South Texas Politics

The grand opening of the new Vets Center in Victoria was a huge success. It was great to talk to local veterans and hear their thoughts and concerns. Here I am with two members of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 169.
U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) Tuesday successfully added a provision to the Military Construction and Veterans’ Affairs Appropriations bill requiring the VA Secretary to provide Congress with a plan to...
Last week I traveled throughout the entire 27th District hosting get-togethers with the people I represent. These town halls give me the chance to meet with many of you and find out what is on your mind, answer your...
I met with the Nueces County Medical Society last week. We are in dire need of funding to expand residency programs in South Texas. More than a dozen doctors in Corpus Christi discussed the issues they face delivering...
Victoria and the entire Crossroads area is still enjoying relatively good economic times despite the slump in the oil and gas industry. I was the featured speaker at the regular Tuesday morning meeting hosted by the Victoria...
Several dozen counties in Texas, including many in our area, that were hit by severe storms between May 4 and June 19 are now eligible to apply for government assistance. Homeowners, renters, and farmers who were affected by...
While members of Congress returned home to work in their districts last week, I took the opportunity to visit several communities in the 27th Congressional district.
I was thrilled to have a huge turnout for a roundtable in Port Aransas this week. I talked to everyone about all the work that has been accomplished in Congress this year.
Last week, the I-69 Alliance made a trip to Washington D.C. As the Chair of the I-69 Caucus, the goal of our bipartisan group is to educate Congress about the important role that I-69 has moving people and as a freight...
Last week, I introduced the Farmer Flexibility Act (‘FFA’). The FFA provides relief to grain sorghum, corn, and cotton farmers who have been adversely affected by extreme weather conditions this year in the South Texas area...
The House passed the revised National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) last week, which includes authorization for $85 million to continue the expansion and updating of the Corpus Christi Army Depot’s (CCAD) powertrain...
The House overwhelmingly passed the six-year highway transportation bill Thursday. This is the first time since 2005 that the House has passed a highway bill longer than two years, which shows the renewed cooperation under...
I will be holding town hall meetings August 31 to September 2 to talk about the issues we are facing, hear your concerns, and answer your questions. Please join me at one of the following locations:Monday, Aug. 31,...
Congress passed a fully paid-for short-term highway extension last month to give the Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan, time to figure out how to maintain our highways without raising taxes or further...
I’d like to extend a personal invitation to all our veterans, their family and friends, and anyone who would like to learn more about what's available for those who risked all to protect our freedom, to attend my 2015...
Mark your calendars now so you don't miss my annual Veterans Summit August 12 at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Participating groups will include the Corpus Christi A&M Student Veterans Organization and the Concerned...
Only a few more days until the Luling Watermelon Thump! What began in 1954, thanks to a great idea from a local high school principal, is now one of the best festivals in Texas. Between Thursday and Sunday, several bands...
On Thursday, I voted to ensure that our veterans receive the benefits and care they have earned. I supported H.R.
In the past few weeks, we have seen an unprecedented amount of rain in the Coastal Bend region. While rain seems like it would be good for farming, we have simply had too much.
The death of Jordan Britten, the college student who went missing during spring break on South Padre Island, is being called “suspicious” by local authorities. Britten was found by searchers about a block off of the road in...

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