September 21, 2018 
This Week in the District

Dear Neighbor,

The overwhelming majority of retailers are small businesses, with more than 98 percent of all retail companies employing fewer than 50 people. Thanks to tax reform, our economy is booming for everyday Americans and workers.

Look at the recent results:

  • Wages are up 3 percent
  • Unemployment rate is under 4 percent
  • Jobless claims are the lowest in 50 years
  • 201,000 NEW Jobs in the U.S.

This week, I was honored to be recognized as a Hero of Main Street” by the National Retail Federation for consistently supporting pro-growth policies that are important to the retail industry and millions of small businesses. Local retailers in the Seventh District are an integral part of the Houston economy, and I will continue working to remove any burdensome regulations that stand in their way.

As the Chairman of the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee, I have the privilege of funding the National Science Foundation (NSF). This gives me the unique opportunity to empower NSF with the resources it needs to ensure America will always be the world leader in scientific discoveries. Last year, I included over $7.7 billion for NSF to help foster innovation in areas like advanced manufacturing, physics, mathematics, cybersecurity, neuroscience, and STEM education.

In Houston, we have a number of universities that leverage federal research funding to make scientific advancements. This week, I participated in a panel at Rice University to discuss the future of scientific research in America. The other panelists included NSF Director France Cordova (pictured below), Dr. Neal Lane, the senior fellow in science and technology policy at the Baker Institute, Professor Yael Hochberg, the Head of the Entrepreneurship Initiative at Rice University, and the Academic Director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship.

During the panel, we discussed the future of research partnerships between the government and universities and how research leads to innovation that spurs economic growth for the United States. My fellow panelists are on the cutting-edge of breakthrough scientific discoveries that will improve the lives of all Americans. I will continue fighting for record-level funds to propel cutting-edge research and to engage the next generation of scientists and researchers. It’s booming academic and research institutions like Rice University that make me excited and hopeful for the future of scientific research.

I also enjoyed a very productive roundtable meeting hosted by the Greater Houston Partnership. I spoke with various business and community leaders about flood control and protecting our quality of life in Houston. I will continue doing everything I can at the federal level to help our neighbors rebuild after Harvey and protect against future storms.

To let me know your thoughts on these or any other issues, you can email me here.

It is an honor and privilege to represent you and Texas in the United States House.


John Culberson

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