Military

This week I spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the USCG Valent Hall. After working on this project for many years, I am glad to see it finally came to fruition. It was scheduled to be completed about two...
I strongly supported passage of a two-year federal budget that makes a massive leap in rebuilding America’s armed forces while delivering almost $90 billion in disaster relief for Texas and all American families and...
Military veterans, law enforcement leaders, evangelical pastors, Christian Dreamers, business leaders and the president of the nation’s fifth largest university: These are among the prominent figures who are urging Congress...
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 on the Senate floor, I discussed the vote to reopen the government and resume work on legislative items including a bipartisan solution for DACA recipients and disaster relief for Texas. Excerpts of my remarks are...
I released the following statement in response to the passage of a continuing resolution to fund the government through February 16, 2018: 
Despite what the pundits and many naysayers in the media and Congress said, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is doing exactly what we promised. 
I released the following statement after President Trump signed my Jobs for Our Heroes Act into law.  The Jobs for Our Heroes Act streamlines the process by which active-duty military, reservists, and veterans apply for...
Co-Chairs Niki Tsongas (MA-3) and I of the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus held a briefing recently on the Department of Defense’s (DoD) reporting of sexual assault convictions. Afterwards, we released the...
ISIS has been routed from Iraq and Syria with an ease and speed that's surprised even the men and women who carried out the mission. Experts say it's a prime example of a campaign promise kept. 
Today’s budget is a good starting point for funding American priorities in the coming year. In December, I wrote two letters to the White House asking for comprehensive funding to address the opioid epidemic in this coming...
WASHINGTON, D.C. - James and John, recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) who joined the military, were featured this afternoon on “The Lead with Jake Tapper.
I joined Congresswoman Ann Kuster (NH-2) and U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill (MO) and Ron Johnson (WI) to introduce legislation to improve sexual violence data collection at key federal agencies.
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...
Last Friday, the current Continuing Resolution to fund the government expired, resulting in a government shutdown.
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05), ranking member of the House Veterans Affairs Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Committee, and I introduced the Job TOOLS for Veterans Act, bipartisan legislation to expand...
On Inauguration Day 2017, the Obama administration left President Trump a severely weakened and constrained military. For the better part of a decade, President Obama allowed his administration’s sequestration to destroy the...
I praised the House passage of the Jobs for Our Heroes Act, a bill I authored that was championed in the House by Rep. Rob Woodall (GA-7) to reduce barriers for active-duty military, reservists, and veterans...
Ranking Member Seth Moulton (MA-6) of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and I sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis expressing concern about the Department of Defense’s (DoD...
Last week, the House and Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which contains several wins for the 27th Congressional District of Texas. Two of the biggest are:

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