Randy Neugebauer

Randy Neugebauer


Randy's Roundup: Funding the Government Beyond December 9


Funding the Government Beyond December 9
In October, Congress passed a short-term Continuing Resolution to keep the federal government funded through December 9. With this deadline rapidly approaching, Congressional leaders and the incoming Administration have been in discussions to assess the prospects of passing legislation in the “lame duck” Congressional session between now and January. At this time, I expect Congress will take up another short-term Continuing Resolution, this one extending federal government funding through March of next year. Extending federal program funding at current levels would give the incoming Trump Administration time to put together a budget proposal and give the new Congress a chance to determine federal funding levels for the remainder of the 2017 fiscal year. I am hopeful that the new Congress and Administration can find a way to work together to begin to address our out-of-control spending and get us back on track with a normal budget and spending process next year.  These short-term funding extensions are not the most efficient way to manage government spending, but I am hopeful negotiations with the incoming President will produce a more responsible spending plan in March than negotiations with our outgoing President would produce now.

Overtime Rule Blocked in Court
Last week, a federal judge in Texas issued an injunction halting the implementation of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule. This rule would have doubled the salary threshold for employees to receive overtime when they work more than 40 hours in a week. Although many employees would appreciate the ability to receive overtime, the sweeping DOL rule would have harmed the ability of many employers to continue offering the same jobs. This rule would have hit small businesses, restaurants, and universities especially hard. Already, many of those businesses were being forced to make plans for layoffs, moving employees to part time or hourly wages, and otherwise reducing their ability to offer competitive jobs to those impacted by this rule. I applaud the judge’s decision to block this rule while it is challenged in the courts and enable Congress and the new administration to reconsider this regulation.

Passing of Fidel Castro
Former Cuban President, Fidel Castro, passed away on Friday at the age 90. Mr. Castro’s 47 years as both Cuba’s Prime Minister and President were marked by a harsh dictatorship that imposed strict rules on Cubans and led many to flee the country for the United States. Unfortunately, his death does not signify the end of Cuba’s communist regime, and many Cubans are still hoping for basic liberties. As relations between the U.S. and Cuba move forward, we must proceed with caution, remembering the oppression of the Cuban people under Mr. Castro’s rule so that we remain committed to helping them secure full freedoms at home.

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Randy's Roundup: Reflecting on a Pro-Life Commitment


Reflecting on a Pro-Life Commitment
The day I was sworn in as the Representative for the people of the 19th District of Texas in 2003, I had the opportunity to speak on the House floor for the first time. I knew those first remarks would set the tone and priorities of the work to come, so I made sure that first and foremost I thanked my wife, Dana, my family, and God for the undeniable support and blessings I have received. I also had the opportunity to make my commitment to protect life clear.

I was sworn in the day after the House passed H.R. 760, the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. In my remarks, I said I wished that I could have been sworn in one day sooner in order to be able to vote for that legislation. That important legislation became law later that year. Since my first day in Congress, I have had the opportunity to introduce legislation and vote for bills that advanced my commitment to protecting life. In 2015, I was pleased that legislation I introduced, H.R. 463, the Protecting Life in Funding Education Act, or PRO-LIFE Act, was signed into law as part of a broader education law. The PRO-LIFE Act prohibits any federal education funding from being used by school-based health centers to provide students with abortions, abortion-related materials or referrals, or directions to abortion services. Over the years, I have consistently voted to uphold a ban on direct federal funding of abortion as well as voted to deny federal funds to organizations that provide abortions.

My commitment to the pro-life cause goes beyond protecting life in the womb. I have been an advocate for adoption and other options available to support women facing an unplanned pregnancy. November 19 was National Adoption Day, a day to highlight the joys of creating a family for the children in need of a forever home and the parents who are waiting to give one. In keeping with my belief that the best way for the government to help individuals facing hardship is through enabling charities and private entities to work at their peak performance to empower those individuals, I have backed tax benefits and other supportive measures to make these non-profits’ work easier. From my first day in office as your Representative to my last, I pray that my commitment to protecting life has made a difference in one of the most important debates we face as a country.

