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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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August 6, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Filemon Vela (TX-34) urged U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham to continue self-response and non-response follow-up (NRFU) for the U.S. Census through October 31 as originally planned. Director Dillingham and the Trump administration recently indicated that Census efforts would end a month earlier than scheduled. 

July 16, 2020 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Anthony Gonzalez (OH-16), Tim Ryan (OH-13), Dave Joyce (OH-14), and Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05) partnered to introduce the Isolate COVID-19 Act. This legislation will establish a federal program where states can receive funding to lease hotel properties for the purpose of temporarily housing individuals with COVID-19 who lack the ability to isolate or quarantine in their own homes and wish to voluntarily isolate themselves. 

July 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, in response to the Trump Administration’s June executive proclamation suspending all work visas during the COVID-19 pandemic, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) along with Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-3), Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA-37), Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), Congressman Raúl Grijalva (AZ-3), Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (NY-9), and Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-38), urged the Department of Labor to prioritize the real labor problems of all workers and put a stop to the Trump Administration’s work visa ban, rather than push

July 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump urging his administration to extend federal unemployment insurance benefits, which are set to run out at the end of July without action by the White House and U.S. Senate.

June 8, 2020 Press Release

 WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) lauded the passage and signing of a bipartisan bill into law to deliver further relief for small businesses in the 15th District of Texas. H.R. 7010, The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act makes key fixes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to assist small business owners in South Texas and across the country who are struggling the most as a result of the coronavirus.

June 8, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) joined Congressmen Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) and Roger Williams (R-TX) in a bipartisan effort to support the live entertainment industry, which has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a letter to Congressional leadership, Gonzalez, along with 93 other members of Congress, called for a targeted legislative action to support the industry as Congress continues negotiations on the next emergency relief bill.

May 28, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) voted to pass a critical, bipartisan bill to deliver further relief for small businesses in the 15th District of Texas. Led by Congressmen Dean Phillips of Minnesota and Chip Roy of Texas, H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act makes key fixes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to assist small business owners in South Texas and across the country who are struggling the most as a result of the coronavirus.

May 18, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced support for The Heroes Act, House Democrats’ latest legislation to address the continued public health crisis and provide desperately needed support for struggling families and essential workers, with funds for testing and tracing measures, key support for frontline workers and strengthened assistance for the American people. Congressman Gonzalez also recently released a detailed estimate of the direct benefits

May 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) endorsed the improvements in H.R. 6800, The Heroes Act, which would improve the 2020 economic stimulus payment guidelines. The Heroes Act would allow for the Economic Impact Payments to be made to individuals who file their income tax with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), rather than a Social Security Number.

May 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and members of the Texas Democratic Congressional delegation called on Texas Governor Greg Abbott to suspend any raises, interest and penalties on Texas property taxes for the current taxable year.

“Texans are facing an unprecedented crisis due to the coronavirus,” said Congressman Gonzalez. “We implore Governor Abbott to offer hardworking Texans a financial reprieve during this once-in-a-lifetime pandemic.”