Randy Neugebauer

Randy Neugebauer

TEXAS' 19th DISTRICT

Randy's Roundup: Another Busy Week in Texas

2015/08/25

Another Busy Week in Texas It was great to travel around Lubbock and Big Spring last week for meetings and events in TX19. I will start this week in Lubbock with a meeting at Texas Tech’s Health Sciences Center to discuss ongoing efforts to open a new VA Clinic on campus and ensure our West Texas veterans receive the best possible care. I will also be meeting with community bankers to discuss the impact of misguided regulations from Washington on our local economy. On Tuesday, I will attend a Texas Farm Bureau meeting to discuss agriculture and policies I am prioritizing as Vice Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee to help our hardworking farmers, ranchers, and rural families. On Wednesday morning, I am looking forward to attending the 2015 Texas Tech Football Kickoff Breakfast hosted by the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce. I sure am ready for football season and cheering on my Red Raiders! Later in the week, I will be in the Abilene area for meetings with local mayors and judges. I am also looking forward to attending the grand opening ceremony for the West Texas Lighthouse for the Blind, a wonderful organization that provides employment opportunities for the blind and visually impaired. It should be a great and productive week in TX19!An Eighth Planned Parenthood Video Last week, another shocking video was released exposing top officials at Planned Parenthood selling aborted baby body parts. Our nation should not tolerate these radical practices and we must do more to defend these precious lives. That is why I continue to lead the fight for pro-life initiatives and why I fully support Congressional action to defund Planned Parenthood—an organization that receives $500 million in taxpayer funding. Recently, Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) introduced S.1881, a bill to defund Planned Parenthood and redirect its funding to other health care clinics. According to the Susan B. Anthony List, there are 38 Planned Parenthood locations in Texas alone. But for every Planned Parenthood location there are 19 health care clinics where women can access health care options that respect the sanctity of life. Senator Ernst’s bill is a common sense solution that advances women’s health services while protecting our unborn. I am hopeful more pro-life measures receive votes when Congress returns to Washington in September.American Heroes in France Last Friday, three Americans—including two U.S. service members—stopped a gunman on a train in France from carrying out a horrific terrorist attack. These men acted bravely and heroically to prevent a tragedy from occurring. Today, the French President awarded the Legion of Honor, France’s top award, to the three Americans and another British man for risking their lives to stop the attack. This is a much-deserved honor. The thwarted attack in France should also serve as a reminder that the United States and our allies must do more to defeat and destroy radical Islamist militants seeking to spread terrorism around the world. As Congress debates policies surrounding our national security, I will continue to advocate for a strong national defense that keeps the American people safe.

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Randy's Roundup: Back Home in Texas

