This week, I was proud to join House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady at Three Brothers Bakery to celebrate the largest tax cut in history.
The average family in our area is keeping an additional $2,700 per year of their hard-earned paychecks because of last year’s tax cuts. It is money that can be used for a mortgage payment, a down-payment on a car, or to save for their children’s education.
These tax cuts, coupled with the money I secured in last year’s disaster relief bill for Harvey survivors, will further support the flourishing economy and the resilient spirit of every Houstonian in District Seven.
I’m very grateful for Janice and Robert Jucker’s hospitality at their Braeswood bakery location. Three Brothers has endured hardship, including four floods, Hurricane Harvey, and a fire. Throughout every disaster, the bakery continued to pay their employees, and it never once occurred to them not to rebuild. They exemplify the true Houstonian spirit.
In addition to my work to ensure our community becomes stronger than before Harvey, I am focused on making District Seven safer for our kids. Each year, more than 11 million Americans abuse or misuse prescription pain medicines. In many cases, unused or expired prescription drugs in family and friends’ medicine cabinets become the source for many to start and continuously fuel their addiction. Everyone knows old leftovers in your refrigerator can make you sick. But leftover drugs in your medicine cabinet can be much more harmful—they can kill.
Twice a year, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) proclaims a national day to ask all Americans to safely dispose of unused medication. Each Take Back Day, thousands of pounds of prescription drugs are disposed, helping to prevent incidents of drug abuse and misuse across the nation. At last year’s National Take Back Day, the DEA collected a record-breaking 900,000 pounds of prescription drugs, more than the weight of three Boeing 757s.
Tomorrow on National Take Back Day, police stations, retail pharmacies, and community centers will be hosting prescription drug take back events at over 4,000 locations. You can find a local drop off site to return your unused medication here.
I encourage you to go to your medicine cabinet and check for any unused or expired medications, including opioids. If you cannot make it to a drop off site tomorrow, many retail pharmacies have drug disposal programs on site, and you can request mail-in disposal envelopes here. Let’s fight together to keep these drugs off our streets.
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It is an honor and privilege to represent you and Texas in the United States House.
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