Hosting a Conference Call With Your Congressman

Click above to watch the video of my Conference Call with Your Congressman.

Last weekend, I held a "Conference Call With Your Congressman," where I was joined by Texas State Representatives Todd Hunter and Geanie Morrison to discuss disaster recovery following Hurricane Harvey.

Representatives from FEMA, the SBA, the Texas General Land Office (GLO), and the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) also joined the call to answer questions about applying for assistance, what to do if you’ve received a denial from FEMA, and temporary housing options. The entire call was also broadcast live on Facebook Live, and is available to view here.

If you or anyone you know needs assistance with FEMA or other federal agencies, please contact my Red Tape Cutters at 361-884-2222.

Attending the Port Project Partnership Agreement Signing

Attending the Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project partnership signing. (From left to right, me, Port Executive Director John Larue, Army Corps of Engineers Col. Lars Zetterstrom, Port Chairman Charlie Zahn.)

In the last few years, the Port of Corpus Christi has become a leading export port, especially since December 2015, when Congress lifted the 40-year crude oil export ban. Oil and other energy related products shipping from the port will bring hundreds of new jobs to the Coastal Bend community and require infrastructure improvements.

Last week, I attended the Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project signing between the Port of Corpus Christi and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This agreement allows the Port of Corpus Christi to begin the Ship Channel Improvement Project, which will widen the port to 530 feet and allow for two-way barge traffic in tandem. It will also deepen the port to 54 feet.

I have been working with port officials, the Army Corps, House leadership, both U.S. Senators from Texas, and the Trump Administration, even before the president assumed office, to get all the details worked out so that this essential first step in widening and deepening the port is completed. The signing of the Project Partnership Agreement is crucial to completing the widening and deepening of the port. This has been a long time coming.

Passing a Budget to Unlock Tax Reform

Last week, the House, with my support, passed H.Con.Res 71, Establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2018 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027 by a vote of 216-212. Passing this budget was important because it unlocks the ability for Congress to pass tax reform through a process known as budget reconciliation – a fast-track legislative procedure that is filibuster-proof in the Senate.

The last time the United States saw substantial tax reform was in 1986. In those 31 years, America's tax code has become too complicated, and has too many loopholes. It's time that Congress reforms our tax code with a system that creates more jobs, applies fairer taxes, and allows hard-working Americans to keep more of their paycheck. The current Republican tax framework will do this by:

- Lowering tax rates for individuals and families, and shrinking the number of tax brackets.
- Doubling the standard deduction, and enhancing the child tax credit.
- Eliminating loopholes for the wealthy and maintaining tax incentives that help the lower and middle class like the home mortgage interest deducation, charitable contributions and more.
- Creating a lower tax rate and structure for small businesses, and much more.

For more details on the tax reform framework House Republicans have put together, click here. It's my hope that Americans will soon be able to easily file their own taxes with a system that is easier to understand, and allows them to keep more of their hard-earned money. 

Last Call for the Congressional App Challenge

Click above to learn more about the Congressional App Challenge.

There are just days 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.

.@GOPoversight & @HouseJudiciary announce probe into DOJ actions during 2016 election.
25 Oct 2017

Last night, the House passed the Otto Warmbier Act, which will enact sanctions on North Korea’s backers in China.
25 Oct 2017

The Social Security Administration has announced a 2% cost-of-living adjustment for 2018.
24 Oct 2017

The Congressional App Challenge ends on November 1. Be sure to get your entries in!
18 Oct 2017

Go @astrosbaseball! ⚾️ #worldseries

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