2015/08/25

Back Home in Texas I’m thrilled to be home in Texas this week! I will be attending some great events and meetings with folks across the district. I will be in Lubbock meeting with homeschoolers from the Texas Home Educators Organization. It’s always great to meet with our youth and future leaders. I will also attend the Lubbock Area Republican Women Luncheon. I’m looking forward to meeting with our local credit unions to discuss the economy and what I am doing to bring regulatory relief to our community financial institutions. At the end of the week, I will travel to Big Spring to meet with local officials. I will then head over to the VA Hospital in Big Spring to meet with the Director of the West Texas VA Health Care System. Our veterans deserve the best possible care and I will continue to fight to ensure they receive proper treatment. On Friday afternoon, I will speak at the Greater Big Spring Rotary Club about the top issues facing our nation and the conservative solutions we need to make America stronger. If I don’t see you this week, I hope to see you in the weeks ahead as I travel across the district!Hillary Clinton’s Emails Under FBI Investigation Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton finally turned over her private email server that she used to conduct government business. While Clinton wants everyone to believe this is a conservative plot against her, the reality is that the investigation came at the request of the Obama Administration’s Inspector General and the Obama Administration’s FBI. This is a big deal and a very serious matter concerning our national security. Clinton has also insisted that no classified or top secret news was discussed on her private email. But last week, the Associated Press reported, “two emails on Hillary Rodham Clinton's private server that an auditor deemed ‘top secret’ include a discussion of a news article detailing a U.S. drone operation and a separate conversation that could point back to highly classified material in an improper manner.” This is unacceptable and we must get to the bottom of this scandal.The Obama Administration’s Failure to Protect Christians Around the World Last August, President Obama signed a bill into law creating the State Department position of Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia. It’s been over a year, but the Obama Administration still hasn’t nominated someone for the role. This comes at a time when Christians and other religious minorities are being targeted around the world. A recent headline in the New York Times Magazine asked, “Is This the End of Christianity in the Middle East? ISIS and other extremist movements across the region are enslaving, killing and uprooting Christians, with no aid in sight.” The report specifically mentioned, “ISIS is looking to eradicate Christians and other minorities altogether.” In an opinion piece in the Washington Post, Charles Krauthammer recently wrote, “Christianity, whose presence in the Middle East predates Islam’s by 600 years, is about to be cleansed from the Middle East.” Before it’s too late, the Obama Administration must do more to defeat and destroy ISIS while protecting Christians and religious minorities around the world.  

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Randy's Roundup: Personal Update

2015/08/11

Personal Update While last Friday was not the official "Good Friday", it was a very good Friday for me. I had my 39th and final radiation treatment for prostate cancer. Additionally, I got the results of a PSA blood test taken the day before and the results were "not detectible", meaning the radiation therapy had accomplished the goal of eradicating the prostate cancer cells. So as you can see, Friday was a good day for me. I want to thank all of you that sent encouraging letters and emails. Your thoughts and prayers have meant a lot to Dana and me. We shared this chapter in our family to highlight the importance of early detection and treatment of prostate cancer. So many new discoveries are taking place in the treatment of all kinds of cancer which brings hope for many. I also want to acknowledge the many dedicated healthcare professionals who team up with their patients to fight the good fight. They are an integral part of the treatment. I want to personally thank the team at Johns Hopkins who were so caring and professional. So cancer-free once more, I look forward to continuing the busy months ahead.Disapproving the Iran Nuclear Deal Last week, the House took an important first step to stop President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. A formal resolution of disapproval was introduced and a vote is expected to take place in September. This formal vote was secured after a majority of Members in the House, including myself, cosponsored H. Res. 367—expressing our disapproval of the Iran nuclear deal. I continue to believe the deal is bad for the safety and security of America, Israel, and our friends around the world. We must work together and prevent this bad deal from receiving Congressional approval, and most importantly, overcome President Obama’s veto threat.Secretary Clinton to Testify on Benghazi On October 22, 2015, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify before the Select Committee on Benghazi. I am pleased Secretary Clinton has accepted the offer to testify. We must continue to investigate the events surrounding the 2012 terrorist attack. After a full investigation, the Select Committee will issue a final report of its findings to the House. To learn more about the Select Committee on Benghazi click here.

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Randy's Roundup: The Obama Administration's Energy Overreach

