Jun 10 2013
This week, the House approved two bipartisan appropriations bills that provide critical funding for our nation’s veterans, homeland security and disaster recovery. I was pleased to support both of these responsible bills that build on House Republicans’ efforts to cut waste and find savings while smartly funding our nation’s priorities.
On Tuesday, the House passed H.R. 2216 – the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act of 2014 – to provide our military with the infrastructure needed to house, train, and equip personnel. It also provides funding for our nation’s veterans to ensure that they receive the services they need and deserve.
On Thursday, the House approved H.R. 2217 – the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 – to provide funding to help strengthen America’s homeland security efforts. This legislation funds priorities such as border security, terrorism prevention and response, and disaster recovery assistance. I am also pleased that H.R. 2217 contains language that would rein in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by both requiring DHS to submit a report to Congress detailing its ammunition purchases and prohibiting DHS from developing any new ammunition procurement contracts until this report is received. To learn more about these bills, visit the House Appropriations Committee website.
One of my most important responsibilities as a Member of Congress is appoint students to our nation's Service Academies each year. I'm pleased to announce that six North Texas students have recently accepted appointments as members of the class of 2017.
Barrett Anigian and Bianca Flotte of Dallas and John Scott of Richardson have been appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy. William Scott of Dallas has been appointed to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point). Brendan Metcalf of Dallas has been appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy. William Stargardt of Dallas has been appointed to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
These six appointees received my nomination because they set themselves apart from their peers through their rigorous dedication to high academic performance, personal fitness and moral character. I am confident that each of them will make our community proud as they represent Texas in four of our nation’s finest academic institutions.
If you are interested in seeking a nomination to a Service Academy, please contact Jennifer Lang in my Dallas office at 972.392.0505 or visit my website for more information.
North Texans in DC
Each week that I am in Washington for legislative business, I enjoy the opportunity to meet with constituents visiting our nation’s capital. This week I met with a small business owner from North Texas, Chef Tim Byres, who is the owner of Smoke Restaurant Dallas and Chicken Scratch. During our meeting, he shared with me the work he is doing with Share Our Strength’s “No Kid Hungry” campaign. I was delighted to hear about the great work the organization is doing in the North Texas community and am glad he took the time to talk with me about this important initiative.
On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of giving the students of Dallas’ McCulloch Intermediate School a nighttime tour of the Capitol. I enjoyed answering their questions about what it is like to be a Member of Congress and how the government operates, as well as share the rich history of the U.S. Capitol building with them.
On Wednesday, I met with North Texas members of the National Association of Home Builders that were in town for their annual legislative day on Capitol Hill. We discussed the need for reform in Washington to reduce the burden of government regulations on home builders in order to help them thrive.
Marriott Foundation Dinner
On Wednesday, I attended the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities dinner, which benefitted the Foundation’s “Bridges From School to Work” Program. This outstanding program helps young people with disabilities find lasting employment in their local communities – an essential tool in giving these individuals the opportunity to live more independently and to reach their full potential.
I was particularly pleased to welcome the 2013 Dallas Bridges Student of the Year, Maria Gomez, to my office before she received her award at the gala. Maria is a bright and inspiring young woman, and I extend my sincere congratulations to her for receiving this exciting award.