Happy Thanksgiving
Dana and I want to wish you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving. This day is always full of reflection for us. From a prayer before the meal, thanking God for our many blessings, to spending quality time with family and friends, Thanksgiving reminds us of our journey. Whether thinking back to the foundation on which our country was built, a foundation of religious freedom and diverse values, or looking forward to the promise and potential of the Christmas season and coming New Year, Thanksgiving is aptly named. The past, present, and future all abound with opportunities for giving thanks to God and asking for continued blessings on the United States of America.

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Randy's Roundup: House Agriculture Committee's Review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program


House Agriculture Committee’s Review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
The House Agriculture Committee is set to hold what is likely to be its last hearing of the 114th Congress this week. This hearing will also be the Committee’s final one for the Congress in our thorough review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which was reauthorized as part of the last Farm Bill in 2014. Through this series of hearings, the Agriculture Committee has sought to paint a comprehensive picture of the SNAP program. We have reviewed the importance of SNAP assistance to beneficiaries, compared initiatives aimed at empowering people to become more self-sufficient, and considered new technologies and other opportunities to improve access to food. When SNAP comes up for reauthorization again, the House Agriculture Committee will be able to use the valuable information from these hearings to improve this program for the future.

This hearing will be bittersweet for me, as it is likely to be my last House Agriculture Committee hearing as a Member of Congress. Advocating for farmers and ranchers as a member of this committee has been one of my great honors as the Representative for Texas’ 19th District. Representing and conveying the perspective of an agriculture-rich district to other Members of Congress has been extremely important to me, and I appreciate how members of the Agriculture Committee work together across party lines. These issues do not affect only rural America. Agriculture feeds and clothes all of us, and the issues that face farmers and ranchers have far-reaching consequences.

Midnight Rules Relief Act
The House of Representatives will consider H.R. 5982, the Midnight Rules Relief Act, this week. This legislation aims to increase transparency as our current and future administrations transition out of office. “Midnight Rules” are regulations issued by an outgoing presidential administration in the last days and months in office, often without proper analysis. There is a tendency to rush these new rules out the door before a president’s last days, often before they have been publicly reviewed. These rules and regulations far outlast the administration that created them, and their poor construction can cost the American people both in tax dollars and in unnecessary regulatory burdens. Because of these reasons, I support H.R. 5982, which would allow the next Congress to take up a consolidated resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to target and roll back these problematic midnight rules issued in the last 60 days of a presidential administration.

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Randy's Roundup: Issue Spotlight on Waters of the United States Rule


Issue Spotlight on Waters of the United States Rule
Last week, I signed on to an amicus brief that several members of the House of Representatives are sending the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals as the court reviews the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

The EPA’s rule defining which waters are subject to regulation under the federal Clean Water Act is an attempt to expand its authority far beyond the law. The brief I signed last week points out that the legislative intent behind the Clean Water Act was to create state and federal permitting authorities to protect navigable water from pollution but to leave the protection of groundwater and non-navigable waters to the states. In submitting this Congressional brief, our goal is to make clear to the courts that Congress intends to protect its sole and exclusive right to make laws and that federal agencies must implement those laws as they are written.

The EPA’s new definitions in this regulation would cover smaller, intrastate bodies of water and enable the EPA to get more involved in regulating land use and water quantity, not just water quality. The regulation would give EPA authority to regulate more isolated waters far from navigable waters, creating uncertainty for farmers, ranchers and other landowners in determining whether or not waters on their property fall under the regulation.

The court is still a few months away from hearing oral arguments in this case in early spring. However, now that the process of filing legal briefs in this case is underway, we are moving toward resolution of this important issue. I am pleased to support the arguments made by groups representing agriculture, small businesses, and others as they challenge EPA’s regulatory overreach, and I will continue to fight to maintain states’ authority to protect lands and waters within their borders.

