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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

Education

Congressman Gonzalez firmly believes that children are the future and that all children deserve a quality education from nursery school to college and beyond.

The congressman works tirelessly to ensure that South Texas K-12 schools receive proper funding to equip teachers and prepare young people for the challenges they may face in the classroom and beyond.

Congressman Gonzalez is a strong supporter of Head Start, Title I, GEAR-UP, Pell Grant, and other programs that support early childhood education, secondary education and post-secondary education and enable children in low-income communities to fulfill their academic potential and graduate from high school ready for college.

The congressman realizes that while invaluable, a top-notch education can come at a high price. Congressman Gonzalez supports efforts to lower student loan debt and make college more accessible and affordable. The congressman co-sponsored two pieces of legislation that would address these issues: H.R. 2015, the Equitable Student Aid Access Act, which would amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to facilitate the process of applying for financial aid, and H.R. 813, the Affordability for Constant and Continual Education to Enhance Student Success Act, which amends the higher education fund of 1965 to increase the number of Pell Grants a student can receive in one year.

 

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November 28, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) has announced his opposition to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) plan to repeal current Net Neutrality regulations that ensure a free and open internet.

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.

October 1, 2017 In The News

EDINBURG - One of the nation’s largest STEM conferences kicked off with a huge announcement Sunday for the 16th annual event.

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 25, 2017 Press Release

EDINBURG, TX— Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Offices of Public Health and Science and Minority Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) $344,689 to establish a childhood obesity prevention program.

With this grant, UTRGV will establish the South Texas Early Prevent Study Pre-K (STEPS Pre-K) Project (Childhood Obesity), which falls under the Minority Health Community Programs to Improve Minority Health.

September 14, 2017 Press Release

EDINBURG, TX — Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) $277,134 in federal funding for the Upward Bound Math and Science Program.

September 7, 2017 Press Release

EDINBURG, TX – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced the 15th Congressional District’s participation in the Library of Congress Surplus Books Program. The congressman’s office will deliver books from the Library of Congress to the Children’s Hospital of Edinburg and Boys and Girls Club this Friday, September 8, 2017.

September 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) will host a reception to honor the contributions of Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law to the Hispanic community. The reception will take place during Hispanic Heritage Month on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, from 4-6 p.m. ET in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2045, Washington, D.C.

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.

August 21, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) invites all eligible high school students to apply for a nomination to attend the United States service academies. Members of Congress are authorized by law to nominate candidates for appointment to four of five U.S. service academies. These schools are: