On Tuesday, January 21, I attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new overpass at US 59 and IH 35. This was a 25-month project that cost a total of $25,800,849.36, and I fought to secure 80% of that in federal funds ($18,737,640.47). This project expands mainlanes, alleviates congestion by ridding of traffic bottlenecks, and allows swifter trade between the US-Mexico border. Pictured is Rep. Cuellar, with Mayor Pete Saenz, State Representative Tracy King, State Senator Judith Zaffirini, the Honorable Tano Tijerina, David Salazar, Interim Co-City Manager Robert Eads, and members of Texas Department of Transportation.
U.S. Army and Laredo Hospitals Trauma Care for Partnership
On Thursday, January 23, I announced a historic partnership between the U.S. Army, Laredo Medical Center and Doctors Hospital. I secured emergency trauma care for the people of Laredo and the surrounding areas by amending restrictive language in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.
This agreement will allow about 20 medics, and a variety of other medical specialties from all three Services, the opportunity to train alongside their civilian counterparts for a two-week rotation every quarter at LMC and Doctors Hospital. The U.S. Army plans to begin training in Laredo in the summer of 2020.