A Better Way to Improve our Economy
I was asked recently to name one thing I wish I could have changed during my time representing you in Congress. I’ve had a consistent answer to this question: our national debt. Though there are many issues I am passionate about and I have worked hard to address in Congress, I’ve always thought the House of Representatives is in a strong position to control federal government spending. While we have made some progress in recent years when it comes to slowing spending growth and actually making some cuts, our national debt is still rising. The fact that our government continues to implement new programs and allow for more regulations, the cost of which get added to the credit cards of our children and grandchildren, bothers me deeply. It is not sustainable, and it is not conservative.
As part of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s “Better Way” policy proposals, Republican working groups examined and proposed solutions to help grow our economy, which include reforming a regulatory system that already, by itself, represents the world’s ninth largest economy, behind India. If we want to reduce the size of government in order to help reduce spending, we first need to rein in our regulatory state.
Before implementing new regulations, federal agencies should always ask several questions. First, is a state or local solution already in place? Second, is federal action necessary? If so, how can this regulation be made more efficient and effective without becoming overly burdensome, especially for small businesses? If our government agencies studied these key questions and determined the answers before issuing new regulations, we could cut down on a tremendous burden on our economy’s growth and innovation. Another key part of reducing the drag that unnecessary regulations have on our economic growth is implementing a process to review and weed out regulations that are outdated and no longer serve a beneficial purpose. Right now, regulators essentially have a blank check to keep regulations in place indefinitely – and add to them.
The aspect of this plan that I have been most involved in is promoting financial independence and ending the era of “Too Big to Fail.” Recently, the Financial Services Committee released a discussion draft of the Financial CHOICE Act, which incorporates two bills I have introduced. First, it includes my bill, H.R. 1266, to reform the leadership structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) from a single director who is not accountable to anyone, to a five-person bipartisan commission. Changing the CFPB structure will ensure a balanced and politically-neutral agenda that puts consumers first. My second bill that is part of the Financial CHOICE Act, H.R. 5465, would repeal debit card swipe fee price-fixing, which is commonly known as the Durbin Amendment. Swipe fees are one of many regulations put in place by the Dodd-Frank Act that the Financial CHOICE Act would roll back in order to re-introduce market competition in the payments system to benefit consumers.
If Congress wants to do more to cut our national debt in order to stop adding to the burden our children and grandchildren will face, it is imperative that we take more steps to reduce regulation and the ever-growing size of government. Some regulation is necessary, but regulation can’t replace the ability of free markets and innovation to grow our economy and ensure it remains strong enough to weather financial hardships.Read More
WASHINGTON – Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) released the following statement today regarding the passing of Nelda Laney:
“Our hearts go out to Pete and the rest of the Laney family on the passing of Nelda Laney, a true treasure of West Texas. She served Texas with honor and distinction. Nelda’s legacy of love will live on through her children and grandchildren, and she will be remembered for her many contributions to the Texas State Capitol, Texas Tech University, and Hale Center. Our state has lost a great Texan, and Dana and I lost a friend.”
Back to School
For much of Texas, this week marks the beginning of the new school year. As children go back to school, summer routines and commutes change for all of us. Please watch for children crossing streets and buses stopping to pick up and drop off students. Remember to slow down as you drive through school zones. Dana and I wish students across the 19th District a safe and healthy start to the new school year. We also thank the teachers, administrators, and school police officers who are welcoming students and their parents back. Your work is so important, and we appreciate your dedication to our students.
Department of Justice’s Decision to Reduce Use of Private Prisons
I have already heard from many residents of the 19th District who are concerned by the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) decision to begin phasing out its use of private prisons. Private prisons have provided the needed capacity to house prisoners in the past several years. Before we embark on any major changes to the federal prison system, a comprehensive analysis should be conducted. I will continue to monitor this situation as it develops, and I have already requested additional clarification from the Bureau of Prisons (BOP).
A Better Way to Manage Health Care
It’s no secret the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, isn’t working for Americans. Not only have many of you not been able to keep the doctor you prefer, but the number of options for health insurance providers has been steadily decreasing. Already this year, UnitedHealth Group announced it would no longer offer individual insurance policies in 26 states next year, including Texas. Now, Aetna says it will drop out of 11 state exchanges and only keep its plans available in four states. When insurance companies pull out of the ACA marketplace, consumers lose choices.
As choices go down, and costs go up under the ACA, it is time for a new approach, or in the words of House Speaker Paul Ryan, it is time for a “Better Way.”
