Come and Read It Report
As many of you know, last Thursday was the Annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. This game was very special to my teammates and me, as it marked one year since the horrific attack that forever changed who we are on and off the field. My family and I remain grateful for Capitol Police Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey. They are heroes and they serve as a constant reminder that God is in control.
In case you missed, my staffer, Zack Barth, and I joined Fox News Channels' Fox and Friends the morning of the game. Click here to watch.
North Korea Summit
President Trump's meeting with Kim Jong-un was a step in the right direction for America and for the world. However, let me be clear, while these negotiations are a work in progress, the only acceptable option is a complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization. Until that happens, we will continue our maximum pressure campaign to ensure the North Korean Regime is held accountable. I am confident that the President and Department of State Secretary Mike Pompeo will do what is right for America.
Tax Reform Update
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) reported last week that small business optimism has jumped to the second-highest level in history, thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. As a small business owner, I know how hindering taxes can be for you and your employees. Now, with the biggest tax cuts in corporate history, you can hire more people, reinvest into company operations, and raise wages. Click here to read more.
Last week: in addition to voting on 11 legislative items, I participated in a Financial Services Committee markup where we advanced four bills to the House floor: H.R. 5749, the Options Markets Stability Act; H.R. 5953, the BUILD Act; H.R. 6035, the Streamlining Communications for Investors Act; and H.R. 6069, the FIND Trafficking Act. If you missed it, you can watch it here.
This week: I'll be participating in three Committee hearings. On Wednesday at 9am CT, the full Committee will receive testimony from five key witnesses regarding how we can empower a pro-growth economy by cutting taxes and regulatory red tape. Later that day at 1pm CT, the Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance will question relevant representatives regarding the illicit use of virtual currency and law enforcement's response. Finally, on Thursday at 9am CT, Chairman Jay Clayton of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will be with us to discuss oversight of the Commission.
I have included some articles and releases you may find interesting located on the right side of this newsletter. 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