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Filemon Vela, Jr.'s Public Statements

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 34, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 34
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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 GAO Report: Trump's Wall Set to Waste Billions, Provide No Measurable Benefit
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. 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
July 9, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Donald Trump - Rescind Illegal Anti-Worker Executive Orders
July 5, 2018 Vela Demands Answers From HHS On Separated Families
June 28, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce - Explain Contradictory Stories about Addition of Citizenship Question to the 2020 Census
June 27, 2018 Vela Statement On Supreme Court Decision On Travel Ban
June 26, 2018 Letter to the Honorable Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Honorable Alex Azar, Secretary of Labor - Support of Seasonal Guest Workers
June 26, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Alexander Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Hon. Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security - Demand Details On How Many Tax Dollars are Being Spent on Trump's Family Separation Policy
June 26, 2018 Congressmen Vela, Cuellar, and Gonzalez Thank Governor Abbott For Requesting FEMA Disaster Declaration For South Texas Counties
June 22, 2018 Letter to Inspectors General Kelly and Levinson - 123 Members In Call For Investigation to Reunite Children and Parents
June 21, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Rodney Frelinghuysen, House Appropriations Chairman, and Nita Lowey, Ranking Member - Demand House Appropriations Committee Reject Family Separations in Upcoming Funding Bills
June 20, 2018 CNN "CNN Newsroom" - Transcript: Interview with Representative Filemon Vela
June 19, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Michael McCaul, Chairman of the Committee on Homelan Security - Homeland Dems to McCaul: Join Us in Calling for Trump to End Child Separation Policy
June 13, 2018 Tearing Immigrant Children Away From Their Parents
June 13, 2018 Letter to David Leach, CEO of Greyhound Lines Inc. - Resist CBP Immigration Raids on Buses
June 12, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Wilbur Ross, Commerce Secretary, and the Hon. Robert Lighthizer, US Trade Representative - Renegotiate Softwood Lumber Trade Agreement Between the U.S. & Canada
June 7, 2018 Letter to the Hon. John Carter, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security and the Hon. Lucille Roybal-Allard, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security - Jayapal, Thompson, and Lofgren Lead 108 Lawmakers Urging Appropriators to Stop DHS from Separating Families
June 6, 2018 Letter to the Honorable Kevin Yoder, Chairman, and the Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard, Ranking Member of House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security - Protecting DREAMers From Deportation
June 5, 2018 Congressman Gonzalez and Vela to Sign Immigration Discharge Petition
June 4, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education - Rep. Adriano Espaillat Leads Congressional Call For Secretary DeVos to Correct Testimony and Uphold Obligation to Serve All Students
May 31, 2018 Letter to the Hon Thomas Homan, Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Urge Designation of Courts as Immigrant Safe Spaces
May 30, 2018 Vela, Thompson Demand Protection Of Children At The Border
May 25, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Kevin McAleenan, Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection - Thompson, Vela Demand Protection of Children at the Border
May 21, 2018 Hurd Stands by Border Patrol Agents
May 17, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Emily Murphy, Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration - Congressman Bishop Leads Letter to GSA Urging the Agency to Protect Job Opportunities for People Living With Disabilities
May 7, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce - Walorski Calls for Changes to Tariff Product Exclusion Process for Manufacturers
April 30, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security - Renew Temporary Protected Status for Honduras
April 25, 2018 Vela Opening Statement - "Border Security, Commerce and Travel: Commissioner McAleenan's Vision for the Future of CBP"
April 25, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas - Take Action to Increase Health Care Coverage, Drive Down Costs
April 23, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security - Congressional Inquiry on the Detention and Treatment of Pregnant Immigrants by the Department of Homeland Security
April 19, 2018 Letter to Jefferson Sessions, US Attorney General - Restoration Of Legal Assistance Programs For Immigrants
April 11, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security and the Hon. James Mattis, Secretary of Defense - House National Security Dems Demand Answers on Trump's Border Troop Deployment
April 5, 2018 Press Release: Vela: Sending National Guard to Border "Horrendous Idea'
April 5, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security - Thompson, Vela, Rice: Stop Ineffective and Discriminatory Extreme Vetting Program
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