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Filemon Vela, Jr.'s Public Statements

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 34, Democratic
Date Title
Feb. 14, 2019 Gonzalez, Vela Denounce Border Spending Deal
Feb. 12, 2019 Letter to the Hon. Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Hon. L. Francis Cissna, Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services - Lawmakers Write Oversight Letter to Administration on DACA Recipients' Ability to Travel Abroad
Feb. 4, 2019 Letter to the Hon. Patrick Shanahan, Acting Secretary of Defense - Scanlon, Kennedy and Speier Lead Call for Pentagon to Not Implement Ban on Transgender Military Service
Jan. 24, 2019 Letter to Donald Trump, President of the United States - Congressman Serrano Leads Letter Condemning Most Recent Efforts by Trump Administration to Undermine Puerto Rico Recovery Efforts
Jan. 23, 2019 Letter to Speaker Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, and Chuck Schumer - Seasonal Worker Relief in Funding Agreement
Jan. 18, 2019 Letter to Donald Trump, President - Congressman Al Green Joins Texas Colleagues to Express Their Concerns About President Trump's Consideration for Diverting Disaster Relief Funds to a Border Wall
Jan. 17, 2019 Letter to Donald Trump - Shutdown Housing Crisis
Jan. 15, 2019 Letter to the Hon. Donald Trump, President of the United States - Cornyn, Cruz, Abbott, Texas Delegation Urges White House to Protect Hurricane Harvey Recovery Funds
Jan. 15, 2019 Letter to the Hon. Donald Trump, President of the United States - Sens. Cruz, Cornyn, Gov. Abbott, Texas Delegation Urges White House to Protect Hurricane Harvey Recovery Funds
Jan. 14, 2019 Letter to Acting Commissioner Berryhill, SSA - Abandonment of Anti-Union Policies
Jan. 8, 2019 Letter to the Hon. Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture - Members of Congress Demand Answers on Upcoming SNAP Benefit Lapse
Jan. 3, 2019 Gonsalez, Cuellar, Vela Sworn into 116th Congress
Jan. 2, 2019 The Democratic Shutdown Fix in a Nutshell
Dec. 20, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security - 54 Members of Congress in Urging DHS Secretary Nielsen to End Policy of Deterring Asylum Seekers at U.S. Ports of Entry
Dec. 12, 2018 Rep. Vela Supports Passage of Farm Bill Conference Report
Dec. 10, 2018 Letter to Samantha Deshommes - Congressional Hispanic Caucus Opposes Public Charge Rule
Dec. 7, 2018 Congressmen Gonzalez and Vela Urge Leader Pelosi to Denounce Increased Spending Plans for Border Wall
Dec. 6, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Nancy Pelosi - Congressman Gonzales and Vela Urge Leader Pelosi to Denounce Increased Spending Plans for Border Wall
Nov. 30, 2018 Letter to Congressional Colleagues - 130 Democratic Members Sign Letter of Support for Rep. Mark Takano to Become Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Nov. 16, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Richard Shelby, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, the Hon. Rodney Frelinghuysen, Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, the Hon. Patrick Leahy, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, and the Hon. Nita Lowey, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Appropriations - Thompson and McCaul Lead Bipartisan Letter to Support Grant Funding to Protect Religious Institutions After Tree of Life Attack
Nov. 5, 2018 Trump Border Rhetoric Stokes Hate and Violence, Strangles Border Economy
Nov. 1, 2018 Letter to the Hon. James Mattis, Secretary of Defense - Smith Leads House Democrats in Demanding Answers on Trump Border Deployment
Oct. 24, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Brock Long, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency - Vela, Cornyn, Cruz, Cuellar, Gonzalez Send Letter to FEMA Administrator Long Urging Reassessment of FEMA Denial
Oct. 23, 2018 Letter to Daniel Coats, Director of National Intelligence - Hanabusa Questions if U.S. Intelligence Knew of Khashoggi Plot
Oct. 22, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Daniel Coats, Director of the Office of National Intelligence - Connolly Joins More than 50 Members of Congress in Calling On the Trump Administration to Release Evidence of Prior U.S. Awareness of the Saudi Plot to Capture Khashoggi
Oct. 18, 2018 Letter to President Donald Trump - House Members Call for Sanctions After Jamal Khashoggi Murder
Oct. 17, 2018 Letter to the Honorable Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury - Cancel Saudi Arabia Trip
Oct. 16, 2018 Letter to the Honorable Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education - Release More Information About Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
Oct. 15, 2018 For Immediate Release: Vela Issues Statement on Trump's Border Wall Environmental Waivers
Oct. 10, 2018 Thompson, Vela Statement on DHS Waivers to Disregard Environmental Laws Along Border
Sept. 28, 2018 Letter to Dennis Muilenburg, Chairman, President, and CEO of the Boeing Company and Robert Martinez, President of IAMAW - SC Members of Congress Respond to Boeing Letter
Sept. 26, 2018 Hearing of the Border and Maritime Subcommittee of the House Committee on Homeland Security - Opening Statement of Rep. Filemon B. Vela, Hearing on "Hidden in Plain Sight: Understanding Federal Efforts to Stop Human Trafficking"
Sept. 20, 2018 Letter to Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - 214 Members of the Bipartisan Diabetes Caucus Work to Increase Access for Artificial Pancreas Systems
Sept. 17, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Mitchell McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, the Hon. Paul D. Ryan, House Speaker, the Hon. Richard Shelby, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and the Hon. Rodney Frelinghuysen, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee - Harris, Espaillat Lead Lawmakers in Letter Urging Gop Leadership, Appropriators to Reject Expansion of Family Immigration Detention
Sept. 13, 2018 Vela Announces Passage of Water Legislation Including Resaca Restoration Project
Sept. 12, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Jeff Sessions III, Attorney General of the U.S. - 118 House Democrats to AG Sessions: Reverse Decision Ending Asylum for Victims of Domestic, Gang, and Gender-Based Violence
Sept. 7, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Mitch McConnel, Majority Leader of the US Senate, the Hon. Charles Schumer, Minority Leader of the US Senate, the Hon. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, and the Hon. Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives - Rep. Raskin Leads 150+ House Dems in Urging Leadership to Reject President's Plan to Gut Federal Workers' Pay
Sept. 6, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Hon. Michael Pompeo, Secretary of State - Thompson, Vela Inquire on U.S. Citizen Passport Denials Along Border
Aug. 30, 2018 Letter to The Honorable Wilbur Ross, Secretary of the Department of Commerce - Smith Welcomes Trump Administration Action on Steel Imports
Aug. 29, 2018 Letter to The Hon. Kirsjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security - Congresswoman Speier and Colleagues Send Letter to DHS Urging Action to Reunite Families
Aug. 6, 2018 Letter to the Hon. L. Francis Cissna, Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services - Members of Congress Probe DHS over Circumstances Leading to TPS Termination for Nepal and Honduras
Aug. 6, 2018 Letter to Ms. Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paper Clearance Officer for the Department of Commerce - Congressional Hispanic Caucus Members Oppose Citizenship Question in 2020 Census
Aug. 6, 2018 GAO Report: Trump's Wall Set to Waste Billions, Provide No Measurable Benefit
Aug. 2, 2018 Letter to Michael Pompeo, Secretary of State - Reinstate TPS for El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti
July 30, 2018 Vela Calls out Trump for Failure to Meet Reunification Deadline
July 27, 2018 Letter to the Hon. L. Francis Cissna, Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services - Designate TPS for Guatemala and Nicaragua
July 24, 2018 Hearing of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee - Opening Statement of Rep. Vela, Hearing on Boots at the Border: Examining the National Guard Deployment to the Southwest Border
July 18, 2018 Letter to William "Brock" Long, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - Request Spanish Speaking FEMA Representatives for Adequate Assistance
July 17, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, the Hon. Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the House, the Hon. Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the Senate, and the Hon. Charles Schumer, Minority Leader of the Senate - Waters and 61 Members Demand Long-Term Reauthorization of National Flood Insurance Program
July 17, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Mac Thornberry, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, the Hon. Adam Smith, Ranking Member, the Hon. John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Hon. Jack Reed, Ranking Member, the Hon. Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader, the Hon. Kevin McCarthy, House Majority Leader, the Hon. Charles Schumer, Senate Minority Leader, and the Hon. Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader - Reject Attempt to Undermine Science-Based Decision-Making in Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act
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