Accountability For Veterans Affairs
I’m pushing for accountability in a new VA program to provide child care assistance for veterans seeking mental health treatment.

The VA has a history of delays and difficulties processing claims for veterans, and the child care program created by the Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act (H.R. 840) will require the VA to process an estimated 665,000 extra claims each year. I filed an amendment – which passed with bipartisan support – to require the VA to submit an annual report to Congress on any problems they have with processing these claims, giving Congress and Veterans Service Organizations the data they need to ensure claims are being processed quickly and efficiently.

Although H.R. 840 passed the House with my support, the bill had originally allowed the VA to use savings from other government programs to pay for the child care program, rather than cutting into funding for other programs that veterans depend on. Unfortunately, the majority felt the need to remove this spending accountability measure, which in the past had been supported by both parties.

If you’re a veteran that needs assistance with the VA or any treatment issues, please give my office a call at (361) 884-2222 and we would be happy to help.

Meeting with a veterans roundtable in Victoria to discuss VA reform efforts and ways my office can assist veterans in our district.

Survey: The Green New Deal

The support shown for the “Green New Deal” – including from several presidential candidates - is alarming.

It would be nothing short of an unprecedented socialist reorganization of our society - many supporters have said as much themselves.

The plan calls for a “massive transformation of our society” which would eliminate all oil and gas production and take aim at the cattle industry and air travel, while guaranteeing government-funded benefits to “all people” - even those who are unwilling to work. Within ten years, every building in America would be rebuilt or transformed in the name of energy efficiency.

Not surprisingly, the plan is short on details about how to pay for all this. You can rest assured I will stand firm in opposition to this disastrous proposal.

Please take this short survey and let me know how you feel about it.

Lifting Up Our Nation in Prayer
This past Thursday was the National Prayer Breakfast, and my wife Rosel and I invited Pastor Forrest Hamilton from Gonzales to join us. It was wonderful to see so many people from across the nation and world join together to pray for our nation.

Reforming D.C. Rules to Help Our Coast Guard and Federal Workers
During the shutdown, many community members wanted to support our federal workers - the Coast Guard, Border Patrol, TSA and others - but ethics rules made it difficult to donate. While I'm working to avoid another partial shutdown, I reached out to the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) to seek clarification about the rules that would make it easier to help those affected during a shutdown.

OGE has just told my office they will be releasing guidelines in plain language to make it easier for federal employees and community members to understand. Once that happens, we will begin working to remove roadblocks to receiving community support.

Delivering donations to the U.S. Coast Guard Station Port O'Connor on behalf of the community

Protecting the Right to Life
The right to life is the most fundamental right of any human being. Recently, that right has been under attack in New York and Virginia and around our nation, including a Supreme Court ruling blocking pro-life reforms in Louisiana.

I am committed to standing up for the lives of those who can't speak for themselves, and this week I cosponsored the Sanctity of Life Act and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would require health professionals to provide care to any child born alive after an attempted abortion.