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) issued the following statement in response to President Donald J. Trump’s failure to act in the interest of American security during a joint press conference in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin:
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller’s indictment of 12 Russian military officers for cyber-hacking activity during the 2016 elections:
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen’s visit to Guatemala with Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Kirsten D. Madison, and Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Francisco Palmieri.
Pictured above: Community leaders and stakeholders from the Rio Grande Valley gathered in Washington, D.C. for the 2nd Annual RGV2DC fly-in.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) visited El Salvador and Guatemala from Friday, May 25, 2018 to Saturday, June 2, 2018 with Sister Norma Pimentel, the Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley. The delegation discussed ways the U.S. is partnering with these nations to promote prosperity, bring security, and create additional educational, employment, and investment opportunities.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) has issued the following statement in response to President Donald J. Trump’s decision to levy steel and aluminum tariffs on the European Union, Canada, and Mexico:
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez’s (TX-15) amendment to H.R. 5515, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, passed the House. The amendment urges high schools with U.S. Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) to include cybersecurity education in their coursework.
As the days go on, more troops are in Starr County securing the border.
The National Guard remains in the Valley in response to President Trump's border security mandate.
Roma residents say they have not seen troops in their city, but our cameras were rolling as troops monitored the Rio Grande, waiting for any illegal activity that may be lurking.
"I think it's a good idea, it will help the immigration problem along with Border Patrol," said Felicita Leal, who has lived in Roma for years.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to the deployment of the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border:
“Our policies must be rooted in facts – not fiction – and in reality – not rhetoric,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “The reality is that despite our area recently seeing a historic drop in crime and illegal entries, our federal agencies are intentionally misusing information to justify a strategy based in political rhetoric.
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump's announcement to place National Guard troops on the U.S.-Mexico border: