Trade and Economy

Cuellar Wins Congressional House Hero Award from National Retail Federation

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Washington, DC—Today, the National Retail Federation recognized U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) as a “Hero of Main Street” for his continued support of the retail industry through legislative action and leadership. The Hero of Main Street award was created by NRF in 2013, and eligibility is based on key votes, bill sponsorship and advocacy to advance retailers’ priorities. Recipients suppor...

Rep. Cuellar Votes to Boost American Manufacturing, Science, and Innovation

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Washington, DC–Today, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) voted for H.R. 4346, The CHIPS and Science Act. This legislation makes historic investments to surge production of American-made semiconductors, tackle supply chain vulnerabilities, bolster America’s scientific research and technological leadership, and strengthen America’s economic and national security. The legislation will positively ...

Cuellar, Stefanik, Steel Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Expand Worker Flexibility and Choice

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Washington, DC—Today, U.S. Representatives Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28), Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) and Michelle Steel (CA-48) introduced the Worker Flexibility and Choice Act (WFCA). The legislation establishes a new work arrangement that combines the flexibility of independent work with certain workplace protections and opportunity for additional benefits. The relationship between the worker and the en...

Cuellar Statement on Baby Formula Shortage

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Washington, DC—Today, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement on the nationwide baby formula shortage: “The current supply chain shortage of baby formula disproportionately affects women and children from underserved communities: about half of infant formula sold nationwide is purchased with WIC (Women, Infant and Children) benefits, which restrict the types of form...

Rep. Cuellar Announces New CDL Program at South Texas College

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Rio Grande City, Texas—U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced a new driver’s license program at South Texas College that will help meet the demand for professional truck drivers in the Rio Grande Valley. The South Texas College Commercial Truck License institute will partner with Trancasa, an international leader on ground transportation, to provide anti-collision technology to facilitat...

Rep. Cuellar Secures $20 Million for Electric Grid Stability and Clean Energy Technology

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Washington, D.C.— Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) helped secure $20 million for Energy Future Grants. These grants will provide novel methods for energy efficiency to support critical community infrastructure, ensuring Texas can better anticipate and prepare for future disasters. The funding was passed through Congress and signed into law as part of the FY2022 omnibus appropriations legislation....

Cuellar Anuncia la Finalización de los Programas de Conectividad de Banda Ancha en el Condado Webb

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Laredo, Texas— El Congresista de EE.UU Henry Cuellar (TX-28) anunció la finalización de los proyectos de conectividad de banda ancha de Las Lomas, Las Penitas, Los Botines, Simeon Park y Hachar Business Park. Los proyectos se completaron con el apoyo de $14,000,000 en fondos federales para proporcionar a familias y empresas en comunidades rurales de Texas acceso a banda ancha de alta velocidad. Lo...

Cuellar Votes for New Relief Funding for Texas’s Restaurants and Small Businesses

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Washington, DC—Today, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) voted to secure urgently needed relief for small businesses across Texas. The Relief for Restaurants & Other Hard Hit Small Businesses Act will deliver $55 billion to replenish funding for Texas restaurants and establish a new program supporting other small businesses impacted by the pandemic. “Small businesses are the lifeblood of the T...

Opportunity Zone Magazine Awards Cuellar ‘Top 25 Policy Influencer’

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Washington, DC—Today, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced that he was awarded ‘Top 25 Policy Influencer’ by Opportunity Zone Magazine. Cuellar has been instrumental in extending investments in historically underserved areas, including South Texas. In February 2021, he introduced the Opportunity Zone Extension Act of 2021, created under the under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, to exte...

A Bipartisan Fix for the H-2B Visa Program

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When local help-wanted ads go unfilled, the federal H-2B visa program provides access to temporary seasonal labor for small and seasonal businesses. The effects are broad—the visa program benefits workers, consumers and local economies. As the editorial board correctly highlights, however, the program is plagued by chronic oversubscription, which causes perennial worker shortages. Fortunately, we ...