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Pete Gallego's Public Statements

Full Name: Pete P. Gallego
Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 23, Democratic
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 23
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Maria; 1 Child
Birth Date: 12/02/1961
Birth Place: Alpine, TX
Home City: Alpine, TX
Date Title
Issue Position: Social Security
Issue Position: Education
Issue Position: Veterans
Issue Position: Energy
Issue Position: Medicare
Issue Position: Jobs/Economy
Issue Position: Immigration
Aug. 5, 2014 Gallego Invites House Speaker John Boehner to visit U.S.-Mexico Border
Aug. 1, 2014 Secure the Southwest Border Act of 2014
July 31, 2014 Letter to John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives - House Should Stay in Session to Address Budget and Other Pressing Issues
July 31, 2014 Gallego Announces $2.1 Million Grant for San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District Head Start Program
July 30, 2014 VA Reform Bill, Including Gallego Proposals, Passed House Today
July 30, 2014 Conference Report on H.R. 3230, Pay Our Guard an Reserve Act
July 29, 2014 USA Today - Texas Congressman Came to Aid of Choking Boy on Plane
July 25, 2014 Family: The Most Precious Possession
July 25, 2014 El Paso Times - Taking Care of Veterans - A Priority Before Congress' Recess
July 25, 2014 Letter to Harry Reid, Majority Leader of the Senate, and John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives - Congress Must Stay in Session Until VA Problems Addressed
July 25, 2014 Motion to Instruct Conferences on H.R. 3230, Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act
July 18, 2014 Engaging With Constituents - Communicating in the Modern Age
July 17, 2014 Gallego Expresses Disappointment at Congress' Failure to Add or Expand VA Healthcare Facilities throughout Country
July 16, 2014 Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 3230, Veterans Access to Care Through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014
July 16, 2014 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2015
July 11, 2014 Taking Care of Veterans - A Priority Before Congress' Recess
July 9, 2014 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Consult Congress on Iran Nuclear Negotiations
July 7, 2014 For Texas Rocketry Club and Their Inspirational Teacher, the Sky is Just the Beginning
July 3, 2014 Gallego Statement on Fourth of July
June 26, 2014 Gallego Helps Lead Efforts to Reauthorize U.S. Export-Import Bank
June 24, 2014 North American Energy Infrastructure Act
June 20, 2014 Letter to Carolyn Colvin, Commissioner of Social Security Administration - Reconsideration of SSA Decisions
June 16, 2014 El Paso Times - Rep. Pete Gallego: VA Reform Must Be a Nonpartisan Initiative
June 11, 2014 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015
June 6, 2014 Gallego Statement on Meeting with Acting VA Secretary
June 6, 2014 Over the Memorial Day Weekend, I made my second trip to Afghanistan. During this visit I was privileged to meet and thank our troops, including many from Texas, for their sacrifice and bravery in service to our country. Our service men and women are truly amazing, and their hard work and dedication can be seen in the many improvements in Afghanistan. This trip was also an opportunity to see our Afghanistan policies in action and gain insight from key leaders on the ground. What is the way forward in Afghanistan? Reducing troops to a level in agreement with recommendations from General Joseph Dunford, the senior military commander in Afghanistan, pushes us in the right direction. Our troops -- wherever and whenever deployed -- must always have enough manpower to accomplish their mission. As we draw down and draw out of Afghanistan, we must do so in a way that preserves our hard-fought successes. We must never allow Afghanistan to again become a safe haven for terrorists. In addition to proper troop levels and the use of Special Forces to target terrorists, our shift to a primarily advisory role in Afghanistan is equally as important. The Afghan people know they have a vested interest in their future. The answer to long-term stability in Afghanistan -- is Afghanistan itself. They must own their future. During this second trip, I saw an Afghan population ready to take the lead. The Taliban is out of favor with much of the population, women bravely go to school every day, and the streets are lined with small businesses. Cell phones were common. I did not see or sense a desire to go back to the "old" Afghanistan. Already, Afghan forces themselves are fulfilling the many functions of safety and security and have become the tip of the spear. Still, we must proceed cautiously. We must be willing to evaluate and reevaluate Afghanistan policy regularly. How we reduce our troop levels in Afghanistan in the short-term will be a major factor in determining whether our hard-fought efforts are successful in the long-term. Congress, too, must also work in a bipartisan manner to end sequestration, which will severely erode the readiness of Armed Forces and will strip our service members of critical resources necessary to defend our nation and protect American interests abroad. Our troops need proper training and equipment -- and they will not get them if sequester remains in force. I am thoroughly committed to fighting to make sure our service men and women have the training, tools and equipment they need to achieve an overwhelming advantage on the battlefield. Our sons and daughters must have what they need to succeed, especially when their very lives -- and our nation's survival -- rest in the balance. The way forward in Afghanistan is through committed, non-partisan leadership. Congress must demonstrate the same commitment to public service shown by our troops. No blame game. No finger-pointing. We must work together to avoid sequestration at home, and we must work with Afghanistan to help them continue their progress.
May 30, 2014 Bottom Line: Hold the VA Accountable
May 30, 2014 Gallego Statement on VA Secretary's Resignation
May 30, 2014 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015
May 29, 2014 Gallego Amendment Increases Funding for Domestic Violence Programs
May 29, 2014 Letter to David Camp, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee - LIFO Language in House Republican Tax Proposal
May 29, 2014 Letter to Michael Froman, Ambassador Office of the US Trade Representative - Protect Workers' Rights in TPP Negotiations
May 29, 2014 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015
May 27, 2014 Gallego Wraps-up Visit to U.S. Troops in Afghanistan
May 27, 2014 Letter to Eric Shinseki, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs - VA Audit Concerns
May 27, 2014 Maloney Departs Afghanistan After Meeting Troops and Military Leaders
May 23, 2014 Memorial Day: A Day to Reflect on the Past and Remember Those We Lost
May 23, 2014 Gallego Statement on San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro's Nomination
May 22, 2014 USA Freedom Act
May 21, 2014 Gallego Votes to Hold VA Accountable
May 20, 2014 Howard P. "Buck" McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015
May 15, 2014 Gallego Joins Families of Fallen Texas Law Enforcement Officers at Wreath Laying Ceremony at National Peace Officers' Memorial Service
May 13, 2014 Letter to Richard Griffin, Acting Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs- Calls for IG Investigation of Central Texas VA Facilities Following Allegations of Misconduct
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