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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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Congressman Cuellar Tours Border with National Border Patrol Council Local 2455
In an effort to understand issues with our border security, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) joined U.S. Border Patrol agents with the National Border Patrol Council Local 2455 on a tour of the border in the Laredo Sector area-of-responsibility Monday evening. As part of the border tour, Congressman Cuellar witnessed agents apprehend five undocumented immigrants attempting to enter the United States. During the border tour, over 350 pounds of narcotics were also apprehended by agents. “Yesterday, I joined Border Patrol agents with the National Border Patrol Council Local 2455 on a tour of the border on the banks of the Rio Grande. The bravery and professionalism of these agents is truly commendable. “During the tour, I discussed issues dealing with border security and the agents’ needs on the ground including support for the maintenance of river roads, technology upgrades and vehicle maintenance. “Border Patrol agents are hard-working and dedicated law enforcement office
Rep. Cuellar Issues Statement on HHS Notification of Reprogramming Funds to Assist with Surge of Central American Migrants at Border
Congressman Cuellar (TX-28) today released the following statement regarding a U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) notification of reprograming $167 million of federal funds from other program to assist with the surge of unaccompanied minors at the southern border: “As the representative for the border, my district is one of the hardest hit by the surge in unaccompanied minors and family units to our border. We must do more to assist our partners in Central America by working to end the violence which is driving these unaccompanied minors and family units to our borders. This reprograming of funds would not be necessary if we did a better job at securing the border. We are currently playing defense at our own goal line when we would be better served by rooting out the cause. “Through my role on the House Appropriations Committee, we’ve provided $750 million in assistance to Central America in fiscal year 2016. However, this money has not been obligated in a timely or effic
Congressman Cuellar Issues Statement on Zapata Residents Living Beyond IBWC Boundary Line
Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) has released the following statement regarding the issue of Zapata residents living beyond an International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) flowage easement:  “Recently, several of my constituents from Zapata County called my office about a letter they received from the International Boundary and Water Commission, stating they were illegally living on federally-owned property and had 180 days to remove their structures from the boundary line. “Before the letter was sent to residents in Zapata, the IBWC surveyed what is known as the 307 boundary line near the Four Seasons Mobile Home and RV Resort. During that survey, the IBWC was made aware of people living beyond the boundary zone. That is when they notified residents, many of whom had bought their property decades ago and have been living on their properties since then. “As a result, my office has been in contact with the IBWC, Zapata County officials and the affected resident
Rep. Cuellar Votes in Favor of 21st Century Cures Act
Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) today voted in favor of H.R. 34, “21st Century Cures Act,” which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 392 to 26. The bill will now go to the U.S. Senate, where it will need to be passed before being sent to the President. This legislation of $6.3 billion includes: $4.8 billion for the National Institute of Health, specifically o   $1.46 billion for the Precision Medicine Initiative, launched by President Obama in 2015 o   $1.51 billion for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, President Obama’s focus aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain o   and $1.8 billion for Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot, an coalition with a goal of curing cancer $1 billion over 2 years for grants to states to supplement opioid abuse prevention and treatment activities, such as improving prescription drug monito

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