The first role of the federal government is to protect and defend our individual liberty. The Founding Fathers never ceded their individual rights to the federal government—neither will Texans. I’ll keep fighting for a strong national defense, for our veterans, and for the sanctity of life. As your Congressman, I’m committed to protect our Constitutional rights. My stances on some important issues are below:
Growing the Economy
Houston is booming, in no small part to our common-sense Texas policies. Houstonians know that low taxes, smart and limited regulations, and robust American energy production can create a successful economy. We need to end the government overregulation and bureaucratic red tape that’s holding the American economy back.
Washington has a lot to learn from Texas, and I’ll keep up the fight to make sure that they listen.
Reining in the Obama Administration
President Obama and his administration have shown a blatant disregard for the law. From Fast and Furious to Benghazi, from the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups to the disastrous Obamacare rollout, this administration has fundamentally ignored the laws that Congress has passed. This is unacceptable behavior for an American president, and I’ll keep up the fight to rein him in.
One of the ways that I’m doing that is through my post on the Appropriations Committee. My colleagues and I have learned that when the Administration doesn’t respond to subpoenas, Congressional inquiries, or requests to testify before Congressional Committees, the most effective way to get their attention is simply to cut their budgets. In the most recent Appropriations bill, I included language that kept agencies from using the President’s budget request to justify their actions—essentially forcing federal agencies to follow the laws Congress makes. I will also use the Appropriations committee to zero out funding for President Obama’s illegal czars and executive actions. The House controls the power of the purse, and House conservatives will use it to rein in this lawless administration.
Protecting Your Health Care
When President Obama and then-speaker Pelosi rammed Obamacare through Congress, they famously said that we’d have to “pass it to find out what’s in it.” We’ve found out what’s in it, and the American people aren’t buying what they’re selling. I voted against it then, and I’ve voted to repeal it at every opportunity.
This law is one of the most unpopular and harmful ever pushed on the American public. Millions of people are now facing cancelled plans and skyrocketing premiums, and millions more are unsure of how, exactly, Obamacare will hurt them.
We have the best medical center in the world here in Houston. I’ll fight to protect it. I will continue to work to repeal Obamacare and replace it with free-market, patient-centered reforms that lower your health care costs.
Improving Houston Transportation
Houston’s strong economy and growing population has been a boon for the city. But as anyone who commutes knows, it brought some traffic with it. One of my proudest moments as a Congressman was when we completed the Katy Freeway ahead of schedule, under budget, and without earmarks. I’ll continue to work toward traffic solutions for Houstonians that will reduce congestion and shorten our travel times.
What I won’t do is allow METRO to destroy neighborhoods in the Seventh District. Grade level light rail on Richmond is unaffordable, unapproved by voters, and unwanted by the homeowners and business owners in the neighborhood. In the most recent omnibus appropriations bill, I successfully blocked federal funding for light rail in CD-7, and I’ll keep up the fight to keep METRO out of your yard.
NASA is one of our nation’s—and Houston’s—most valuable resources. For too long, NASA has been at the mercy of bureaucrats that have squandered its potential and our taxpayer dollars. The solution is simple: scientists, not politicians, need to make the long-term, strategic decisions for NASA.
I’ve sponsored legislation that would do just that. My bill separates NASA’s funding process from the political whims of the President and ensures that agency’s strategic goals are decided by the astronauts, engineers, and scientists who know best.
At its best, NASA is one of our country’s finest organizations. It attracts some of the most groundbreaking scientists, the smartest engineers, and the most talented pilots in the world. Millions worldwide have benefitted from its discoveries, prayed during its most precarious moments, and watched in awe during its crowning achievements. I will continue to work to make sure that NASA is source of inspiration and scientific discovery that it can be.
Increasing Border Security
90% of our immigration problems can be solved if we just enforce the laws that are already on the book. Congress needs to support the officers and judges who work on the southern border—and then let them do their jobs. I’ve been a proud sponsor of increased border security measures in the Appropriations Committee, and will continue to support effective law enforcement techniques that reduce illegal immigration and protect Texans from crime along the border.