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Castro, Meadows Reintroduce Election Security and Democracy Promotion Legislation

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and a member of the House Foreign Affairs, House Intelligence, and House Education and Labor Committees, and Congressman Mark Meadows (NC-11)

FEMA grants more than $2.7 million to Victoria County for debris removal

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $2.7 million to Victoria County for debris removal following Hurricane Harvey. An estimated 158,501 cubic yards of construction, demolition and vegetative debris was collected and removed after the storm

Hurd Secures $50M in Grant Funding for West Texas Infrastructure Improvements

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)’s Texas Energy Sector Rural Improvement Program received $50 million through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s BUILD grant program to improve roads impacted by the Permian Basin energy boom in Winkler, Reagan and Glasscock Counties

House Passes Conaway’s George W. Bush Childhood Home Act

Monday, the House of Representatives passed Congressman Mike Conaway’s H.R. 3008, the George W. Bush Childhood Home Study Act. This legislation, which passed 382-4-2, aims to preserve the Midland home of the Bush family as a national landmark.

HUD-Assisted Residents in Hidalgo, Cameron and Jim Wells Counties May be Eligible for More...

Survivors in Hidalgo, Cameron or Jim Wells County that were impacted by the recent severe storms and flooding and were receiving rental assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) prior to the disaster, may be eligible for disaster assistance from FEMA.

Culberson Amendment to Repeal FEMA Rental Assistance Rule Adopted

Congressman John Culberson (TX-07) today passed an amendment to the fiscal year 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill to repeal a FEMA rule that prevents Hurricane Harvey survivors from receiving continued rental assistance. After the amendment’s adoption by unanimous vote, Congressman Culberson released the following statement.

REP. JOHN RATCLIFFE VOTES TO ELIMINATE CFPB BURDENS ON COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) voted today for the passage of the Community Institution Mortgage Relief Act of 2017 (H.R. 3971) in the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill will reduce compliance costs for smaller community financial institutions by exempting them from certain escrow or impound requirements.

House Passes McCaul’s Landmark Cybersecurity Legislation

The House unanimously passed H.R. 3359, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017. This watershed legislation will streamline the current structure of the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) and re-designate it as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) to more effectively execute cybersecurity and critical infrastructure related authorities.

Free Repair Advice Available in Chambers and Galveston Counties

As Texans repair or rebuild their homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey and subsequent flooding, FEMA and home-improvement stores in Chambers and Galveston counties are teaming up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer

CHAIRMAN RATCLIFFE PRAISES HOUSE PASSAGE OF NPPD REORGANIZATION BILL

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection, praised the House passage of legislation to reorganize the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) at DHS on Monday.

Former Houston escrow officer sentenced to prison in title scam

Sandra Flores will begin serving a six year prison term this week for insurance fraud after a Texas Department of Insurance investigation found she had stolen $1 million from real estate transactions. She was sentenced earlier this week by a Harris County judge.

Olson Applauds House Action to Revitalize Brownfield Sites

Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today acted to help redevelop abandoned or contaminated properties and encourage economic development by voting for H.R. 3017, the Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and Reauthorization Act. Brownfields are abandoned, closed or under-utilized industrial or commercial properties that may be contaminated because of their prior use. However, these sites often have great potential for redevelopment, if they are cleaned up properly. This bill reauthorizes the EPA Brownfields Program in order to help states and localities get the tools and guidance they need to clean up and redevelop brownfields.

HUD AND STATE OF TEXAS LAUNCH PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN TO HELP STRUGGLING HOMEOWNERS IMPACTED...

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Texas General Land Office (GLO) today launched a public awareness campaign to inform owners of homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey that help is available to avoid foreclosure and to finance repairs.

CARTER AND RUPPERSBERGER INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN BILL TO SECURE U.S. ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE

Congressman John R. Carter (TX-31) and Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02) introduced the Securing Energy Infrastructure Act of 2017, which establishes a pilot program to evaluate United States energy security vulnerabilities. As bipartisan co-chairmen of the House Army Caucus, Rep. Carter and Rep. Ruppersberger continue their shared commitment to national security through this important legislation

LETTER FROM HUD SECRETARY BEN CARSON TO THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS ON HARVEY RELIEF

As Texas rebuilds in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is committed to ensuring safe, affordable housing for all those affected by the disaster. HUD is tasked with comprehensive, long-term disaster relief and has been working on the front lines in Texas. We are your ear on the ground and your voice in Washington, and we are committed to providing a compassionate and effective response

Rep. Smith Votes to Fund Hurricane Relief

Rep. Lamar Smith voted to provide $15 billion in emergency funding for the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), the Small Business Administration (SBA), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to fund recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey. The funding bill also extends the National Flood Insurance Program.

Gohmert’s Statement on Hurricane Relief Funding Vote

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today regarding the vote in Congress to provide federal funding in the Disaster Relief Fund

Culberson Statement on Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill for Areas Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Congressman John Culberson (TX-07) released the following statement after House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen announced an initial emergency supplemental appropriations bill to begin rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Harvey.

EPA/TCEQ Statement on Water Quality of Flood-Impacted Areas from Hurricane Harvey

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) release the following statement today, in regards to the water quality of flood-impacted areas from Hurricane Harvey

Texas Big Game Awards Announces New Rules for 2017-18 Season

The Texas Big Game Awards program is announcing rule changes designed to better reflect the objectives of this 27 year partnership between the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Wildlife Association — to recognize the contributions hunters and landowners make in managing and conserving wildlife and wildlife habitat in Texas

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Castro, Meadows Reintroduce Election Security and Democracy Promotion Legislation

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and a member of the House Foreign Affairs, House Intelligence, and House Education and Labor Committees, and Congressman Mark Meadows (NC-11)