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A new session of Congress opened this week, and while some things have changed - the Democrats now control the House majority - my commitment to serving the people of our district and defending our Texas values in Washington remains the same.

With these changes in Congress, I would love to hear your opinion on several important issues expected to come before Congress this coming year.  

Why Border Security Is So Important
This past month I took to the House floor to discuss the humanitarian crisis that is unfolding at our borders. Cartels continue to abuse our nation's generosity and profit from the trafficking of drugs and humans. Along with reforms to our broken asylum process, a border security strategy that includes a southern border wall would push back on these crimes by ensuring that migrants cross through a port of entry and can be protected by law enforcement officials--men and women committed to the safety of all people.

The follow day, I was pleased to see House Republicans take a stand for the rule of law and pass a funding bill that included funding for a border wall. Unfortunately, the Senate rejected this bill that would have prevented a shutdown. 

Check out the video for my full remarks. You can also view the video on my website.

Please share your thoughts on the border wall here
Fixing FEMA's Hurricane Recovery Process

To fix the FEMA process, we need change at the federal level. In the meantime, families and communities need help navigating this complex system.

Check out this guest column in The Victoria Advocate for my take on steps we should take to help FEMA work for the American people.

Honoring Heroes of Benghazi, Defending Life
I cosponsored a bill to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to the four Americans killed in Benghazi - Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, J. Christopher Stevens, and Sean Smith.

These heroes made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our Nation, and they deserve our respect and gratitude.

I also met with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and signed a letter requesting that his department end funding for research that uses the body parts of aborted babies.

The letter asks that HHS review all research projects to ensure that only ethical research methods are employed, and it asks HHS to not renew a $13 million NIH fetal tissue research contract with the University of California at San Francisco.

You can read the letter here.
Exporting Texas Energy

Good news from the Port of Corpus Christi, which signed the first contract to begin work on deepening and widening the Port's ship channel.

You may have seen that the Port of Corpus Christi received $72 million in the upcoming year's budget to deepen and widen the Port's ship channel, allowing for increased exports of Texas oil and gas and boosting job creation all across our region.

Receiving the funding was significant - but did not guarantee that the work would actually begin. So since then, I have been working with the Port and the Army Corps of Engineers to make sure the project is moving forward. This week's contract announcement is a big step toward our goal of increasing American energy exports from our district. 

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