President Trump Funds Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project

Greeting the first ship to reenter the channel at Port Aransas following the reopening of the port after Hurricane Harvey.

On Monday, President Donald Trump offered up the President's Budget for Fiscal Year 2019, which includes $13 million in funding for the Port of Corpus Christi's widening and deepening project. The project is the key to the ongoing development and growth of the port. While getting the funding in the President's budget is a huge victory, it is just the first step in a lengthy process. Congress still needs to approve and appropriate the funding for the entire project. The port project is one of my top priorities in Washington. It's been a long and exhaustive process to get to where we are today. Since first being elected, I have been working with port officials, the Army Corps, House leadership, both U.S. Senators from Texas, and now the Trump Administration on this important project. I was in contact with the President and his administration even before he took office to convey how critical this project is for our region, the state and nation. I have personally spoken with Mick Mulvaney, the President's Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and a former colleague in the House, to ensure he knows how important this is. It is also always the first issue I discuss with the Army Corps of Engineers in our regular meetings. As I complete my final term in Congress, I plan to work tirelessly on securing the funds necessary to complete the widening and deepening of the Port of Corpus Christi. 

Visiting the New USCG Facility at CCIA

Touring the new USCG facility at CCAI. 

One of the greatest rewards in this job is seeing projects through to completion and cutting the red tape that often places road blocks in the way of progress. When I first learned back in 2011 that the United States Coast Guard felt they could be more efficient having all their operations under one roof, as opposed to being scattered in various locations throughout the area, I strongly supported building a new hangar and operations center at the Corpus Christi airport. What should have taken a couple years to complete turned into a nightmare of delays and bureaucratic red tape. Learning about the delays, I called all the different government agencies and contractors into my office and demanded they cooperate and quit wasting taxpayer dollars. I'm pleased to say that Monday I toured the new facility at the airport. It was great to see a project, that I championed, come to completion. This new facility will meet the needs of the Coast Guard for the forseeable future in a more cost-efficient matter. 

Securing Additional Hurricane Harvey Relief

Days after Harvey came ashore, I visited the devastated areas impacted by the hurricane. Here I'm visiting Rockport along with Governor Greg Abbott, FEMA Director Brock Long, Congressman Fil Vela and State Representative Todd Hunter. 

Since Hurricane Harvey tore through the Coastal Bend in late August, I have been working to get the disaster funding we need to rebuild. Late last week, with my support, the House passed H.R. 1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 to keep the government open and operating. This legislation includes an additional $89 billion in emergency aid to rebuild communities throughout the country that were impacted by recent disasters. On Friday, President Trump signed this bill into law making the recovery funds I have hoped for a reality. 

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