Hurricane Harvey

The flood control district in the Houston area is considering a proposal to build massive underground tunnels to drain floodwaters from bayous across the county.
A much-anticipated report on threats to the Texas economy finds that inadequate spending on things like infrastructure and public education coupled with debates about socially divisi
Hurricane Harvey unleashed torrential rainfall – greater than 60 inches in some places – killing 88 people and displacing 30,000. Slamming ashore about six months ago, Harvey caused an estimated $198 billion in damages,...
Jerry Patterson is a retired USMC Lt Colonel who served our country honorably for 24 years during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Texas Senate from 1993-1999 and was the 27th Commissioner of the General Land Office...
In advance of the vote on $89 billion in disaster relief, I released the following video highlighting the strong Texas spirit in the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s damage.
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with PBS NewsHour to discuss the how I'm working to get the resources Houston needs to recover and rebuild from Hurricane Harvey.
President Trump will deliver his first State of the Union Speech tonight. My guest is Jim “Mac” McInvale, a successful businessman, founder of Gallery Furniture and world-class philanthropist who embodies the American Dream...
Yesterday at a press conference, I discussed the remaining priorities in need of full funding after the government shutdown, including the Defense Department and disaster relief. Excerpts of my remarks are below, and video...
It's my job as a representative to be an advocate for my constituents.  Since Congress holds the power of the purse, Members of Congress should be able to direct the Army Corps of Engineers to move more rapidly on a flood...
After thousands of homes and businesses were damaged across the region during Hurricane Harvey, local, state and regional officials are working to secure billions of dollars to pay for mitigation projects.
More than a half-year after Hurricane Harvey flooded America’s largest corridor of energy and petrochemical plants, records show the storm’s environmental assault was more widespread and severe than authorities publicly...
Last Monday, Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Interior, Energy and Environment, which I chair, held a field hearing titled, "The Historic 2017 Hurricane Season: Impacts on the U.S. Virgin Islands." 
While Texans have begun the rebuilding process in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, our state is still in need of resources as we recover from the most extreme rain event in our nation’s history. I applaud the Texas...
This week, I, along with members of the Texas delegation wrote a letter to Senate leadership urging quick action on a third emergency supplemental spending bill to provide critical relief to impacted areas and the people who...
Last Wednesday, I joined community leaders, residents, and business owners on the "Windshield Bus Tour" through the Rockport-Fulton area. During this tour, I saw the significant recovery that's taken place throughout some of...
It’s not just the areas along the Gulf Coast that are feeling the pinch of an even tighter labor market following last year’s devastating hurricanes and the rebuilding efforts that followed.
Last Friday, the current Continuing Resolution to fund the government expired, resulting in a government shutdown.
I salute the Houston Fire Department and Houston City Councilmember Brenda Stardig for their rescue efforts during Hurricane Harvey.
Last week on the Senate floor, I highlighted the Senate’s many legislative accomplishments in 2017 that will benefit Texans and Americans across the country. Excerpts of my remarks are below, and video of my remarks can be...

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