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.
As a member of the powerful House Committee on Financial Services, Congressman Gonzalez seeks to enact policies that protect seniors and service members from financial exploitation and balance the needs of taxpayers, businesses, and regional and community financial institutions.
Congressman Gonzalez is also a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of 18 centrist Democrats committed to financial stability, ensuring a strong national defense, and transcending party lines to get things done for the American people.
A staunch supporter of pragmatism and mutual respect, Congressman Gonzalez proudly serves as the sole Texan in the Problem Solvers Caucus. The newly-formed caucus consists of Democrats and Republicans who pursue common sense, bipartisan economic policies working together for the common good of the United States of America.
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WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) encouraged those in Cameron, Willacy, and Hidalgo Counties who were affected by the flooding in June to take advantage of all of the available resources offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other U.S. federal agencies.
FEMA is offering a wide array of disaster assistance and services including grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses not met by insurance or other assistance programs.
WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Kevin Brady (TX-08) introduced H.R. 3934, the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act of 2019. The legislation seeks to ensure more fairness for Social Security benefit payments by eliminating the windfall elimination provision (WEP).
WASHINGTON – On Thursday, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) voted to raise the minimum wage for the first time in decades for the hard-working men and women of the 15th District of Texas. H.R. 582, the Raise the Wage Act, would gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. The measure passed 231 to 199.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) successfully ushered H.R. 3701, the Strengthening Fraud Protection Provisions for SEC Enforcement Act of 2019, through the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday. This legislation aims to strengthen the ability to prevent fraud and punish bad actors.
WASHINGTON –Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued a statement in response to federal financial agencies excluding independent and community banks from the Volcker rule:
WASHINGTON – Following the introduction of H.R. 3182, a bill to delay the FASB implementation of the CECL methodology, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez issued the following statement:
“Our financial system craves certainty. It is important that our rules and laws are not constructed in a vacuum or merely react to the changing climate. I am pleased that as a result of our efforts the FASB has begun to change their tune. From small banks to large investment firms, we need to take the adequate time to reassess how this methodology will impact our financial institutions.”
Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) introduced H.R. 3182, a bipartisan bill to delay the implementation of CECL while cost-benefit studies are done to explain the impact on certain kinds of business. Congressmen David Scott (GA-13), Brad Sherman (CA-30), Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03), Barry Loudermilk (GA-11), Roger Williams (TX-25), Ted Budd (NC-13) and French Hill (AR-02) make up the bipartisan team of original co-sponsors.
WASHINGTON – Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Filemon Vela (TX-34) have sent a letter to Chairwoman Lucille Roybal-Allard and Ranking Member Chuck Fleischmann of the House Appropriations Committee to request additional language in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill. This language would make local governments, non-profits, and other entities in the Rio Grande Valley eligible to apply for reimbursements in the form of a grant for the housing and care of family units released into the community.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is encouraging eligible applicants to apply for funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Business Development Grants program to help implement training and technical service initiatives that improve transportation facilities and services in rural communities.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is encouraging eligible applicants in the 15th District of Texas to apply for available preparedness grant programs through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Department recently released the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Notices of Funding Opportunity for eight DHS programs that total more than $1.7 billion.