Lung Cancer Prevention in November
According to the Prevent Cancer Foundation, lung cancer is both the deadliest cancer in the United States and one of the most preventable. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and smoking tobacco products such as cigarettes is the leading cause of lung cancer. While those who choose to use tobacco products know the risks of doing so, the sooner a person quits smoking, the more likely they are to be able to recover from the damage done to their body. As with all cancers, lung cancer is most effectively treated if found early, so if you do smoke or have in the past, November might be a good time to talk to your doctor about screening options.

Happy Veterans Day
This Friday, November 11th, is Veterans Day. To me, this is such a wonderful opportunity to thank those in our community who have sacrificed so much for our country. The service men and women in our military are the best in the world, and we owe them the respect of a grateful nation when their time of active service has ended. So please join Dana and me this Friday in taking a moment to thank God for our country and thank a veteran for making sure we continue to live in the land of the free.

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Randy's Roundup: Issue Spotlight on Cybersecurity


Issue Spotlight on Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity is an important issue for almost everyone. Most of us use a credit card, email or electronic device every day. Data breaches have become widespread, newsworthy subjects affecting major companies like Target, Home Depot, Wendy’s, and Yahoo, as well as government agencies. I wanted to take the opportunity this week to highlight some of the work Congress has done relating to data security to prevent future data breaches.

As a member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I participated in a hearing about cybersecurity breaches experienced by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), where the personal information of more than 10,000 individuals was compromised. One aspect about the FDIC data breaches that was so troubling was that the FDIC hesitated to alert Congress, as required by law, about the breaches. I was pleased that yesterday, October 30, 2016, the Office of Management and Budget sent out a memo to all federal agencies to help clarify when to report breaches like these to Congress, which will hopefully prevent such delays in the future.

It is vital that Congress work to protect consumers from potential breaches of their personal data, such as credit card information or other personally identifiable information. For this reason, I introduced H.R. 2205, the Data Security Act. This legislation would establish two important cybersecurity standards.

First, H.R. 2205 would set a scalable national standard for securing consumers’ personal information. “Scalable” refers to the flexibility in this legislation. This flexibility ensures that companies that do not store sensitive customer information will have fewer additional cybersecurity aspects of compliance. However, those companies that seek to aggregate and store consumer data would need to comply with a standard similar to what is already used by financial institutions. I believe this is a reasonable approach. In the wake of its high-profile data breach in 2014, Home Depot agreed to voluntarily comply with approximately 90 percent of the standards that would be established by this bill.

Second, H.R. 2205 would make sure that companies have clear guidelines for how and when to report breaches when they happen. The need for this requirement was demonstrated by the fact that Yahoo only recently disclosed a breach that occurred in 2014. Consumers deserve to know as soon as possible if their personal data has been compromised.

The House Financial Services Committee has already approved H.R. 2205 with bipartisan support. Congress should show the American people that we are committed to securing all levels of our digital economy by taking up this balanced legislation and bringing it to the House floor this year.

Obamacare Causes Premiums to Rise on Average 22 Percent
The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, continues to fail spectacularly in its stated goals of lowering health care costs and insuring more individuals. Instead of providing more options to those who struggle to find insurance coverage that meets their needs, Obamacare has removed flexibility and further harmed those who still cannot afford insurance by imposing a tax penalty. As insurers flee the so-called marketplaces due to this unsustainable model, Americans continue to lose access to their preferred doctors and choices in medical care and coverage. The latest symptom of this flawed system has been an average increase in insurance premiums of 22 percent nationwide. As more Americans face higher premiums and fewer insurance choices, my hope is that my colleagues across the aisle will be willing to work with us to implement market-based solutions that offer individuals more options, not Washington mandates.

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Randy's Roundup: Social Security Rates Rise Slightly for 2017


Social Security Rates Rise Slightly for 2017
The monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefit for beneficiaries will rise by 0.3 percent for 2017. I understand many seniors who rely on Social Security would have liked to see a larger cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), particularly after no COLA was triggered last year. As Social Security recipients know, the annual COLA is based on a consumer price index designed to reflect the change in cost of goods and services purchased by workers with modest incomes during the year. The COLA formula is set in law to ensure benefits increase when prices in the economy increase. I understand many Social Security recipients are also concerned about possible changes in Medicare Part B premiums, which Medicare will announce in the coming weeks, and I will make sure to keep you updated in the Roundup.

