Please take a moment to read my latest update from Washington and Texas Congressional District 28.
In this week's congressional report, I've included information from the Department of Homeland Security about a new trilateral agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico that allows travelers to apply for expedited screening programs to promote legitimate travel across the three countries. I also recently spoke to students participating in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Congressional Internship Program in Washington, D.C.
And in case you missed it, I have provided a link to my YouTube page where you can view the entire cybersecuirty video conference I hosted last week throughout my district.
Lastly, I've also provided some updates from my district, a constituent and intern spotlight, and information on how to prepare a monthly budget.
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United States Announces Trilateral Agreement with Canada and Mexico to Expand Trusted Traveler Programs
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has joined Public Safety Canada and the Secretariat of Governance of Mexico in outlining the first steps toward the creation of a North American Trusted Traveler network. As part of the agreement, Mexican nationals who are members of Mexico’s Viajero Confiable program will be able to apply for the U.S. - Canada NEXUS trusted traveler program, making them eligible for expedited screening benefits upon arrival at international airports in the United States and Canada. Click here to read more about this program on the DHS Web site.
Speaking at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington
Last week, I spoke to the Summer 2015 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) interns in Washington, D.C., about the importance of gaining hands-on experience through internships and pursuing your dreams. I had the pleasure of having CHCI intern Leslie Martinez (top right) in my D.C. office this summer. I also met with Kelsey Castaneda, a CHCI summer intern from Mission, Texas, in my district.
Cybersecurity Video Conference
Last week, I hosted a cyber-security video conference throughout my district in order to provide businesses, law enforcement personnel and the general public with tools and knowledge on how to protect themselves against cyber attacks. If you missed this video conference, you can watch the entire video by clicking here.
Meeting to Discuss Community Needs with City of Palmview
On August 4, my southern district outreach coordinator met with representatives from the City of Palmview to discuss the use and need for federal funds and upcoming events in their area. Pictured above from left to right are Palmview Fire Chief Jerry Alaniz, Director of City Services David Nacianceno, Outreach Coordinator Nichole Hernandez and City Manager Ramon Segovia
Constituent Highlight: Maria Alaniz
Maria Alaniz (pictured above) and her daughter came to my Laredo District Office due to a discrepancy with her monthly Social Security payments. My Constituent Services Representative was able to fix the issue immediately and her monthly benefits were reinstated.
Rasoul Khaledi - Washington, D.C. Office
Rasoul Khaledi is a freshman at American Heritage School and interned in my Washington, D.C., office during the summer, where he was able to gain a better understanding of how the federal government operates.
Read more about Rasoul and other interns in my office here.
Find out how to apply for an internship with my office either in the district or in D.C. here.
Federal Trade Commission - Budgets
Do you know where your money goes each month? This video from the Federal Trade Commission shows you how to create a monthly budget in order to keep track of your money and make sure you have enough to pay for your bills and other expenditures.
The House is in recess next week.
In the News
8/4/15, Enlace: Veterans to see disability compensation increase thanks to new legislation
8/4/15, Enlace: Rep. Cuellar announces $1.2 million in federal funds for Starr Law Enforcement
8/4/15, El Manana de Nuevo Laredo: Podrán hacer más inversión para mejoras en la frontera (More investment allowed for border improvements)
8/4/15, Roll Call: Cheaper Gas Means Survival, Not Savings: Repeal the Ban on Crude Oil Exports | Commentary
8/2/15, El Manana de Reynosa: Buscan proteger a estudiantes agrícolas ([bill] seeks to protect agricultural students)
8/2/15, McAllen Monitor: Federal bill could fund border infrastructure projects
8/1/15, El Manana de Reynosa: Condado Hidalgo recibe fondos para la seguridad (Hidalgo County receives funds for security)
8/1/15, El Manana de Reynosa: Programa de salud cumple ya 50 años (Health program celebrates 50 years)
7/31/15, KGNS: National Retail Federation names Congressman Cuellar one of their 'Heroes of Main Street'
7/31/15, Insurance News Net: Congressman Cuellar Celebrates 50 Years of Medicare and Medicaid
7/29/15, My Harligen News: Congressmen Cuellar, Conaway, McCaul Introduce Student Agriculture Protection Act
Neighborhood Office Hours
Tuesday, August 11th
Elmendorf City Hall
203 Bexar Ave
9:30am - 10:00am
Floresville City Hall
1120 D Street
10:30am - 12:00pm
La Salle County Offices
(every other month)
Court House Square
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Encinal City Hall
107 N. Tejas
3:00pm - 4:00pm
City Hall Conf. Room
2 1/2 Miles, South
Farm Rd 2360
8:00am - 9:00am
La Grulla, TX
Rio Grande City City Hall
101 Washington Street
10:00am - 11:30am
Rio Grande City, TX
Escobares City Hall
4851 East Hwy 83
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Roma Community Center
502 6th Street
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Thursday, August 13th
St. Hedwig City Hall
13065 FM 1346
9:00am - 10:00am
St. Hedwig, TX
(call for appointment)
10:30am - 11:30am
Sutherland Springs, TX
La Vernia City Hall
102 E. Chihuahua
1:00pm - 2:00pm
La Vernia, TX
El Cenizo City Hall
507 Cadena St.
9:30am - 10:30am
El Cenizo, TX
Rio Bravo City Hall
1701 Centeno Ln.
11:00am - 12:00pm
Rio Bravo, TX
Starr County Warehouse Bldg. Pct. 4
FM 755 (La Gloria)
10:00am - 11:00am
San Isidro, TX
Starr County Self Help Center
10 Mayorga Street
11:30am - 12:30pm
Rio Grande City, TX
Have a question about neighborhood office hours? Call my toll free number at 877-780-0028