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.
Congressman Gonzalez has a proven record of supporting research, pest management, trade assistance, and other federal programs that give farmers and ranchers the resources they need to have a productive business.
The congressman understands the importance of protecting the safety net and is dedicated to elevating the concerns and priorities of South Texas agriculture producers in Washington, D.C. Congressman Gonzalez supports increasing market access for all American agricultural products and efforts to strengthen the farm economy and provide regulatory certainty to agriculture producers.
Recently, alongside Congressmen Filemon Vela and Henry Cuellar, Congressman Gonzalez helped secure $59 billion in federal funding for citrus research in the Rio Grande Valley, a huge advancement for the area’s citrus farmers.
Congressman Gonzalez also joined colleagues from across the country to request an additional $2.5 million in federal funding for research on the sugarcane aphid, a pest that poses a threat to sorghum in South Texas and across the country
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WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that Duval and Jim Hogg Counties were designated as natural disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, these counties suffered consecutive weeks of intense drought qualifying them for disaster assistance.
In addition, the Secretary of Agriculture named Brooks, Live Oak, Jim Wells, La Salle, McMullen, Maverick and Starr Counties in Texas as contiguous disaster areas.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued a statement following Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s issuance of a disaster declaration in response to drought conditions in South Texas:
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) expressed relief that the U.S. Department of Commerce and Mexican Tomato Growers reached a deal to lift tariffs on imported tomatoes from Mexico:
“For months now, I have urged Secretary Ross to reconsider exiting the Tomato Suspension Agreement. The last thing we need is a tariff that will affect Americans’ pocketbooks and interrupt business supply chains. Citizens of both countries use fresh tomatoes for a plethora of things from pizza sauce to salsa and ketchup and everything in between,” said Congressman Gonzalez.
WASHINGTON –Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has begun accepting applications for funding for conservation easements on lands damaged by and prone to flooding and other natural disasters. The NRCS has made available $217.5 million for 11 States.
WASHINGTON - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and David Schweikert (AZ-6) co-led a bipartisan, bicameral letter urging the Trump Administration to exclude a “seasonality” provision from the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
In the letter, Congressman Gonzalez and his colleagues cautioned the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) against including a seasonality provision as it would have a damaging effect on border state economies.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today issued the following statement in response to reports that international bridges in the Rio Grande Valley are facing extensive delays due to the reassignment of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel and the President’s recent threat to close the border.
“U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel already face challenges in how quickly it processes trade on a day-to-day basis across multiple international bridges in the Rio Grande Valley and along the U.S. Southwest Border.
Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is encouraging local Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) to apply for collaboration efforts with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the 2019 Class of the E. Kika De La Garza Fellows Program.
The E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program offers faculty and staff from HSIs the opportunity to collaborate with the USDA to gain insight and understanding of the federal government. These fellowships allow participants to learn about available opportunities at the USDA and other federal agencies.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to tonight’s State of the Union address from President Donald J. Trump.
“It is important to note that now – more than ever – is the time for the Administration to make a good faith effort to find common ground with Congress as we each outline our visions for the future of this country. No, I do not agree with President Trump on every policy or approach, but I have always been willing to come to the table in the name of bipartisanship.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced his subcommittee assignments for the 116th Congress. The congressman serves on the House Financial Services Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee.
As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, Congressman Gonzalez will serve on:
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to President Donald J. Trump’s announcement to join efforts to reopen the federal government, ending the longest-ever government shutdown – 35 days – in history. The continuing resolution will extend government funding for three weeks until February 15, 2019, and provide backpay to federal employees who have missed paychecks since December 22, 2018.