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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas
  • Available Funding with Small Business Administration

    In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is providing Disaster loans to businesses, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters. There are three types of disaster loans available through SBA: Business Physical Disaster Loans, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, and Home Disaster Loans. Your respective counties are designated disaster areas and are eligible for the Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Below is the description provided by SBA: Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) – Working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period. The filing deadline for EIDLs is May 25, 2018. Attached, is an announcement provide by the Small Business Administration. Information on the following can be found in this attachment. • Credit Requirements • Interest Rates • Loan Terms and Loan Amounts • Loan eligibility If you plan to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, please do not hesitate to contact my office at (202) 225-2531 or (956) 682-5545. For more information, contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at https://www.sba.gov/disaster.
  • Congressman Gonzalez Starts Oil & Gas Caucus in U.S. House

    Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced the formation of the Congressional Oil & Gas Caucus, a Congressional Member Organization dedicated to educating Members of Congress about issues related to the production, transport, refining, distribution, and trade of oil, gas, and other petroleum hydrocarbons including crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. The Congressman will serve as chair of the newly-formed caucus and hopes to quickly grow the group’s membership. As chair, Congressman Gonzalez will serve as an advocate about the economic benefits of fully harnessing the country’s natural resources.

Latest News

October 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that Texas’ 15th District has received $12,273,740 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in funding for the Community Development Block (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), and HOME program.

October 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) encourages students in Texas’ 15th District to pursue international exchange programs hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of State, which are celebrating 75 years of exchange programs. These programs are:

October 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued an update regarding the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Federal Major Disaster Declaration for counties in Texas’ 15th District. On Wednesday, President Donald J. Trump amended his disaster declaration from August 25, 2017 to authorize Federal funds for Guadalupe County.

October 11, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) shared information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) about how to join its Hurricane Recovery Team.

October 4, 2017 Press Release

EDINBURG, TX—Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that he will begin a public service announcement (PSA) campaign that encourages voter registration and outlines the correct procedures to register with the state of Texas.

Agriculture

Congressman Gonzalez is proud to represent a thriving agricultural community of more than 8,000 farms totaling upwards of 4,303,286 acres. The 15th District of Texas is home to a diverse array of produce, specialty crop, and livestock operations. The district is known for its citrus, cotton, sugarcane, sorghum, and cattle ranching operations.  

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Transportation & Infrastructure

Congressman Gonzalez is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all South Texans as well as ensuring that people are able to travel or transport goods safely through the region.

Foreign Relations & Trade

Congressman Gonzalez firmly believes that a strong national defense, free and fair international trade, and diplomacy are the keys to American global leadership.  The congressman supports efforts to improve national security, promote democracy, bolster our allies, and hold bad actors accountable for their efforts to destabilize the international community.

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Economy

Congressman Gonzalez has long been a voice for the American consumers and an advocate for fiscally-responsible policies that encourage economic growth and job creation in South Texas. Congressman Gonzalez supports updating our nation’s tax regime so that all Americans benefit from the nation’s tax system equitably.

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Education

Congressman Gonzalez firmly believes that children are the future and that all children deserve a quality education from nursery school to college and beyond.

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Energy

Congressman Gonzalez supports an all-the-above approach to energy and understands the importance of American energy not only to power our cars and homes, but also as a national security issue and a job creator.

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Healthcare

All South Texans deserve access to affordable, quality healthcare, especially those who live in rural communities and medically underserved areas. Unfortunately, South Texas is home to a large uninsured or underinsured population. Congressman Gonzalez is working with his colleagues to develop innovative ideas that lower healthcare costs and provide better coverage for more people.

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Seniors & Medicare

For decades, Medicare and Social Security have helped millions of Americans retire comfortably after a lifetime of work. As a country, we made a promise to protect our elderly and ensure they would have reliable access to the resources and support that they earned.

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Veterans & Our Military

More than 600 guardsmen, more than 34,000 veterans, and 780 service members call the 15th District home. There are two National Guard facilities and several defense equipment and parts manufacturers located in the congressman’s district.