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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

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.

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. 

 

More on Economy

May 11, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications for the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Grant Program. These grants are intended to help small, low-income rural communities address gaps in resources and staff. Applications are due Monday, July 2, 2018.  

April 30, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is now accepting applications for three grants to improve state and local law enforcement agencies’ ability to address community issues and combat drug abuse and distribution.

April 25, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that NeighborWorks America, an organization funded by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, has awarded a $431,000 grant to Affordable Homes of South Texas, Inc. Affordable Homes of South Texas will use the funds to promote affordable housing, revitalize neighborhoods, and spur job growth in Texas.

April 24, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications for the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program. Created by the 2002 Farm Bill and reauthorized in the 2014 Farm Bill, these loans assist eligible rural communities construct, improve, and extend the reach of vital broadband infrastructure.

April 20, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) has announced that the U.S. Census Bureau will be accepting applications for a Partnership Specialist in Hidalgo County, Texas, from April 19 – May 4, 2018, or at 11:59 p.m. EST/10:59 p.m. CST on the date the first 50 applications are received. In order to be considered, applicants must be current residents of Hidalgo County

April 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the fiscal year 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act funded critical USDA programs that help to combat Citrus Greening Disease at all-time high levels. The bill appropriated $10.5 and $57 million for the Huanglongbing Multiagency Coordination Group (HLB-MAC) and the Citrus Health Response Program (CHRP) respectively.

April 10, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to the deployment of the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border:

“Our policies must be rooted in facts – not fiction – and in reality – not rhetoric,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “The reality is that despite our area recently seeing a historic drop in crime and illegal entries, our federal agencies are intentionally misusing information to justify a strategy based in political rhetoric.

April 2, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is allocating over $23 million in Help America Vote Act (HAVA) Election Security Grant Program funding to the state of Texas for fiscal year 2018. The Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2018 included $380 million for the election security state grants that were authorized by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-252). These grants have not been appropriated since fiscal year 2010.

March 29, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications for Community Connect grants that fund broadband infrastructure projects in rural communities. The application period closes on Monday, May 14, 2018.

“Rapid innovations in technology present new challenges - and new opportunities - for South Texas,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “By investing in broadband, we open the door to more educational, employment, and healthcare opportunities in our rural communities.”

March 23, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement regarding his vote against the $1.3 trillion omnibus appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2018. The House passed the bill on Thursday, March 22, 2018, by a vote of 256-167. The Senate advanced the measure by a vote of 65-32. President Donald J. Trump signed the funding package this afternoon.