Henry Cuellar

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The deadline is Friday for Congress and the President to approve a 2017 emergency budget, or the federal government will shut down.  A key issue: whether President Trump makes good on a promise to reject a budget that doesn’t include funding for a border wall.

From Texas Standard:

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump famously criticized NAFTA as the “worst trade deal ever signed in this country.” President Trump is now taking a somewhat softer line on NAFTA. A draft letter from the White House emerged this week that indicates the administration wants to re-negotiate the trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, leaving some provisions in place, while seeking changes to others. The document contains few details, but it does indicate that the president would like the ability to impose tariffs on some imported products. Re-opening NAFTA negotiations would require Congressional approval.

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Congressman Henry Cuellar, a Laredo Democrat, says the U.S. Border Patrol is making recommendations to incoming President Trump for the kind of wall that might be built between Texas and Mexico.  

 

City leaders say a new federal courthouse will be built downtown by the end of 2020. They unveiled renderings of the facility Wednesday, at event thanking U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar for his support fort the new courthouse.

Congress approved about $133 million for the building, alongside funding for seven other federal courthouses. The facility at Nueva and Santa Rosa Streets will replace the crumbling John H. Wood Courthouse, built 50 years ago for the World's Fair. 

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 This week on Fronteras: 

·         Two South Texas congressmen say it’s time to change the U.S. policy of fast-tracking Cuban immigrants for citizenship.

·      Latino immigrants are seeking citizenship so they can vote for the next U.S. president.

·        In Houston, a call for a federal investigation into Super Tuesday voting delays.

·       Bus Rapid Transit in Bogotá, Colombia is a cost efficient system attracting the interest of some southwestern cities.

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