115th Congress

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and I released the following statements after the U.S. House of Representatives passed companion legislation to our Justice Served Act of 2018, which would provide funds to...
Last week Congressmen John Culberson (TX-07) and Gene Green (TX-29) introduced the Tools on Our Local Streets (TOOLS) to Rehabilitate Communities Act to target Community Development Block (CDBG) funds to nonprofit...
I introduced the Saving America’s Vulnerable and Endangered Species (SAVES) Act, which would remove regulatory burdens for ranchers and conservators engaged in captive breeding of exotic wildlife, while promoting animal...
On Wednesday April 18th, a bipartisan group of US Representatives, including Jeff Denham (R-CA) and Will Hurd (R-TX), held a press conference in front of the Capitol to announce that they have secured support from a...
On Tuesday April 10th, Representative Jeff Denham (R-CA) revealed that he has secured support from enough Republican representatives to pass a resolution that will force a vote on four different immigration bills in the...
U.S. Representative Jodey Arrington (TX-19) and I authored the following op-ed in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal highlighting our work to promote and protect Texas’ cotton industry:
Today, I will meet with Pastor Frank Pomeroy, Stephen Willeford, and survivors of the tragedy at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs to discuss the Fix NICS Act being signed into law. I released the following...
This morning, while the $1.3 trillion federal omnibus budget bill was waiting to be approved by the President, Donald Trump tweeted, “I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,...
Recently, a bipartisan group of House members introduced legislation to promote more effective development in fragile and unstable countries, addressing the conditions that create safe havens for terrorists, criminal...
With a spending bill that needs to be passed on March 23rd representing the last semi-likely opportunity for any kind of immigration-related legislation to be passed before congressional mid-term elections, the White House...
On May 15th at a press conference, I discussed the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence vote on Gina Haspel’s nomination and urged a bipartisan effort to confirm her. Excerpts of my remarks are below, and video can be...
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and the state of Texas along with Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, and West Virginia, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday calling for the end of the DACA program that was...
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...
I have been named “Defender of Liberty” by the American Conservative Union, receiving a flawless conservative score for my voting record in the 1st Session of the 115th Congress (2017).   
Last week Bill Keating (MA-09), the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade and Ranking Member, and I introduced House Resolution 810 to reaffirm the vital importance of the US-...
On March 30th, Adolfo Flores reported that a caravan of at least 1200 Central Americans were walking north through Mexico in search of better living and working conditions.
Last week, the House voted on an Omnibus bill that funded the government for the rest of the fiscal year. I voted against this horrible legislation. It went against almost everything I stand for (except strengthening our...
Today I released the following statement after the Senate passed the Fix NICS Act as a part of the government funding bill. Fix NICS will strengthen the criminal background check system to ensure convicted felons and...
Shock and sadness resonated across the country when 38 people were found trapped in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer in the parking lot of a San Antonio Walmart last July. The lack of ventilation, food and water...
Yesterday, representative Annie Kuster (D-NH) and I introduced the bipartisan Keep Young Athletes Safe Act of 2018, which creates a grant program to protect athletes under the jurisdiction of the United States Olympic...

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