2015/08/04

The Obama Administration’s Energy Overreach Earlier today, President Obama announced a controversial new rule requiring a federally-mandated 32% cut in power-plant carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, while requiring the U.S. to achieve 28% of our total electricity from renewable sources by 2030. This rule is far stricter than previously expected and puts radical environmental groups ahead of hardworking individuals and families across America. The Obama Administration’s latest regulatory overreach will increase energy prices, cost jobs, and coerce states into burdensome new compliance. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, this new rule will cost a whopping $8.4 billion per year. At a time when our economy is experiencing the weakest recovery in over 70 years, we should be freezing regulations, not expanding Washington’s reach into our local economy in Texas. Recently, and with my support, the House passed H.R. 2042, the Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015. This common sense bill would delay the rule’s compliance date to allow time for further judicial and administrative review. This bill would also free state governors from complying with this federal rule if state officials determine the rule would harm ratepayers and the state’s electricity system. President Obama could not push his misguided cap and trade scheme through Congress back in 2009, even with Democrats in control at the time, so he is now attempting to bypass Congress and unconstitutionally regulate our nation’s power structure through Executive action. I will continue to fight the Obama Administration’s regulatory overreach and ensure our Texas energy sector has the freedom to continue to provide good-paying jobs and affordable domestic energy.Another Planned Parenthood Video Last week, another shocking and outrageous video was released revealing Planned Parenthood’s primary role in the sale and transfer of fetal body parts. Planned Parenthood is a tax-exempt organization that also received an unthinkable $540.6 million taxpayers’ dollars according to its most recent filings. I’m committed to defunding Planned Parenthood and eliminating its taxpayer backing. Last week, I joined several of my colleagues in sending a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch requesting the Department of Justice conduct an immediate and thorough investigation into Planned Parenthood and its practice of selling fetal body parts. I will be sure to keep you updated on the response. Moving forward, we must hold Planned Parenthood accountable and do everything possible to protect America’s unborn.An Update on the Iran Nuclear Deal I continue to believe the Iran nuclear deal is bad for the safety and security of America and our friends around the world. While Secretary Kerry continues to push for Congressional approval, the top national security official from France—a nation also involved in the negotiations—recently announced that a Congressional no vote might actually be helpful. This is major news and a big contradiction from the false narrative the Obama Administration developed arguing that war is the only alternative to this bad deal. To prevent this from moving forward, we will need many votes from Democrats. Today, there were some encouraging developments. According to the media outlet Politico, there are “growing signs” Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) may oppose the deal. That would be a key vote and go a long way to help us reach a veto-proof majority in Congress against the Iran nuclear deal. Please continue to share your thoughts with me as Congress continues to review this very important issue. 

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Neugebauer Praises Committee Passage of Regulatory Relief Bills for Community Financial Institutions

2015/07/29

WASHINGTON – Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), Chairman of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee, released the following statement today after the Financial Services Committee passed 14 bills, including numerous measures to provide regulatory relief for community financial institutions:

“After five long years of Dodd-Frank’s misguided regulatory assault on Main Street, I’m pleased the Financial Services Committee once again acted to provide regulatory relief for our community financial institutions and the hardworking Americans they serve. Washington’s one-size-fits-all rulemaking has shifted Dodd-Frank’s compliance costs down to many individuals and families—forcing them to absorb higher cost of credit while reducing their access to popular financial products. This ‘new normal’ is unacceptable. As Chairman of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee, I will continue to work in a bipartisan manner and advocate for well-tailored consumer protection that does not infringe upon consumer choice, or the ability of the American people to achieve greater opportunity.”

Of the 38 bills passed out of the House Financial Services Committee during the 114th Congress, 19 have come from the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee.

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Randy's Roundup: Defunding Sanctuary Cities

