Being Appointed Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy and Environment

Last week, I was appointed the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy and Environment. It is a subcommittee of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The subcommittee has oversight jurisdiction over the Departments of Interior, Energy, Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency. 

I want every American to be able to enjoy our natural resources, and that's why my goals on the subcommittee over the next two years include:

- Saving taxpayer dollars
- Reinvigorating the domestic energy industry to create jobs
- Bringing down the cost of energy at home and at the pump
- Increasing access to and enjoyment of public lands
- Changing the relationship with the EPA away from the punitive and adversarial relationship that currently exists to one that works together to create good jobs and protect the environment

I'm confident that through effective oversight and accountability, we will be able to enact reforms that will change the country for the better.

Promoting School Choice

Click above to watch my speech on school choice.

As the father of two daughters, I understand the importance of a high-quality education. That’s why I spoke on the House floor last week to bring awareness to National School Choice Week. School choice is a straightforward concept – parents should be able to select the best educational environments for their children. This includes a myriad of options including traditional public schools, charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, homeschooling and more. To view my full speech, please click here.

Protecting the Innocent

March for Life participants outside the Supreme Court.

Last Friday, thousands of Americans descended on Washington D.C. for the annual March for Life. Participants in the March for Life, whose mission is "to provide all Americans with a place to testify to the beauty of life and the dignity of each human person," walked a route from the Washington Monument to the Supreme Court, carrying signs and banners encouraging the end of abortion.

It's wonderful to see people fighting for the unborn. I have a 100% rating from National Right to Life and am committed to protecting and defending life. That's why last week, I voted for, and the House passed, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act. This legislation makes the Hyde Amendment permanent, ensuring no taxpayer dollars are used to fund abortions.

Defending Second Amendment Rights

This week, the House will take up a House joint resolution that will provide for "congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Social Security Administration relating to Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007" This rule, that I will vote to disapprove, requires the Social Security administration to report anyone with a mental disability to NICS so that they are barred from purchasing a firearm. This rule is so broad it would stop anyone who has simply appointed a representative to receive payments on their behalf.

While I believe that people with dangerous mental illness should not be able to purchase firearms, this rule stereotypes people with even a mild disability as dangerous and would rob them of their Second Amendment rights.

This rule is opposed by groups as diverse as the NRA, Gun Owners of America, the ACLU, Consortium for Citizen with Disabilities and the National LGBTQ Task Force.

Veteran of the Month: Mr. Rick Day
Mr. Rick Day (center in purple) with veterans on the deck of the U.S.S. Lexington.

For this month's "Veteran of the Month," I am highlighting Mr. Rick Day. Rick was born in southwest Missouri to a Navy family. After graduating high school, Rick joined the Navy in 1977, starting as an equipment electrician. He was then moved to Naples, Italy where he was trained in criminal investigation and protective services. He worked security details for many high ranking officials including George H.W. Bush during the Reagan Administration. After moving around several more times, he was assigned to the decommissioning crew for the U.S.S. Lexington and worked at NASCC from 1998-2002. He left active duty in 2002, transferring to the Fleet Reserve, where he formally retired in 2007. 

Rick now works at the Corpus Christi Adult Day Care Center, providing stellar support to between 24-30 local veterans at a time representing every branch of the military. Although Mr. Day began as a driver, he quickly took over as the center's Veteran Coordinator. In his current role, he ensures the veterans have a high quality of life; organizing outings, field trips, crafts projects and more. He also organized a veterans wall within the Day Care Center that recognizes each veteran's service. According to Rick, the Corpus Christi Adult Care Center is the only adult day care center in Corpus Christi certified by the VA - in large part to the hard work of Mr. Day and owners Mike and Lisa Stringer. Thank you for taking good care of our nation's heroes. If you know someone you think should be the “Veteran of the Month,” please contact my office through my website at

Cosponsoring #HR400 because sanctuary cities who don’t comply with federal agencies shouldn’t get federal funds. Period. 
26 Jan 2017

President Trump and I agree—we must secure the border.
25 Jan 2017