Transportation and Infrastructure
June 13th, 2018
Last week the House passed a “minibus” appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2019, a $15 billion rescissions package, and a critical bill to curtail gang violence in our communities.
June 4th, 2018
It’s costing $962 million dollars to replace the Ship Channel Bridge and it’s the biggest infrastructure project Harris County has ever undertaken.
March 21st, 2018
As technology evolves, so does transportation. From the days of the horse and buggy and later steam engines, all the way to the hybrid cars of today, our modes of transportation have become faster, more efficient, and safer...
February 14th, 2018
On Monday, President Donald Trump offered up the President's Budget for Fiscal Year 2019, which includes $13 million in funding for the Port of Corpus Christi's widening and deepening project. The project is the key to the...
February 7th, 2018
Senate leaders announced a bipartisan two-year budget agreement Wednesday that would provide nearly $300 billion in additional funding, a step likely to avert a Friday government shutdown and end a months-long impasse on...
January 5th, 2018
Everyone knows about California and its expensive lifestyle. And, being well known for its ‘liberal’ views, often the decisions they make aren’t a great surprise either. The two most often topics discussed are money...
October 31st, 2017
In the last few years, the Port of Corpus Christi has become a leading export port, especially since December 2015, when Congress lifted the 40-year crude oil export ban. Oil and other energy related products shipping from...
June 28th, 2017
The Port of Corpus Christi, the nation’s fourth largest port by tonnage, plays a critical role in importing and exporting crude oil. That's why I have been a vocal advocate for the Port of Corpus Christi in Congress, pushing...
May 5th, 2017
The last few weeks have been full of horror stories from passengers of major U.S. airlines. That's why this Tuesday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a full committee hearing to examine U.S....
March 23rd, 2017
Whether it is the food we eat, the cars we drive, the light bulbs we use to light our homes, or the clothing we wear, every American household is impacted every single day by the activity of our ports.
June 12th, 2018
I released the following statement in support of the comprehensive package to maintain our nation’s water resources infrastructure:
April 25th, 2018
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) and I penned an op-ed for the Houston Chronicle highlighting the major need to upgrade the regulations that govern disaster relief, and to reform the Stafford Act so that FEMA wil...
March 21st, 2018
U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Deb Fischer (R-NE) and I introduced three bills today to streamline the permitting process for proposed federal highway projects, which would lower costs and reduce the...
February 8th, 2018
In his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump called for a massive $1.5 trillion initiative to “rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.”
January 22nd, 2018
U.S. Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and I recently introduced the Building United States Infrastructure and Leveraging Development (BUILD) Act, a bill that would lead to additional investment in infrastructure projects...
December 27th, 2017
It's the kind of train we've never seen in the Lone Star State, and it's called the Texas Bullet Train. It promises a ride between Houston and Dallas in 90 minutes, and it is one step closer to becoming a reality.
September 21st, 2017
Last week, I was happy to announce the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved the Port of Corpus Christi Project Partnership Agreement allowing the port to begin working on its widening and deepening project.
May 10th, 2017
I supported the passage of H.R. 244, which funds the federal government through the end of the 2017 fiscal year, and appropriates funding to several transportation programs important to Texas:
April 18th, 2017
Last week, Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) and I introduced the Safe Innovative Guide signs for the Nation (SIGN) Act. This bill would allow states the flexibility to use the Clearview font on road signs – an...
February 6th, 2017
After months of work, it looks like the last federal stumbling block to the new Harbor Bridge has been dealt with. On Feb. 3, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) entered into a letter agreement that moves the project...