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La Presna de San Antonio: Keep America Going with Small Business

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We’ve heard it before; small business is the backbone of America. We are still the midst of a recovery from the worst economy in history since the Great Depression and we now depend more than ever on the creativity and innovation of people from all sectors to help the United States restore its reputation in having the best economy in the world. That can only happen if we help existing small busine...

Laredo Morning Times: People making legitimate border crossings should be treated with the utmost respect

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Laredo, like many border areas in the United States and Mexico, depends on the movement of people and goods across the border to keep their economies strong and healthy. Thousands of people cross our international bridges to visit with their loved ones, to work, or to shop. Making border crossings more efficient should be one of our priorities. Recently I read a letter in the Laredo Morning Times...

San Antonio Express News: Export-Import Bank supports border economy

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Reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank is about helping America win. The House last week voted on a continuing resolution that included a reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank until June 30, 2015. I voted to support that extension but a long-term reauthorization of the bank must be passed to provide stability to businesses that rely on its export support. Chartered in 1945, the Export-Import Ban...

Texas Tribune: What's next for Washington on the border crisis

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What's next for Washington on the border crisis By Henry Cuellar, Aug. 13, 2014 Photo by Jack Dean The whole country has been watching as a humanitarian crisis unfolds on our southern border while Washington does nothing. In fact, earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it would redirect money during the middle of hurricane season from the Federal Emergency Manageme...

Dallas Morning News: Rep. Cuellar: Neither party owns all the good ideas

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Rep. Cuellar: Neither party owns all the good ideas By HENRY CUELLAR Published: 07 August 2014 09:42 PM Updated: 08 August 2014 10:33 AM Americans are disappointed with the job Congress is doing, with good reason. Last week’s failure of Congress to send President Barack Obama a supplemental appropriations bill to address the border humanitarian crisis is just the most recent example showing that ...

McAllen Monitor Op-Ed on Humane Act

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More than once over the past two months, I have visited the McAllen Border Patrol facility and the HHS facility at Lackland AFB where undocumented immigrant children are being processed. As a family man and father, the sight of hundreds of children alone, scared and far from home is a powerful and moving experience. Visiting with some of the children, such as Emilia, 9, from Honduras and Miguel, 1...

US News & World: U.S. Law Is Putting Children at Risk

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U.S. Law Is Putting Children at Risk A 2008 law for trafficking victims needs an update. Time to change the process for unaccompanied children who come into the U.S. By Henry Cuellar July 23, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. EDT+ More Over the past two months, I have toured the Border Patrol facility in McAllen, Texas, and the Department of Health and Human Services facility at Lackland Air Force Base where immig...

Huffington Post: 11 Million Jobs Supported by Trade in the United States

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11 Million Jobs Supported by Trade in the United States Just in 2013, 11 million jobs were supported by trade in the United States. In Texas, a total of 40,737 companies were dependent on exports -- 93 percent of which were small businesses, with 500 or fewer employees. With May being World Trade Month, I would like to emphasize the role that international trade has on our economy. We have an oppo...

The McAllen Monitor: Stopping the flow of drugs internationally

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COMMENTARY: Stopping the flow of drugs internationally U.S. REP. HENRY CUELLAR | Guest columnist I recently joined Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., and other members of the Appropriations Committee to meet with Colombian and Mexican officials to discuss joint efforts to combat the spread of illegal narcotics. The United States, Mexico and Colombia have a partnership to eradicat...

mySA: Investor center program should become permanent

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Investor center program should become permanent BY HENRY CUELLAR, GUEST COMMENTARY : APRIL 22, 2014 As chairman of the Pro-Trade Caucus in Congress, I was active in leading efforts on trade agreements that create more American jobs and generate economic growth. Thanks in part to robust international trade and strong retail growth, Laredo's unemployment rate is lower than the national average. But...