Praying for those in Sutherland Springs

Earlier today, Texas faced a terrible tragedy when a gunman opened fire on a congregation gathered for prayer at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, southeast of San Antonio. So far, reports have said there were 27 deaths and 24 others injured, including children. Houses of worship should always be held sacred. Mine and Debbie's hearts are with all affected by this tragedy.

Introducing Tax Reform Legislation

Last week, the first substantial tax reform legislation since 1986 was introduced in the House. In those 31 years, America's tax code has become complicated, and full of loopholes. It's way past time 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 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a bold pro-growth bill that will help American families by:

- Roughly doubling the standard deduction – from $6,350 to $12,000 for individuals and $12,700 to $24,000 for married couples.

- Lowering individual tax rates for low and middle income Americans. The new tax rates will be 0%, 12%, 25%, 35% and 39.6%.

- Eliminating special-interest deductions that complicate taxes, allowing for a simpler, easier tax filing process.

- Preserving the home mortgage interest deduction to provide tax relief to current and aspiring homeowners.

- Much, much more.

For more details on the tax bill House Republicans have put together, click here. It's my hope that all 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.

Questioning FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers

Click above to watch my questioning of FEMA Administrator Brock Long and Army Corps representative MG Donald Jackson.

Last week, I attended the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing, “Emergency Response and Recovery: Central Takeaways from the Unprecedented 2017 Hurricane Season.” During the hearing, I spoke about TX-27’s status post-Hurricane Harvey and questioned FEMA Administrator William Long about how to improve the communication between FEMA and citizens. I also asked Army Corps of Engineers Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations Major General Donald Jackson about Army Corps projects impacted by the storm. To watch the full clip, please click here.

Upcoming Veterans Legislation

This Saturday, the nation will commemorate Veterans Day, a day on which we honor those who served our country. We should always remember we must keep our promise to all of our veterans. Since first being elected to Congress, I’ve been fighting for our veterans to get the care they were promised and earned. 

This week, the House will be voting on a number of bills to help veterans, including:

- H.R. 918, The Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act, which requires the VA to provide former members of the Armed Forces an initial mental health assessment and the mental healh services to treat the member's urgent mental health care needs, including risk of suicide or harming others.

- H.R. 4173, The Veterans Crisis Line Study Act, which requires the VA to conduct a study on the Veterans Crisis Line, which was set up to help veterans in urgent need of help. Since the crisis line was set up, dispatchers have answered more than 2.3 million calls, 55,000 texts, and 289,000 online chats.

- H.R. 3122, The Veterans Care Financial Protection Act, which directs the VA to work with other federal agencies to crack down on scam artists diverting federal funds intended to support low-income and older veterans in need of care.

- H.R. 1066, The VA Managment Alignment Act, which requires the VA secretary to send Congress a comprehensive report that details the roles and responsiblities of VA executives and reexamines the ways they can improve veterans' access to care.

These bills, and all the other bills we will pass this week are just a small piece in the overall reform that will improve the life of our veterans. If you or anyone you know if having trouble dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs, call my Red Tape Cutters at 361-884-2222.

Friday is the Deadline to Apply For Academy Nominations

On the House steps with proud Air Force Academy parents, Tiffani and Matt Lusson.

Last week, I met with Matt and Tiffani Lusson. Their daughter, Kaila, received a nomination from my office last year to the US Air Force Academy, where she is now a freshman. If you, or someone you know, are interested in a service academy nomination, the deadline for applications is this Friday, November 10, 2017. For more information on service academy nominations, please click here.

"This pro-growth, pro-family tax reform bill will help you keep more money from your paychecks..."
2 Nov 2017

After a wild 7 games, congrats to the Houston Astros on winning their first ever #WorldSeries! #TexasStrong
2 Nov 2017

We must continue our fight against radicalization both at home and abroad.
1 Nov 2017

ICYMI – I spoke with @FoxNews over the weekend about the upcoming investigations into the Uranium One deal.
31 Oct 2017


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