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Hinojosa speaks to Yoakum Rotary Club

By Sonny Long
April 28, 2011 at 7:02 p.m.
Updated April 27, 2011 at 11:28 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Ruben Hinojosa speaks at the Yoakum Rotary Club on Thursday. Henry Guajardo, left, of the Texas Workforce Commission was also in attendance.

ON REDISTRICTING

In his eight terms, the territory served by U.S. Rep. Ruben Hinojosa has been changed by redistricting in 2002, 2004 and 2006. He reacted to the possibility of yet another re-mapping of his Congressional district.

"I expect there will be as many as 100 maps thrown at the Texas Legislature," he said. "We have had so much growth in deep South Texas. We are going to have to shift things around to make room for four new Congressional seats. It's very possible my area will be divided."

"It's my opinion, they will create a district from Corpus Christi north that will take some of my Coastal Bend counties to make a new seat. Nothing is final yet. It's too early. I am going to continue to serve the counties that are in my present Congressional district through 2012, then we'll worry about the new lines at the right time."

YOAKUM - U.S. Rep. Ruben Hinojosa says a lot of what goes on in Washington, D.C., is smoke and mirrors.

Hinojosa was the guest speaker at the Yoakum Rotary Club on Thursday at the First United Methodist Church.

"The people of Yoakum, DeWitt and Lavaca counties are special," he said. "You are very patriotic, hard working and have a great work ethic."

A member of House committees on Education and the Workforce and on Financial Services, the Democrat centered his remarks in those areas.

He talked about working on various legislation in Washington on committees and sub-committees.

"Washington is a city of smoke and mirrors," he said. "A lot of what you see is not really what is there."

He touched on the banking bailouts and said he would fight for smaller banks in the 90 towns in his district.

"I am the champion of community banks," he said. "In towns like Yoakum, small businesses and community banks are the backbone of the local economy. It is critical that businesses here have the ability to obtain loans from community banks and the Small Business Administration."

Earlier in the day, the congressman visited the Yoakum office of the Texas Workforce Commission along with Henry Guajardo, executive director of the Golden Crescent offices.

He also lauded Texas for its low unemployment rate.

"As difficult as the economy is, y'all have survived," he said.

Hinojosa also touched on the 2012 budget.

"This plan would destroy Medicare as we know it," he said. "It does nothing to address costs and instead turns Medicare into a voucher program."

On the education front, Hinojosa touted advances he championed in increasing Pell Grant amounts.

He concluded his remarks with a pledge.

"I will do all I can to help the 15th District create jobs and recover from the current economic downturn," he said. "We may not agree on every issue, but I hope you will continue to send me your ideas, suggestions and concerns."

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