Moving Ahead with Tax Reform

Last week, President Donald Trump came out with a plan for tax reform that lowers the corporate tax rate and simplifies taxes for individuals. Now, the House Ways and Means Committee has to get down to the hard work of turning bullet points into legislative language. I'm optimistic that tax reform is going to come to fruition because it's one of President Trump's top priorities. With his experience as a business leader, he will be able to dig deeper into the details of tax reform compared to generalities he has used for some of his other projects. Through comprehensive tax reform, money that was going to Washington bureaucrats will be put back in the pockets of hard-working Americans - making American businesses more competitive and paving the way for economic prosperity and job growth.

Overseeing the Airline Industry

The last few weeks have been full of horror stories from passengers of major U.S. airlines. That's why this Tuesday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a full committee hearing to examine U.S. airlines customer service policies and issues, as well as examine what can be done to improve the customer experience. During the hearing, committee members will have the opportunity to hear from, and question senior executives from major airlines including, United Airlines, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines and more. I already have a slate of questions prepared, but if you have a question that you think should be asked to these airline executives, please send me an email via my website, and I will try to ask it if time permits.

Protecting Fourth Amendment Rights at the Border

When the Founding Fathers wrote the Bill of Rights, they provided American citizens with protections for individual liberties including free speech, the right to bear arms, and more. The Fourth Amendment protects Americans from "unreasonable searches and seizures" without a warrant. While this has stopped law enforcement officers from conducting unlawful searches of vehicles, homes and physical belongings, there are exceptions for those crossing the border. These exceptions make sense when customs agents are searching for drugs and other contraband, but the government is taking it too far when they demand access to American citizens’ phones, laptops, and even social media accounts. What contraband is on a digital device? And why would a criminal risk smuggling it in when could simply email it across the border? That's why several of my colleagues and I introduced the Protecting Data at the Border Act to ensure Americans are not forced to endure indiscriminate and suspicionless searches of their phones, laptops and other digital devices. Just because you cross the border doesn’t mean the government can violate your Constitutional rights and the feds have the authority to read everything on your computer. To read the full text of the bill, please click here. The protection only applies to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. It will not interfere with the government's ability to vet foreigners entering the country.

 Shrimpers Job Fair

This Thursday, my staff will be helping with a job fair in Matagorda County focusing on the shrimping industry including Lagasse Marine, W&W Dock, Palacios Seafood, Po’ Boys, Gar Seafood, Quality Seafood, Gold Coast Seafood Inc. and more. If you or anyone you know would like more information, please call my district office at 361-884-2222.

Shrimpers Job Fair
Thursday, May 4th, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CDT
Matagorda County Navigation District #1
1602 Main St., Palacios, Texas 77465

ICYMI: I was on Tipping Point on @OANN with @Liz_Wheeler to discuss what's going on in Congress.
28 Apr 2017

I'm cosponsoring #HR1164 because American tax $ should not be used 2 support the families of terrorists who kill Americans.
27 Apr 2017

My colleague, @RandPaul gets it right. It’s time for REAL tax cuts that help all Americans & are easy to understand.
26 Apr 2017

Today, @RepCardenas and I reintroduced legislation to protect American manufacturers.
27 Apr 2017

At a House Transportation subcommittee hearing reviewing the state of regulation in rail, pipeline, and hazardous materials.