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Filemon Vela, Jr.'s Public Statements on Issue: National Security

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 34, Democratic
Date Title
Sept. 6, 2017 Press Release: Vela Supports House Passage of $7.85 Billion Toward Hurricane Harvey Relief Package
Aug. 24, 2017 Letter to Hon. Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas - Preemptive State of Disaster Declaration
Aug. 15, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Michael McCaul, Homeland Security- Domestic Terrorism Hearings
July 25, 2017 House Democrats: Don't Sneak Wasteful $1.6B Border Wall Vote into Military Funding Bill
July 21, 2017 Grijalva and Vela Lead Letter Opposing Funding and Construction of Border Wall
July 21, 2017 Letter to the Honorable Rodney P. Frelinghuysen and the Honorable Nita Lowey, Committee on Appropriations Chairman and Ranking Member, and the Honorable John Carter and Lucille Roybal-Allard, Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Chairman and Ranking Member - Mexico Border Wall
June 6, 2017 Vela Issues Statement on Russian Interference Information Leak
May 10, 2017 Vela Calls for Independent Special Counsel to Investigate Russia Meddling in 2016 Presidential Election
April 4, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Rodney Frelinghuysen, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, the Hon. NIta Lowey, Ranking Member, the Hon. John Carter, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security, the Hon. Lucille Roybal-Allard, Ranking Member - Flood Mapping
Feb. 23, 2017 Letter to the Hon. John F. Kelly, Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, the Hon. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice, The Hon. James B. Comey, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Bomb Threats Made Against Jewish Community Centers
Feb. 23, 2017 Letter to the Hon. John F. Kelly - Department of Human Services Must Explain Deportation Plans to American People
Feb. 1, 2017 Letter to the Honorable John F. Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security - Presidential Muslim-Ban Executive Order
Sept. 21, 2016 Cornyn, Vela Statements on Border Patrol Decision to Reclassify Agent Vega's Death as Line of Duty Fatality
June 9, 2016 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Smith Requests Travis County Disaster Declaration from President
April 25, 2016 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Rep. Culberson Joins Texas Delegation in Request for Disaster Declaration
April 24, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Barack Obama, President of the United States - Federal Assistance For Flood Recovery
April 24, 2016 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - McCaul Leads Texas Delegation Letter Urging President to Agree to Governor Abbott's Disaster Declaration Request
Feb. 25, 2016 Letter to House & Senate Leadership - Request to Fund Contraceptive Care to Combat Zika Virus Outbreak
Dec. 21, 2015 Vela Announces Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Cameron County
Nov. 18, 2015 Vela Announces $150K for Kennel Facility at Gateway Port of Entry in Brownsville
Nov. 4, 2015 Hearing of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee - Opening Statement of Rep. Vela, Hearing Titled "A New Approach to Increase Trade and Security: An Examination of CBP's Public Private Partnerships."
Oct. 13, 2015 Letter to the Hon. Paul Ryan, Ways and Means Chairman, and the Hon. Sander Levin, Ways and Means Ranking Member - Members of House Homeland Security Panels Reject Plan to Divert Border Security Funding
Sept. 28, 2015 Cross-Border Rail Security Act of 2015
Aug. 4, 2015 Vela Announces $172K Grant for Port of Brownsville
Aug. 4, 2015 Vela Announces $5.9M In Border Security Grants For South Texas Counties
July 27, 2015 Border Security Technology Accountability Act of 2015
July 27, 2015 Preclearance Authorization Act of 2015
July 9, 2015 Letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House Armed Services Committee and Defense Appropriations Subcommittee - Concerns Surrounding the Transfer of Military Property
June 28, 2015 Valley Central: "Pelosi: "It's Not A Crisis, It's An Opportunity'"
June 25, 2015 Congress Discusses Border Fence, Immigration Policy
June 24, 2015 Vela Receives Legislator of the Year Award from State Bar of Texas
June 22, 2015 Valley Morning Star: D.C. Considers Policies To Curb Surge Crisis
June 11, 2015 Vela Statement on Blackhawk Helicopters Sent to South Texas
May 18, 2015 Amendment to Address Violence in Mexico Included in Defense Policy Legislation
March 20, 2015 Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States - Iran Nuclear Negotiations
March 19, 2015 House Leaders Appoint Vela to Special Task Force on Foreign Fighters
March 17, 2015 Hearing of the Border and Martime Security Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee - Combating Terrorist Travel: Does the Visa Waiver Program Keep the Nation Safe?
Jan. 22, 2015 Vela Amendment Seeks to Block Further Construction of Fence on Southern Border
Jan. 14, 2015 Vela to Lead Democrats on Border and Maritime Security Policy Panel
July 9, 2014 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Consult Congress on Iran Nuclear Negotiations
June 25, 2014 Congressmen Thompson, Hinojosa, and Vela to Tour McAllen Border Patrol Detention Facility & Sacred Heart Church Refuge Center
April 29, 2014 ABC - Spotlight on Mexico State After Violent Eruption
April 9, 2014 Congressman Filemon Vela Participates in Hearing Focusing on Boston Bombings--One Year Later
April 1, 2014 Letter to John Carter, Chairman, and David Price, Ranking Member, of the House Appropriations Committee - Increase Funding for Fire and Emergency Response Teams
Jan. 1, 2014 Issue Position: Homeland Security
July 25, 2013 Congressman Cuellar and other Members of Border Caucus Highlight Region's Importance to U.S. Economy
Jan. 8, 2013 Congressman Vela Appointed to House Homeland Security Committee
Aug. 1, 2012 Filemon Vela Secures Landslide Victory in Democratic Primary for Texas Congressional Seat
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