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Henry Cuellar's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (TX) - District 28


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  • Signed on to a letter to Secretary Azar: "We write to urge you to allocate a significant portion of the remaining Provider Relief Fund dollars to hospitals and providers who serve a disproportionate number of Medicaid and low-income patients. We are grateful for your swift action to deliver much-needed resources appropriated by Congress to hospitals and providers preparing for and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic." (
  • "Congressman Cuellar has been a champion for the expansion of health care coverage throughout his district, especially in underserved colonia areas along the border. Additionally, thousands of elderly Texans rely on Medicare to safeguard their physical health during their retirement years. Congressman Cuellar is committed to strengthening Medicare for our seniors and seeing that the federal government honors that obligation." (
  • "Public servants across the U.S. don't receive their full Social Security benefits because of the Windfall Elimination Provision. That’s why I'm supporting the Public Servants Protection and Fairness Act, giving workers the benefits they earned and peace of mind in retirement." (
  • Signed on to a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Leader McCarthy: "The current Medicare payment system does not adequately incentivize high-quality care, and reimbursement has failed to keep up with inflation. We believe broad systemic reforms to the payment system are critical to speed the transition to value-based care. However, as Congress begins the complex process of identifying and considering potential long-term reforms, we must also create stability by addressing the immediate payment cuts facing health care professionals." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (
  • "I unequivocally support our country’s law enforcement, who work every day to protect our communities. However, supporting law enforcement doesn’t mean we can’t have transparency & accountability. We must do better to provide liberty & justice for all, including #GeorgeFloyd." (
  • "We must make necessary reforms to our policing system, not defund or disassemble it, to prevent further tragedies from happening again," Congressman Cuellar continued. "I voted for the Justice in Policing Act, legislation that is a first step in helping save lives and making sure officers who abuse their power are held accountable. We must come together to strengthen our public safety and rebuild trust between our law enforcement and our communities." (
  • "Today, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) praised the passage of the FY22 National Defense Authorization Act which supports a total of $777.7 billion for national defense funding. The legislation authorizes $740.0 billion for the Department of Defense (DOD) and $27.8 billion for national security programs within the Department of Energy (DOE)." (
  • "As a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, Congressman Cuellar has committed himself to allocating hard-earned taxpayer dollars efficiently, and holding the Department of Defense to a high standard in overseeing how those funds are spent and how they directly benefit those in his district." (
  • "Keeping America safe means investing in our service members. That’s why I’m proud to be voting for this year’s National Defense Authorization Act. #FY22NDAA" (
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1319 "American Rescue Plan Act." (
  • "Debate on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill begins today with a vote no later than Thursday. This bill is a huge win for the American people, and one we have proudly worked on for months with our House and Senate colleagues from both parties. The American people have waited long enough for the jobs and investment this bill will deliver. It's time to send the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to the President's desk for his signature." (
  • Voted in favor HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (
  • Rated 14% National Taxpayers Union. (
  • "Although I have consistently supported corporate tax cuts, any attempt at tax reform must also do enough to help the average middle-class American. This bill creates temporary individual tax cuts, while making the corporate cut permanent. Instead, we should be treating businesses and individuals equitably. Additionally, this bill cuts numerous deductions that would amount to a de facto tax increase for tens of millions of working families." (
  • Voted against HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act" (
  • ""It is critical we continue to act swiftly as we combat the coronavirus crisis," said Congressman Cuellar. "This legislation will provide the emergency resources that are desperately needed to protect the lives and livelihoods of the American people, including significant relief to small businesses and hospitals in both urban and rural areas. Specifically, the interim emergency package includes a provision that will make sure funding goes to Main Street and other underbanked businesses." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 "Climate Action Now Act" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019" (
  • Rated 90% by League of Conservation Voters. (
  • "Now more than ever, the United States has to secure its energy independence for the future and reduce its dependence on foreign sources of oil. I strongly support domestic energy and oil production as a way to shore up our nation's energy and economic independence. By balancing our energy needs, our domestic resources and our environment, we can strike a balance in the United States to meet our needs with the resources we have here at home. We have a number of domestic energy resources we can expand and we should continue to make investments in natural gas, wind, solar and other alternative energy fuels to power Texas and the rest of the country." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 2910 "Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipeline" (