As part of a series of Republican proposals, working groups have identified the shortcomings of our health care system. Some of these problems existed before Obamacare, and the ACA created other problems on its own. The solution is not just repealing the ACA, something I have voted for time and again, although that is a necessary first step. The premise of the solution is simple. We need to ensure that every American has access to quality, affordable health care.
To lower the cost of insurance, increasing competition is vital. We increase competition by giving people more control and more choices. Americans need to be able to pick the health insurance plan that best meets their needs, not Washington’s mandates. When individuals have this control, insurance companies will be forced to compete for their business, not Washington’s approval.
Speaker Ryan’s proposal also calls for protecting Medicare and making the program viable for both our current and future seniors, rather than using Medicare to prop up the ACA. Another important aspect of this plan is encouraging the development of cures and treatments to more known diseases. Only about 500 of the 10,000 known diseases have cures at this time. The challenge of finding new cures calls for innovation and ingenuity, not bureaucracy. Clearing away red tape allows new ideas, life-saving devices, and therapies to be discovered.
A better health care system requires Congress to change how individuals, the government, and health insurance companies interact. It is time to replace the ACA with a system that gives power back to the people.Read More
Proposal for a Better Tax Code
As part of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s “Better Way” series of policy proposals, Republican working groups have identified two major problems with the way our tax system currently works. First and foremost, our tax code is far too complicated. Second, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has lost sight of its mission, helping America's taxpayers understand and meet their tax responsibilities and enforcing the law with integrity and fairness.
To address the first problem, the “Better Way” tax proposal would reduce the number of income tax brackets from seven to three. Additionally, the standard deduction would be streamlined and increased to a maximum of $24,000 for married couples filing jointly. The current child exemptions and child tax credit would be consolidated into a total child tax credit of up to $1,500. As a result of these changes and simplifications, many families who currently itemize their deductions could instead complete their taxes on a form about the size of a postcard. Think about that: a postcard-size form instead of pages and pages to complete even the simplest individual tax return.
Speaker Ryan’s plan extends the advantages of a simpler system beyond individual income taxes. Specifically, for small businesses, the plan would cap taxes at 25 percent for sole proprietorships and partnerships. This new rate structure would allow small businesses to grow, invest, and create new jobs in their communities while ensuring they are not taxed more than large corporations. Notably, Republican working groups also called for the elimination of the estate tax, which is one of the biggest threats to farming families hoping to hand down their land to the next generation. Finally, this proposal also advocates lowering the corporate tax rate from 35 percent, the highest in the developed world, to just 20 percent. A lower corporate tax rate will increase the likelihood of companies keeping their headquarters and jobs in the United States instead of moving overseas.
The internal problems of the IRS are harder to address concretely from the Congressional standpoint because many of the problems stem from the culture of the agency itself. However, working groups identified some specific proposals to help shift the internal IRS culture and put taxpayers first. One of the best ways to protect taxpayers is to ensure the IRS is upholding the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Furthermore, updating and prioritizing the security of the IRS systems that handle sensitive taxpayer information is vital.
The most direct proposal to change the culture of the IRS is to simply streamline customer service into specialized units based on the type of service provided, rather than the current overarching customer service department, which serves all IRS divisions. Changing the IRS’ internal problems has already been a focus for Congress this year, with the House passing four bills to address some of the most serious issues. This includes H.R. 1206, No Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act, which would prevent the IRS from hiring people who are delinquent on their taxes.
Our complex tax code and the IRS’ notoriously poor customer service have come to make Americans dread each approaching tax season. It is time to find a better way to approach taxation, one that works with the American economy and the American people, not against them.Read More
Military Academy Applications Due October 1st
One of the greatest honors I have as a Member of Congress is nominating young men and women to our nation’s service academies. The 19th District of Texas has a long history of sending some of our best and brightest to receive an excellent education and serve our nation. Any student interested in applying to one of the service academies should first consult their parents and high school counselor. This year, all applications must be submitted by October 1, 2016. You can access the application here.
A Better Way to Keep America Safe and Free
National security is an issue on everyone’s mind these days. With terror attacks taking place all around the world, growing instability in Iraq and Syria, and Iran’s continued nuclear program, Americans are wondering how we can best protect ourselves. As the third installment in my series examining House Speaker Paul Ryan’s “Better Way” proposals, I will be looking at the plan for improving our national security.
Earlier this year, I traveled through Europe and the Middle East with four other Members of Congress. The mission of our trip was to meet with military leaders and heads of state, gaining their perspectives on the threats in the world today. During that trip, I had the opportunity to visit a refugee camp in Jordan. Bordered by Syria, Iraq, and the West Bank, Jordan has battled to keep its borders secure while thousands of refugees pour out of Syria. Witnessing the region’s conflicts first-hand made it clear to me that more action is needed to defeat ISIS.
