Dear Friends,

This week the Senate is expected to begin debate on their so-called "Immigration Reform Bill." I talked with hundreds of people this past week while working in the district and I hear you! As your representative, I will not support any legislation that rewards illegals with amnesty - no matter how they try to sell it. It is difficult to understand why the Administration wants more laws, but doesn't enforce the laws we already have.

I appreciate all those folks that gave up time to visit with me and my staff at various Town Hall meetings in Crosby, Kingwood, Champions and Spring throughout the past month. I will be conducting more meetings throughout the district in the coming weeks. Check my website for one near you!

As always, keep your emails coming - I like to hear what issues are on your mind!

God and Texas,

Member of Congress


Border Security/Immigration Reform

Senate Amnesty Bill

The Senate's latest version of immigration reform legislation is just the second verse to the same old amnesty song. The Senate Amnesty Bill allows for people living in our country illegally to pay a fee to the government to excuse their crime. This 'government kick back' would be the same as allowing someone who trespasses on your land to pay a fine and continue to live on your land. This is amnesty no matter what the "open borders crowd" trys to call it. Most Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to Amnesty. Too bad some politicians in Washington aren't listening to the public.

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Safe American Roads Act

The Safe American Roads Act, which I cosponsored, gained approval in the House. This bill blocks the Department of Transportation's attempt to allow Mexican trucks free access to US highways without meeting safety requirements. Currently, Mexican trucks are not allowed past the 20 mile commercial zones. This legislation is a good start in keeping Americans safe on our highways and byways.

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Faa/Tracon Legislation

I filed the FAA Facility Consolidation Moratorium Act to place a temporary moratorium on consolidations of all Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facilities - including changes at the Southeast Texas Regional Airport. This bill will prevent the Beaumont TRACON facility from being closed and incorporated into the Houston TRACON.

Safety must be the number one concern when it comes to changes made to any TRACON facility - not money. Many members of the Jefferson County community have concerns over the proposed consolidation of the Southeast Regional Airport's TRACON operations to Houston. The FAA has not effectively sought the input from those that these consolidations would affect and have directed these consolidations to continue without good transparency and I feel that a temporary moratorium on consolidations right now is necessary.

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Service Academy Day

My office recently held a Service Academy Day at Lee College for all area students interested in learning more about America's prestigious service academies: The United States Air Force (USAFA), Naval (USNA), Military (USMA) and Merchant Marine (USMMA) Academies. A special thanks to my Service Academy Board for all the hard work and dedication they put into this year's nomination process.

If you are interested in more information on the application process and deadlines for 2008 graduates, please visit my website:

I am proud to announce the following 2007 Appointments:

Air Force Academy:

· Jonathan Bradley - Buna High School & Home Schooled

· Daniel Trapani - Home Schooled

· Nehemiah "Nemo" Bostick - Kingwood High School

Merchant Marine Academy:

· Brandon Barrett - Kingwood High School

Military Academy:

· Taylor Hirschey - Kingwood High School

· Aaron Trobee - Kingwood High School

· Christina Tamayo - Humble High School

· Jillian Galloway - Spring High School

· James "Cody" Shorter - Klein Collins High School

· Phillip Ortiz - Kingwood High School

· Emily King - Cypress Creek High School

Naval Academy:

· NIcholas Miller - Spring High School

· Eli Ronstadt - Klein High School

· Pamola Cantu - Splendora High School

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is the chance for the American people to pay tribute to those, past and present, who gave up their lives for our continued freedom. In the Second Congressional District we have lost 18 men in Iraq. I attended the Houston Veterans Affairs Memorial Day Service and had the pleasure to speak at the Baytown and Dayton Memorial Day Ceremonies honoring our country's fallen heroes.

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Meetings, Appearances & Awards

I attended the 26th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police on the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. I also visited with local law enforcement at the 13th Annual Salute to Law Enforcement at Willowbrook Mall in northwest Houston and gave the closing remarks at the ceremony for the National Police Survivors Conference in Washington, DC.

In recognition of our fine law enforcement personnel, I introduced a House Resolution honoring Peace Officers Memorial Day. It passed the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously. The bill, paying tribute to our nation's first line of defenders, had 78 bipartisan cosponsors.

I was one of the Members of Congress who welcomed Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth at a reception at the White House; I met with both the German and the Greek Ambassadors, attended the Distinguished Service Award reception for former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole; attended meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel; met with representatives from the Southeast Texas to discuss ongoing hurricane recovery efforts; American Dental Association; Orthopedic Leadership Conference; Houston Fraternal Order of Police; and President James Simmons of Lamar University. I also spoke to the Baytown Kiwanis, North Channel Chamber and Texans for Immigration Reform.

I had a great time speaking to students at Nederland High School, Humble Elementary, Sam Houston Elementary in Port Arthur and delivering the commencement speech at Kingwood College.

My DC office welcomed students from Cathedral High School, All Saints School and Humble Middle School on their tours of the Capitol and our nation's monuments.

Senator Ralph Yarborough Allied Professional Award

I was presented the Senator Ralph Yarborough Allied Professional Award in Austin, Texas this month by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Victim's Services for outstanding leadership by a non-victim service professional who has made a contribution to victims' rights and services. It was an honor to be recognized by such a distinguished advocacy organization and by our state's First Lady, Anita Perry.

Jim Rylander Memorial Award

I was selected to receive the 2007 Trees for Houston Jim Rylander Memorial Award for my work in securing funding for landscaping in Harris County. My office teamed up with Trees for Houston, the Park People, the City of Houston Parks and Recreation, the Texas Department of Transportation, Lyondell and other sponsors to plant more than 20,000 trees along Will Clayton Parkway in Congressional District 2! The tree planting and 'greening' effort is off to a great start and I look forward to seeing a greener and healthier Houston.

Media Appearances

I appeared on several national news shows regarding border security, immigration reform and the case of Border Agents Ramos and Compean.

Tune in Monday to catch me on my regular visit with Dominick Brascia on KOLE 1380AM in Beaumont and on KRIV Fox 26 in Houston.

Every Wednesday morning on KBMT Channel 12 in Beaumont at 6:30am, you can get caught up on the latest issues from Congress as I join Tracey and Dave to talk about the latest news.