We recommend Cuellar for re-election to a seventh term.
Cuellar, a former state House member, is effective because he has mastered what eludes so much of Congress — bipartisanship.
He has used an ability to nurture relationships across the aisle to attach measures to legislation to the benefit of the 28th Congressional District and Texas. These include funding for grants to Hispanic-Serving Institutions; money for new immigration judges in a system with a horrendous backlog; funding for new construction at Randolph AFB; and working behind the scenes to secure funding for a vitally important federal courthouse for San Antonio. The existing one is unsafe from a security and health standpoint.
His major party opponent, Hardin, is difficult to contact. Emails to his campaign website have gone unanswered. That website, however, tells a bit about his main issues. But Cuellar, in our estimation, is better on these.
Hardin urges total U.S. energy independence, imperiled, he says, by federal policies and international trade agreements. However, it is hard to find a stronger supporter than Cuellar of Texas’ oil industry, which, with fracking, has helped the country mightily on energy independence. Cuellar worked for a lifting of the ban on U.S. crude exports. On trade agreements, Cuellar has been for NAFTA and, more recently, for giving the president trade promotion authority and backing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which can’t help but aid Texas, the nation’s largest exporting state.
On immigration, Hardin talks about improperly bringing people in from around the globe “hostile to the USA, hostile to Western culture, and hostile toward Christians.” This mimics Trumpian xenophobia. On immigration and U.S./Mexico relations, Cuellar has focused on border security but been a more rational and fair-minded voice generally on this issue, co-sponsoring comprehensive immigration reform.
Hardin stands for veterans and their access to services. But, again, it’s difficult to fault Cuellar on this score. He, too, has been a stalwart supporter of veterans, though the same can’t be said of the administration’s efforts to fix the veteran health system.
Simply, Cuellar’s effectiveness for the district and the state has earned him another term.