As part of the Speaker’s national security proposal, Republican working groups suggested adopting a wartime mentality when approaching the fight against terrorism. Unlike current policy, this would keep all options on the table. Broadcasting to our enemies that there are tactics we will not use against them endangers our military and gives our enemies an advantage. We cannot give terrorists any leverage as we seek to stop their attacks and restore stability to areas that have plunged into chaos.
Equally important is protecting our homeland. I have long advocated for securing our borders as the first step in fixing our broken immigration system. If we do not know who is coming into our country, we will always be at risk. Those entering could potentially strike at us from within. We must gain a better awareness of what is happening along our borders and adapt to confront and control the threats.
Effective use of technology is one of the best ways to detect, deter, and respond to emerging threats. However, if we do not make network security a priority, technology can also become a big vulnerability. Strengthening information sharing among government agencies, the private sector, and our allies will help us improve our response to threats both at home and abroad.
The balance of providing security without restricting freedom will always be a delicate one. I believe the solutions offered in the Speaker’s plan to reform our national defense capabilities also emphasize individual rights and due process. Our intelligence procedures have improved, but it is imperative we remain vigilant to protect the safety, security, and freedom of the United States of America.Read More
District 19 Olympians
As the Olympic Games kick off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this week, two outstanding athletes with ties to Texas’ 19th Congressional District will be among those representing the United States of America. Brad Adkins will be competing in the high jump. He was born in Lubbock, raised on a cotton farm in Idalou, and attends Texas Tech University. Brad has competed in both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the high jump for the last three years, giving him some experience in dealing with the intense competition he can expect in Rio.
Joining Brad on Team USA is Paige McPherson, who currently lives in South Dakota, but was born in Abilene. This will be Paige’s second Olympic Games competing in taekwondo. Hopefully, she will be able to do even better than her bronze medal from the 2012 Olympic Games in London. I wish all of Team USA the best of luck in their events, but I will especially be cheering for Brad and Paige.
Cotton Ginning Cost-Share Program Deadline
As a reminder, the last day to sign up for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cotton Ginning Cost-Share Program is this Friday, August 5, 2016. The Department has stated that the deadline will not be extended. Cotton producers should have received a notice from their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to submit for enrollment. If producers did not receive a notice or have questions about their enrollment, please be sure to contact your county FSA before August 5.
A Better Way to Fight Poverty
In the second installment of my series on House Speaker Paul Ryan’s policy proposals, called a “Better Way,” I would like to take a closer look at ideas for how we can fight poverty more effectively. Since the 1960s, Washington has tried to fight poverty by creating more and more federal programs.
The results have been minimal, given the amount of money that has been spent. Any business that spent trillions of dollars to target a problem, but had no broad positive impact, would have gone out of business long ago. As Speaker Ryan points out, “…today in America, if you are raised poor, you are just as likely to stay poor as you were 50 years ago… Our welfare system is rigged to replace work, not encourage work.”
The plan Republican working groups put together to better fight poverty does not call for either increasing or decreasing the amount of money spent. Rather, it calls for spending money smarter, focusing more on community and state programs that are already working. The plan calls for improving coordination among programs and incentives so that individuals are not penalized for working and starting to earn their own money. Rewarding work is especially important during that crucial time when individuals have begun to pull themselves up but are not quite out of the hole. Smaller programs in states and communities, which have the flexibility to adapt to individual needs, often reward work and progress better than one-size federal programs.
Another critical aspect in breaking the cycle of poverty is improving the education opportunities of those who are struggling to find good jobs. There are some impressive state programs that help the unemployed learn new skills and bridge the education gap. When effective services are the focus of funding, more can be done with less money, freeing funds for new, innovative efforts.
Whether it has been ourselves, our family members or a friend, we probably all know someone who has strived to break free from dependence on government programs. Continuing to fund the same programs, in the same way, won’t produce more success and help empower Americans. It is time to expect more from the system by rewarding work and results.Read More
Opening the William B. Crooker Memorial Highway near Big Spring
I was honored to join state and local officials last week at the successful opening of the William B. Crooker Memorial Highway. The highway provides a much-needed relief route to reduce heavy truck traffic through downtown Big Spring while still providing easy access to the community. The opening ceremony was organized by the Texas Department of Transportation and the Big Spring Chamber of Commerce. I had the privilege of presenting a flag flown over the United States Capitol to Joyce Crooker, widow of the late William Crooker. I knew Bill Crooker long before I became a Congressman – back when I served as the first president of the Ports-to-Plains Alliance, and Bill was a board member. Bill was such an advocate for this relief route and all of Howard County, so it is only fitting that this road carries his name.