2015/07/28

Defunding Sanctuary Cities Last week, and with my support, the House passed the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act (H.R. 3009). This legislation would deny certain federal funds for “sanctuary cities” that ignore federal immigration laws and shelter illegal immigrants from deportation. The debate regarding sanctuary cities has intensified as of late after a woman in San Francisco was killed by an illegal immigrant with a history of multiple felonies and who had previously been deported five times. This is outrageous. To keep the American people safe, I believe we must prioritize border security, but we also need to make sure we are enforcing our existing immigration laws and not rewarding bad behavior. Sanctuary cities only incentivize those who enter our country illegally to continue doing so. This House-passed bill is an important first step, and additional enforcement legislation could come before Congress for a vote in the near-future.Holding the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountable Our nation’s veterans have sacrificed a lot to keep America safe, and they deserve a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that operates with their best interests in mind. Unfortunately, under the Obama Administration, the VA has been ridden with numerous scandals that ultimately could have contributed to the deaths of several veterans. This is unacceptable and infuriating. While Congress passed legislation last year to reform the VA, those employees who did the most harm have not been held accountable. This week, the House will vote on the VA Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 1994). This common sense legislation gives the Secretary of the VA the authority to remove any VA employee based on performance or misconduct. We need to move this legislation to the President’s desk and I will continue to fight for our veterans.Reducing Regulatory Burdens to Boost Economic Growth This week, the House is expected to vote on H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2015 (REINS Act). This bill would require any executive branch rule or regulation with an economic impact of $100 million or more to receive a vote in Congress. In 2014, the Obama Administration finalized over 3,500 new rules and regulations. According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the total cost of complying with federal regulations was $1.86 trillion in 2013, or about $15,000 per household. This red tape is clearly holding our economy back and limiting opportunity for too many individuals and families. I believe we need the REINS Act to hold the regulators more accountable and bring some additional checks and balances to the Obama Administration’s regulatory agenda. With each major rule or regulation receiving a vote in Congress, the rulemaking process would be more transparent and the American people would have a greater say to limit overregulation. I will continue to support conservative policies that cut red tape and boost economic growth.

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Neugebauer Leads Subcommittee to Examine NCUA’s Budget and Operations

2015/07/23

WASHINGTON – Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), Chairman of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee, delivered the following opening statement—as prepared for delivery—at today’s Subcommittee hearing to examine the National Credit Union Administration’s budget and operations:

“Good afternoon. Community financial institutions are the backbone of Main Street America.

“Credit unions in particular share a unique relationship with local communities. After all, they are cooperatives at their core. They help bring unserved and underserved customers into the financial mainstream. They provide that first credit card for young adults trying to build credit. They help the first-time homebuyer purchase the home they have been dreaming of.

“Often, they are the last corporate citizens left standing in many rural districts, including many areas in my district. Perhaps most important, they are experts at relationship banking – helping to customize products to fit the needs of their customer base.

“Unfortunately, credit unions, like community banks, are suffering from ‘one size fits all’ regulatory actions from federal regulators. For example, some credit unions now under go stress testing like their larger bank counterparts.

“Because of this increased regulatory burden and the related compliance costs, we have seen massive consolidation of credit unions and inflexible product standardization, which has limited consumer choice.

“Data from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) shows we lost nearly 1,000 credit unions between 2010-2014. This trend presents a threat to communities across the country — especially rural and semi-urban areas such as the 19th Congressional District of Texas.

“I worry that without some regulatory flexibility, credit unions will be less able to meet local needs, will stop offering products, or consolidate. To me, this signals problems in the health of the credit union industry.

“Today’s hearing will mark the first time since 2011 that the NCUA Chair has testified before Congress. As with any federal agency, it is imperative that we conduct vigorous oversight of budgeting and operations. This ensures that the money paid into the system by credit unions is being spent appropriately, and that the taxpayers remain protected by a strong Share Insurance Fund. Further, it ensures rigorous debate of policy decisions made by the NCUA.

“The NCUA has undertaken significant regulatory policy changes under Chair Matz’s leadership, and it is necessary to understand how those actions are affecting the health of the credit union system. Today, our members will get to tackle both tasks.

“During today’s hearing, I am hopeful Chair Matz will address two issues in particular. First, the NCUA’s budget has increased each year since 2008, sometimes by double-digit percentages. However, during the same timeframe, the number of credit unions has dropped by nearly a quarter. I hope to hear Chair Matz outline clear justifications for this budget increase that does not appear to match supervisory demands.

“Second, I remain concerned that the NCUA has not appropriately outlined how it will address the industry best practice of using capital buffers on top of regulatory capital requirements. The NCUA must clearly signal how it plans to supervise this industry best practice to ensure capital is efficiently put to use and to ensure robust and safe credit availability.

