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 – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) recently returned from a bipartisan congressional delegation to Asia, headed by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05). The group traveled to Japan, Hong Kong, China, and South Korea where they participated in meetings with high-level civilian, military, and private sector leaders to discuss intellectual property protections and market access for American businesses and the importance of denuclearizing North Korea.
WASHINGTON – Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Filemon Vela (TX-34), and Henry Cuellar (TX-28) issued a joint statement in response to Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales’ decision not to renew the mandate for the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, more commonly referred to as CICIG (Comisión Internacional contra la Impunidad en Guatemala). The current mandate expires in September 2019.
Read the full statement here:
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to President Donald J. Trump’s notification to Congress of the administration’s intentions to enter a revised trade agreement with Mexico and potentially Canada.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today sent a letter with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) inviting U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer to discuss the administration’s trade policy.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to the administration’s announcement concerning the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
“I look forward to reviewing the details of this preliminary agreement and to working with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, incoming Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reach a final agreement with our partners in Canada.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) recently participated in a congressional delegation to Guatemala and Mexico with Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Congressman Ruben Kihuen (NV-04). This was a bipartisan effort to strengthen counter narcotic efforts, modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and start a dialogue about how to move the region forward.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today sent a follow-up letter to Ivanka Trump, First Daughter and Advisor to the President of the United States, renewing her invitation to visit the U.S.-Mexico Border and meet the children and families impacted by the administration’s zero-tolerance policy. This letter also invites Ms. Trump to work together on bipartisan solutions that address the push factors for irregular migration – years of failed American foreign policy.
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: