Expanding Your Second Amendment Rights

Click above to watch my speech on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.

Recently, the House, with my support, passed, H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which will allow persons licensed to carry concealed firearms in their state of residence to carry concealed handguns in other states. Just like your state-issued driver’s license is valid in any state, your concealed carry license should be too.

When I was a child growing up, my family taught me the importance of marksmanship, gun safety, and the Second Amendment. I have long said that when it comes to reducing gun violence, “it is the individual, not the weapon, that we need to be focused on.” This bill helps ensure Americans’ right to carry is not infringed upon when crossing state lines.

To view a speech I gave on the House floor about the bill, please click here.

Pushing Forward on Tax Reform

In the last several weeks, both the House and Senate passed individual tax reform bills. Last week, a joint House and Senate conference committee worked tirelessly to bridge the differences between the two bills to create a unified tax bill that will be sent on to President Trump for signature.

This new tax bill, which the House and Senate will both vote on this week does the following:

- Nearly doubles the standard deduction from $6,350 to $12,000 for individuals and from $12,700 to $24,000 for married couples

- Lowers individual tax rates, and sets the rates at 0%, 10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35%, and 37%

- Expands the Child Tax Credit

- Preserves the mortgage interest deduction to provide tax relief to current and aspiring homeowners

- Supports graduate students by continuing to exempt the value of reduced tuition from taxes

- Eliminates Obamacare's individual mandate penalty tax to provide families with relief and flexibility

- Much, much more

I'm hopeful we will soon pass the first comprehensive tax reform legislation since 1986, and it will signed into law by President Trump before Christmas. As we head into the new year, I'm confident that Americans will be able to keep more of their hard earned paychecks. For more information, click here.

Improving Disaster Recovery Planning

Click above to watch my speech on the Disaster Recovery Reform Act.

Nearly four months after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in the 27th District of Texas, our community has embarked on the long process of rebuilding and returning to normalcy. As we rebuild, we must work to improve our understanding of these natural disasters, and continue to improve our disaster recovery plans.

Recently, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, on which I sit, passed H.R. 4460, the Disaster Recovery Reform Act. This legislation reforms federal disaster programs to ensure our communities are better prepared for future hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes, wildfires, and other disasters. Taking proactive steps to improve preparation and disaster planning will mitigate future risks to save lives and lessen future disaster recovery costs. The Disaster Recovery Reform Act is a great start but when dealing with disaster recovery we must always be learning and focusing on continuous improvement.

To view my speech on the Disaster Recovery Reform Act, please click here.

Thank you @FLOTUS Melania Trump and Karen Pence for visiting the Coastal Bend, and continuing to show your support for those affected by Harvey. https://t.co/ysbccwoejt
7 Dec 2017

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