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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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April 13, 2021 Press Release

 

MCALLEN, Texas – On Sunday, April 11 and Monday, April 12, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) hosted a bipartisan group of Members from the Problem Solvers Caucus on a factfinding mission to the Southern border to show firsthand the challenges our nation faces in regards to immigration. The Members of Congress on the visit discussed bipartisan solutions to fix our broken immigration system. 

March 8, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) sent a letter requesting to meet with President Joe Biden, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Acting Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Norris Cochran about the adoption of common sense solutions to relieve border agents and communities bearing the brunt of the recent influx of migrants. 

December 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) joined a first of its kind virtual bipartisan delegation, hosted by the Council of the Americas, that brought some 40 representatives of American and Mexican companies together to discuss trade and investment between the two countries. Congressman Gonzalez was joined by Congressmen Jodey Arrington and Rick Crawford.  

November 19, 2020 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and representative of a district on the Texas – Mexico border, issued the following statement: 

 

November 17, 2020 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs made the following statement:

 

November 12, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) released the following statement in response to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez-Obrador’s continued refusal to recognize the U.S. election results and President-Elect Joe Biden. 

October 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter to President Donald Trump to raise awareness about Mexico’s efforts to undermine the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and substantial U.S. investments in energy infrastructure on both sides of the border. It has been widely reported that the Mexican government is giving preferential regulatory treatment to Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) to the detriment of U.S. operators.

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.