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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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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.

September 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has determined that Brooks, Guadalupe, Karnes, Live Oak, and Wilson Counties are now eligible to receive financial assistance for Harvey disaster recovery. The counties of Brooks, Guadalupe, Live Oak and Wilson Counties will only be eligible for the Economic Injury Disaster Loans, while Karnes County has received full eligibility for all assistance.

September 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) will join Congressman Gene Green (TX-29), and a group of bipartisan Members of Congress that represent Houston and the Gulf Region of Texas, for a press conference to call on the U.S. Senate to immediately pass the $7.85 billion emergency aid package for victims of Hurricane Harvey. The press conference will take place at 1:15 p.m. ET today at the House Triangle in the U.S. Capitol Complex.

September 7, 2017 Video

On Thursday, September 7, 2017, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) delivered the following remarks at a bipartisan press conference hosted by Congressman Gene Green (TX-29) and the Texas delegation. During the press conference, each member recounted harrowing stories of families affected by Hurricane Harvey as the U.S. Senate voted to pass its Harvey aid package totaling $15.3 billion in aid.

September 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) voted in favor of H.Res. 502, which includes $7.85 billion in supplemental appropriations for Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. The Harvey disaster package matches the Administration’s request submitted to Congressional leadership on Friday. The legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a 419-3 vote.

September 5, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) released the following statement in response to Attorney General Jeff Session’s announcement that the Trump administration will move to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.