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  • Appropriations

    House Republicans have been working hard to get this country back on the right fiscal track. GETTING WORK DONE House passed 6 of 12 Appropriations bills Full Committee passed all 12 bills FULFILLING REPUBLICAN COMMITMENTS No earmarks in any bill Dome...

  • Border Security and Immigration

    Our nation was founded and built by immigrants yearning to breathe free. I believe we should continue building on that proud tradition by welcoming newcomers into our nation while insisting that they learn and follow our language, laws, and history. ...

  • Budget

    “I place economy among the first and most important of republican virtues, public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared.” ~Thomas Jefferson We most often hear about the over $17 trillion national debt that grows with each passing day. While th...

  • Defense

    Service members on active duty, Guard, and Reserve forces and their families have made great personal sacrifices in defense of our nation. I am honored to have served four years as Chairman of the House Appropriations Military Construction and Vetera...

  • Economy & Jobs

    The United States is facing an urgent financial crisis that threatens our fiscal and economic stability. Our government is currently borrowing about 50 cents for every dollar we spend. Our debt is the number one threat to our security and our economi...

  • Education

    Thomas Jefferson said, “That all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States or to the people. To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specifically drawn arou...

  • Energy

    All Houstonians know the importance of the oil and gas industry to our city and to the country. House Conservatives are in favor of identifying domestic energy sources, expanding onshore energy production, streamlining permitting processes, and reduc...

  • Flooding

    Texas’ Congressional District 7 has been impacted by three major storms in the last three years; the Tax Day floods, the Memorial Day floods, and Hurricane Harvey. These flood events have caused millions of dollars in damage, and resulted in hundreds...

  • Foreign Affairs

    As a capitalist nation, it is imperative that we encourage democracies through diplomatic efforts, including the development of free trade, and discourage nuclear arms development and terrorism. Supporting Israel is a matter of personal conviction fo...

  • FY 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

    This week, Congress completed work on an appropriations bill to fund the government through September 30, 2016. The bill passed the House 316-113, with a majority of Republicans’ supporting passage. The Senate passed the bill 65-33 and it has been si...

  • Health Care

    Since President Obama and Nancy Pelosi pushed through Obamacare in 2010, millions of Americans have been dropped from their insurance plans and forced to buy new, more expensive policies. The House has voted numerous times to repeal all or part of th...

  • Medicare

    The Status Quo is Unsustainable Nearly one-in-three primary care doctors limit the number of Medicare patients they see. More than half of doctors say the President’s health care law will compel them to close or restrict their practices to Medicare p...

  • NASA

    As the Chair of the House Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds NASA, I am focused on ensuring that NASA receives the funding and guidance necessary to maintain our leadership in space. While ...

  • Oversight Letters

    One of the most important functions of Congress is its oversight power of the Executive Branch. I am a regular author or signatory of letters from Members of Congress to various governmental agencies requesting clarification, additional information, ...

  • Restoring Congressional Authority

    Five years ago, we put in place an earmark ban with the best of intentions. Today, it is clear that the earmark ban has resulted in less transparency and an abdication of our constitutional duty. Among many other problems, the current earmark ban pre...

  • Second Amendment Rights

    The Second Amendment is written in plain English and clearly guarantees the individual right of every law-abiding American to keep and bear arms. I will not support any legislation that prevents Americans from responsibly exercising their Second Amen...

  • Social Security

    It used to be, that the longer you worked (and the more money you made) the higher your Social Security benefits would be. But that isn’t true anymore. Today, Social Security pays out more in annual benefits than revenue it brings from taxes on payro...

  • Taxes

    Our tax code is so complex that the former IRS Commissioner has to hire an accountant to prepare his tax returns. The current tax code, and the 20 volumes of regulations that accompany the law, includes more than 14.4 million words. Individuals and ...

  • Transportation

    Building and maintaining a strong transportation infrastructure is vital to managing growth and ensuring the economic development of the 7th District and the entire state. METRO Rail: As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I have secured over ...

  • Veterans

    During his second inaugural address, President Lincoln instructed the country “to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.” I agree with President Lincoln and believe we must fulfill the promises made to those w...