South Texas Politics

In the last few years, the Port of Corpus Christi has become a leading export port, especially since December 2015, when Congress lifted the 40-year crude oil export ban. Oil and other energy related products shipping from...
Last week, I visited some Texas-27 small businesses including Venom Outdoor and Oscar’s Pest and Termite Control. 
A woman in South Texas faces a minimum of 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to sex trafficking a 9-year-old girl.
The Port of Corpus Christi, the nation’s fourth largest port by tonnage, plays a critical role in importing and exporting crude oil. That's why I have been a vocal advocate for the Port of Corpus Christi in Congress, pushing...
Last week I participated in several events in the Rio Grande Valley, where I visited with agriculture leaders, business owners, and border mayors, and received briefings from U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) Rio Grande Valley...
U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statements after their Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act, legislation promoting public-private partnerships (P3)...
I sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump today to encourage making America great again by improving the nation’s infrastructure by building roads, and widening and deepening our nation’s ports.
When the La Quinta channel was completed, Aids to Navigation (ATONs) such as buoys and beacons were not installed as originally planned.
Last week, I attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge. The Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge is an icon for those of us who grew up with it and the new Harbor Bridge will be an icon for our...
Last week I announced that the North American Development Bank (NADB) and the North Alamo Water Supply Corporation (NAWSC) have signed a $1.89 million grant agreement to support the construction of a new regional wastewater...
Last week, I was happy to announce the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved the Port of Corpus Christi Project Partnership Agreement allowing the port to begin working on its widening and deepening project.
Last week, I held my third law enforcement roundtable with more than 20 sheriffs, police chiefs, ICE agents and Border Patrol officers. This has proven to be a great tool for increasing communication, collaboration and...
Last week, I attended the House Depot Caucus’ annual breakfast in the Capitol. I spoke with General Gustave Perna, Commander of the United States U.S. Army Materiel Command also known as the Organic Industrial Base (OIB)....
When I’m not in Washington, I like to make sure I’m up-to-date on what’s going on in the area. Last week, I did this by meeting with constituents, students and teachers, local leaders, business owners, employees and Texas...
As I travel throughout the district I represent in Texas, veterans tell me time and again the VA system is broken and they are not receiving the timely quality care they’ve earned. This failure is a national disgrace and...
The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act passed the House 360-61.
Last week, I hosted a round table meeting to bring local and federal law enforcement officials together.
As your representative in Congress, an important part of my job is listening to your concerns, and last week I did just that crisscrossing the district to meet with people at five town hall meetings.
The City of Brownsville has received a $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve the city’s bus and bicycle and pedestrian systems...
U.S. Representative Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville and I have announced the designation of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway as M-69 Marine Highway by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The M-69 Marine Highway designation...

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