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  • Rep. Cuellar Speaks Out Against Border Wall
    Posted in Press Release on July 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security , Appropriations

    Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) today spoke on the House floor to voice his opposition to H.R. 3219 that would add nearly $1.6 billion in federal taxpayer funds to begin construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Congressman Cuellar speaks on the House floor Wednesday against a costly and ineffective border wall. “President Trump promised the American people that Mexico would pay for a wall, but he’s footing the bill to American taxpayers,” said Congressman Cuellar. “A wall would be ine... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar Speaks Out Against Diversion of Wall Funding
    Posted in Press Release on July 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security , Appropriations

    Last night, Republican leadership quietly decided to move the $1.6 billion in funding for President Trump’s border wall from the House Appropriations Homeland Security spending bill to an omnibus spending package for the Department of Defense and a handful of other related agencies. Congressman Cuellar (TX-28) today responded with the following statement: “I am disappointed by this decision to move funding for the President’s senseless border wall to the Department of Defense omnibus spending pa... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar Issues Statement on Federal Funding for Texas National Guard Border Security Operations
    Posted in Press Release on July 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security , Appropriations

    Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) has issued the following statement regarding a notice that the National Guard Bureau will provide the State of Texas with approximately $3 million from the remaining Fiscal Year 2017 Operation Phalanx funds that Cuellar secured in the FY17 Omnibus Appropriations bill for National Guard border security operations: "While I’m disappointed that the Department of Homeland Security did not request flight hours for National Guard aerial support operations to assist th... Read more

  • Cuellar Issues Statement on USTR's NAFTA Negotiating Objectives
    Posted in Press Release on July 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade, Appropriations, Jobs and Economy

    Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) has issued the following statement after the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released its objectives for negotiating NAFTA: “My colleagues from Texas and I understand the importance of NAFTA for our state. We want to work with the Administration in a bipartisan way to make sure we build upon the success of NAFTA and modernize it for the 21st Century. That’s why I met with both United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Mexico’s Secre... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar Sends Letter to Governor’s Office Requesting Reimbursement for Border Communities
    Posted in Press Release on July 14, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement regarding the delay in reimbursement for border communities who have provided humanitarian assistance during the surge of immigrants which began in 2014: Today, I have sent a letter to Governor Greg Abbott addressing the concerns of our border communities who have yet to be reimbursed for the humanitarian assistance they provided when the federal government was overwhelmed by a large influx of immigrants that began in 2014... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar Helps Deliver Funding for 65 New Immigration Judges
    Posted in Press Release on July 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Appropriations

    Today, Congressman Cuellar (TX-28) announced the inclusion of funding for 65 new immigration judges and support staff he helped secure in the Fiscal Year 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations bill. This bill was passed by the House Appropriations Committee, of which Congressman Cuellar is a member, and awaits action by the full U.S. House of Representatives. “There are over 500 thousand immigration cases awaiting trial or resolution in this country. That mean... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar and Sen. Cornyn Meet with U.S. Trade Representative to Discuss NAFTA
    Posted in Press Release on July 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade, Appropriations, Jobs and Economy

    Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28), Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Congressmen Will Hurd (TX-23) and Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) met with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in response to a letter from Senator Cornyn and Congressman Cuellar requesting a meeting with Members of Congress representing constituencies along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), headed by Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, handles international trade ... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar Announces Language Authorizing Another $10 Million in Federal Reimbursement for Mission Reach Project
    Posted in Press Release on July 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Appropriations, Agriculture

    Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28), a member of the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, announced the inclusion of language he sponsored authorizing an additional $10 million in federal reimbursement for the San Antonio/Bexar County Mission Reach Project in the Fiscal Year 2018 Energy and Water Appropriations bill. This bill was passed by the House Appropriations Committee today and now awaits consideration by the full House of Representatives before being sent to the Sena... Read more

  • Cuellar Helps Deliver Over $116 Million to Support Citrus Growers
    Posted in Press Release on July 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Appropriations, Jobs and Economy, Agriculture

    Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) announced the inclusion of more than $116 million in federal funds he helped secure in the Fiscal Year 2018 Agriculture Appropriations bill to help fight Citrus Greening Disease and fruit flies. To help Rio Grande Valley farmers battle the scourge of Citrus Greening Disease, the Congressman advocated for and secured over $57 million for the Citrus Health Response Program and Huanglongbing Multi-Agency Coordination Group operated through the U.S. Departm... Read more

  • Congressman Cuellar Helps Deliver $91.5 Million for USDA Cattle Health Program
    Posted in Press Release on July 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Appropriations, Jobs and Economy, Agriculture

    Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) announced the inclusion of $91.5 million which he helped secure in the Fiscal Year 2018 Agriculture Appropriations bill for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Cattle Health Program; funding that is used in part to help fight the spread of cattle fever ticks. The U.S. cattle industry is valued at roughly $81 billion. Cattle fever ticks carry microscopic parasites that cause anemia, fever, enlarg... Read more