Hosting the CB2DC Delegation in Washington

Talking with the CB2DC group about the projects I'm working on in Washington.

Last week, I had the pleasure of welcoming the annual Coastal Bend to D.C. (CB2DC) delegation to Washington. The delegation was comprised of local elected officials and industry leaders who came to advocate for local businesses, the Port of Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend military installations and more.

Much of my discussion with the group centered on Hurricane Harvey relief and the cooperation between local, state and federal officials. As you know, disaster recovery starts at the local level, directed by mayors, county judges and Governor Abbot’s office. We also discussed all the progress that has been made on widening and deepening of the Port of Corpus Christi channel, supporting NASCC and CCAD and economic development throughout the region.

I also arranged for the group to hear from the House Committee on Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, Deputy Whip Rep. Patrick McHenry, representatives from Governor Abbott’s office and area representatives Henry Cuellar and Vicente Gonzalez.

Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Passes

As a strong supporter of life, I had the opportunity to continue the fight for the lives of innocent unborn children last week when I voted for H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Science has proven that unborn children of 20 weeks are capable of feeling pain. Unfortunately, thousands of these babies are killed each year in late-term abortions. H.R. 36 restricts abortions after 20 weeks by establishing criminal penalties for any person who performs or attempts an abortion on a fetus after 20 weeks.

The United States is one of only seven countries worldwide which allows elective abortions 20 weeks post-fertilization.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act passed the House 237 to 189. It is my hope and prayer that the Senate will promptly pass this bill and the president will sign it into law.

THIS WEEK: Academy Nomination Nights

Click above to watch my speech about my upcoming academy nomination nights.

Are you or someone you know interested in attending a U.S. military academy? If so, I invite you to learn more about the process at one of my upcoming academy information nights.

Students interested in earning an appointment to a service academy will learn about the application process and eligibility requirements. Representatives from West Point, Annapolis, the Air Force Academy, the Coast Guard Academy and the Merchant Marine Academy will be on hand to answer questions. There will also be a presentation about ROTC. This event is open to all interested young men and women between the ages of 17 and 21, as well as their parents who are residents of the 27th Congressional District of Texas. The event is also open to any high school student considering applying.

The dates and time of the events are:


Tuesday, October 10, 2017
6 pm – 8 pm
University of Houston-Victoria, University North Building Multi-Purpose Room (Room 114) 3007 N. Ben Wilson Street, Victoria, TX 77901


Thursday, October 12, 2017
6 pm – 8 pm
Veterans Memorial High School, Cafeteria, 3750 Cimarron Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78414

Less Than One Month Left for the App Challenge

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There is less than one month left in the 2017 Congressional App Challenge!

The Congressional App Challenge is a competition aimed at encouraging U.S. students to learn how to code by creating their own applications. The challenge is intended to highlight the value of computer science and STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
As a former computer professional myself, I want to encourage students to explore app development as a possible career.
Last year’s winner for the 27th District of Texas was Katherine Steinhauer, a student at Hallettsville High School. Katherine created an app called MyDoc, whcih provides hikers and travelers offline access to first aid instructions. To learn more about her app, click here.
This Congressional App Challenge competition is open to all students who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience. Students of all skill levels are encouraged to participate and to learn how to create their own apps.
To learn more about the competition or to submit an app, go to the website, or visit my website.

Thank you to @JaniceDean from @FoxNews for highlighting the amazing work that @TeamRubicon is doing to rebuild TX27.
7 Oct 2017

There will be a meeting for farmers and ranchers in need of disaster relief on October 12th.
6 Oct 2017

Yesterday, @WhiteHouse sent a formal request to Congress requesting more disaster relief for the recent hurricanes.
5 Oct 2017

A new tax reform plan will allow you to keep more of your money in your pocket. Find out more ->
5 Oct 2017

The Red Cross will be reassessing applications from Port Aransas that were denied the first time.
4 Oct 2017