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 (TX-15) announced that NeighborWorks America, an organization funded by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, has awarded a $431,000 grant to Affordable Homes of South Texas, Inc. Affordable Homes of South Texas will use the funds to promote affordable housing, revitalize neighborhoods, and spur job growth in Texas.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications for the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program. Created by the 2002 Farm Bill and reauthorized in the 2014 Farm Bill, these loans assist eligible rural communities construct, improve, and extend the reach of vital broadband infrastructure.
The Port of Corpus Christi’s Ship Channel Improvement Project (CIP) received additional support from bipartisan Members of the Texas Congressional Delegation in a recent letter sent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) urging that more funds be designated to it this year. U.S. Reps.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications for Telemedicine grants. The deadline to submit an application is Monday, June 4, 2018.
“The ability to connect rural areas with healthcare providers is a game changer for communities throughout the country,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “Grants like this can connect South Texans to 21st century healthcare services that can improve their quality of life.”
WASHINGTON – Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Alexander X. Mooney (WV-02) introduced H.R. 4905, the Improvement of Mapping, Addresses, Geography, Elevation, and Structures (IMAGES) Act of 2018, to urge Congress to enhance the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), regulated under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The congressmen crafted the IMAGES Act to provide accuracy within the NFIP, which provides affordable premiums for homeowners by reforming a critical missing piece from last year’s devastating hurricane season – flood maps.
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump's announcement to place National Guard troops on the U.S.-Mexico border:
EDCOUCH, Texas – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development approved a loan of $8,540,00 for the Edcouch-Elsa Independent School District (ISD) in Edcouch, Texas. The funds will be used to build a Career and Technology Program building and maintenance facility building for the school district. The existing High School Career & Technology Education Building is not equipped to provide students with the vocational certifications necessary to enter the workforce.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has begun accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The congressman encourages eligible applicants in the 15th District of Texas to apply before the application period closes at 5 p.m. EST on Friday, February 2, 2018.
MCALLEN, RGV – U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez says he supports a “smart wall” to improve border security but not a physical barrier.
Gonzalez gave the keynote address at the 8th annual Valley Environmental Summit. Sponsored by the Valley Environmental Coalition, it was held at the Embassy Suites in McAllen. It was titled, “Our True Nature … Environmental Initiatives for Regional Impact.”
Building a “smart wall” using resources such as radar, fiber optics, drones and detection cameras would bring “real” border security, said the McAllen Democrat.
With recent hurricanes narrowly missing the Rio Grande Valley, several local, state and even federal lawmakers who attended Friday’s groundbreaking of a massive $400 million drainage project north of Edinburg near Faysville were wise in warning that our region has been lucky to date. But they predict a big storm will hit us and floodwaters will overwhelm us if we don’t get drainage issues under control.