Every year the State of Texas is required by law to update its 10-year plan to build transportation infrastructure around the entire state.  This cycle South Texas is projected to receive a windfall of infrastructure dollars, amounting to over $2.2...
Just mere months after its first destructive ground-level rocket explosion in the Rio Grande Valley, SpaceX is seeking expansion permits from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to make way for Starship/Super Heavy, the largest rocket in history. The FAA...
The senior community needs champions. Despite being one of the most significant voter groups in the country, the senior community often feels ignored when it comes to policy. This happens both in terms of failing to give seniors the space...
I came to Washington D.C. this week to ask Congress to stand up for the dignity of immigrants and pass a pathway to Citizenship. Instead, I saw my member of Congress on national television defending brutality against Black immigrants. The...
Hiding in the shadows of Joe Biden’s Afghanistan catastrophe is his administration’s other signature disaster: the security and humanitarian crisis at our southern border. While the media’s coverage may have waned in recent weeks, that doesn’t mean the crisis at the...
Most of what Mr. Glenn Hamer says about how President Biden’s Build Back Better program is intellectually dishonest nonsense. Raising the corporate tax rate will not hurt manufacturing or cost workers their jobs.  We have had far higher corporate rates and...
Thank you, Madam Chairwoman, Mr. Chairman, members of the Committee. My name is Jon Barela. I am the CEO of the Borderplex Alliance.  The Borderplex Alliance to my knowledge is the only privately funded which does economic development work and...
To fight a global pandemic, it took a global supply chain.   U.S. leaders rapidly partnered with scientists and manufacturers to ensure they had the resources necessary to meet the needs of our nation. Emergency authorization was granted, and vaccines were produced...
The Pharr Interchange is a major artery in the Rio Grande Valley. It links the cities of Pharr, McAllen, and Edinburg and directs traffic north to San Antonio, west to Laredo, and east to Brownsville.  Since 2016, working with our...
Thank you Sergio and Eddie thank you for hosting me today. It is good to be with all of you. It is good to be back in Brownsville. It has been a few years since I visited the port...

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