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ENG: Henry Roberto Cuellar (born September 19, 1955) is the U.S Representative for Texas's 28th congressional district, serving since 2005. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district extends from the Rio Grande to the suburbs of San Antonio, including Guadalupe County and nearby Wilson County. Outside of politics, he has served as a professor at the Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) in Laredo, TX. Early life, education, and pre-political career Cuellar was born in Laredo, the seat of Webb County in southern Texas, where he has resided most of his life. Cuellar's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Martin S. Cuellar, Sr., were migrant workers who never completed schooling beyond the fifth grade. He is the oldest of eight children. His brother, Martin Cuellar, Jr., is the ...
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Cuellar and Partners Honor Vets With a Heroes Opport. Fair

Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) joined the The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce and Workforce Solutions in presenting the Heroes Opportunity Fair – a free event open to the public, but tailored towards helping local and returning veterans learn of the resources available on a local, state and federal level. “The fair was designed with the needs of veterans in mind,” Congressman Cuellar said. “Our veterans can find information on jobs, educational opportunities, and veterans benefits all under one roof. I thank The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce and ...

Congressman hosts grants conference in McAllen

Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) hosted a multi-city grants videoconference at South Texas College, in which more than 170 participants gained insightful knowledge of the latest tools and resources available to submit a successful grant application. Cuellar and representatives from the Congressional Research Service, Grants.gov, The Foundation Center and The FundBook joined participants at South Texas College via videoconference from Washington D.C. "At today's workshop we wanted to keep it simple: grants are available and here's how you can apply," said Congressman Cuellar. "We have a ...

Henry Cuellar respects Perry, but won’t endorse him

Rep. Henry Cuellar, who crossed party lines in 2000 to endorse Republican George W. Bush, stopped just short of calling that endorsement a mistake. In an interview, he also made clear he would notendorse his friend Rick Perry in this year’s presidential race. Cuellar remains loyal to the Texas governor, who appointed the Laredo Democrat to serve as Texas secretary of state before he won his seat in Congress. But the past experience of crossing party lines and the resulting political fallout would prevent him from doing it again. “I’m just a big believer in ...

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Rep. Cuellar: $81m for Farmworkers Jobs Program
Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced the National Farmworkers Jobs Program would receive $81,896,000 for the 2017 fiscal year, consistent with 2016 funding. He also pushed the Department of Interior to improve cooperation with state governments on worker protection standards. Congressman Cuellar said: “I protect and support farm workers because agriculture is vital to the economy, in my district and nationwide. My parents were migrant workers when I was a child. It is a tough job, but an important one. These men and women play a critical role in our food supply and food security. They deserve safe, fair conditions, and the opportunity to pursue the full-time work that can sustain their families.” According to Benefits.gov, “The National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) provides job training, employment assistance, and other supportive services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their dependents with the goal of helping farmworkers secure full-time employment
Cuellar Legislation Directs DHS Search & Rescue Report
After Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) directed them to do so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a report on its search and rescue efforts, including the causes of death of migrants attempting to cross the southwest border. Last month, the House of Representatives passed the FY17 Omnibus Appropriations Act, including requirements from Congressman Cuellar that DHS prepare this report. Congressman Cuellar said: “Crossing our southwestern border is an illegal and dangerous undertaking. We know hundreds of lives are lost each year as people attempt this risky journey. However, we need more information to address this problem. The U.S. Border Patrol, while securing our homeland, also saves many of these migrants’ lives, especially the Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue Unit (BORSTAR). This report allows us to both acknowledge their current heroic efforts, and begin to identify where and how they can improve. I thank my colleagues, Appropriations Homel
VIDEO: Rep. Cuellar Asks CBP Leader about World Trade Bridge
In a meeting of the Homeland Security Subcommittee of Appropriations this morning, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) questioned John P. Wagner, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), about the Department of Homeland Security’s plan to get the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas back to full capacity. Congressman Cuellar asked: “On Sunday, May 21, 2017, severe weather damaged the World Trade Bridge in my home town of Laredo, Texas significantly disrupting normal cargo and trade operations at the busiest commercial crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border. Typically about 14,000 trucks cross the World Trade Bridge daily.  Each day that the World Trade Bridge operates under-capacity due to this damage, it costs producers and businesses revenue and production that results in economic losses that are unacceptable. While this damage to the bridge places a strain on our nation’s trade and creates tough economic realities, it does present an opp
Rep. Cuellar Supports $4b Veterans Budget Increase
Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced significant funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs, including a $4 billion discretionary funding increase, in the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill for FY 2018. That $4 billion increase is part of a $78.3 billion proposed budget for the agency. It includes $186m for suicide prevention outreach, $7.3 billion for homeless veterans, and $69 billion for medical care. That is enough money to treat approximately seven million patients in fiscal year 2018. More than 35,000 veterans live in Congressman Cuellar’s district. Many of them qualify for some services from the Department of Veterans Affairs, including health care at facilities like Laredo’s Community Based Outpatient Clinic. They and their families are also served by the Laredo Vet Center, the San Antonio Vet Center, and the Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery. Texas veterans are mostly likely to have served in the Vietnam War

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