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The Hill: 20 years after NAFTA, investing in trade more important than ever

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The impact of international trade can be felt in every town, city, and business across the United States. It creates jobs, supports small businesses, and puts more money in the pocket of hardworking Americans. We have a responsibility to our nation's still fragile economy to take every reasonable step to invest in this critical segment of the economy that touches nearly every state in the country.... Read more »

La Reforma Energética Mexicana: Una Bendición para Ámerica del Norte

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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... Read more »

ICYMI: Congressman Cuellar Op-Ed "Mexican energy reform helps North America"

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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 Congress... Read more »

The Hill: America needs its shale energy and hydraulic fracturing provides it

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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 ... Read more »

The Hill: Immigrants build the nation

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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 w... Read more »

McAllen Monitor: U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar: Reform immigration now

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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... Read more »

Opinion > Commentary South Texas Consortium will boost economy

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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 ... Read more »

U.S. should recognize Mexico's economic value

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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... Read more »

Do Something, Congress

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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 su... Read more »

FREE TRADE DEALS, A GOOD DEAL FOR AMERICA

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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 d... Read more »