Come and Read It Report
Each spring, a nation-wide high school art competition is sponsored by the Congressional Institute. This year’s winner is Ms. Jazmine Castillo, whose piece is an original illustration titled, Remembrance. Earlier this week, I got the opportunity to meet our winner and her art teacher, Mrs. Kim Timmons, from Burnet High School. Jazmines' artwork will hang proudly in the United States Capitol for a full year for everyone to see. If you are interested in entering the Congressional Art Competition next year, click the link on my website.
U.S. Department of Defense Appropriations Act
As the representative of the 25th District of Texas, I have been fighting on behalf of III Corps and Fort Hood, and all military men and women, to get them the tools they need to fight and win. On June 28, the House took action and passed H.R. 6157, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Appropriations Act, which provides much needed funding for our Armed Forces that will:
- Rebuild our troops
- Restore military readiness
- Support our service members by giving them the largest pay raise in nine years
This bill will ultimately strengthen the security of our nation and I am looking forward to President Trump signing it into law.
Austin Habitat for Humanity
On June 26, I was honored to recognize the Austin Habitat for Humanity on the House floor for their selfless service to their local community. Last month, I was able to visit their organization and meet with the great folks who operate it. Hearing about the remarkable work they do day in and day out was extraordinary. They put God's love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and to give hope to those who need it the most. I encourage everyone in the 25th District of Texas to get out there and do some good for your hometown or neighborhood. As Texans, we've got to stick together.
In case you missed it, click here.
This week, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the government was wrong to compel pro-life groups and individuals to express a message that conflicts with their beliefs. The ruling in National Institute of Family Life v. Becerra is great news for all Americans - no one should be forced to say things that they don't believe.
Travel Ban Update
The safety of Americans is our #1 priority, and I am happy to report that the Supreme Court's decision earlier this week upheld President Trump's travel ban. This is a huge step in the right direction in order to effectively secure our borders and strengthen our national security. I applaud the Court for putting America first by implementing a system that serves the interests of the United States and its citizens.
Tax Reform Update
Americans across the nation continue to see the positive benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Next year, just as we promised, you’ll be able to file your taxes on a postcard. The U.S. Treasury Department and IRS announced the new postcard will replace the current forms: 1040, 1040A, and 1040 EZ. Click here for more information on historic tax reform that is fairer, simpler, and flatter.
Last week: In addition to voting on 24 legislative items, I participated in a Financial Services Subcommittee hearing on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit. If you missed it, you can watch it here. We also had a full Committee hearing where we received testimony from Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson in regards to oversight of the Department.
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