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Congress must stand against a deal with Iran

All eyes have been on the terrorist army Islamic State (IS) as it slaughters its way through the Middle East. IS is the most infamous villain on the world stage today, leaving Americans more fearful than ever about an attack on the homeland. With shocking headlines of beheadings and mass graves, it seems IS has stolen the spotlight from another world villain, the largest state sponsor of terrorism: Iran.   Read more »

at Oct 31, 2014 9:26 AM
       

Ebola Crisis At Home

Photo Courtesy of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

I want to update you on what I have been doing regarding Ebola in America. I am grateful our prayers have been answered and the two brave nurses who treated the first Ebola patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital have been found to be Ebola free. Unfortunately, we have not solved the Ebola crisis yet.   Read more »

at Oct 29, 2014 5:16 PM
       

Good News for Farmers in West Texas

It looks like farmers this spring won’t be penalized for the crippling drought we’ve had in West Texas these past few years. After repeatedly claiming they could not follow the Farm Bill’s strict implementation schedule, USDA announced Tuesday that they will now update the Actual Production History (APH) exclusions for spring 2015.   Read more »

at Oct 29, 2014 9:05 AM
       

Congressman Smith Issues Subpoena to Uncover White House’s Role in Faulty HealthCare.gov Security

This week, I issued a subpoena to former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, a top Assistant to President Obama during the launch of Healthcare.gov last November. The subpoena compels Mr. Park’s appearance before the Subcommittee on Oversight to answer questions regarding his role in developing and evaluating the operations and security of Healthcare.gov.   Read more »

at Oct 28, 2014 5:01 PM
       

Obama Administration is Intentionally Misleading Americans on Proposed Water Rule

U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Ranking Member David Vitter (R-LA), and I led a group of 25 senators in calling out the Obama Administration for intentionally misleading Americans about the negative impacts of the proposed “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule.   Read more »

at Oct 24, 2014 10:03 AM
       

President Must Involve Congress on Iran

I issued the following statement in response to a report that the President intends to bypass Congress on a nuclear agreement with Iran.

The American people will not tolerate a President who wheels and deals with a radical regime behind their backs and dodges congressional oversight every chance he gets. Any agreement with Iran to provide further relief from U.S. sanctions must be done in conjunction with Congress in an open and transparent way to ensure it advances America’s national security.   Read more »

at Oct 23, 2014 9:54 AM
       

How poaching fuels terrorism funding

Half a million dollars. That's how much it cost Osama bin Laden and his band of extremists to carry out the most deadly attack on U.S. soil since Pearl Harbor.

Fast forward 13 years, and bin Laden may be dead, but the threat from Islamic extremists has never been greater. But weapons, surveillance equipment, training, food, lodging and travel all cost money. That suggests that if we want to fight terrorism, then there's one important thing we need to do: Follow the money trail.   Read more »

at Oct 22, 2014 5:11 PM
       

Fighting Against Federal Overregulation of Texas Waters

You may remember this last spring when the EPA proposed a rule to expand their jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act of 1972. The law lets them regulate “navigable waters of the United States,” but their proposed rule would expand that to include even runoff ditches and stock ponds on our private property. And for us in Texas, that means severe limits on farming, ranching, and construction. That means more top-down federal regulation that ignores local efforts.   Read more »

at Oct 21, 2014 5:00 PM
       

Congressman Smith Supports Travel Ban to Stop Spread of Ebola

Today I joined fellow Texas Republicans in sending a letter to President Obama asking that he put a travel ban in place for those traveling from West African countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak.

In part, the letter reads:

Second guessing will not protect Texans and other Americans who are worried about the spread of Ebola in the United States. Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act gives you the authority to deny entry into the United States of any class of aliens whose entry

at Oct 16, 2014 8:03 PM
       

Congressman Farenthold Discusses His Time on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Our district is home to five ports and a portion of the Gulf Coast Waterway. It has been estimated that Texas waterways will transport over 766 million tons of cargo by 2030. This is why I am glad the President signed into law H.R.3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). I co-sponsored and provided language in this legislation that expands an Army Corps assessment of the operation and maintenance needs of the entire Gulf Intracostal Waterway System.   Read more »

at Oct 14, 2014 5:00 PM
       

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