Transportation and Infrastructure

Whether it is the food we eat, the cars we drive, the light bulbs we use to light our homes, or the clothing we wear, every American household is impacted every single day by the activity of our ports.
During the 114th Congress, major pieces of legislation were enacted to help speed up a plan to protect the Texas Gulf Coast, end the outdated ban on exporting crude oil, and reform the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA...
American ports are the backbone of our economy, with 99 percent of our overseas cargo moving through our ports and more than 67,000 jobs in the 27th District of Texas alone directly impacted by port activity. That’s why I...
The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act passed the House 360-61.
Earlier this week, I toured the Port of Houston and participated in a roundtable discussion with Port of Houston Authority (PHA) officials, in which I discussed the port’s remarkable job creation and its powerful economic...
Living in Texas metropolitan areas, given as our economy has slowed, we all understand that the roads are deteriorating, the congestion is getting worse almost to the point of L.A. style traffic in Houston, Austin, and...
The City of Brownsville has received a $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve the city’s bus and bicycle and pedestrian systems...
I worked with U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) to include language in the Appropriations Bill to assist the Port of Corpus Christi to compete for funding that will strengthen the port as a key player in the U.S....
Being a coastal district, waterways are critical to the economy of the district I represent.
Last week, the House and Senate Conference Committee wrapped up negotiations and the House voted to approve a five-year transportation bill that returns more control back to states and consolidates several federal programs...
After months of work, it looks like the last federal stumbling block to the new Harbor Bridge has been dealt with. On Feb. 3, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) entered into a letter agreement that moves the project...
President-elect Donald Trump's drive to rebuild U.S. roads, bridges, ports and other public works projects with a $1 trillion infrastructure investment plan would come as the country faces a shortage of skilled laborers....
U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statements after their Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act, legislation promoting public-private partnerships (P3)...
I sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump today to encourage making America great again by improving the nation’s infrastructure by building roads, and widening and deepening our nation’s ports.
Last week, I attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge. The Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge is an icon for those of us who grew up with it and the new Harbor Bridge will be an icon for our...
Having just returned from California, it's time to ask, is this our future? Basically, we see two roads for America, the Texas road or California road.
U.S. Representative Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville and I have announced the designation of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway as M-69 Marine Highway by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The M-69 Marine Highway designation...
Our transportation network is something many Americans take for granted. When it works, it usually goes unnoticed. But when it doesn’t function efficiently – when we are stuck in traffic or held up at the airport – it...
The start of a new year is always a good time to step back and take a look at things. I spent a lot of time listening and talking to peopleall around the 27th District to make sure your top priorities are my top priorities....
I was honored to be appointed to the Conference Committee that will negotiate the differences between the House's six-year highway bill and the Senate's version of the bill. As the senior Texan on the House Committee on...

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