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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

November 15, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a loan of $50,000,000 to San Miguel Electric Cooperative. 

November 14, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has started accepting applications for Fire Prevention and Safety Grants (FP&S) for Fiscal Year 2018.

These grants support fire prevention and firefighter safety research and development projects. The application period opened Monday, November 12, 2018 at 5 p.m. EST and will end on Friday, December 21, 2018.

October 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) opened a district office in Seguin, Texas on Wednesday, October 17 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

 

The new office, located at 1243 Cardinal Ln., Seguin, Texas 78155, is the fifth office for residents in the 15th District of Texas and will serve constituents in the northernmost areas.

October 16, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) has awarded $1,278,922 to Texas RioGrande Legal Aid to offer disaster legal services to Hurricane Harvey survivors.

“This funding from the Legal Services Corporation is critical for the many Texans still dealing with the effects of Hurricane Harvey,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “The services offered will allow every Harvey survivor to remain resilient and present the opportunity for full recovery.”

October 16, 2018 In The News

RIO GRANDE CITY, RGV – It’s a sign of just how much the Starr County economy has grown when its economic development leaders can be blasé about an investment of $50 million.

But, to some extent that is happening. Investments of more than $150 million and $250 million, mostly in the energy sector, are becoming the norm.

“The numbers today are a little surreal,” said Rose Benavidez, president of Starr County Industrial Foundation, which is the economic development division for what has historically been of the poorest counties in Texas. 

October 15, 2018 In The News

The Department of Justice awarded a nonprofit $700,000 to help pay for legal services for victims of human trafficking.

The grant for Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid Inc. comes from the DOJ’s Office of Victims of Crime-Human Trafficking and is part of a series of monies awarded to four other entities, U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez announced Thursday.

The DOJ awarded a total of $802,799 to the five entities, with the nonprofit taking the bulk of the funds.

October 10, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development program has approved a $174,857 grant for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV).

October 10, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s plan to introduce a bill that fully funds the administration’s proposed border wall on the U.S.-Mexico Border.

October 8, 2018 In The News

MCALLEN, Texas - As the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) moves forward, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez says the automotive industry here in the Rio Grande Valley will be impacted the most.  

"Overall, I think I am happy there is a deal first of all. You know they say the devil is in the details, so you have to go back and crunch some numbers."

Congressman Gonzalez feels the agreement will benefit the U.S. dairy market, the American wine market and here in the Valley, Gonzalez says the automotive industry will be most impacted.

October 5, 2018 In The News

EDINBURG, RGV – The government of the United States lost the opportunity to negotiate with Mexico on the issue of insecurity because there is no known formal agreement inserted to NAFTA/USMCA.

That is the view of Congressman Vicente Gonzalez of McAllen.

“For me, I think this was an opportunity that was lost, if we got this agreement finalized without talking about the security issue in Mexico”, Gonzalez said.