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  • La Reforma Energética Mexicana: Una Bendición para Ámerica del Norte
    Posted in Op-Eds on December 20, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Mexico

    El descubrimiento del petróleo de esquisto bituminoso en Texas ha sido una bendición para la economía de nuestro estado y nuestra región, resultando en la creación de miles de puestos de trabajo y mil millones de dólares en ganancias adicionales. Por ejemplo, en el año 2012, la formación geológica de Eagle Ford en el sur de Texas genero más de $61 mil millones de dólares para la región, más de 116,000 puestos de trabajo, y más de $3.1 mil millones de dólares en salarios. El mes pasado, yo viajé ... Read more

  • ICYMI: Congressman Cuellar Op-Ed "Mexican energy reform helps North America"
    Posted in Op-Eds on December 18, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Mexico

    The discovery of shale oil in Texas has been a boon for the economy of our state, creating thousands of jobs and billions of dollars. In 2012 alone, the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas created over $61 billion in economic impact across a 20-county region, supported over 116,000 full-time jobs and generated $3.1 billion in salaries. I traveled to Mexico City last month and met with Mexican Congressman Marco Gonzalez, who set up meetings for me with Mexican members of Congress and the administrati... Read more

  • The Hill: America needs its shale energy and hydraulic fracturing provides it
    Posted in Op-Eds on November 19, 2013 | Preview rr

    By Reps. Bill Flores (R-Texas) and Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) In just a few short years, the United States has become the world’s number one oil and natural gas producer, and is well on its way to no longer relying on energy from countries that are historically hostile to U.S. interests. For the average family last year, this energy transformation meant $1,200 in the form of lower energy bills, at a time when hard working American families desperately need a break. The benefits of the shale energy ... Read more

  • The Hill: Immigrants build the nation
    Posted in Op-Eds on October 21, 2013 | Preview rr

    By Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) I am the oldest of eight children, and my parents used to take me out to the fields — las piscas — to be with them, as they worked in the hot sun. Some of the earliest photos of me as a young child are black-and-whites together with my parents in the fields. My father was a migrant worker from Guerrero, Mexico, who came to America not for handouts, but to work. He worked as a laborer when he met my mother. My father and mother only reached a second and sixth grade... Read more

  • McAllen Monitor: U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar: Reform immigration now
    Posted in Op-Eds on September 14, 2013 | Preview rr

    Last week in Washington, I joined with three of my colleagues to urge the U.S. House of Representatives to act on the national momentum to enact immigration reform. As part of two Democrats and two Republicans, it was a unique moment to discuss how we can fix our broken immigration system. I thank my fellow members of Congress, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., Rep. David Valadao R-Calif., and Rep. Albio Sires, D-N.J., for joining me to address the nation. As the fall legislative calendar begins... Read more

  • Opinion > Commentary South Texas Consortium will boost economy
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 26, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade

    Every day, millions of dollars in commerce cross our southern border. Trade in goods and services with Mexico totals more than $500 billion and is the lifeblood of the South Texas region, creating jobs and providing income to thousands of hardworking Americans. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, more than 450,000 jobs in Texas rely on trade with Mexico. My hometown of Laredo, which is the largest inland port of entry in the United States and sixth largest U.S. Customs district, accounts ... Read more

  • U.S. should recognize Mexico's economic value
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 12, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade, Border & Homeland Security , Jobs and Economy, Mexico

    I met Enrique Peña Nieto in May 2011, during his introduction visit to Washington, D.C. Then governor of the state of Mexico, Peña Nieto was a rising star in Mexican politics and clearly had a bright future ahead of him. The following two years, after multiple trips between Mexico and Washington, including stops to places such as Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, and an invitation to his presidential campaign debate, I was able to witness Peña Nieto's energy, results-driven thinking and commitment ... Read more

  • Do Something, Congress
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 14, 2012 | Preview rr

    I know I’m not the only American frustrated with Congress right now. But I’m also optimistic that Congress will rise above politics to make some important decisions that will directly impact the educational opportunities, health and economic security of American families. One critical issue facing Congress deals with college students and college affordability. On July 1, 2012, interest rates on subsidized Stafford student loans will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. Stafford student loans ... Read more

  • FREE TRADE DEALS, A GOOD DEAL FOR AMERICA
    Posted in Op-Eds on October 26, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade

    Free trade provides smart, no-cost solutions. While Americans are faced with unemployment and the federal government continues to find ways to save money, these deals breathe life into job creation and sound fiscal policy. Earlier this month, Congress took a bipartisan, bicameral bold step forward in approving three major Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia after years of delay. Together, the bills will create one quarter of a million jobs in the United States, spur our e... Read more

  • SMALL BUSINESSES ARE BIG JOB CREATORS
    Posted in Op-Eds on October 3, 2011 | Preview rr

    Where we are The American people have given Congress a critical task that requires immediate action: creating and retaining jobs in this country. Too many Americans, from recent college graduates to veterans, are feeling the burden of unemployment. Lines are longer at unemployment offices and jobs are scarce for highly skilled or qualified candidates. We all know someone who is looking for a job and some of you may be currently looking, but let me assure you that my priority in Congress is to br... Read more