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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

February 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to tonight’s State of the Union address from President Donald J. Trump.

“It is important to note that now – more than ever – is the time for the Administration to make a good faith effort to find common ground with Congress as we each outline our visions for the future of this country. No, I do not agree with President Trump on every policy or approach, but I have always been willing to come to the table in the name of bipartisanship.

February 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to the Administration’s announcement to begin withdrawal processes from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

January 30, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced his subcommittee assignments for the 116th Congress. The congressman serves on the House Financial Services Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee.

As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, Congressman Gonzalez will serve on:

January 30, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in support of the congressional conference committee seeking long-term funding solutions for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

This morning, President Donald J. Trump reiterated his request for a physical barrier, the same request that caused the longest government shutdown – 35 days – in U.S. history.

January 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to President Donald J. Trump’s announcement to join efforts to reopen the federal government, ending the longest-ever government shutdown – 35 days – in history. The continuing resolution will extend government funding for three weeks until February 15, 2019, and provide backpay to federal employees who have missed paychecks since December 22, 2018.

January 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced his new position on the House Foreign Affairs Committee for the 116th Congress.

January 3, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), and Filemon Vela (TX-34) today issued the following statements, laying out their mission for the 116th Congress.

December 28, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to President Donald J. Trump’s comments that a full shutdown of the U.S. Southwest Border may be necessary to obtain funding for a border wall.

December 20, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s plans to withdraw U.S. Armed Forces and support from the embattled country of Syria.

December 3, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) recently attended the inauguration of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico City, Mexico. 

 

Congressman Gonzalez with the congressional delegation before the inauguration of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.