  • "The 28th Congressional District of Texas, is both the 6th largest oil producing and 4th largest natural gas producing district in the state. It includes a large portion of the Eagle Ford Shale reserves; one of the most productive natural gas fields in the country. In order to support this production, last year, Congressmen Cuellar helped secure $13 million in federal funding towards the Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project (CIP). CIP is a USACE project to expand the Port’s ship channels, allowing vessels to navigate the channel safely, meeting surging global demand for U.S. produced oil and natural gas. The Port of Corpus Christi is the largest export port of U.S. produced crude oil and is a major export hub for U.S. energy products." (
  • "Diesel trucks play a critical role in our economy, supporting jobs and transporting millions of dollars’ worth of goods every day. I voted for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, which will promote the use of clean diesel technologies to help reduce emissions by up to 90%." (
  • "The Clean Industrial Technology Act will reduce our emissions by supporting industrial innovations. As cosponsor, I believe in the development of these new technologies, increasing U.S. production capacity and enhancing our industrial competitiveness abroad." (
  • "I'm co-sponsoring the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act, a red flag measure that allows courts & law enforcement officials to prohibit certain individuals who pose an increased risk to themselves or to others from possessing or acquiring a gun. The American people deserve action." (
  • "Earlier this year, the Fix NICS Act of 2017, a bipartisan piece of legislation that requires federal and state authorities to comply with existing law and accurately report relevant criminal history records to NICS, passed in the House of Representatives. This bill was introduced in the House by Reps. Cuellar and Culberson and in the Senate by Senators Cornyn and Chris Murphy in response to the horrific shooting that occurred in early November in Sutherland Springs, Texas, which killed 26 people." (
  • "I am determined to strengthen our existing gun laws following the shooting in Sutherland Springs. Legislation @JohnCornyn & I created after this tragedy strengthens our background check system & keeps firearms out of the hands of dangerous individuals." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 986 "Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019." (
  • "A study from the Urban Institute says a repeal of #Obamacare could leave 30 million without coverage, via @rollcall: (
  • Voted against HR 1628 "American Health Care Act of 2017." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 987 "MORE Health Education Act." (
  • "I worked with the House Appropriations Committee to ensure that my district and the nation will receive substantial federal assistance to combat further spreading of the virus. Specifically, the supplemental supports the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) repatriation and quarantine efforts, laboratory testing, emergency operations, epidemiological investigations, public information, and surveillance and data analysis." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 "Families First Coronavirus Response Act." (
  • "After conferring with Democratic leadership and receiving their commitment to help me fight the border wall, I just went on the House floor and signed the discharge petition to protect #Dreamers and #DACA. As one of the first supporters of DACA I'm proud to add my signature" (
  • "I am opposed to a border wall. A border wall is a 14th century solution to a 21st century problem. We must invest in technology, personnel and humanitarian aid to avert the immigration influx." (
  • "The Dream Act allows Dreamers —essential workers, teachers, and medical personnel—to fully contribute to our country and make America stronger. I will vote for the bipartisan Dream Act. #HomeIsHere" (
  • "Eight years ago today, DACA was created to protect 800,000 young people who call America home. Now their futures remain uncertain. Dreamers contribution to this country are unmatched and we need comprehensive immigration reform to finally secure their citizenship." (
  • "I co-sponsored the American Dream and Promise Act to support Dreamers who are American in every way except on paper. Today I am voting on this critical legislation to provide much-needed relief for the millions of undocumented individuals who call the U.S. home." (
  • Voted in favor HR 6 "American Dream and Promise Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1698 "Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act." (
  • "As the leading global superpower, it is important from both a strategic and moral standpoint that the United States leads on this important issue, and that we continue mobilizing in order to prevent these brutal chemical weapon attacks like the ones in Douma from happening in the future." (
  • Signed a letter to Secretary Pompeo: "America must continue its longstanding, bipartisan leadership in order to limit Iran's destabilizing activities throughout the world. We look forward to working with you to re-authorize these expiring U.N. restrictions, which are essential to protecting our national security and the American people." (
  • Signed a letter to Secretary Blinken: ""Iran must comply with international nuclear obligations and regulations—there are no exceptions," said Rep. Cuellar. "We cannot let an aggressive actor threaten Israel—our strongest ally in the Middle East. Any state that fails to comply with these regulations should immediately be subject to sanctions and the administration must hold Iran accountable. I urge the administration to push for more nuclear oversight at the next IAEA meeting."" (
  • Voted in favor of S J Res 68 "A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress" (
  • Voted in favor of H J Res 37 "Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress" (
  • "We have a final agreement on the #USMCA, a much-needed update to NAFTA! This trade agreement is projected to raise GDP by nearly $70 billion and create upwards of 200,000 jobs. The USMCA is good for my district, for the state of Texas, and for our country as a whole." (
  • "The President's threat to impose tariffs on Mexico will only hurt American workers, economic growth, and our national security. Instead of inflicting penalties on our southern neighbor, we must continue to work with Mexico to handle the influx of migrants." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act." (
  • "Over the past year, I have been working to create a bipartisan trade agreement that benefits our workers, businesses, consumers, and the economy as a whole. Today, we have voted and passed the USMCA, a historic victory for my district, for the state of Texas, and for our country." (

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