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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

Foreign Relations & Trade

Congressman Gonzalez firmly believes that a strong national defense, free and fair international trade, and diplomacy are the keys to American global leadership.  The congressman supports efforts to improve national security, promote democracy, bolster our allies, and hold bad actors accountable for their efforts to destabilize the international community.

Texas’ 15th District shares a border with Mexico and Congressman Gonzalez understands the importance of the United States’ relationship with its southern neighbor. He has seen firsthand the benefits of international trade and is committed to ensuring that South Texas businesses and stakeholders have a seat at the table as the Administration moves to modernize our nation’s free trade agreements, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The congressman knows that the benefits of free trade extend far beyond the borders of the 15th District and firmly believes that free trade agreements can strengthen international relations.

Congressman Gonzalez believes that a combination of diplomacy, collective defense, and international trade is the best strategy for maintaining positive relationships with U.S. allies around the world, promoting prosperity, and security. The congressman supports both robust international affairs and defense budgets as well as an active and engaged U.S. Trade Representative and coordination between the Departments of State, Defense, Commerce, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. The congressman is a strong advocate of our country’s partnerships with Israel, Mexico, our allies in Central and South America, in Europe, Asia, and across the world.

Since being sworn in, Congressman Gonzalez has supported bipartisan legislation that: reaffirms our partnerships with Mexico and Israel; imposes sanctions on those who threaten the international order; and proposes policies to tackle the complex threats facing our nation and our allies.

More on Foreign Relations & Trade

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.

October 2, 2018 In The News

PHARR — The three North American countries that agreed on a trade pact 25 years ago to transform competitiveness in the continent, and ignite growth in the Rio Grande Valley, announced on Monday a new North American Free Trade Agreement.

October 1, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today released the following statement in response to the U.S. and Canada reaching an agreement for the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement – the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

October 1, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez today released the following statement in response to the U.S. and Canada reaching an agreement for the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement or USMCA.

September 27, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Henry Cuellar (TX-28) today announced that U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded $600,000 to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. This funding will assist the Frontera Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Project which supports Hispanics and veterans in South Texas with development and sustainability in the farming and ranching market.

September 18, 2018 In The News

PHARR, Texas - The Pharr International Bridge is the largest full-service crossing bridge in the Rio Grande Valley.
Billions of dollars in trade flow across the bridge annually and officials say there is room for growth.

City leaders along with officials from across the Valley implemented a new toll system they say will improve trade and security. More than 2,500 trucks full of goods and trade products cross over bridge daily creating billions of dollars of trade with Mexico annually and that number is expected to grow.

September 10, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) recently returned from a bipartisan congressional delegation to Asia, headed by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05). The group traveled to Japan, Hong Kong, China, and South Korea where they participated in meetings with high-level civilian, military, and private sector leaders to discuss intellectual property protections and market access for American businesses and the importance of denuclearizing North Korea.  

September 6, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), and Jimmy Gomez (CA-34) have introduced H.R.