“I look forward to hearing Chair Matz’s perspective on these important issues and more during today’s hearing. Thank you.”

 

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Neugebauer Op-Ed: Reform the CFPB to Better Protect Consumers

2015/07/21

AMERICAN BANKER: Reform the CFPB to Better Protect Consumers

Randy Neugebauer and Roger Williams | Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Five years ago, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed into law as one of the largest financial overhauls in our nation’s history. The American people were told the law was necessary to ensure stability in the financial sector and prevent future meltdowns. But instead of responsibly studying the root causes of the crisis, Democrats in Washington rushed to regulate and threw a blanket over our entire financial system. Over 400 new rules stemming from the 2,300-page law designed for Wall Street have had unintended consequences for Main Street’s small businesses and community financial institutions.

As members of the House Financial Services Committee, and through our prior business experiences as a community banker and small business owner, we have seen firsthand how misguided Washington regulations are impacting individuals and families across America.

Our home state of Texas alone has 115 fewer community banks since the implementation of Dodd-Frank. Considering that 51% of all business loans under $1 million nationwide are issued by local banks and credit unions, according to the Independent Community Bankers Association, the effects of this sweeping overhaul have trickled down to local job creators who had nothing to do with the financial crisis.

Small financial institutions have had their resources drained by a constant onslaught of regulation. Since 2007, community banks have faced 153 new final regulations, 87 compliance changes and 59 annual adjustments to thresholds. Each time a rule is changed, community banks as well as absorb the costs. They must take the time to understand the new requirement, modify processes, train staff and produce new forms and material. These constitute opportunity costs, since resources could be better spent hiring more workers and catering to the needs of customers. Instead, they are too often forced to cater to Washington.

The Congressional Budget Office and Government Accountability Office have both estimated that Dodd-Frank cost $3 billion to implement and will result in nearly $27 billion in private-sector fees, assessments and premiums. In our slow-growth economy, we cannot afford this.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is responsible for some of the most consequential regulations that are hurting economic growth and stifling opportunity for individuals and families across America. While in name this sounds like a laudable agency, in reality the CFPB continuously issues one-size-fits-all, Washington-knows-best regulations that harm consumer choice, decrease credit availability, and increase costs across the board for consumers and hardworking businesses. As Republicans, we believe in consumer protection — but we believe it must be smart, tailored, and politically neutral.

To more efficiently and effectively protect consumers while enabling our economy to reach its full potential, we must increase accountability and transparency at the CFPB. This will require some common sense reforms. To start, the CFPB is currently led by a single director who has far too much power over the entire U.S. financial sector. This means that the bureau can make major decisions with little input from small businesses and almost no discourse with those of dissenting opinions. The American people deserve better.

The Financial Product Safety Commission Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Randy Neugebauer, would alter the CFPB’s structure and introduce a bipartisan, five-person commission appointed by the President to manage its work. This structure was originally suggested by then-professor and current Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former House Financial Services Committee chairman Barney Frank, and even President Obama. A commission structure would provide some much-needed checks and balances and would protect the work of the CFPB from the winds of political change with each incoming presidential administration. We are glad that our Democratic colleagues have recognized the importance of this bill and have lent their support as cosponsors. Congress should take this opportunity and swiftly move it to the President’s desk.

Meanwhile, while the CFPB has the ability to exempt smaller financial institutions from rules and regulations intended for larger banks, it has often failed to utilize this authority. For this reason, Rep. Roger Williams introduced the Community Financial Institution Exemption Act. The bill would require the CFPB to explain to community banks and credit unions why they are not exempted from certain CFPB regulations as permitted in Dodd-Frank.

On this fifth anniversary of Dodd-Frank, it is increasingly clear that our friends and neighbors on Main Street are suffering as a result of this flawed law. Congress must work together in a bipartisan manner to provide much-needed regulatory relief, better protect consumers, and make America stronger for generations to come.

