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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

Transportation & Infrastructure

Congressman Gonzalez is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all South Texans as well as ensuring that people are able to travel or transport goods safely through the region. This means providing robust federal funding for the construction, maintenance, repair, and expansion of levees that mitigate flooding, water treatment plants and filtration facilities that provide potable water to our communities and farmers and ranchers, highways and bridges that support family vehicles and freight, freight and passenger railway systems, and air traffic control towers, runways, and terminals that ensure safe and efficient air travel.

The 15th District is home to the Pharr International Bridge, the number one land port of entry for fresh fruits and vegetables, the Supervia highway, and recently-designated I-69, which will ultimately provide relief to the traveling public along the I-2/I-69 interchange. McAllen International Aiport, New Braunfels Airport, and a number of other regional airports and airfields are located throughout the congressman’s district.

The congressman has a proven record of supporting federal programs such as the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program, which helps states and local communities finance surface infrastructure improvements, the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) and the Federal Aviation Administration’s Contract Tower Program, which help our air traffic controllers to direct aircraft, safeguard our skies, and provide a safe space for military operations across the country.

With the current administration, Congressman Gonzalez is working on a $1 trillion infrastructure package that would create jobs, expand our region's economy, and modernize the infrastructure of the region. 

More on Transportation & Infrastructure

August 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) encouraged Central and South Texan organizations to apply for natural disaster aid funding following the announcement of $587 million being made available by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). Eligible grantees must be in communities impacted by Presidentially declared natural disasters in 2018, and floods and tornadoes in 2019.

August 6, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced $806,000 in grant funding was awarded to Jim Hogg and Duval Counties for Homeland Security’s Fiscal Year 2019 Operation Stonegarden (OPSG). OPSG seeks to provide funds to enhance cooperation among state, local, tribal, territorial and federal law enforcement in joint coordination to secure the United States’ borders in states bordering Mexico and Canada.

The OPSG program provides $90 million for improved security along routes of ingress including travel corridors and international waters.

August 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced $4,750,000 in grant funding was awarded to Hidalgo County for Homeland Security’s FY 2019 Operation Stonegarden (OPSG). OPSG seeks to provide funds to enhance cooperation among state, local, tribal, territorial and federal law enforcement in joint coordination to secure the United States’ borders in states bordering Mexico and Canada.

The OPSG program provides $90 million for improved security along routes of ingress including travel corridors and international waters.

August 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) encouraged those in Cameron, Willacy, and Hidalgo Counties who were affected by the flooding in June to take advantage of all of the available resources offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other U.S. federal agencies.

FEMA is offering a wide array of disaster assistance and services including grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses not met by insurance or other assistance programs.

July 31, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced Jim Hogg County was awarded a $497,909 grant by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand broadband connections to unserved and underserved rural Texas homes and businesses. This is part of the third wave of support raised from last year’s nationwide Connect America Fund Phase II auction which aims to increase digital accessibility in rural America. 

July 30, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON –Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has begun accepting applications for funding for conservation easements on lands damaged by and prone to flooding and other natural disasters. The NRCS has made available $217.5 million for 11 States.

July 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) thanked President Trump for declaring the Rio Grande Valley a federal disaster area in response to flooding and rain that devastated the region. A state of disaster was declared in Cameron, Hidalgo, and Willacy Counties after experiencing severe flooding that caused widespread property damage to the area. 

July 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) urged President Trump to declare the Rio Grande Valley a federal disaster area in response to severe flooding and rain in recent weeks. South Texas Congressmen Henry Cuellar (TX-28) and Filemon Vela (TX-34) and U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz (R-TX) also asked the president to support the declaration.

June 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON –Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) joined the bipartisan Public Broadcasting Caucus. He joins the Caucus Chair Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) and more than 100 other members of Congress who believe the federal government has a responsibility to support public broadcasting.

“With more than 1.4 million people living in the Rio Grande Valley, it’s the largest market in the nation without a public broadcasting station,” said Congressman Gonzalez. “This caucus will provide a wealth of knowledge and resources for our endeavor to bring PBS and NPR back to the Valley.”

June 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) secured crucial language in H.R. 3167, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Reauthorization Act of 2019, a House Financial Services Committee bill that would reauthorize the NFIP, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), for five years. The bill passed 59 to 0.