As we monitor the Social Security and Medicare adjustments every fall, I am reminded how important it is to protect the long-term stability of these programs. I hear from many beneficiaries across the 19th District concerned about these programs on a regular basis. My response is that no one in Congress is seriously proposing – nor do I not support – changes that affect anyone who is currently age 55 and older. However, if we are to continue providing this safety net for Americans, Congress must reform the programs for younger Americans, despite the many obstacles to doing so.

Spotlight on the House Financial Services Committee
The House Financial Services Committee has the potential to impact not just our nation’s economy as a whole, but individual communities as well. I have worked to protect consumers, small businesses, and community banks within the context of this committee since I joined it in 2005 because I think all too often smaller institutions are not the focus of financial policy discussions.

Since the 2008 financial crisis, the focus of financial services policy has been on some of the largest financial institutions and the creation of more and more intricate regulations. While many larger institutions contributed to the crisis, regulations with steep compliance costs meant to rein in large institutions often end up harming Main Street. Community banks are the lifeblood of many areas in the 19th District, particularly those that rely on agriculture. For a long time now, I have been advocating for ways to get back to relationship banking. More and more, our banks are forced into narrow lending patterns by computer-generated metrics, taking away lenders’ ability to consider other factors and use their best judgment when making loans to farmers, small business owners or families they have known all their lives.

In seeking to put a spotlight on our community banks and credit unions in the context of the House Financial Services Committee, I participated in several full committee hearings. Furthermore, as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, I convened several hearings to examine the challenges facing consumers, small businesses, and banks, and to study potential solutions. This Congress, our committee has passed more than 70 pieces of legislation, many of them originating in my subcommittee.

In seeking to protect taxpayers from bailing out institutions that are “too big to fail,” some of our regulations have created an environment of “too small to succeed” that has led to an average of one community financial institution closing per day. Through the Financial Services Committee, I have worked hard this year to change that environment. Moving forward, I hope the Financial Services Committee continues to prioritize communities that are most adversely affected by broad, restrictive regulations.

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Randy's Roundup: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Structure Ruled Unconstitutional


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Structure Ruled Unconstitutional
Lack of accountability for federal agencies is something of great concern for many Americans. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit agreed with me that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) single, unelected agency director with broad authority and hardly any accountability, is unconstitutional. While I applaud the court’s decision in that regard, its solution left something to be desired.

The court ordered that CFPB Director Richard Cordray be subject to removal or replacement by the President, a structure similar to many federal agencies. The problem with the court’s solution is that the CFPB was set up to be independent. However, the CFPB has proven that it is not so much an independent agency as it is a political agency.

The Bureau has acted politically in not using the public notice system and comment period for significant policy changes and in prohibiting consumers from accessing certain financial products. That is why I introduced H.R. 1266 last year, to alter the structure of the CFPB to a five-person, bipartisan commission. This is the structure that other independent agencies follow, and it would make the CFPB more accountable and politically neutral. After all, consumer protection is why the CFPB was created in the first place.

Spotlight on the House Agriculture Committee
One of the things I most appreciate about being on the House Agriculture Committee is that I have the opportunity to take part in hearings that directly affect a large number of people in my district. During the past year, the Agriculture Committee has worked to address issues important to farmers, ranchers, and consumers. Given consecutive years of declining farm income, the Ag Committee put a special focus on the state of the farm economy through a series of beneficial hearings this year.

This series of hearings is a good example of the Ag Committee taking the time to review and understand the economic challenges facing farmers and ranchers and the impact low prices have across local economies. From community banks and other lenders, equipment dealers and suppliers, it is not just the farmers and ranchers themselves who are affected by fluctuations in the market. The Ag Committee looked at these issues from all sides, including the cost of production inputs, the impact on consumer food prices and concerns of livestock producers. Access to credit is a key concern for producers, so I appreciated the opportunity to question expert witnesses on consolidation and financing for agriculture. You can watch the exchange here; my questions start at 1:06:50.

