Press Release

Rep. Cuellar Votes to Reopen the Department of Agriculture and Department of Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development

Washington | Olya Voytovich, DC Press Secretary (202-226-1583); Leslie Martinez, District Press Secretary (956-286-6007), January 10, 2019

WASHINGTON— Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28), a member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee and Subcommittees of Homeland Security and Defense, voted in favor of H.R. 265, the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, and H.R. 267, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. The first bill passed the House with full democratic support and 10 Republicans in favor. The second passed with full democratic support and 12 Republicans in favor. If signed into law, both bipartisan bills will reopen these and other related agencies through September 30.


Congressman Cuellar said, “Today, I voted to reopen key federal agencies so that American families, business, and communities across the country receive benefits and services that allow them to lead healthy lives. These bills provide funding for critical nutrition and farm programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a vital lifeline for millions of vulnerable Texas families. They also restore services for homebuyers and renters and ensure air travel and highway transportation are safe for all Americans.


“House Democrats agree that our top priority is to reopen the federal government. Today’s votes were not about the wall, but about making sure that the government continues to meet the needs of the American people. I ask the President to take action, reopen the government, and lead the country out of this unnecessary stalemate.”