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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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June 11, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued a statement following the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw 9,500 U.S. troops from Germany:

May 26, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued a statement following the recent comments made by the Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei regarding the state of the U.S.-Guatemala relations:  

“The Administration has chosen to take an un-American path during this global pandemic. Time and time again, the Trump administration continues to alienate our friends and tarnish the United States’ credibility as an ally on the world stage.

March 20, 2020 Press Release

MCALLEN, Texas – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued a statement following the Trump administration’s decision to close the U.S.-Mexico border to non-essential travel:

 

February 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued a statement on the confirmed case of coronavirus in San Antonio, Texas:

February 5, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued a statement following the U.S. Senate vote to end the impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump on charges of Obstruction of Congress and Abuse of Power:

Today, it is clear that the Founding Fathers’ brilliantly designed system of checks and balances depends on the integrity of those in office. I fear the Senate has set a dangerous new precedent that risks the integrity of our electoral process and national security. 

January 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – On Monday, January 6, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) received the Republic of Guatemala’s highest honor: The Order of the Quetzal. The award was presented by the president of Guatemala Jimmy Morales Cabrera.

 

(Congressman Gonzalez awarded The Order of the Quetzal by Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales)

January 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued a statement following President Trump’s signing of the United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement implementing legislation:

January 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) published an editorial in The Monitor regarding the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) agreement implementing legislation in the U.S. Senate. In the opinion piece, Congressman Gonzalez states his disappointment in the trade agreement as it does not contain a firm commitment from Mexico to address the rising tide of violence in Mexico that is affecting cross-border trade and tourism. He also calls on the government of Mexico to revisit the issue of violence.

January 16, 2020 Editorial

As we begin a new decade, I was struck by the recent news of an American family that was returning to the United States from their vacation in Mexico who were violently and deliberately gunned down on a Mexican highway along the U.S. – Mexico border resulting in the death of a 13 year old child. To add to the tragedy, on the evening of Monday, December 23, just days before Christmas, a U.S. citizen was murdered in his vehicle while waiting to cross the McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge.