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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. 

 

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December 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—On Wednesday, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) along with other members of the Blue Dog Coalition sent a letter to Secretary of Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, calling on the U.S. Department of the Treasury to release an analysis of the House and Senate tax bills.

The counsel to the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has confirmed that the OIG is conducting an investigation into the process the Treasury used in order to perform its analyses of the tax bills that were passed in the Senate and the House.

December 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—This week, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), and fellow members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, called on congressional leadership to negotiate a long-term, fiscally-responsible, bipartisan budget deal. Earlier this year, the Problem Solvers Caucus successfully pushed for a Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) funding bill free from policy riders, and used its bipartisan influence to avoid a government shutdown.

November 16, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) voted against H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which would reduce the number of individual income rates from seven to four, while raising taxes on 36 million middle class families and adding anywhere from $1.5 to $2 trillion dollars to the national deficit over the next decade.

While the congressman supports comprehensive tax reform, he voted against the measure citing concerns with the drastic roll back of various deductions that benefit millions of hard working families, veterans, seniors, and students.

November 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – On Monday, Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Ed Royce (CA-39) introduced the bipartisan Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Modernization Act or the AML and CTF Modernization Act to strengthen the United States Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Counter-Terrorism Financing (CTF) system. 

November 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Jodey Arrington (TX-19) spearheaded a bipartisan, bicameral letter urging Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, to take an active role in existing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) efforts to eradicate the cattle fever tick outbreak in South and Central Texas. Specifically, the letter requests that the U.S.

October 1, 2017 In The News

As congressman of the 15th District of Texas, it is my responsibility to listen and engage with South Texans. On Sept. 18, Juan Del Bosque, of Donna, sent a letter to The Monitor asking a series of questions. I would like to take this opportunity to answer his questions and assure him, and all who read The Monitor, that my team and I are doing our part to best represent all who live and work in South Texas.

Q: Why are interest rates for savings accounts and certificates of deposit so low?

September 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), and Filemon Vela (TX-34) announced that the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a $350,000 investment to the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council for the development of its “Explore Rio Grande Valley” marketing program and mobile application.

September 26, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Scott Taylor (VA-02) introduced legislation designed to increase the flexibility of Pell Grants. The Professional Pell Education Learning (PROPEL) Act expands student choice by allowing Pell Grants to be utilized at trade and vocational schools. Modeled after the GI Bill, it authorizes nontraditional schools approved for GI benefits to be Pell Grant eligible.

September 18, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) sent a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan, and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to address the impending cuts to the Medicaid Disproportionate Share (DSH) program scheduled to take effect on October 1, 2017.

September 15, 2017 In The News

GOP and Democratic reps believe President Trump when he says his intention is to move tax reform soon, in a bipartisan fashion, according to lawmakers who spoke to The Hill.

“I’m ready to work with the Republicans on anything that makes sense … We do have one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world but I think also we need to find ways that will give relief to the middle class and working class,” Rep. Vicente González (D-Texas) told The Hill shortly after meeting with bipartisan groups of lawmakers at the White House this week to discuss tax reform.