Protecting Our Farmers & Ranchers
The United States leads the world in food production, much of it coming from right here in our district. I've traveled thousands of miles and met with hundreds of the farmers and ranchers who produce much of our nation’s agriculture, and I’ve been able to see first-hand their sophisticated and productive operations. While the final Farm Bill was not perfect, it provides certainty for farmers and ranchers as they are headed into a critical time of the year in planning for next growing season - which is why I supported the Farm Bill.

I do believe Congress missed an a good opportunity to permanently repeal Waters of the United States (WOTUS), as well as to create stronger work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents. Both of these provisions had been included in the original House version but were left out of the final bill, even though now would have been an ideal time to make these changes. I understand that the Administration is continuing to work to address both of these issues from an Administrative process which will help some, but I will continue to work to address these issues from a legislative perspective.

Visiting with cotton farmers in Odem to discuss agriculture issues
Do You Support Funding for Border Security?
The federal government's failure to enforce border security laws has led to a humanitarian and criminal crisis on our southern border. Congress needs to stop kicking the can down the road and fix the problem.

For this reason, I am pushing for funding for a border wall and reforms to our broken "catch-and-release" asylum process as Congress finalizes this year's last funding bill.

Do you agree? If you support the border wall please let me know in this one-question survey.

Defending Life

Recently I 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.

It Was a Pleasure Welcoming 4-H to D.C.

In case you missed it on social media, Texas 4-H (including several students from our district) was recently in Washington and talked to my staff as part of a Texas A&M University panel about working on Capitol Hill. I hope some of them do end up working in Washington someday - Washington could certainly use more Texas 4-H influence!

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Students from our district meet with a member of my Washington staff as part of a panel about working on Capitol Hill.
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.