One of the benefits of these Committee hearings is that they present an opportunity to educate other Members of Congress, who often do not represent agricultural districts. When our Committee hears directly from producers, lenders, economists and others, we build a strong a record for why Congress needs to keep the five-year Farm Bill intact and make a case for protecting crop insurance and other programs.

The House Agriculture Committee has a tradition of being one of the more bipartisan committees in the House, and Ag Committee members share many common goals. While our Committee’s largest legislation, the Farm Bill, is the focus every five years, we work hard in between Farm Bills to understand the issues facing those who produce our food and fiber, oversee programs and regulations, and help others in Congress understand modern agriculture production.

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Randy's Roundup: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
There is broad agreement that early detection is key when it comes to all forms of cancer. However, there can be different opinions about which screening practices are most effective, and women experience this with breast cancer screenings. Experts have various perspectives on the age that women should begin screenings, how often they should get screened, and by what method. Regardless of these differences, there are some recommendations that are just common sense.

First, according to the Prevent Cancer Foundation, women should make sure to do breast self-examinations. If anything feels strange or different, it is a good time to go in for a doctor’s visit. Secondly, women should see a doctor at least once a year and prepare questions in advance, especially if there is a family history of cancer. It is important to talk to your doctor about screening options and when screenings should start, given all individual risk factors. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this is a good time to talk to your doctor about what screening methods might be right for you or a loved one.

Spotlight on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee
In the House of Representatives, committees are a major component in helping the House function efficiently. With the House currently out of session, I wanted to take some time to highlight work of the three committees I serve on. I am starting with the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, a committee I have been a member of my entire tenure in Congress. Federal agency oversight has been an important part of the Science Committee’s work this year.

First, the Science Committee has been looking into the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and instances where the agency has not exhibited good judgment. A priority for me has been stopping the EPA’s regulatory overreach and ensuring the EPA is using sound science as a basis for decisions. In March, I had the opportunity to question Mr. William Yeatman with the Competitive Enterprise Institute about the EPA’s Regional Haze air pollution control plan in Texas. In this instance, not only did the EPA push a plan with unreasonable measures on Texas, but it missed its own deadline for reviewing the plan Texas submitted – by four and a half years!

I also had the opportunity to question EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy about the need for further cost-benefit analysis and transparency in the scientific methods the EPA uses in its rulemaking. Unfortunately, the EPA has proposed and finalized regulations based upon scientific methodologies that are not transparent or reproducible. A blatant example of this is the case of the Bristol Bay Pebble Mine in Alaska. I had the opportunity to question Regional Administrator Dennis McLerran about this issue in April.

In an attempt to reform the EPA’s process on such matters, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1030, the Secret Science Reform Act. Written by our committee, this legislation would require the EPA to make the scientific studies on which regulations are based publicly available in a manner that could be independently analyzed and reproduced. This will assure the soundness and unbiased nature of the science used.

While not all committee hearings make the headlines, they help us learn more about issues from experts and stakeholders, get answers from federal agencies, and determine what, if any, actions Congress should take. I enjoy working on the Science Committee because our jurisdiction allows us to look at the science related to energy, new technologies, and space, and also understand how that science is applied on issues important to Texans and all Americans.

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Randy's Roundup: Congress Continues Government Funding into December


Congress Continues Government Funding into December
Last week, the House and Senate passed identical pieces of legislation to extend government funding at current levels through December 9. The short-term Continuing Resolution, or CR, keeps the federal government open for the new fiscal year, which began on October 1, while giving Congress additional time to make federal funding decisions.

I certainly support keeping the government running, but I also have to stay true to the conservative values of the people of the 19th District. While this government funding extension is now law, I could not vote for it. I believe this legislation kicks the can down the road, without solving any of the problems confronting our nation, and I could not support pushing Congress’ job even further down the line.

