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.
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WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) released the following statement regarding the decision by the President of the United States to withdraw U.S. military troops and personnel in Syria:
“Time and time again, President Trump ignores facts for his fantasy of building an ineffective, futile wall along our southern border. He is literally taking resources from our military, and disaster relief in order to construct this wasteful project. These acts are reckless and endanger the lives of our nation’s servicemembers and potential victims of natural disasters,” said Congressman Vicente Gonzalez.
WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) sent letters to Mexican Ambassador to the United States Martha Bárcena and Secretary of Security and Civilian Protection Alfonso Durazo urging Mexico to create a timeline for the implementation of the Safe Highway program and asked for an assurance that Highway 40, which is part of the Safe Highway program, and a connection to U.S. – Mexico international bridges, is secured before a vote for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is considered in Congress.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) expressed relief that the U.S. Department of Commerce and Mexican Tomato Growers reached a deal to lift tariffs on imported tomatoes from Mexico:
“For months now, I have urged Secretary Ross to reconsider exiting the Tomato Suspension Agreement. The last thing we need is a tariff that will affect Americans’ pocketbooks and interrupt business supply chains. Citizens of both countries use fresh tomatoes for a plethora of things from pizza sauce to salsa and ketchup and everything in between,” said Congressman Gonzalez.
WASHINGTON - On Saturday, July 13, Representatives Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) will hold media availability tomorrow, Saturday, July 13, 2019, at 12 p.m. CT/1 p.m ET to discuss issues concerning the Trump Administration’s treatment of migrants, the immigration humanitarian crisis and the U.S. – Mexico relationship.
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WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) introduced H.R. 3653, the Charity and Relief in Disarray and Distress (CARIDAD) Act, which would amend the U.S. Code to allow an officer or employee of the U.S. government to accept outside donations for detained children and families. Existing U.S. policy, the Antideficiency Act, prohibits governmental employees from accepting donations of goods outside of what Congress appropriates.
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed him to serve on the U.S.-Mexico Interparliamentary Group (IPG) for the 116th Congress.
The U.S.-Mexico IPG is comprised of members of the U.S. and Mexican Congresses tasked with fostering dialogue and maintaining positive bilateral relations.
WASHINGTON - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and David Schweikert (AZ-6) co-led a bipartisan, bicameral letter urging the Trump Administration to exclude a “seasonality” provision from the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
In the letter, Congressman Gonzalez and his colleagues cautioned the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) against including a seasonality provision as it would have a damaging effect on border state economies.
WASHINGTON – Today Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration slapping a 17.5 percent tariff on Mexican fresh tomato imports after the United States and Mexico failed to renew the 2013 agreement that suspended a U.S. anti-dumping investigation:
WASHINGTON - Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Filemon Vela (TX-34), and Henry Cuellar (TX-28) have introduced the Border and Refugee Assistance Act of 2019, a bill to mitigate the flow of migrants at the border and expand the processing of refugees within their country of origin. The legislation directs U.S. agencies to expand in-country refugee processing centers within Northern Triangle countries. Under the bill, family units and minors in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador would be eligible to apply for refugee protections within their country of origin.