Seniors & Medicare
For decades, Medicare and Social Security have helped millions of Americans retire comfortably after a lifetime of work. As a country, we made a promise to protect our elderly and ensure they would have reliable access to the resources and support that they earned. Today, more than ever, we cannot abandon our seniors when their resources, and ultimately their independence is threatened.
Congressman Gonzalez opposes ill-advised efforts to privatize Social Security or turn Medicare into a voucher system. The congressman supports protecting Social Security and expanding and improving Medicare for all Americans.
Unfortunately, one in every five elderly Americans have been victims of financial abuse. As a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, Congressman Gonzalez seeks to enact policies that protect senior citizens from financial exploitation.
The congressman has proudly co-sponsored legislation that would: address the long-term challenges associated with funding Social Security and ensure that seniors’ hard-earned benefits keep pace with the rising cost of living, healthcare, and prescription drugs. Some of this legislation includes: H.R. 676, Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act, H.R. 849, Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act of 2017, and H.R. 508, the Seniors Have Eyes, Ears, and Teeth Act of 201
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WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) voted against H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which would reduce the number of individual income rates from seven to four, while raising taxes on 36 million middle class families and adding anywhere from $1.5 to $2 trillion dollars to the national deficit over the next decade.
While the congressman supports comprehensive tax reform, he voted against the measure citing concerns with the drastic roll back of various deductions that benefit millions of hard working families, veterans, seniors, and students.
WASHINGTON—Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) sent a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan, and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to address the impending cuts to the Medicaid Disproportionate Share (DSH) program scheduled to take effect on October 1, 2017.
On July 14, 2017, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) released a legislative update to inform his constituents on his activities in Washington.
"It’s been a busy six months since being sworn in to serve the 15th District of Texas in Congress. I would like to take this opportunity to share some of the work I have been doing to guarantee the best healthcare and services for our seniors and veterans; make college more affordable; and encourage economic growth and business development in South Texas."
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), House Financial Services Committee member, delivered the following remarks on the House Floor addressing concerns about the CHOICE Act. While the Choice Act provides some regulatory relief for community banks, regional banks and credit unions, which he supports, the bill does not offer the amount of reform needed to truly benefit local financial institutions.