Come and Read It Report: August District Work Period
We are back in Washington this week after the conclusion of the August district work period. I’d like to take a moment to share with you what my team and I have been up to:
In the past five weeks, we have crisscrossed the 13 counties in our district - from Tarrant County in the north, down to Hays County in the south - which includes much of the Texas Hill Country and Austin. The August District Work Period is my favorite time of the year because I get to go back to Texas and meet with our constituents to discuss what is important to you all.
I met with business owners, local officials, veterans, soldiers, first responders, moms, dads, students - people just like you and me. I got the chance to interact with these folks all throughout the district in Austin, Cleburne, and every where in between. Team Williams has been listening to all of you and hearing your concerns, and that is why we made more stops and had more meetings this year in the district than ever before.
I wanted to make sure I got the opportunity to meet with as many Texas-25th constituents as I could to discuss legislation that I am working on in Washington that will help hardworking, small-town Americans thrive and prosper. Texas is the greatest state in America, and America is the greatest country in the world - there is no doubt about that.
Now that I'm back in Washington, I am fired up and ready to continue fighting for you up here. Recent events, such as Hurricane Harvey, have shown us that we cannot continue to put this nation's priorities on the backburner for any longer. Americans from all over are in desperate need of funding and I plan to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get it to them. We're moving quickly to ensure we keep the government fully funded, while making fiscally-responsible choices that will overall cut the spending and reduce the deficit.
I had the great honor of speaking to hundreds of military heroes and veterans at the Hood Heroes Ceremony for their selfless sacrifice to our country and "The Great Place," known as Fort Hood.
It's not everyday you get to meet our nation's future heroes. It was inspiring to watch young Americans in TX-25 learn from the Copperas Cove Police Department during their Explorer Program. This program is designed for those interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement, and provides a positive learning experience for each cadet.
Operation: Warrior's Path may be new to Austin, but it is a force to be wreckened with in Central Texas. This program serves our nation's veterans with PTSD, and teaches them how to cope and progress. I am extremely proud to have such a selfless organization in our district.
Austin, Texas is a significant part of our district and it is always an honor to be able to be able to meet with constituents from this area to discuss what is going on in Washington. As always, the Austin Chamber of Commerce is close to my heart and I look forward to returning real soon.
Many times, law enforcement officers are the unsung heroes of our nation. Every day they step up and put their lives on the line for us. It was an honor to join Governor Greg Abbott at the Hill Country Law Enforcement Association last month.
When my team and I stopped by Hillsboro we made sure to see the local police department. These folks were truly happy to be there and serving their community. Thank you for all that you do for TX-25.
Each and every year I get the immense honor of speaking to and meeting our nation's Vietnam War Veterans. In a time when our country needed the most help, these brave soldiers were there for us. I am grateful for their sacrifice each and every day and I look forward to seeing you all next year.
Less than two weeks ago, devastation hit the Texas Coast by the name of Hurricane Harvey. I immediately went down to Austin's emergency command center to meet with FEMA, local officials and President Donald Trump to be briefed on what was happening and what we could do to help. I stood alongside my House and Senate colleagues from Texas to tell our state, and the world, that we will do everything we can, and we will get through this together.
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.
Member of Congress