Culberson Statement on Supreme Court’s Marriage Decision
I’m disappointed that the Court chose to override the will of Texans who define marriage as being between a man and a woman. As the dissent noted, the Court also overrode the will of the people in more than half of the other States. The 10th Amendment guarantees States the primary responsibility of providing for public safety, public health and public morality. Chief Justice Roberts correctly stated that marriage “has formed the basis of human society for millennia” and it is my firm belief that States – not the federal government – have the Constitutional right to define marriage.
Supreme Court Decision on Obamacare
The Supreme Court's ruling in "King v. Burwell" confirms that the only way America can repeal Obamacare is through the ballot box with a Republican President and a Republican Congress. The majority opinion openly admits that they have rejected this important challenge to Obamacare "because it would destabilize the individual insurance market in any State with a Federal Exchange, and likely create the very 'death spirals' that Congress designed the Act to avoid." Once again, the Roberts Court is legislating from the bench.
Trade Promotion Authority
I have always supported free trade, but I have been extra cautious about this trade agreement because Barack Obama is the most untrustworthy President in American history. With this in mind, I decided to vote for the TPA bill because it contains so many safeguards that guarantee only Congress can change U.S. law. I read the text of the bill and everything I read, both public and confidential, guarantee the supremacy of U.S. law and that only the U.S. Congress can change U.S. law. We will never surrender our sovereignty, nor will we surrender control of our immigration or other laws by agreeing to this very standard free trade agreement.
Protecting Churches from IRS Bullying
The House Appropriations Committee recently adopted my amendment that will protect churches from being bullied by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and left-wing activists whenever a church engages in educational political activity. I represent the two largest churches in the country, and one of them had their tax exempt status threatened for simply handing out voter registration cards. My amendment protects the freedom of speech for ministers and churches. It puts procedural safeguards in place to ensure that only the IRS Commissioner can threaten the tax exempt status of a church.
Flood Victim Resources
The severe storms that hit our area have impacted many families and businesses in the 7th Congressional District. Anyone who suffered damage should register with your city or county, as well as FEMA, even if you have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but under-insured applicants may receive help after their claims are settled. You have 60 days from the date of declaration in Harris County (May 29, 2015) to register. The American Red Cross and Harris County Recovery Network also stand ready to help.