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  • Rep. Cuellar Supports US-MX Relations, Trade with Appropriations Bill
    Posted in Press Release on May 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade, Border & Homeland Security , Appropriations

    Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar announced that the Omnibus Appropriations Act passed by the House last week included funding and language to support international trade and relations between the United States and Mexico. For example, Congressman Cuellar supported efforts to streamline commerce at land ports of entry by directing the federal agencies involved to improve their staffing models, and encouraged early steps to explore a rail line between the U.S. and Mexico via Texas. “Mexico is an i... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar Announces Funds to Fight Cattle Fever Ticks
    Posted in Press Release on May 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Appropriations, Agriculture

    Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) announced an additional $3.7 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding to fight cattle fever ticks in areas like Starr, Zapata, and Webb Counties. This is in addition to the $8.5 million already allocated for fiscal year 2017, bringing the total to $12.2 million. “Cattle producers are an important part of our economy, and our way of life, here in Texas,” said Congressman Cuellar. “With their hard work, they feed America and the world, so ... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar Fights Poverty with Appropriations Bill Provisions
    Posted in Press Release on May 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Appropriations

    Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar announced that the Omnibus Appropriations Bill passed by the House of Representatives last week contains many of his provisions to fight poverty, house homeless veterans on the border, and support residents of rural areas and colonias. The legislation funds the government for the rest of the 2017 fiscal year. “There are communities in my district where hard-working families struggle to make ends meet, including some rural areas and colonias.” said Congressman Cue... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar Funds 10 New Immigration Judges, $1.5 Billion for Border Security
    Posted in Press Release on May 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security , Appropriations

    Today, Congressman Cuellar announced that he has successfully included language in the Omnibus Appropriations Act to hire at least 10 additional immigration judges, along with many other border security measures he included in the Omnibus Appropriations Act. The House of Representatives is set to vote this week on the legislation, which would fund the government for the rest of the 2017 fiscal year. “Increasing the number of judges to process immigration cases is a common sense solution that sho... Read more

  • In House Floor Speech, Rep. Cuellar Praises Govt Funding Bill before Passage
    Posted in Press Release on May 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Appropriations, Responsible Spending

    Just before voting with a majority of his House of Representatives colleagues to pass the Omnibus Appropriations bill to fund the federal government for the rest of fiscal year 2017, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) spoke on the House floor to praise the bipartisan compromise that led to the spending bill. The bill, which passed the House 309-118, provides $22.5 billion in funding for year-round Federal Pell Grants, $2 billion in funding for the National Institute of Health, provides funding ... Read more

  • Cuellar Announces $22.5 Billion for Pell Grants
    Posted in Press Release on May 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Appropriations, Education

    Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) announced the inclusion of language in the Omnibus Appropriations Act to increase the maximum award for Pell Grants, and change federal rules to allow Pell Grants to be applied to Summer tuition. The maximum Pell Grant will increase from $5,815 to $5,920 – up to $105 more per student. In addition, after visiting with administrators at South Texas colleges and universities, Congressman Cuellar supported language that reinstates year-round, or "Summer," P... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar Secures $59 Million to Help Citrus Growers, Thanks Reps. Vela and Gonzalez for Collaboration
    Posted in Press Release on May 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Appropriations, Agriculture

    Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) announced the inclusion of $59 million in federal funds to help U.S. citrus growers, including those in the Rio Grande Valley, in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill. The funds, which Congressman Cuellar included in this year’s fiscal year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations Bill with the help of Congressman Filemon Vela and Congressman Vicente Gonzalez, will offer support to citrus farmers in a number of ways. He also thanked Chairman Aderholt and Ranking Member B... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar Applauds Bipartisan Compromise Spending Bill // El Rep. Cuéllar Celebra la Aprobación de Acuerdo Bipartidista de Presupuesto
    Posted in Press Release on May 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security , Appropriations, Education

    In response to the news that a compromise Omnibus Appropriations Bill will come to the House this week, Congressman Henry Cuellar said: "This compromise is a big win for the American people, especially middle class families. Year-round funding of Pell Grants means more kids can stay in school this Summer and get closer to graduating and entering the workforce. Zero funding for an unnecessary border wall means private property rights and the environment will be protected. And, grants for medical ... Read more

  • Rep Cuellar Announces Mission Reach Project to Receive $10 Million in Federal Reimbursement
    Posted in Press Release on May 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Appropriations

    Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) announced that when the House of Representatives votes this week on the Omnibus Appropriations Act, which will fund the federal government for fiscal year 2017 (FY17), the bill will include a proposed $10 million in reimbursement for the Mission Reach project. The bill also included language instructing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to investigate ways to address environmental concerns around Mitchell Lake. Congressman Cuellar requested both ... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar: Americans Deserve Bipartisan Collaboration, Not Shutdown Threats
    Posted in Press Release on April 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border & Homeland Security , Appropriations, Responsible Spending

    In response to reports that President Trump will postpone the fight over funding a border wall, likely averting a government shutdown, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) said: “Americans deserve to see bipartisan collaboration on the real challenges facing this country. Lately, instead they’ve seen threats to shut down the government, and an expensive plan to use their tax dollars for an ineffective border wall. That’s why I’m glad to hear that President Trump might be backing down, at least for now. ... Read more