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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

September 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) has awarded $1,044,198 and $1,202,024 for Fiscal Year 2018 to Edinburg and Pharr, Texas, respectively. This funding comes in the form of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) which provides communities with resources to expand access to affordable housing, create jobs, and retain business growth. 

September 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is encouraging eligible applicants in the 15th District of Texas to apply for available Recruiting Assistant positions for the 2020 Decennial Census. 

September 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is inviting all eligible high school students in the 15th District of Texas to apply for a nomination to attend the United States service academies beginning in Fall 2019.

These institutions prepare college-age Americans to be officers in the U.S. uniformed services. Upon graduation, service academy graduates join active or reserve status as officers for a minimum of five years. Current law authorizes Congressman Gonzalez to nominate candidates for appointment to four of five U.S. service academies:

September 11, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON –Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s is included Duval and Jim Hogg Counties in a Secretarial Disaster Designation to provide farm operators eligibility and access to recovery assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Texas counties affected by recent severe drought and included in this designation are: Atascosa, Duval, Frio, Jim Hogg, Maverick, McMullen, Zapata, and Zavala Counties.

September 11, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) has announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the City of Edinburg a $1,288,821 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant. This funding will allow the City of Edinburg Fire Department to hire an expected 12 new firefighters.

September 10, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) recently returned from a bipartisan congressional delegation to Asia, headed by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05). The group traveled to Japan, Hong Kong, China, and South Korea where they participated in meetings with high-level civilian, military, and private sector leaders to discuss intellectual property protections and market access for American businesses and the importance of denuclearizing North Korea.  

September 7, 2018 Press Release

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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 September 6 – September 20, 2018. In order to be considered, applicants must be current residents of Cameron or Hidalgo Counties.

September 7, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded $750,000 in federal funds to Duval and Jim Hogg Counties for Fiscal Year 2018. These awards are through the Operation Stonegarden Program (OPSG) for their efforts in prevention, protection and response to security issues on our border.

September 5, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the USDA has revealed a new webpage concerning the access of broadband to rural communities. This new website walks through the necessity of being connected in today’s digital world for everything from agriculture and education to healthcare and small businesses.

August 31, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Henry Cuellar (TX-28) have announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $100,000 to South Texas College (STC) in McAllen, Texas for workforce and economic development.

This EDA investment will support South Texas College and the Starr County Industrial Foundation as they develop the Starr County Strategic Plan. The Plan will be focused on diversifying and boosting economic development throughout the Rio Grande Valley.