Yesterday, the House passed the Energy and Water, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch Appropriations bills for fiscal year 2019.
This package of three funding bills will mark the first time in more than 10 years that Congress has sent more than one appropriations bill to the president’s desk prior to the end of the fiscal year. The U.S. House and Senate have worked aggressively to return to “regular order” – which means completing all 12 funding bills through the normal legislative process and ensuring funding for government agencies does not lapse.
These bipartisan bills are critical to rebuild our military and infrastructure, keep our nation safe, and maintain our energy independence. They deliver on the promises of the federal government to serve every American and invest in:
- Better care for our veterans
- Better infrastructure for our military
- Better nuclear technology
This package also includes funding for the Army Corps of Engineers for flood and storm damage reduction projects, including nearly $12 million for construction and over $3.3 million for operation and maintenance on Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries. The Energy and Water bill invests $2.7 million to continue the Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Study, in partnership with the Texas General Land Office, to develop projects to protect Texas from coastal damage from tropical storms and hurricanes. It also provides over $23 million for operation and maintenance to properly dredge the Port of Houston. The port is key to Houston’s economy and we must maintain its export capabilities.
To learn more about this funding package, please visit my website here.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Children’s Cancer Research Fund, every day, 43 families in the U.S. will be told their child has cancer. I refuse to accept this statistic. Defeating cancer, especially childhood cancer, has always been one of my highest priorities. Each year, I make significant funding increases for the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health so that our nation’s researchers and scientists can continue their cutting-edge research and vital work to fight cancer.
In June, President Trump signed into law the Childhood Cancer STAR Act, which is the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever passed by Congress. It advances research and treatments for pediatric cancer, and I was very proud to support it.
We are closer than ever to ending pediatric cancer and prevention is the best way to fight it. I encourage you to bring your children to routine medical examinations with their pediatrician. Let’s fight this disease together to ensure a brighter future for young Americans.
Monday marked National World Suicide Prevention Day. Anyone can have suicidal feelings, no matter their background or situation. The CDC recently reported that suicide rates are continuing to increase across the country. Fortunately, support is always available. If you or a loved one needs help, please do not hesitate to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255. The lifeline is open 24/7. Additionally, if you are a veteran, please know that there are many services specifically for you. To learn more, please click here.
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It is an honor and privilege to represent you and Texas in the United States House.