Come and Read It Report
I am heartbroken after learning of the hateful shooting yesterday in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The thought of someone walking into a place of worship and opening fire on innocent people is unthinkable. I am thankful for the brave citizen in this small town who helped stop the shooter, and I know the Lord is watching over the victims, their families, and all of the first responders who were affected. I will continue lifting up Texas with prayer.
Johnson County First Responders
Local fire departments in Johnson County, Texas sent over 20 firefighters and first responders down to Houston and South Texas during Hurricane Harvey. Altogether, they were there for eight weeks to assist with rescue and relief missions. Last week, I took to the House floor to recognize those from Cleburne, Bono, Godley, Grandview and Joshua fire departments. All of Texas will be forever grateful for your selfless service. Click here or on the image below to watch.
Tax Reform Update
Last Thursday, House Republicans released the tax reform draft bill text, and the Ways & Means Committee started marking it up today. The Senate is expected to release their version of the bill sometime this week. After many years of a broken and burdensome tax code, I am proud to see much of my tax reform plan, Jumpstart America, introduced in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Congress must develop a bill that serves hardworking Americans by way of significant cuts for families and individuals. Main Street and small businesses that employ these Americans are the driving force of this economy, and I am encouraged by the draft that I saw. I will continue to fight for fairer taxes across the board, and I look forward to Congress applying my business owner’s perspective on true and comprehensive tax reform, that will spur job creation and jumpstart America.
Honoring TX-25 Veterans
If you missed my letter last week, I am asking all veterans located in our district to share their military stories with me. To honor our veterans, I'd like to post their photos and memories on my official website and Facebook throughout the month of November. If you served in the military, or know someone who has, please submit your stories and photos here or by emailing TexasCD25@mail.house.gov. You can also click here for more information.
Last week: I signed on as a co-sponsor of H. Res. 307, and the House voted on 15 pieces of legislation, including H.R. 849, the Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act of 2017. This bill will discontinue IPAB, which was created under President Obama, and is a step in the right direction to repealing Obamacare.
This week: we are expecting to vote on the National Flood Insurance Program reauthorization bill on Thursday. It is obvious that the current program does not work for Americans, and this bill would extend the program five years, and cause for a major overhaul. As a vice chair on the House Committee on Financial Services, I am glad to see seven pieces of legislation from our markup back in June will be included in this.
I will be participating in three committee hearings this week. Tomorrow, the Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade, that of which I am the vice chair of, will hold a hearing at 1:00 pm CT. You can watch it live here. The Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade will hold another hearing Wednesday morning at 9:00am CT, and the Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance will hold a hearing that afternoon at 1:00pm CT. You can livestream them here and here.
It is an honor and privilege to represent the people of Texas’ 25th Congressional District and as always, please reach out to me with any issues and concerns that are important to you.
In God we trust,
Member of Congress