Dear Neighbor,

Early this morning, the House and Senate passed a two-year bipartisan budget agreement and funding legislation that is critical for our community, state, and nation. Shortly after, President Trump signed the package into law.Importantly, it includes $89.3 billion in much needed funds for disaster recovery and future mitigation efforts, including funding to help build a third reservoir and begin studying improvements for Addicks and Barker reservoirs. It also increases funding for our troops and military operations around the world, dedicates more resources to take care of our veterans back home, extends federally qualified community health centers and the Children's Health Insurance Program, and funds new infrastructure projects.

This agreement:

  • Helps to rebuild our military by fully funding our Armed Forces at the levels in this year's National Defense Authorization Act
  • Provides $89.3 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations for disaster relief efforts in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Includes $6 billion to strengthen the fight against opioid addiction nationwide by growing substance abuse and prevention programs as well as law enforcement efforts
  • Provides a $20 billion down payment on new American infrastructure projects
  • Continues to slash Obamacare's unworkable programs, including repealing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)
  • Extends funding for Community Health Centers
  • Includes $2 Billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health
  • Authorizes an additional four years of CHIP, the Children's Health Insurance Program
  • Includes funding to reduce maintenance backlog at the Veterans Administration
Our community was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey, but the indomitable Texas spirit cannot be broken. As the latest FEMA numbers show, we are well into the recovery process though I know it can never be fast enough. If you need assistance with FEMA or a government agency, please reach out to my Texas office at 281-446-0242. We stand ready to help. 
As always, please keep in touch and let me know what issues are most important to you and your family. 



Member of Congress