Working Across the District
(Clockwise From Top Left ) Talking to the students at Flour Bluff Intermediate School about the importance of cybersecurity, recognizing Coach Phil Danaher, touring the Army National Guard Armory, meeting with leaders in Victoria.

When I’m not in Washington, I like to make sure I’m up-to-date on what’s going on in the area. Last week, I did this by meeting with constituents, students and teachers, local leaders, business owners, employees and Texas National Guard members. I spent the early part of last week in the Corpus Christi area, and the second half of the week in the northern area of the district.

To start off the week, I opened the Google Online Safety Roadshow at Flour Bluff Intermediate School by speaking to students about the importance of internet safety. The assembly taught how to create a safe and memorable password, how to identify phishing scams, how internet posts last forever and much more. I also visited Incarnate Word Academy to hold a Congress in the Classroom, where the elementary students asked better questions than some reporters! At Calallen High School, I recognized the accomplishments of two great coaches: Coach Steve Chapman and Coach Phil Danaher. Coach Chapman was recently inducted into the Texas High School Baseball Hall of Fame and Coach Danaher recently became the winningest football coach in Texas state history. I also presented certificates to two outstanding science students, Austin Thompson and Parker Tennill, who received scholarships to attend The Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Massachusetts.

I then traveled to the northern part of the district, where I visited Inteplast Building Products in Lolita, which employs 2,220 people. The next stop was Wharton County, where I met with the publisher of the El Campo Leader-News, Shannon Crabtree, to discuss repealing Obamacare, securing the border and paying down the nation's debt. In Matagorda County, I held great meetings with Judge McDonald, local shrimpers and members of both the Bay City EDC and Bay City Chamber of Commerce, where we discussed healthcare, immigration, job creation and local tourism.

Following Bay City, I headed to Victoria, where I toured the Army National Guard Armory to talk readiness and emergency response with Captain Hubbard and his soldiers in Delta Company. After, I sat down with the Victoria Advocate for a short Facebook Live town hall where we answered questions from readers. To view that video, please click here. To round out my trip to Victoria, I met with folks from the Victoria EDC and Victoria Chamber of Commerce to discuss ways to improve the port and increase maritime trade, tax reform and healthcare.

(Clockwise From Top Left ) Congress in the Classroom at Incarnate Word Academy, sitting down with the El Campo Leader News, meeting with leaders in Bay City, visiting Inteplast Building Products.

Averting a Potential Government Shutdown

Congress has until midnight on April 28 to pass a spending bill to keep the government open, or it will face a shutdown. With just five legislative days until the 28th, I suspect Congress will pass a Continuing Resolution: a stop-gap funding bill that will fund the government at current levels for a very short period, most likely two weeks. This will allow more time to work on a new, full budget that addresses issues like healthcare, military spending, border security, the defunding of Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities and more.

I would prefer that Congress passes twelve individual appropriations bills for each appropriations committee like it is supposed to; however, at this late stage I'm sure we'll eventually see what is known as an omnibus appropriations bill - one large bill that encompasses many of the smaller, regular appropriations bills. As a conservative, it is important that any bill Congress passes cuts government waste and excess spending, and reduces the size of government. I sincerely hope that Congress will be able to come together and produce a bill that will keep our government open and moving in the right direction.

Last Call for the Congressional Art Contest

Click above to learn more about last year's winner, Stacia Johnston.

Every year, thousands of high school students from every congressional district submit their artwork to their member of Congress for the annual Congressional Art Competition. Helping inspire young people to become active in the things they are passionate about, like art, is one of the best parts of my job. The 2017 Art Competition deadline is TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017. If you know a high school student who’d like to submit their artwork, please invite them to visit my website or call John Maldonado in my district office at 361-884-2222. The winning art from each congressional district will hang in our nation’s capital for one year.

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