Field Hearing in McAllen, Texas: "Infrastructure Investment: Building Economic Resilience in South Texas"
Rio Grande Valley – On Friday, June 17, 2022, the U.S. House Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth, chaired by Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04), traveled to Texas’ Rio Grande Valley to conduct a series of field events across the community.
Led by Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), the bipartisan congressional delegation heard directly from local leaders, community members, and experts about the challenges Deep South Texas faces building and accessing the modern infrastructure necessary to grow the local economy and benefit the full community. The group of lawmakers had an opportunity to gain first-hand insight as to the implications of outdated infrastructure on working-class communities and its impact on economic mobility.
The field visit helped underscore practical approaches – from the federal to local level – to enhance roadways, improve drainage infrastructure, and expand access to broadband, as well as included a tour of local neighborhoods known as “colonias” to illustrate unique infrastructure challenges impacting unincorporated communities and highlight obstacles in escaping generational poverty.
- Chairman Jim Himes (CT-04)
- Ranking Member Bryan Steil (WI-01)
- Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15)
- Select Committee Members
- The Honorable Eddie Treviño, Cameron County Judge (Written Statement)
- The Honorable David L. Fuentes, Commissioner, Precinct 1, Hidalgo County (Written Statement)
- The Honorable David Garza, Commissioner, Precinct 3, Cameron County (Written Statement)
- Ms. Jordana Barton-Garcia, Chief Executive Officer, Barton-Garcia Advisors (Written Statement)
- Ms. Susan Kibbe, Executive Director, South Texans’ Property Rights Association (Written Statement)