I also had some concerns with additional funding included in the CR to combat the spread of the Zika virus and to provide flood relief in Louisiana and other states affected by natural disasters. Some of the money allocated to fight the Zika virus has the potential to create a new funding stream for Planned Parenthood in affected states. Planned Parenthood has not been a good steward of your tax dollars, and I believe public health funds should be directed through other health care providers.

When Congress returns in November, we have significant unfinished business to address, including finding a way to responsibly fund the federal government for the full fiscal year. I will advocate for Congress to complete its responsibilities in the open and transparent manner the taxpayers deserve.

Financial Services Hearings
Last week was busy at the Capitol. Aside from working to continue funding the government, one of the Committees I am a member of, the House Committee on Financial Services, held three hearings.

First, the Subcommittee I chair, Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, held a hearing to examine legislation specifically geared toward increasing consumer access to banking services. Too many Americans are underbanked, meaning they have access to little or no banking services. This directly affects the daily lives of many individual Americans, and also makes it much harder to support a family.

Last Tuesday, the full Financial Services Committee questioned Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on the supervision and regulation of the overall financial system. I expressed to Chair Yellen my disappointment that the role of Vice-Chair of Supervision remains empty, despite being established six years ago. This position is important since it creates a point person to hold directly accountable for the Federal Reserve’s role in the supervision of our banks.

Last, but certainly not least, the full Committee questioned Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf about the opening of around two million fraudulent accounts. Specifically, I questioned Mr. Stumpf on his dual roles of CEO and Chairman of the Board of Wells Fargo, asking him if some level of oversight was missing or if those two roles might ever conflict. I believe further investigation into the actions of Wells Fargo and the regulators charged with overseeing the bank is warranted.

40th Anniversary of the Hyde Amendment
Friday of last week marked the 40th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment. Named after Congressman Henry Hyde, who first introduced it, Congress has included this amendment in every piece of relevant funding legislation passed since 1976. The Hyde Amendment prohibits federal tax dollars from being used to fund abortion. The Hyde Amendment is estimated to have saved at least two million lives since it was first enacted. Approximately two-thirds of Americans agree that tax dollars should not fund abortions, showing strong support for continuing this policy. I have and will continue to fight to make sure the Hyde Amendment is included in funding legislation and will work toward making it permanent law.

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Neugebauer Opening Statement for Financial Services Hearing with Chair Yellen


WASHINGTON – Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas), Chairman of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee, delivered the following statement – as prepared for delivery – at today’s hearing for the House Financial Services Committee to question Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on the supervision and regulation of the financial system:

“Today’s hearing is fundamental to understanding developments in the prudential supervision and regulation of our nation’s financial institutions. The role of Vice-Chair of Supervision serves as the statutorily-designated official within the Federal Reserve to oversee supervision and regulation. In 2010, former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker, champion of the Volcker Rule, noted that the creation of this post ‘might turn out to be one of the most important things in there [Dodd-Frank]. It focuses the responsibility on one person.’

“Yet, President Obama has failed to nominate anyone to fill this important position – a position that sets prudential regulatory policy and represents the United States in international banking forums like the Financial Stability Board.

“I remained concerned that Governor Dan Tarullo continues to exercise these authorities outside the statutory construct and mandated oversight of Congress.

“Today, I hope to understand better many of the recent regulatory actions taken by the Federal Reserve. For example, how does the Federal Reserve’s posture of reducing bank leverage interact with its recent recommendation to repeal merchant banking authority?

“Or what type of risk does the Federal Reserve try to mitigate with its recent capital proposal for commodities activity?

“Similarly, what will the impact be to end users if physical commodity activity decreases or stops?

“Finally, does the Federal Reserve recognize the exposure-reducing characteristics of ‘segregated margin’ and does it plan to reevaluate its position in the leverage ratio rule given recent Basel Committee discussions?

“While Chair Yellen may not be best positioned to answer these questions, it is incumbent on her to do so given Presidential inaction.”


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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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