Come and Read It Report
As my tour through our district continues, I have had the honor of meeting with so many of you during the past few weeks. My time with constituents, business owners, and military personnel reminds me why Texas is the greatest state in the nation. I've never been more proud to represent the good people of Texas' 25th District, and I cannot wait to take your ideas and concerns back to Washington to fight for you. If you are wondering what I've been up to this August, below is a brief update:
As usual, it was great to be in Glen Rose, Texas to meet with local community leaders in Somervell and Johnson County, as well as local senior citizens. From employers to workers, to moms and dads, I appreciated everyone coming out last week. A shared concern among these folks was if this booming economy could sustain this level of growth in the years to come. I promised them I would not stop working on their behalf, and I look forward to returning to Washington to ensure we continue stabilizing the economy in Tax Reform 2.0.
For 40 years, Gearench has called Clifton home, and as a leading oil industry manufacturer in Central Texas, I am proud to have them in our district. In a time when the United States is currently ranked third in oil production, businesses like Gearench help pave the road to success. For more information, click here.
I have always been a steadfast supporter of our men and women in law enforcement. I was honored to meet with local police officers of Bosque County and personally thank them for all that they do. In a time when our nation is facing increased threats at home, these brave Americans do not hesitate to protect each of us every day. I am forever grateful for their selfless service, and I will always continue to back the blue. For more, click here.
It was great to meet with members of the Copperas Cove Exchange Club and hear their priorities for this community. We discussed what they hope to see by the end of this year, and how Congress can pass effective legislation that benefits all Americans. For more information, click here.
The Great Place is made up of some of the finest military men and women this country has ever seen, and I have fought my hardest on their behalf for the past six years. It was a great honor to be with our brave service members last week, and after learning more from them, I am more confident than ever that there is no greater military force in the world. For more information, click here.
Last week, I was able to recognize one of Texas’ very own, MSG (R) Clifton L. Petry, who served in the U.S. Army for over 28 years. For almost three of those years during the Korean War, this hero was taken a Prisoner of War. I commend him, as well as all POWs, for his courage and selflessness throughout that time. I am forever grateful for his service, and it was a privilege to be able to recognize him. Click here for more.
I enjoyed meeting with members of the local Marble Falls community last week to talk about what Congress can do better once we return in September. We agreed that a top priority is to make tax cuts permanent for all Americans, and that we must pass Tax Reform 2.0 as quickly as possible. For more information, click here.
It’s always a great to be in Lampasas, Texas, and last week was no exception. I had the opportunity to hear from business leaders in the community, and they expressed to me the benefits they’ve seen from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, as well as the need for permanent tax cuts for all Americans. Click here for more info.
Army Futures Command Update
On Friday, I attended the activation ceremony for the Army Futures Command, alongside Secretary of Army, Dr. Mark T. Esper, and the Chief of Staff of Army, General Mark A. Milley. It marked a historic step for the United States Army and the State of Texas. I was proud to work with our military leadership to bring the Army’s modernization mission to Central Texas.
For nearly two decades, we’ve asked our soldiers to defend America across the globe in complex, uncertain, and challenging environments. Whether tasked with deterring Russian aggression, taking the fight to ISIS in Iraq and Syria, or supporting our partners in Afghanistan, the Army has answered the call.
Under the leadership of LTG (P) Murray, I am certain that the Army Futures Command will fulfill its mission to modernize the Force and provide our war fighters with the equipment they need to fight and win on any frontier. I am grateful for the warm welcome that Austin has provided, and I am excited for all that Texas will offer our Army.
Dell Children's Medical Center Update
Last week, it was announced that Dell Medical School at The University of Texas, and the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) would partner together to better provide access to care for local veterans.
This partnership will promote innovative care for Central Texas vets by giving them access to high-quality treatment from world-class doctors and medical professionals. I have had the opportunity to visit and learn from experts on both campuses recently, and I know these establishments are more than capable of exceeding expectations. Our nation's veterans deserve quality care, and I am proud to be a part of this profound movement that will help these selfless men and women get the care they need. For my full statement, click 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