement on the Recent Death of Three Migrants – a Female Adult and Two Children – Near Shelby Park in Eagle Pass

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Today, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, Ph.D. (TX-28) released the following statement on the recent death of three migrants – a female adult and two children – near Shelby Park in Eagle Pass: “I recently learned that three migrants - a female adult and two children - drowned in the Rio Grande River near Shelby Park in Eagle Pass. “Border Patrol learned on Friday, January 12, 2024, at…

Rep. Cuellar Announces $80 Million in Federal Funding to Plug Orphaned Wells in Texas

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U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar Ph.D. (TX-28) and the Department of Interior today announced nearly $80 million in federal funding for orphan well plugging and site mediation in Texas. This major investment will spur economic revitalization, create good-paying jobs, and help mitigate the environmental and health impacts of methane leaks from toxic abandoned oil and gas wells. The funds are…

Rep. Cuellar Releases Statement on Confirmation of John A. Kazen to Serve on U.S. District Court for Southern District of Texas

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Today, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, Ph.D. released the following statement after John A. Kazen’s successful confirmation by the Senate to serve as a federal judge for the Laredo Division of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Kazen was confirmed by a bipartisan vote of 83-14. “I congratulate Judge Kazen on his overwhelming confirmation by the Senate to serve as…

Rep. Cuellar Announces $545,000 in Federal Funding for SCAN’s Familias Unidas Project to Help Teenagers and Young Adults Combat Substance Use Disorders

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Today, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, Ph.D. (TX-28) announced $545,000 in federal funding for Serving Children and Adults in Need’s (SCAN) Familias Unidas Project to help teenagers and young adults combat substance use disorders. This is the third allocation of funding since FY21, bringing the total award amount to $1,635,000. Funding for the Project will continue until FY26, with the…

Rep. Cuellar and Sen. Cruz Celebrate Permitting Reform for Border Bridges

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Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar, Ph.D. (TX-28) and Senator Ted Cruz (TX) celebrated the passage of their proposal to reform the Presidential permitting process for border bridges, including the World Trade Bridge expansion project in Laredo. President Biden recently signed the proposal into law in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year (FY) 2024. “Bridges serve as…

Rep. Cuellar Announces $750,000 in Federal Funding for Border Security in Jim Hogg County

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Today, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, Ph.D. (TX-28) announced $750,000 in federal funds for border security in Jim Hogg County. The funds were provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Operation Stonegarden Program, a program Dr. Cuellar created. The grant award will be used by the Jim Hogg County Sheriff’s Office to pay overtime and purchase new equipment and…

Rep. Cuellar Announces $200,000 in Federal Funding for Border Security in Duval County

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Today, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, Ph.D. (TX-28) announced $200,000 in federal funds for border security in Duval County. The funds were provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Operation Stonegarden Program, a program Dr. Cuellar created. The grant award will be used by the Duval County Sheriff’s Office to pay overtime and purchase fuel new to enhance security…

Rep. Cuellar Secures Overtime Pay Increases for Border Patrol Agents

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Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar, Ph.D. (TX-28) celebrated the increase in overtime pay for Border Patrol agents recently signed into law in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year (FY) 2024. “Our Border Patrol agents continue to work around the clock as the humanitarian crisis unfolds at the Southern border,” said Dr. Cuellar. “The lack of adequate overtime pay for…

Rep. Cuellar Announces $625,000 in Federal Funding for WestCare to Combat Substance Abuse at Laredo ISD and United ISD

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Today, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, Ph.D. (TX-28) announced $625,000 in federal funding for WestCare to combat substance abuse at Laredo Independent School District and United Independent School District. The federal grant is provided by the FY23 Drug-Free Communities Support Program through the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy. The funds will be used to combat…