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Fighting Against Federal Overregulation of Texas Waters

You may remember this last spring when the EPA proposed a rule to expand their jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act of 1972. The law lets them regulate “navigable waters of the United States,” but their proposed rule would expand that to include even runoff ditches and stock ponds on our private property. And for us in Texas, that means severe limits on farming, ranching, and construction. That means more top-down federal regulation that ignores local efforts.   Read more »

at Oct 21, 2014 5:00 PM
       

Congressman Smith Supports Travel Ban to Stop Spread of Ebola

Today I joined fellow Texas Republicans in sending a letter to President Obama asking that he put a travel ban in place for those traveling from West African countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak.

In part, the letter reads:

Second guessing will not protect Texans and other Americans who are worried about the spread of Ebola in the United States. Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act gives you the authority to deny entry into the United States of any class of aliens whose entry

at Oct 16, 2014 8:03 PM
       

Congressman Farenthold Discusses His Time on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Our district is home to five ports and a portion of the Gulf Coast Waterway. It has been estimated that Texas waterways will transport over 766 million tons of cargo by 2030. This is why I am glad the President signed into law H.R.3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). I co-sponsored and provided language in this legislation that expands an Army Corps assessment of the operation and maintenance needs of the entire Gulf Intracostal Waterway System.   Read more »

at Oct 14, 2014 5:00 PM
       

Congressman Sam Johnson Joins North Texans in Waving Goodbye to the Wright Amendment

It was almost a decade ago that Jeb Hensarling and I introduced The Right to Fly Act. And on October 13, our dream will be fully realized – North Texans will now be free to fly where they want to, from where they want, when they want to, on what airline they want to – and at more affordable prices.

While the repeal of the Wright Amendment is widely supported today, that wasn’t always the case.

at Oct 10, 2014 8:32 AM
       

387 Bills Stuck in the Senate

Here’s something you won’t hear about on the news: right now, there are 387 House-passed bills stuck in the Senate. These bills, many with broad bipartisan support, contain the policy changes needed to jump-start the American economy, secure our border, and rein in an out-of-control federal bureaucracy. Week after week, the House has drafted, debated, and passed bills that address the many crises facing our country. The overwhelming majority of these bills are collecting dust on Harry Reid’s desk.   Read more »

at Oct 9, 2014 8:53 AM
       

Wounded Warrior Federal Leave Act of 2014 Approved in Committee

Recently, a bill I co-authored, H.R. 5229, the Wounded Warrior Federal Leave Act of 2014, was approved by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and will likely appear on the House Floor in November for final votes.

The bill will grant paid leave for first year federal employees who have a 30% or more service related disability. Currently, new federal employees do not have medical leave during their first year of civilian government employees.

at Oct 7, 2014 2:22 PM
       

Bring Back Our Marine

It’s been six months since Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi was arrested for accidentally crossing the border into Mexico with three legally registered firearms. He’s sat in a Mexican prison ever since without any treatment for the PTSD that he suffers from. This week, a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee held a hearing on Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi. At the hearing, I questioned how ironic it was that our Administration can negotiate with the Taliban to secure the release of a missing soldier, but no one from the Administration could pick up a telephone to get our Marine back. That is simply unacceptable and inexcusable.   Read more »

at Oct 3, 2014 11:10 AM
       

Pete Sessions Statement on the September Jobs Report

While this month’s jobs report indicates some signs of job growth, the American economy is still not growing quickly enough or broadly enough. Since President Obama took the oath of office, nearly 60% of job gains have been in low wage work, not full time, well-paying careers. Sadly, 9.7 million Americans remain underemployed while another nearly 10 million Americans have given up looking for work altogether.

at Oct 3, 2014 9:07 AM
       

Obamacare and Abortion Subsidies

Obamacare is broken in so many ways. Higher premiums, less coverage, lost doctors, more paperwork… and now taxpayers subsidizing abortion. The independent government watchdog, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), just released a report that 1,036 insurance plans cover elective abortion and receive federal subsidies. In plain English: over 1,000 insurance plans use your tax dollars to subsidize elective abortion. It’s happening in every state – even Texas.   Read more »

at Sep 30, 2014 4:25 PM
       

So Who Does Congressman Culberson Represent: Constituents or Colleagues?

"Working in Congress is like standing under Niagara Falls"-John Culberson (R) Texas said repeatedly during a town hall meeting on September 22, 2014

Really? Sounds like a problem to me. The button on the pants of the federal government has officially shot off into the atmosphere as the bloat and the sheer girth of government has increased to sizes previously unknown. Houston, we have a problem.

Thankfully we have John Culberson fearlessly representing the good folks of Congressional District 7! Um, scratch that. Thankfully we have John Culberson representing the good folks of Congressional District 7!

at Sep 27, 2014 6:44 AM
       

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