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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

August 22, 2019 Press Release

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. 

July 12, 2019 Press Release

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.

For national media markets, a Live-U unit is available with the capability to connect with national and international media markets via live satellite.

July 11, 2019 Press Release

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. 

July 10, 2019 Press Release

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.
 

June 24, 2019 Press Release

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.

May 8, 2019 Press Release

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:

April 19, 2019 Press Release

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.

April 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today issued the following statement in response to reports that international bridges in the Rio Grande Valley are facing extensive delays due to the reassignment of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel and the President’s recent threat to close the border.

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel already face challenges in how quickly it processes trade on a day-to-day basis across multiple international bridges in the Rio Grande Valley and along the U.S. Southwest Border.

April 3, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today issued the following statement following North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s remarks before a Joint Meeting of Congress on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

March 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) recently joined fellow members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) to pass H.R. 1616, the European Energy Security and Diversification Act of 2019. Congressman Gonzalez is an original cosponsor.

H.R. 1616 seeks to assist the U.S. and its allies reach global energy security goals while simultaneously encouraging the diversification of energy sources and supply routes in Central and Eastern Europe.