Gulf Coast

One year ago, Houston came to a standstill. Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas coast on August 25 and, over the days that followed, proceeded to dump record amounts of rain on our city, county and region. The...
Ahead of the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall, my team and I launched a page on my website for Texans with information on disaster aid legislation passed since the storm, flood mitigation projects...
This Labor Day comes at a moment when Houston and the Gulf Coast will need more blue-collar tradesmen and women than ever before thanks to the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey over the last week.
U.S. Representative Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville and I have announced the designation of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway as M-69 Marine Highway by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The M-69 Marine Highway designation...
With our extensive bayou system and the Gulf Coast located just a half hour from our great city, Houstonians know the importance of having flood insurance to protect their property. The number and costs of claims for storm...
 There is good news for Gulf Coast citizens who required, requested and received FEMA disaster assistance following Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, Hurricane Wilma, Hurricane Ike and other natural disasters since late...
Following the announcement by Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior Ken Salazar on deepwater oil and gas drilling, I issued the following statement:The Obama Administration’s drilling moratorium announcement is a...
The moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and the undeniable de facto moratorium in shallow waters are costing thousands of American jobs, and will create grave and permanent harm to workers and...
Macaé, Brazil – August 2010
Part Three:I get several emails per day by the federal administration’s “Unified Command” that purport to be making progress on the blowout. They fly two aircraft from Louisiana to Galveston with a cargo of brown pelicans...
NHC forecasters are tracking a cluster of thunderstorms in the western Caribbean for the possibility of development, giving it a 70 percent chance of formation within the next five days as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico....
Today on the floor, I spoke ahead of the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall on the Texas Coast. Excerpts of my floor remarks are below, and video can be found here. 
Heavy rains and flooding are predicted for the coastal regions of Texas as the once and future Tropical Storm Harvey approaches. Currently, Harvey is expected to re-organize Wednesday.
After the House approved it today, the president is the only one standing in the way of the Keystone XL pipeline and 40,000 new energy jobs. After six long years of thorough review – including hearings held by the House...
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison joined a bipartisan group of her Gulf Coast colleagues in sending a letter to President Obama that calls on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to respect the will of Congress...
Monday, I issued the following statement in response to an U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) announcement that it has approved the first new deepwater drilling permit since last April:For nearly nine months the Obama...
Following the announcement by Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior Ken Salazar on offshore oil and gas operations today, I issued the below statement:The Obama Administration’s failure to lift the drilling moratorium...
The Vermillion Oil rig 380, owned by Houston-based Mariner Energy, has exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, eighty miles off the coast of Louisiana. There were thirteen people on the rig at the time of explosion, and all have...
Lafayette, Louisiana is a friendly place in the heart of Cajun country. Good people. Fun people. Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and lots who don’t care much about politics at all. A not-so-small college.
There are numerous sources of bad information, misinformation, intentionally distorted information, and even outright lies circulating in media and government circles regarding the accidental BP Macondo blowout in the...

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