Rep. Randy Neugebauer is chairman of the House Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee. Rep. Roger Williams is a member of the House Financial Services Committee.

 

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Randy's Roundup: Terrorism in Tennessee

2015/07/21

Terrorism in Tennessee I am deeply saddened and concerned by the attack on our service members in Chattanooga, Tennessee. While investigators are still working to discover the motive behind this heinous attack, we all know our nation continues to fight a global war on terrorism. We must remain vigilant as ISIS and other groups continue to seek to radicalize Americans and attack us at home and abroad. Our servicemen and women should be allowed to carry firearms on base to protect themselves and others. This is common sense and we must remain on the offensive to keep America and our servicemen and women safe. Dana and I send our thoughts and prayers to all those who lost loved ones, and we are forever grateful for their sacrifice to our nation.Planned Parenthood Video I am horrified by the undercover video revealing a senior director at Planned Parenthood discussing the sale of fetal body parts. This video is outrageous and awful, but sadly represents the likely truth of what is happening. Nothing is more important than protecting our children and unborn children. This is why I continue to fight to keep Planned Parenthood out of our schools and stop the funding stream of federal dollars to this organization. I am outraged and I have joined my colleagues in calling for a full investigation and I will continue to lead the fight to protect the sanctity of life.The Iran Nuclear Deal Last week, the Obama Administration announced a nuclear deal with Iran. Throughout the nuclear negotiations with the Iranian regime, I have been concerned that the Obama Administration was so focused on what a deal would mean for President Obama’s legacy, that we could end up with a bad deal just to get one at all. I believe this deal will jeopardize the safety and security of the American people, Israel, and all our friends around the world. The Obama Administration traded sanctions—which were working—for sanctions relief and a flexible timetable that would allow the Iranian regime to develop nuclear weapons and spark an arms race in the Middle East. These are unimaginable and dangerous concessions to a sponsor of terrorism that continues to hold Americans hostage. So what are the next steps? Congress has 60 days to review this deal. If Congress sends a disapproval resolution to the President, he would then have 12 days to veto it and Congress would then have 10 days from there to override that veto. This is a bad deal and I’m committed to working with my colleagues to overcome the President’s veto threat.Dodd-Frank 5-Year Anniversary As Chairman of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee, my focus continues to be on jobs and growing our economy for all. Tomorrow marks the 5-year anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Act, one of the largest job-crushing bills to come out of Washington in a long time. With over 400+ regulations and 2,000+ pages, this comprehensive bill is much like Obamacare but for our entire economy. And much like Obamacare, it has been a real failure for individuals and families across America. Instead of responsibly studying the causes of the financial crisis, Democrats in Washington rushed to regulate and threw a blanket over our entire financial sector. There have been many unintended consequences and the regulations designed for Wall Street have descended upon Main Street and the 19th District of Texas—stifling opportunity and economic growth. In Texas, there are 115 fewer community banks since the implementation of Dodd-Frank. 60 percent of all business loans under $1 million are issued by community banks and credit unions, so this has had real negative consequences for all of our job creators. The Congressional Budget Office and Government Accountability Office have both estimated that Dodd-Frank has cost $3 billion to implement and will take out $27 billion from the economy. Some of the most misguided regulations have come out of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. While laudable in name, the CFPB continues to push out regulations that decrease consumer choice, increase the cost of credit, and decrease credit availability. Many of these problems stem from its flawed governance structure. The Bureau is run by a single director and issues regulations with little input from small businesses or those with differing views. To increase transparency and accountability, I have introduced the Financial Product Safety Commission Act of 2015 (H.R. 1266) to replace the director with a bipartisan five-person commission. This change will ensure the Bureau is better protected from the effects of shifting political winds and can focus on ensuring a robust and safe consumer finance market. Fixing a flawed law as big as Dodd-Frank will not happen overnight, but these are the kinds of changes required to better protect consumers and grow our economy.  

