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Congressman Farenthold Checks Up On Our Local VA Clinics

Last week, I visited the VA Outpatient Clinics in Corpus Christi and Victoria to get the real story on wait times, quality of service, and other issues from local Veterans and VA staff.

As you may have read, the Corpus Christi clinics were among those subject to additional investigation for long wait times. We have had far too many requests for service come into my office from veterans in this area. The VA must get on track and provide prompt quality care.   Read more »

at Jun 23, 2014 10:11 AM
       

Congressman Neugebauer Praises Bill to Fund Strong National Defense

I released the following statement praising the passage of the FY2015 Defense Appropriations bill. The bill passed the House yesterday by a vote of 340-73.

This bill promotes our national security and provides for our troops, all while meeting the budget caps agreed to earlier this year.   Read more »

at Jun 21, 2014 11:53 AM
       

Sen. Cruz Files S. 2510 to Prohibit Guantanamo Transfers Until Administration Justifies Release of ‘Taliban 5’

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, and I have filed legislation to temporarily halt further transfers or releases for detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Following the controversial prisoner swap the Obama Administration made earlier this month, resulting in the release of the Taliban 5 terrorists, further releases should be off the table until President Obama can explain how this swap was in the United States’ national security interests.   Read more »

at Jun 20, 2014 12:19 PM
       

Sen. Cornyn, Rep. Cuellar Demand Answers From HHS on Security of Unaccompanied Minors Against Traffickers

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security, and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, yesterday wrote to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell regarding the growing humanitarian crisis along Texas’ Southern border. The letter poses a series of questions

at Jun 19, 2014 5:39 PM
       

IRC To President Obama: Deploy National Guard To The Border

This week, along with the Executive Board Members of the Immigration Reform Caucus (IRC), I sent a letter to President Obama calling on the Administration to immediately issue a public statement that the immigration laws of our country will be enforced and to make at least 2,000 National Guard troops available for deployment to the US/Mexico Border.

The surge of foreign nationals on the Texas border is a direct result of this Administration’s

at Jun 19, 2014 3:29 PM
       

We Need To Protect Our People And Defend Our National Security Interests

First and foremost we have to do everything possible to make sure all Americans in Iraq are secure and not swept up in a Sunni-Shiite civil war. We have more than 2,000 people in the country, and given the volatility of the situation, we need a plan to get them out safely and expeditiously - now. Likewise, we need to be mindful that the up to 275 additional Marines that President Obama has informed Congress he may deploy to conduct security at the embassy in Baghdad do not become isolated targets of terrorism.   Read more »

at Jun 19, 2014 1:52 PM
       

Sens. Cornyn & Cruz Commemorate Juneteenth

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, issued the following statement for Juneteenth, June 19, 2014. Sens. Cornyn and Cruz are original cosponsors of a Senate resolution introduced by Sen. Carl Levin, D-MI, recognizing the historical significance of Juneteenth Independence Day, which was approved unanimously by the Senate last week.

“Today marks 149 years since Union General Gordon Granger landed on Galveston Island to bring the good news of emancipation to the state of Texas. Juneteenth is an important observance, started in Texas, that brings

at Jun 19, 2014 9:34 AM
       

Perry's Office Clarifies 'Inadequate Resources' Comment About Border

Governor Rick Perry is working with Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to identify options that can immediately address the Texas border crisis. Earlier today Gov. Perry said Texas doesn’t have “the resources, nor the manpower to be able to do that (secure the border) for the 1,200 miles. If we did, we would."

Several state legislators and Sen. Dan Patrick are quoting DPS director, Colonel Steve McCraw, as saying it would cost Texas taxpayers approximately $1.3 million per week to

at Jun 18, 2014 6:11 PM
       

Poe Statement On Capture Of Benghazi Terrorist--Ahmed Abu Khattala

Our elite Special Operations forces have located and captured one of the suspected ringleaders of the terrorist attack in Benghazi. Ahmed Abu Khattala was able to roam free for far too long, even conducting interviews with an American news outlet at a café in Benghazi. The failure to bring any of the killers to justice until now has made the United States appear weak and helped to advance the narrative that attacks against the United States will go unpunished.

Khattala’s capture and interrogation should shed light on what happened that night in Benghazi, as there is still much we don’t know.

at Jun 18, 2014 11:52 AM
       

Congressman Farenthold on Demanding VA Accountability

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently flagged the Corpus Christi VA clinic, and 7 other VA facilities in Texas, for further investigation. The investigators suspected willful misconduct at these clinics, but have not determined a cause yet. I am gravely concerned that the problems being reported out of VA clinics throughout the country are occurring here at home - where we expect that veterans to receive proper care.   Read more »

at Jun 16, 2014 3:54 PM
       

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