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Washington, April 27, 2007 | comments

Today, Rep. Henry Cuellar announced that a $4 million federal grant has been awarded for the renovation of the facilities at Falcon Dam.  Located near the dividing line between Starr and Zapata Counties, the Falcon Dam facilities will be renovated internally and externally.

“The renovation of facilities at our international borders is vital to increasing the efficiency and security of our border communities.  In Congress, we are working hard to make sure that citizens in these communities benefit from federal funding and resources,” said Congressman Cuellar.

Originally constructed and dedicated on Oct. 19, 1953, the federal facilities at Falcon Dam serve as a point of entry between Mexico and the United States.  President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mexican President Adolfo Ruiz Cortines originally dedicated the facilities and spoke of a lasting international friendship.

“I want to thank Elsie Acevedo from the General Services Administration and Chris Cantu from the Customs and Border Protection for their efforts in making the renovation of Falcon Dam a reality, and I also commend the partnership between federal and local agencies,” said Cuellar.

“Securing federal funds for vital projects in Texas’ 28th District is a key priority of mine.  When our communities prosper and grow, all of South Texas and our friends across the border reap the benefits,” said Congressman Cuellar.  “Enhancing trade and tourism while maintaining and improving border security is a critical issue in border communities, and I will continue work hard to increase access to federal aid for projects in these areas.”


Congressman Henry Cuellar is a member of the House Homeland Security, Small Business, and Agriculture Committees in the 110th Congress; accessibility to constituents, education, health care, economic development and national security are his priorities. Congressman Cuellar is also a Majority Senior Whip.
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