Lifting the Crude Oil Ban: Good for Houston, Good for the Country
America is now the world’s largest producer of oil and gas thanks to new drilling and extraction techniques. Texas plays a huge role. Last year, our State accounted for 37 percent of all crude oil produced domestically, with another 16 percent produced in the Gulf of Mexico. But for the last 40 years the federal government has prohibited American oil companies from selling crude oil overseas. The crude oil export ban holds our economy back. The House passed legislation, which I coauthored, that lifts the crude oil export ban and brings our energy policy into the 21st century.
Justice for Victims of Iranian Terror
Courts have found Iran complicit in some of the most horrific acts of terror in American history. There are over 80 terror-related judgments against the Islamic Republic of Iran. Their government owes more than $43.5 billion to these victims. To date, not one cent has been paid. Unbelievably, President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal did not include any mention of these judgments. It allows Iran to recover $100 billion in frozen assets – money that will go right back into the hands of the same people who want to kill innocent U.S. citizens. The “Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act” prevents the President from lifting sanctions on Iran until every cent is paid.
The Pope's Visit
I had the privilege of listening to Pope Francis speak to Congress and the American people. This was the first time in history a Pope has addressed Congress. His historic visit reinforces our shared goal of putting people first so that they can reach their full potential. I also share Pope Francis’ sentiment that there is a moral obligation to protect the unborn. The Planned Parenthood videos exposed the nation’s broken moral compass. As Pope Francis said so beautifully, we have an obligation to “protect, by means of the law, the image and likeness fashioned by God on every human face.”
Stopping a Bad Deal
Despite what the Administration says, the full text of the Iran deal has not been submitted to Congress. President Obama’s Iran deal contains two secret side agreements that deal directly with Iran’s nuclear weapons programs. The terms of these secret agreements were negotiated by the U.N.’s watchdog agency and the Iranian government. Even President Obama and Secretary Kerry have not seen them. But we do know that one of the secret agreements involves the notorious Parchin military complex where Iranian scientists are believed to be working on a nuclear trigger device.
Backing the Blue
On Friday, August 28, Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth was ambushed and brutally murdered in cold blood while pumping gas at the end of his shift. Deputy Goforth was a respected 10-year veteran of the police force, a loving husband, and a father of two precious children, ages 5 and 12. He was murdered for one reason – his uniform. In this atmosphere of extreme rhetoric, we need to show our law enforcement officers just how much we love them and respect what they do for us.