WESLACO, Texas – U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez has won a top award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The McAllen Democrat was presented with the Advocate for American Business Award at a Rio Grande Valley Partnership event.

Here are some of Gonzalez’s remarks from the event:

“I’ve been here for three terms, going on my fourth term, and we try to have a middle of the road approach, making sure that we have policies and conditions in South Texas for our economy to grow, and small and medium sized businesses to continue to flourish. 

“We did a lot of work during the pandemic in ensuring that resources made their way to small businesses to keep the doors open and to keep people employed; to keep the rent paid, to keep people from getting evicted or foreclosed on. And, I always say, you know, in 2008-2009, we bailed out the banks. During the pandemic we bailed out the American people, we helped businesses stay open.

“I am part of a couple of notable organizations, including Blue Dog Democrats, which, as you know, is a middle of the road, business friendly group of people who try to bring common sense solutions. We won’t make CNN and Fox News as often but we’re the workhorses at the Capitol that make things happen. 

“I’m also part of the Problem Solvers Caucus, which comprises 58 members of Congress, 29 Democrats and 29 Republicans that get together every single week to find common ground solutions for our country. There’s still a few of us left in Washington.

“I can’t thank you enough for being here and honoring me with this award today. And I promise you that as long as I’m in office, I will continue to have this middle of the road approach and try to bring the resources that we need down to our district. 

“In the last five and a half years, we were able to bring down over $6 billion, which is historic and I think something that we may not ever see again in our lifetime. So let’s hopefully be crafty and spend it wisely, and continue to improve conditions together. I couldn’t have done it without all of you so thank you so much. This award belongs to all of us. Thank you.”


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