Hello, South Texas. As we wrap up 2022 and the 117th Congress, I want to share with you some of the accomplishments we have achieved together this very busy year. 

This year we passed landmark legislation like the Inflation Reduction Act, the Bipartisan Safer Community Act, the Honoring our PACT (Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics) Act, the Veterans Service Recognition Act. and many others that will have a direct impact on our region. From lowering prescription drug prices, finally providing health care to service members who incurred illnesses while serving our country, to passing the very first bipartisan gun safety bill in more than 30 years to address gun violence in our country. 

We have made great strides towards creating a better future for all of us. This year alone, I was able to bring home $3.5 billion dollars to South Texas to help rebuild our outdated roads and bridges and improve resources for our growing communities, support small businesses here in South Texas, and so much more. 

There is still more work to do. And I promise to continue working for the people of South Texas in the new Congress. Thank you and God bless.

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

One year ago, Democrats in Congress and President Biden delivered a once in a generation investment in America’s roads, bridges, drainage and internet infrastructure. South Texas is one of the fastest growing regions in the country and these investments will enable us to keep up with the demands of a growing population. I will continue to work with federal and state officials to advocate for every possible funding source South Texas deserves.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is already making historic investments in South and Central Texas, delivering funding for vital projects, including: 

·         $68 million for the Port of Brownsville in Brownsville, TX in United States Army Corps of Engineers new Construction  

·         $130 million for Gateway Bridge in Brownsville, TX under the major Land Port of Entry Renovation fund 

·         $25 million for Anzalduas Bridge in McAllen, TX under the INFRA Grant Program 

·         $3.9 million for the Port of Harlingen in new Port Infrastructure Development Program funds 

·         $1.5 million for New Braunfels National Airport under the Contract Tower Program 

·         $3.2 million for McAllen International Airport under the new Airport Infrastructure Grant 

·         $2.8 million for Valley International Airport in Harlingen under the new Airport Infrastructure Grant 

·         $1.5 million for Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport under the new Airport Infrastructure Grant 

·         $35 million in renovations and updates to the Interstate System 

·         $10.6 million to the expansion of Veteran’s International Bridge 

·         $9.6 million to the construction of an Anzalduas Bridge Inspection Station  

Editor’s Note: The above guest column was penned by U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez of McAllen. Congressman Gonzalez can be reached by email via: [email protected]

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