From: Congressman Blake Farenthold
Received At: November 19, 2017 at 02:46PM
A Message From Blake
Passing Tax Reform in the House
Last week, the House passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the most comprehensive overhaul of the U.S. tax system in 31 years. The Senate will be deliberating the bill in the coming weeks, and in the meantime I wanted to summarize some of the reasons I voted in favor of the bill:
– It reduces federal taxes by $1.4 trillion over the next decade
– It condenses the current seven individual income tax brackets into four
– It expands the child tax credit
– It doubles the standard deduction
– It shrinks the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent
– It eliminates the state and local tax deduction so that Texas is not subsidizing high-tax states like New York and California
This pro-growth, pro-family legislation ought to help you keep more of your paycheck. I’m looking forward to President Trump signing this bill into law by the end of the year. For more information on tax reform, please click here.
Responding to OMB’s Disaster Supplement Package
Since Hurricane Harvey, I’ve been working closely with the governor’s office, congressional leadership, and the White House to ensure Texas and especially our congressional district are not forgotten and get the help necessary to rebuild. That’s why I was extremely disappointed in the inadequate disaster supplement that was requested by the Office of Management and Budget last week. In response, several members of the Texas delegation; Ted Poe, Pete Olson, Randy Weber, Brian Babin, Michael McCaul, Kevin Brady, and I released the following statement:
“After reviewing the latest Office of Management and Budget (OMB) supplemental request for disaster recovery, we find the proposal insufficient and unacceptable. We have met personally with the Director of OMB and explained in detail the disaster of Harvey on Texas. Even so, we strongly believe the request is woefully inadequate. Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding events that followed ranks as the second most costly disaster in modern times (the Fukushima Disaster ranks first). While damages are still being determined, estimates currently sit at approximately $190 billion or more. To be clear, this $44 billion proposal, to be split between multiple disaster areas, does not adequately address long-term recovery needs in Texas. The people of Texas need and deserve federal assistance for long-term flood mitigation, which this request does not sufficiently provide. We stand together opposed to this level of funding and will continue to fight to help Texas rebuild.”
We must rebuild in a fiscally responsible manner that better prepares us for future disasters.
Passing the OPEN Government Data Act
Last week, my bill, the OPEN Government Data Act, was passed as a part of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Foundations of Evidence-Based Policy Act.
The Open, Electronic, and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act ensures that federal data can be used by individuals, organizations, and other government organizations by establishing an open-by-default standard. This will require the data be available in a machine-readable format to make it easily searchable and accessible.
Taxpayers are already paying for this data, so they should be able to use it. This legislation allows for people to use public data in new innovative ways. I look forward to seeing new inventions that will come from this important data being public.
To watch me describe the bill on the House floor, click here.
TX-27 Wins in the National Defense Authorization Act
Last week, the House and Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which contains several wins for the 27th Congressional District of Texas. Two of the biggest are:
– The bill authorizes a long-awaited land exchange between the City of Corpus Christi and Naval Air Station Corpus Christi (NASCC). Home to Naval Air Training Command, the Corpus Christi Army Depot, Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi and more, NASCC provides essential services to our military, and this land exchange will allow for continued development and growth.
– The bill protects military aviators by replacing the Department of Defense Clearinghouse with the Military Aviation, Range, and Installation Assurance Program, which will be responsible for mapping out areas around military installations where energy developments would pose hazards to operations. Energy developments, such as windfarms, have been shown to interfere with radar technology, which can put aviators, including those at NASCC at risk. Military members need to focus on their training, not windfarms obstructing their radar.
Yesterday, Debbie joined U.S. Secretary of Education, @BetsyDeVosED, in Port Aransas to see the rebuilding and recovery after Hurricane Harvey. https://t.co/GP8gB0ZkOL
16 Nov 2017
.@Cheniere’s new MOU to export LNG to China will be great for TX27 and @PoccaPort, the nation’s largest LNG export port. https://t.co/kxjI0M3p7m
15 Nov 2017
Jeff Sessions about to testify before @housejudiciary committe.#ViewFromTheDias
Abbott, Texas congressional leaders urge more funding for Hurricane Harvey relief
Corpus Christi Caller-TimesTexas leaders unhappy with White House hurricane spending plan
Austin American-StatesmanDocument: White House Seeks $44 billion from Congress to assist with the Harvey aftermath
The Narrative TimesOPEN Government Data Act gets a second path to enactment
FedScoopWhite House makes decision process for stockpiling hacking tools transparent The Hill
Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the House Judiciary Committee at an oversight hearing for The United States Department of Justice. You can click above to watch my full questioning.
Duane “Dog” Chapman and Beth Chapman tracked me down… to talk about H.R. 2152, the Citizens’ Right to Know Act.
Last week, Vanessa with my office attended the House of Palms Banquet at Faith Family Church in Victoria. Faith Family Church, through the House of Palms, has done great work to support pregnant teens in Victoria ISD who are at risk of becoming homeless and/or dropping out.
Last Thursday, I wore purple for World Pancreatic Cancer Day. I lost my great grandmother to this horrible disease.
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