Transportation and Infrastructure
December 21st, 2018
The United States Ports of Entry Threat and Operational Review Act passed the Senate. This bill would initiate an in-depth analysis of the strengths, opportunities, and vulnerabilities of land, sea, and air ports...
October 31st, 2018
The first step of identifying and taxing unauthorized workers makes sense whether you’re a conservative Republican, a liberal Democrat, or something in between.
October 11th, 2018
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...
June 12th, 2018
I released the following statement in support of the comprehensive package to maintain our nation’s water resources infrastructure:
April 25th, 2018
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...
March 21st, 2018
U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Deb Fischer (R-NE) and I introduced three bills today to streamline the permitting process for proposed federal highway projects, which would lower costs and reduce the...
February 8th, 2018
In his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump called for a massive $1.5 trillion initiative to “rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.”
January 22nd, 2018
U.S. Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and I recently introduced the Building United States Infrastructure and Leveraging Development (BUILD) Act, a bill that would lead to additional investment in infrastructure projects...
December 27th, 2017
It's the kind of train we've never seen in the Lone Star State, and it's called the Texas Bullet Train. It promises a ride between Houston and Dallas in 90 minutes, and it is one step closer to becoming a reality.
September 21st, 2017
Last week, I was happy to announce the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved the Port of Corpus Christi Project Partnership Agreement allowing the port to begin working on its widening and deepening project.
November 29th, 2018
The construction industry is currently being negatively impacted by labor shortages which are expected to get worse as the baby boomers retire.
October 12th, 2018
In the last week days, we have accomplished three major things: water infrastructure, funding cold case prosecutions, and filling Justice Kennedy's seat on the United States Supreme Court.But our record of success is much...
June 13th, 2018
Last week the House passed a “minibus” appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2019, a $15 billion rescissions package, and a critical bill to curtail gang violence in our communities.
June 4th, 2018
It’s costing $962 million dollars to replace the Ship Channel Bridge and it’s the biggest infrastructure project Harris County has ever undertaken.
March 21st, 2018
As technology evolves, so does transportation. From the days of the horse and buggy and later steam engines, all the way to the hybrid cars of today, our modes of transportation have become faster, more efficient, and safer...
February 14th, 2018
On Monday, President Donald Trump offered up the President's Budget for Fiscal Year 2019, which includes $13 million in funding for the Port of Corpus Christi's widening and deepening project. The project is the key to the...
February 7th, 2018
Senate leaders announced a bipartisan two-year budget agreement Wednesday that would provide nearly $300 billion in additional funding, a step likely to avert a Friday government shutdown and end a months-long impasse on...
January 5th, 2018
Everyone knows about California and its expensive lifestyle. And, being well known for its ‘liberal’ views, often the decisions they make aren’t a great surprise either. The two most often topics discussed are money...
October 31st, 2017
In the last few years, the Port of Corpus Christi has become a leading export port, especially since December 2015, when Congress lifted the 40-year crude oil export ban. Oil and other energy related products shipping from...