Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) on Thursday was sworn into a fifth term as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
He was elected to Congress in 2004 and was first sworn into office in January 2005.
"First and foremost, I thank God for giving me the opportunity to return to our nation's capitol and continue working for the things that matter most to the 28th Congressional District of Texas," said Congressman Cuellar. "There are many important pending issues that we are going to have to tackle this Congress, but I am a firm believer that by working together with members of both parties, we will work in the best interest of those we represent and complete our tasks at hand."
During the 113th Congress, which started at noon on Thursday, Congressman Cuellar will be a member of the House Appropriations Committee and Vice-Chairman of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.
The main purpose of the Committee on Appropriations is to oversee the Federal budget, review proposed expenditures and craft the legislation that outlines annual spending for government agencies. For Congressman Cuellar, as a fiscally conservative member of Congress, having been assigned to this committee speaks of his continuous efforts to maintain a balanced budget and reduce the nation's deficit when allocating federal funds.
Congressman Cuellar is the only Democratic member from Texas on the Appropriations Committee.
The House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee's purpose is to select fellow members for committee assignments and to advise party leaders on policy. The committee is also charged with promoting the Democratic Caucus message.
"I look forward to continue working with my fellow members in the committee and the rest of the House Democrats," said Congressman Cuellar, who is also a Senior Whip. "This leadership position will give me the opportunity to carry on with my commitment of advocating for the middle class, small businesses, and our seniors."