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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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July 12, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued a statement in support of the peaceful protests in Cuba:

 

“For too long, Cuba has suffered under dictatorial and socialist rule. Its citizens have been violently oppressed and silenced. I stand with the people of Cuba who have assembled peacefully to demand liberty and fundamental rights to self-determine their own futures.” 

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May 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) along with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) met with Vice President Kamala Harris to discuss the influx of migrants at the border and immigration reform. Congressman Gonzalez was the only member in attendance who represents the U.S. – Mexico border.

May 13, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued a statement in response to the increased tensions between Israel and Palestine:  

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.