Today, the Gallego for Congress campaign launched Veterans for Pete Gallego. This group of veterans from across Texas [1] includes both Democrats and Republicans, united in their support of Pete Gallego’s re-election effort.

San Antonio State Representative Joe Farias, an Army veteran, will serve as Chairman of the group. Rep. Farias was the founder and original Chairman of the Texas Veterans Caucus, a bipartisan and bicameral caucus in the Texas Legislature.

During his Republican primary, Rep. Gallego’s opponent, Will Hurd, tacked extremely far to the right, touting a plan to cut the entire federal budget by “16% across the board.” [2]

"We stand with Pete because he puts the politics aside and just finds ways to get things done for veterans. His opponent has a dangerous plan to make across the board budget cuts that would decimate the VA healthcare system and betray the veterans who served our country,” said Rep. Farias.

VA healthcare reform has been one of the few issues on which Republicans and Democrats in Congress have been able to find agreement on. Last month, the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act was signed into law.

A strong advocate of the law, Rep. Gallego was the only Texas congressman present at the ceremony when the bill was signed into law.

Under the Act:

  • Veterans on the wait list for more than 30 days will be allowed to seek care from a private health care provider
  • Veterans from rural areas, living more than 40 miles from a VA facility, will have the ability to receive care from private health care providers in their hometowns
  • 27 new VA facilities will be added or expanded across the country, including four in Texas
  • The law will also help clean house at the VA by giving the Secretary of the VA authority to fire those employees who have hurt veterans and their families.

“VA reform was only possible because leaders like Pete Gallego put politics aside to serve the needs of our nation’s veterans. Will Hurd’s extreme politics and dangerous budget plan would wreak havoc on the VA and undo all the progress that has been made,” said Gallego spokesman Anthony Gutierrez.

“We know we can always count on Pete to fight for us and that is why Texas veterans stand with him," concluded Rep. Farias.  


State Representative Joe Farias, candidate for HD76 Cesar Blanco, Harland Celestine, Mike Corley, Glen and Linda Rider, Tom Bursey, M. Veronica Warrion, Mitch Pierce, Rosevelt Johnson, Barry Clair, Gene Charleton, Richard Madden, Gregory Peson, Maury Sigee, Stephen Love, Dan Miles Jr, Jaime Lozano, Jerel Twiford, Leo Trevino, Eddie Torres, Danny Foster, Don Drain, Alejandra Hernandez, Wayne Jones, Claudio Sotelo, Gilbert Rodriguez, Victor Bosquez, Humberto Aguirre, John Rodriguez, Ignacio "Nacho" Hernandez, Bobby Barrera

 [2] At a Republican Primary candidate forum, Hurd said, “Congress needs to cap federal spending to ‘a percentage of GDP— 18% is a good number’ because that was the number when the budget was last balanced. ‘That would translate to cuts of 16% across the board.’” [Sara for America, 1/17/14]