Town Hall Meetings and Hearing Local Concerns

It was recently a constituent work period, so I was able to spend the last two weeks traveling across the district and meeting with friends, neighbors, and different groups. I also held two town hall meetings, one in Victoria, and the other in Wharton. To be a Representative you need to talk with the people you represent. That’s why I host these conversational meetings.

Last Tuesday’s town hall meeting at the University of Houston Victoria Alcorn Auditorium.

In Wharton, we discussed ways to make Medicare viable for the future, while at the same time preserving it for those who are retired already or who will be retiring soon.

In Victoria, there was discussion about the jobs that the oil and gas industry has created, as well as the potential for growth of new industries and job opportunities associated with exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

I also answered questions about sequestration, the budget, education, comprehensive immigration reform, and more. To watch video from the town hall meeting in Victoria, click here.


The Farm Bureau came to my office last week to present me with the American Farm Bureau’s “Friend of the Bureau” award.  This award is given to those members of Congress who were nominated by their respective state Farm Bureaus for having consistently supported their local farmers.  I am proud to stand by these hardworking individuals, and very much appreciate their support of agricultural and farming issues.


Local farmers presenting me with the “Friend of the Farm Bureau” Award.
To view Channel 6’s video of the Farm Bureau presentation, click here.



I also had the opportunity to meet with members of the outstanding civilian workforce who serve our men and women in the military at the Corpus Christi Army Depot.  They asked what has been done in Congress to prevent furloughs, and I talked about the bill I authored, the PACE Act, which asks Federal Agencies to find the needed sequester savings through eliminating waste, not furloughing employees. To learn more about the bill, click here.


During the meeting with representatives from AFGE Local 2142 and IAMAW Aeronautical Lodge 2049, we discussed their concerns and I updated the group on what I’m doing in Washington to support our civilian workforce.


As Chairman of the subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, Postal Service and Census, I felt it was important that we listen to Postal customers and partners about their concerns on Postal Reform. With the Post office losing about a billion dollars a month, we need to explore all options for cutting costs, dealing with shrinking mail volume, and looking for alternative sources of revenue for the Post office. I will be discussing this topic in a hearing next week, but if you have thoughts on this or other issues, please email me by clicking here.

What’s happening this week, from the Majority Leader’s Weekly Schedule…



On Tuesday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business.


On Wednesday and Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.

H.R. 678 – Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Scott Tipton / Natural Resources Committee)

H.R. 1120 – Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe / Education and the Workforce Committee)