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Neugebauer to Discuss Housing Finance Reform at Bipartisan Policy Center TODAY

2015/07/16

WASHINGTON – Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), Chairman of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee, will today participate in a discussion on housing finance reform at the Bipartisan Policy Center from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET. WATCH LIVE WEBCAST.

WHAT:

Housing finance reform discussion at the Bipartisan Policy Center

WHO:

Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX)

Rep. John Delaney (D-MD)

Moderator: Nick Timiraos, National Economic Correspondent, The Wall Street Journal

WHEN:

Thursday, July 16, 2015

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET

WHERE:

Bipartisan Policy Center

1225 Eye Street NW, Suite 1000

Washington, DC, 20005

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Congressman Randy Neugebauer proudly represents the 19th Congressional District of Texas, which stretches across 29 counties.  He has offices in the cities of Abilene, Big Spring and Lubbock.

As one of the most conservative Members of Congress, Randy works to keep Washington accountable to hardworking American taxpayers by requiring commonsense spending and borrowing limits.

Randy was raised in West Texas, and he is a voice for traditional Texan values in Washington. Randy graduated from Texas Tech in 1972 with a degree in accounting.  He went on to work in real estate management, eventually starting his own land development company.

As a small business owner, Randy knows first-hand the dedication and commitment it takes to own and manage a successful company.  He also knows how government regulations can quickly deplete the resources of a small business, causing hard times for families and communities. Randy brings this businessman’s perspective to Congress where he advocates for reduced spending, fiscal discipline, free markets, and limited government.

Randy serves on three committees in the House of Representatives, where he can work on legislation that directly benefits his constituents.  He is a senior member of the House Agriculture Committee and the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.  Additionally, he serves as the Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance.

As Housing and Insurance Subcommittee Chairman, he’s working to reform the housing market, cut regulatory burdens, and shift risk away from American taxpayers and back into the private sector.

Randy’s legislative initiatives include eliminating wasteful federal spending, improving crop insurance, and supporting diverse domestic energy sources. He continues to work on legislation that will empower the constituents of the 19th Congressional District.

Randy’s support of conservative principles has been recognized by many groups and organizations.  He has received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Enterprise Award, the Club for Growth Defender of Economic Freedom Award, and the Taxpayer’s Friend Award from the National Taxpayers Union.  He has earned a 100% lifetime rating by National Right to Life.  He has been recognized by National Journal as one of the six most conservative members of the U.S. House of Representatives.  In addition, Randy serves as an Assistant Republican Whip to House Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy.

Randy is married to his high school sweetheart, Dana, who is a Ropesville native. Together they have two sons, two daughters-in-law, and are the proud grandparents of three boys and one girl.


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Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Ted Poe

TEXAS' 2nd DISTRICT

Sam Johnson

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John Ratcliffe

TEXAS' 4th DISTRICT

Jeb Hensarling

TEXAS' 5th DISTRICT

Joe Barton

TEXAS' 6th DISTRICT

John Culberson

TEXAS' 7th DISTRICT

Kevin Brady

TEXAS' 8th DISTRICT

Michael McCaul

TEXAS' 10th DISTRICT

Michael Conaway

TEXAS' 11th DISTRICT

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

Mac Thornberry

TEXAS' 13th DISTRICT

Randy Weber

TEXAS' 14th DISTRICT

Bill Flores

TEXAS' 17th DISTRICT

Lamar Smith

TEXAS' 21st DISTRICT

Pete Olson

TEXAS' 22nd DISTRICT

Will Hurd

TEXAS' 23rd DISTRICT

Kenny Marchant

TEXAS' 24th DISTRICT

Roger Williams

TEXAS' 25th DISTRICT

Michael Burgess

TEXAS' 26th DISTRICT

Blake Farenthold

TEXAS' 27th DISTRICT

John Carter

TEXAS' 31st DISTRICT

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 32nd DISTRICT

Brian Babin

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