Examining the Republican Plan to Better Uphold our Constitution
Over the past several weeks, House Speaker Paul Ryan introduced a series of six policy platforms that came out of Republican congressional working groups. He calls these platforms “A Better Way.” I will be examining each of these six initiatives more in-depth over the next several weeks. This week, I am starting with ideas to uphold our Constitution.
Our founders created three equal branches of government in our Constitution because they understood that checks and balances would protect our freedoms and prevent the federal government from having too much authority. Unfortunately, over the last several decades, the balance of power has tipped toward the executive branch.
The House has already passed one proposal, which I highlighted in the Roundup last week, to correct this power shift. The “Chevron deference” can cause our courts to defer to the executive branch’s interpretation of rules and regulations. If H.R. 4768, the Separation of Powers Restoration Act, becomes law, it would repeal the “Chevron deference” and help re-balance power between the three branches of government.
Another way we can uphold our Constitution is by rolling back the ability of executive branch agencies to unilaterally issue major regulations. In some instances, Congress is to blame for writing laws that give federal agencies broad authority. However, often the executive branch acts alone and stretches the law far beyond its original intent. Requiring Congressional approval of major regulations would add another check on the power of the executive branch. In fact, if this extra check had been in place throughout the Obama Administration, Congress would have had a say in an average of 81 more regulations each year.
I firmly believe the best way Congress can uphold the Constitution is by taking back control of the budget and spending process. Right now, because of the complexity of the budget process and barriers between House and Senate procedures, Congress has failed, year after year, to carry out our basic budgetary responsibility. Congress cannot exercise its power of the purse when our process for doing so has broken down. We need to change the system and hold Congress and the Administration accountable for the $19 trillion in debt Americans are facing.
If we implemented just these three aspects of Speaker Ryan’s plan, Congress would take significant steps towards equalizing the balance of power between the three branches of government. For more information and the specifics of this plan, see Speaker Ryan’s paper on how we can work to uphold our Constitution.Read More
WASHINGTON – Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas), Chairman of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee, delivered the following opening statement – as prepared for delivery – at today’s hearing entitled “Examining the Opportunities and Challenges with Financial Technology (“FinTech”): The Development of Online Marketplace Lending.” This hearing will examine emerging technology and its impacts on the future of banking:
“Today’s hearing - focused on the development of online marketplace lending - is the first in a series of hearings on financial technology, or ‘FinTech,’ that I plan to convene in this subcommittee.
“Online marketplace lending, sometimes referred to as peer-to-peer lending, has developed rapidly over the last decade. Leveraging technology, new lending platforms and underwriting algorithms, marketplace lenders have provided expanded avenues of credit for consumers and small businesses alike.
“At the most basic level, online marketplace lenders provide borrowers with faster access to credit than brick-and-mortar lenders, at loan levels traditionally not offered by banks. These lenders process these loans using online applications and automated underwriting that often allow funding decisions in less than 72 hours.
“Many consumer–focused lenders specialize in certain segments of lending such as education loans, debt consolidation, or personal loans.
“Small business lenders are able to work with businesses to address cash flow issues and provide capital for growth and expansion projects. This type of financing is especially important given the depressed small-dollar, small business lending environment since the financial crisis.
“While currently only a fraction of the $3.5 trillion in existing consumer debt, marketplace lending shows signs of tremendous growth potential and identifiable challenges.
“Over the last year, we have seen growing attention paid to this market by federal regulators, the media, and other market participants. For example, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Treasury Department have considered the appropriate federal regulatory framework for these lenders. One proposal being considered would offer a limited-national banking charter that could provide operational efficiency and regulatory clarity.
“To date, I have appreciated the measured and thoughtful approach taken by the OCC and Treasury on this issue.
“Banks have grappled with questions surrounding competitiveness and partnership. Some have been quick to point to an uneven regulatory structure, while others have embraced the opportunity to partner with lenders to leverage their technology and consumer reach.
“I am hopeful that our community financial institutions will benefit most from these technological advancements and partnerships.
“Market analysts and the media have closely examined and scrutinized the market’s development, and anticipated where new growth or consolidation might occur. For example, there has been a significant shift from retail investor funding to institutional investor funding, which has facilitated the growth in originations. Some analysts estimate the market will reach $90 billion in originations by 2020.
