Ending The Shutdown - And The Crisis On Our Border
This past week I hosted a meeting with USO and local organizations/churches to plan how our communities could best help our Coast Guard, Border Patrol, and other federal workers who had been going without pay while portions of the government were shut down. Many of them had been working and even putting themselves at risk to protect us without pay, and it was so encouraging to see the people of our district step up to help out.

Following the meetings, President Trump announced that a short-term deal had been reached with congressional leaders to reopen the government for three weeks. This short-term deal does not fix the humanitarian crisis on our border or provide funding beyond the next few weeks though, so I will continue to work for a responsible solution that keeps the government open and strengthens border security going forward.

Check out the video for more on what our community has been doing to help!

Tell Me What You Think About Asylum Reform
Last week, the United States government returned a group of asylum seekers to Mexico, under a new policy requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their requests are processed by U.S. immigration courts. The plan is aimed at discouraging false claims and illegitimate asylum requests, often made by migrants who enter the U.S. illegally and request asylum when caught. 80 percent of asylum claims are eventually ruled invalid, according to the Department of Homeland Security. The policy will make exceptions for some children or vulnerable populations on an individual basis.

We need to fix our broken asylum system, and I believe this new policy is one practical element of a solution. Please take this one-question survey and let me know what you think.

The Real Villains Behind Our Border Security Crisis
I sat down with CRTV's Nate Madden to talk about my impressions of Congress so far - and the criminals profiting from our government's unwillingness to secure the border.

Homeowner Assistance Program
The Texas General Land Office (GLO) is offering a Homeowner Assistance Program to help homeowners affected by Hurricane Harvey repair and rebuild their homes. The program can also be used to elevate homes above flood level or for temporary relocation assistance.

GLO will be hosting sessions all across our region to assist with applying for the program and to direct you to other programs they offer as well. If you're interested, click here for more info and to find a session in your area. 

Rep. Cloud meets with the General Land Office and local officials in Victoria to find ways to better connect residents with hurricane relief resources.
Let Me Know How We Can Help
This past week, my office held "Mobile Office Hours" in towns all across the district to make it easier for residents to speak with my staff, offer input about issues before Congress, and receive assistance with Veterans Affairs, hurricane recovery, and issues with federal agencies. 

See below for a schedule of upcoming events. If I'm voting in Washington and unable to make it in person, my staff will be there to take care of you.

Please also feel free to call or stop by our Corpus Christi or Victoria offices, or let us know if you would like us to schedule Mobile Office Hours in your community.

Palacios - Feb. 4

10am City Council Chamber

311 Henderson St., 77465


Seadrift - Feb. 11

10am City Council Chambers

501 S. Main St., 77983


Port O’Connor - Feb. 11

3pm Port O’Connor Library

506 W. Main St., 77982


Rep. Cloud visits with Woodsboro residents about their priorities for Congress and how his office can best assist their community.