Press Release

Rep. Cuellar and Colleagues Visit Antarctica on Bipartisan Congressional Delegation

Washington | Tony Wen, Press Secretary (202-856-8750), November 29, 2023

U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, Ph.D. (TX-28), along with other Members of the House Appropriations Committee, participated in a Congressional Delegation (CODEL) to Antarctica to witness the ongoing research activities being carried out by American scientists and servicemembers.

“Travelling to Antarctica over the Thanksgiving recess was an experience that I will not forget and will help guide my work on the Appropriations Committee,” said U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, Ph.D. (TX-28). “I was pleased to meet many Texans working there on research crucial to our national security, including a Laredo native. Thank you to the National Science Foundation for organizing the trip and the United States and New Zealand militaries for ensuring our safety in temperatures thirty degrees below freezing.”

Dr. Cuellar was joined by Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR-3), who led the delegation, and Reps. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA-14) and Tony Gonzales (R-TX-23). The delegation toured the McMurdo Station and the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station and met with senior staff and researchers of the United States Antarctic Program and the National Science Foundation. The members also toured the Joint Spacecraft Operation Center (JSOC) located at McMurdo Station to learn about weather monitoring activities conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).