“The improvement of the capital markets is also seen in the securitization process. The market saw its first securitization in 2013. As of today, there have been cumulative securitizations of $10.3 billion.
“On the other hand, a 2016 report from Deloitte predicts the future of the market will see large consolidations and strategic partnerships with traditional banks. To make better policy decisions, it is incumbent upon us to:
“Today, I hope members walk away with a better understanding of the market, its participants, and where we are headed.”
Tragic Shooting in Dallas, Texas
Dana and I were horrified by the tragic shooting of police officers in Dallas last week. Our men and women in uniform willingly put themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe. We will continue to pray for the families of those killed in Dallas and for the speedy recovery of those injured. We appreciate law enforcement across the country and thank them for the sacrifices they make every day. There has been far too much violence and loss of life across America in recent weeks. Even when we disagree on how best to deter it, we cannot allow continued violence to divide our nation.
Supporting Increased Access to Mental Health Services
Last week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. I was proud to support this bill. H.R. 2646 improves services for those battling mental health disorders by strengthening existing federal grant programs for mental health treatment, prevention, and research. This bill requires each state to work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that mental health efforts are coordinated across the nation. H.R. 2646 also clarifies existing law by allowing health care providers to communicate with a patient’s family and with law enforcement if a patient poses a serious threat of harm to themselves or others. I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to take up similar legislation so we can better support those who need help the most.
FBI Director Comey Testifies on Hillary Clinton’s Private Emails
Last week, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey announced his recommendation that Hillary Clinton should face no charges for using a private email server to access classified information. Director Comey testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that Mrs. Clinton was “extremely careless” with her email and stated that other employees might have been fired for the same actions. No one should be above the law. In response, I have written a letter with several other Members of Congress asking Director Comey for more answers. Congress will continue to review Mrs. Clinton’s actions this week when U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
Presenting Medals to Veterans in Lubbock
Last week, I had the honor of presenting two District 19 veterans with their medals in a ceremony that was long overdue. Sergeant First Class Jessie Rendon received the Bronze Star for heroism while serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. On March 1, 1969, SFC Rendon was directing the evacuation of his company as they came under fire from an enemy force. He exposed himself to hostile fire while assisting fallen comrades to safety, completely disregarding his own personal welfare. His medal had been mailed to his home and was never formally presented before last week’s ceremony.
Aviation Radioman Second Class Andrew Winnegar served during World War II from 1942 to 1946 in the U.S. Navy. At the ceremony, he received the Honorable Service Lapel Pin, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, and Navy Commendation Medal. In fact, 91-year-old Winnegar only missed out on the Purple Heart Medal because he declined medical treatment after he was hit by shrapnel from a Japanese shell on one of his 66 missions aboard the U.S.S. White Plains.
The ceremony took place in Lubbock’s Silent Wings Museum and was organized in part by Larry Williams with the South Plains Honor Flight. In the below picture from the event, SFC Jessie Rendon is on the left, and ARM2c Andy Winnegar is on the right.
U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Texas’ Law Regulating Abortion Facilities
I was very disappointed the United States Supreme Court struck down Texas’ law requiring abortion facilities to maintain surgical levels of cleanliness and requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital. The Texas law was straightforward and seemed intuitive – making sure that facilities offering surgical abortions were up to the same cleanliness standards as other surgical facilities and that the doctor closest to the situation had admitting privileges and could ensure the continuity of care should something go wrong. However, despite this disappointing decision, please be assured I will continue working to advance pro-life policies that support both mothers and unborn children.
Happy Independence Day
Dana and I are blessed to spend this 4th of July with our family and friends in the greatest country in the world. It was truly a spectacular commitment the signers of the Declaration of Independence made on July 4, 1776. Today, 240 years later, we should take this opportunity to renew our commitment to the standards set by our founding fathers. I hope you have a chance to gather with others in your community to reflect on the amazing experiment in representative government of which we are all a part. May God bless Texas, and may He continue to bless the United States of America.
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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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The 19th District of Texas has a long history of sending some of our best and brightest to receive an excellent education and serve our nation.
Congratulations to Lubbock’s own Jeremy Shuler on his acceptance to Cornell University! Oh, did I mention that Jeremy is only 12? http://www.businessinsider.com/12-year-old-jeremy-shuler-cornell-university-2016-8
Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the lesser prairie-chicken has been officially removed from the list of threatened animals
I convened a Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee hearing on Financial Technology, or “FinTech” – see my opening statement: