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 Ribbon Cutting at US Coast Guard Valent Hall
Speaking at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the USCG Valent Hall

This week I spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the USCG Valent Hall. After working on this project for many years, I am glad to see it finally came to fruition. It was scheduled to be completed about two years ago, but the process got bogged down due to disagreements between the U.S. General Services Administration, the Coast Guard, and the developer. I brought all the parties together and worked on finding a compromise so this important project could be completed.

Valent Hall is named after Pablo Valent, a Corpus Christi native. Valent served in the Coast Guard in the 1900s spending most of his career at the Brazos Coast Guard Station. He was the first Hispanic-American to command a boat station in 1935 and was responsible for the rescue of an eight-man crew whose schooner, Cape Horn, capsized during a hurricane in 1919 earning him the Coast Guard's Silver Life Saving Medal. It was a privilege having the great nephew of Pablo Valent, Adolfo Garza, in attendance for the opening of Valent Hall. The new facility will meet the needs of the Coast Guard for the foreseeable future and in a much more cost-efficient matter.  

Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee Examining the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers   

This morning the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Energy, which I chair, is holding a hearing on examining the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Sean Strawbridge, the Executive Director of the Port of Corpus Christi, will be testifying. The hearing starts at 9:00am CT. 

Click here to watch the hearing online.

Urging Funding for the Port of Corpus Christi 

The widening and deepening of the Port of Corpus Christi is a project I have worked tirelessly on throughout my time in Congress. While getting funding in the President's proposed budget for FY2019 is a huge step in the right direction, the project still needs to be approved by Congress in its entirety. That's why, this week, I spoke on the House floor to urge my colleagues to support funding this project. The $13 million included in the President's budget is critical to growing and developing the port. I have made sure this project is seen as a priority by working with port officials, the Army Corps of Engineers who I meet with regularly, House leadership, both U.S. Senators from Texas, and now the Trump Administration. I encourage my colleagues in both chambers to support the appropriations for the Port of Corpus Christi project. My efforts to fully fund this project will continue as I complete my final term in Congress. 

To see my floor speech on the port, click here. 

Announcing the 2018 Congressional Art Competition

"Complementary Calico," the 2017 winning entry by Rockport-Fulton High School student Drew Scott.

Each Spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each Congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. The 2017 winner was Rockport-Fulton High School student Drew Scott. Her piece, “Complementary Calico” is hanging in the Cannon Tunnel, the walkway that connects the House office buildings with the US Capitol. My office is now accepting artwork for the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. For more information, click here.

Met with @GovAbbott today to discuss Hurricane Harvey disaster relief for #TX27
27 Feb 2018

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