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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 Announces Passage of a $3 Billion Expansion of GI Education Benefits
Rep. Cuellar announces today bipartisan passage of one of the biggest expansions to the GI Bill since its original inception in 1944; an effort he co-sponsored. The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 ensures that new servicemembers will be able to use the benefits they’ve earned throughout their lifetime. Originally, the GI Bill placed a 15-year limit on when recipients could use the tuition payments for higher education. With the Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, Veterans now have more flexibility on when they decide to attend higher education and obtain new skills later in life. “This common-sense expansion of GI education benefits is the right thing to do for our veterans, and my colleagues agreed as it passed through the Senate and House,” said Congressman Henry Cuellar. “The GI Bill has serviced so many already and now with this expansion of veteran’s benefits, our veterans will have every tool necessary to gain the skills n
Congressman Cuellar Announces Over $3.2 Million for Laredo Fire Department
Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced today that the Laredo Fire Department has been awarded $3,276,320 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). These funds will allow the Laredo Fire Department to hire 24 new full-time frontline firefighters. This funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) program. Congressman Cuellar helped fund this grant program through his role on the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. The SAFER grant, now in its 18th year, previously awarded funding to hire firefighters for the City of Laredo’s Fire Department in 2007 and 2011. These federal funds will be used to cover a competitive base salary and the robust benefits package (including health, dental, vision, FICA, and life insurance) offered by fire departments across the country to first-year firefighters for three years.
Members Introduce the Save Local Business Act
Committee on Education and the Workforce - Contact: Press Office (202) 226-9440 https://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=401928 Today, at a press conference with small business owners, members introduced the Save Local Business Act (H.R. 3441). The legislation, sponsored by Subcommittee Chairman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), rolls back the extreme joint employer scheme to protect American jobs and entrepreneurship. The bill has received bipartisan support with 29 co-sponsors. Upon introduction, members released the following statements: “Federal labor policies should be focused on benefiting workers and helping small businesses grow instead of creating barriers that limit opportunity,” Chairman Byrne said. “Also important, Congress – not unelected federal bureaucrats – should set our nation’s labor policies through statute instead of executive fiat. Under this bipartisan legislation, workers, and the businesses they work for, will be given much need
Rep. Cuellar Issues Statement on Border Tax Plan
Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) today issued a statement after the Trump Administration and GOP leadership sent a joint release stating their decision to drop the controversial Border Adjustment Tax (BAT): “A border adjustment tax would have meant a $5 trillion tax hike for hard working families. Trade is a major part of the Texas economy, and all Americans depend on a robust trade industry to provide them with affordable goods and services through import and export with other nations. I’m grateful that the Administration and Republican leadership agreed with me to abandon the BAT that was out of touch with the values of everyday Americans. I will continue working with my colleagues, both Democrats and Republicans, to fix our nation’s tax system to make sure Americans keep more of their hard-earned money and that we bring about policies that encourage small businesses to hire and grow our economy.”

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