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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

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 2017.

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September 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is encouraging eligible applicants in the 15th District of Texas to apply for available Recruiting Assistant positions for the 2020 Decennial Census. 

August 14, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today issued the following statement recognizing the 83rd Anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing Social Security into law:


“Today marks 83 years since President Franklin D. Roosevelt enacted the Social Security program, which has helped millions of Americans retire comfortably after a lifetime of hard work. Since then, we have honored our promise to protect our elderly and ensure reliable access to the resources and support that they earned.

May 24, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Doug Collins (R-GA-09) introduced H.R. 5958, the Phair Pricing Act of 2018, to lower the cost of prescription medications for patients in the Medicare Part D program.

January 22, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement today regarding negative effects of a government shutdown on Hidalgo County and the state of Texas:

January 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) released information today outlining the programs and services that would be affected should a government shutdown occur on January 20, 2018.

November 16, 2017 Press Release

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.

September 18, 2017 Press Release

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.

July 14, 2017 Video

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."

June 8, 2017 Press Release

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.