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.
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WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting grant applications for funding through the new ReConnect Rural Broadband Pilot Program.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is encouraging eligible applicants to apply for funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Business Development Grants program to help implement training and technical service initiatives that improve transportation facilities and services in rural communities.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is encouraging eligible applicants in the 15th District of Texas to apply for available preparedness grant programs through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Department recently released the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Notices of Funding Opportunity for eight DHS programs that total more than $1.7 billion.
WASHINGTON – Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), and Filemon Vela (TX-34) today issued the following statements in response to the Administration’s border policies that have inhibited cross-border trade and travel in South Texas. On Wednesday, the congressmen spoke with incoming U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Deputy Commissioner Robert Perez about staffing levels at Ports of Entry (POEs) and the reassignment of 750 CBP officers.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today issued the following statement in response to reports that international bridges in the Rio Grande Valley are facing extensive delays due to the reassignment of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel and the President’s recent threat to close the border.
“U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel already face challenges in how quickly it processes trade on a day-to-day basis across multiple international bridges in the Rio Grande Valley and along the U.S. Southwest Border.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) recently joined fellow members of the House Financial Services Committee (FSC) Housing Subcommittee for a hearing on the Affordable Housing Crisis in Rural America: Assessing the Federal Response.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today joined fellow members of the House Financial Services Committee for a hearing over the reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget request for $8.6 billion to continue border wall construction along the U.S.-Mexico Border.
Recently, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly denounced the President’s border wall plan as a waste of money.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today voted in support of H.J.Res. 46, which would terminate President Donald J. Trump’s February 15, 2019, national emergency declaration intended to fund his border wall. Congressman Gonzalez is an original co-sponsor. The measure passed the House by a vote of 245-182.
Congressman Gonzalez issued the following statement in response to the vote:
MCALLEN, RGV – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez plans to help National Public Radio stay on the air in the Rio Grande Valley.
NPR’s future in the Valley has been thrown in doubt by the Diocese of Brownsville’s decision to sell RGV Public Radio 88 FM. This station, on 88.1 FM in the upper Valley and 88.9 FM, has carried the NPR feed for decades.