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Texas Succeeds Where Federal Government Failed on Ebola

The Texas Department of State Health Services announced today it is enacting its own travel ban on health workers who have treated Ebola patients. The decision comes as the Obama administration continues to refuse to enforce a flight ban on travelers coming from countries most affected by the Ebola virus. I have been calling for increased scrutiny on travel since early October when the first U.S. case of Ebola was confirmed in Dallas.   Read more »

at Oct 17, 2014 3:24 PM
       

Best-Selling Author Alvin Townley is Keynote Speaker for Annual Veteran Commendation Ceremony

In anticipation of the annual Congressional Veterans Commendation ceremony on Saturday, November 1, I encourage 3rd District constituents to show their gratitude to all our veterans by attending this special event. The program will include a reception with veteran honorees and a book-signing with best-selling author Alvin Townley.

North Texas is home to many veterans, and it’s important that we take time out of our busy schedules to thank these brave men and women for their service and sacrifice to our Great Nation. Our veteran honorees faithfully served their country, and they continue to serve as civilian leaders. They truly are our hometown heroes, and I look forward to paying them tribute on November 1 with our community.   Read more »

at Oct 15, 2014 2:12 PM
       

US Troops Get Started with Construction of Ebola Treatment Centers

It’s been said that the military’s purpose is two-fold: “To kill people and to break things.” But in the battle against an invisible enemy, in this case the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, United States military forces are tasked with building infrastructure that will hopefully help struggling nations contain the deadly infectious disease.   Read more »

at Oct 14, 2014 2:46 PM
       

Nominating Students to Military Academies

For high school students who’d like to follow the footsteps of these heroes, I’d like to point out one of the many ways you can serve our nation. We have five service academies that that teach young students like you the honor, discipline, strategy, and bravery of serving as an officer in the U.S. military: the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point.   Read more »

at Oct 7, 2014 5:00 PM
       

Obama Salutes Marines with a Coffee Cup

As President Obama climbed down from Marine One after landing in New York for the United Nations General Assembly yesterday, he did the military salute with what appears to be a paper coffee cup in his hand. Footage was captured and posted to Instagram by none other than the White House itself.

The caption read:

"President Obama just landed in New York for #UNGA2014. Watch him speak at 12:50pm ET on his plan to #ActOnClimate: http://wh.gov/climate-change"

at Sep 24, 2014 11:15 AM
       

U.S. Launches Airstrikes Against the Islamic State

Initial U.S. airstrikes have been conducted with coalition partners in Syria against the Islamic State and groups with ties to Al Qaeda.

Our first thought should be the safety and success of all our men and women in uniform now engaged in Iraq and Syria. In the coming days, I will closely monitor the progress of our coalition efforts with our allies. I also stand ready to return to Washington to continue a healthy debate of these issues.   Read more »

at Sep 23, 2014 1:21 PM
       

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Approves Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2014

On Wednesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where I serve as a Subcommittee Chairman, approved H.R. 5229, the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2014.

I am proud to see this bill, which I co-authored, pass out of committee on a bi-partisan basis. The bill now moves to the House Floor for final passage. This legislation provides disabled veterans that enter the federal workforce the opportunity to seek medical treatment for their service-related disabilities without being forced to take unpaid leave. We must support our veterans, especially those who suffered a disability protecting our freedom.   Read more »

at Sep 21, 2014 7:37 PM
       

Congressional Oversight Needed in Continuing Resolution

This week I voted in favor of a continuing resolution measure that would fund government operations. It also contained an amendment authored by House Armed Services Committee Chairman “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.) to authorize train-and-equip authority as part of the effort to defeat the Islamic State.   Read more »

at Sep 19, 2014 9:58 AM
       

The Militarization Of Our Local Schools

On August 28, I wrote a piece questioning the militarization of our local police departments. In that article I asked some tough questions concerning the need for local law enforcement agencies to have military surplus items such as grenade launchers and mine resistant armored vehicles (the later are specifically known as a MRAP). I believe that

at Sep 16, 2014 9:19 AM
       

We Need to Rebuild a VA That Will Serve, Care, and Treat Veterans With Dignity

I met with a group of doctors from the Nueces County Medical Association to encourage them to start accepting VA medical vouchers again so our veterans can receive the quick and effective treatment they have earned. One of the changes made under H.R. 3230 allows veterans to seek care outside the VA if there are unreasonable delays in receiving treatments. Once our local doctors feel confident that they will be compensated for their services in a timely manner they will again be able to accept VA vouchers.

I am a strong supporter of H.R. 3230, the Veterans' Access to Care Through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act, a bi-partisan effort to make the necessary reforms to improve patient care

at Sep 14, 2014 4:39 PM
       

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