Randy Neugebauer

Randy Neugebauer

TEXAS' 19th DISTRICT

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2014/12/31

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Randy's Roundup: An Explanation of the Iraqi Conflict, and a C-130 Anniversary

2014/08/26

An Explanation of the Iraqi Conflict and the Role of ISViolence is escalating in Iraq, and I don’t see an end in sight.  The situation is unfolding fast, so I want to take a minute to explain the root of the current Iraq conflict and give you the most up-to-date facts on the situation as I received them from the House Armed Services Committee.

The Islamic State (IS), also known as ISIS and ISIL, currently controls the territory from Aleppo, Syria across northern Iraq, and includes territory as close as 20-30 miles outside Baghdad.  The Sunni terrorist organization grew out of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), and they share the same global jihadist ideology.  Its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, joined the Sunni terrorist organization in 2010 after he was released from U.S. custody in 2009.  He leads a well-funded and fully-armed operation, collecting from donors in the region, ransoms, tribute from conquered territory, and profits from black market oil sales.  The group’s weapons are mainly stolen from Assad’s military and the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF). 

Last week, President Obama authorized U.S. air strikes to support ISF and the Kurdish Peshmerga in northern Iraq.  We’ve also been providing assistance directly to the Peshmerga, Kurdish militia forces,  in coordination with the Government of Iraq.  In response, IS released a propaganda video Tuesday of American journalist and POW James Foley’s beheading.  They threatened to also kill journalist Steven Joel Sotloff, whom IS kidnapped about a year ago, if the U.S. continues these air strikes.  The Obama Administration has determined this video is authentic, and announced they had previously launched an unsuccessful mission to rescue Foley and other U.S. POWs in Syria.

It’s clear that IS is a dangerous and radical group, and that the unrest and violence in the region is far from over.  I promise to continue to follow this situation and share periodic updates with you here.

Celebrating 60 Years of the C-130 Sixty years ago Saturday, the first C-130 “Hercules” took off in Burbank, California.  Since 1954, Lockheed Martin has created more than 2500 of the planes, and more than half of those are still in operation.  The “Hercules” is a durable yet versatile plane that kept U.S. airmen safe in Vietnam, and continues to serve us through humanitarian relief missions.  It’s truly an impressive machine.  We’re proud in Texas’ 19th District to be home to the 317th Airlift Group, which is the largest C-130J (a sister model to the “Hercules”, dubbed "Super Hercules") unit in the world.  You can check out Americans’ personal memories with the C-130 Hercules here.  There are some inspiring stories from our veterans and civilians about this incredible aircraft. 

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Randy's Roundup: Town Hall Listening Sessions

2014/08/19

Town Hall Listening SessionsI want to extend a big thank you to all of you who attended my Town Hall Listening Sessions across Texas’ 19th District these past few weeks.  We heard some great ideas about how to best reform social security to make sure it’s still around for our children and grandchildren, and ways we can ensure better care for our veterans.  I’m glad we all agree on the pressing need to secure our southern border to protect our communities and our legal immigration process.  The other theme I heard across the board was the desire to hold the Obama Administration accountable.  After discussing the continued overreach by the Executive and the numerous scandals coming out of that office, it’s clear that we in West Texas and the Big Country are fed up with the lawlessness of this Administration. 

I’m pleased with our exchange of ideas.  As always, I’ll working in represent your interests and advocate for the values that matter to us most.

Thanks to everyone who stayed after the program to visit with me one-on-one and discuss your individual concerns.  I hope you’ll keep in touch with me by writing, emailing, calling, and faxing my office.  I always appreciate knowing what matters most to you.

Violence in Iraq Currently, Iraq is a wreck.  Its longstanding history of religious, ethnic, and tribal divide has now erupted into full-scale conflict, and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.  I’m particularly saddened by the treatment of Christians in Northern Iraq.  I’ve always been a strong defender of religious freedom, here in the United States and abroad, and I hope we can find a way to protect their liberties and also the countless lives on the line in Iraq.

Unfortunately, I don’t see an easy solution, and I don’t see this conflict ending anytime soon.  I’ll continue to share information as this unfolds.

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Randy’s Roundup: YOUR ideas, Protecting Israel, and Purple Heart Day

2014/08/12

I want to hear YOUR ideas

Last week’s Town Hall Listening Sessions in Big Spring, Abilene, and Snyder were a huge success. Thanks to everyone who took the time to attend. We had a wonderful turnout and I heard some great ideas on how to continue reforming the VA to benefit our veterans, ways we can secure our southern border, how we can make social security work better for our seniors, and suggestions about many other issues.

There will be more Town Hall Listening Sessions this week in Lubbock, Plainview, and Graham! I hope you can join me:

  • Lubbock , Tuesday, August 12, 5-6pm, Southcrest Baptist Church, 3801 South Loop 289
  • Plainview , Wednesday, August 13, 3-4pm, Plainview ISD Education Complex Board Room, 2411 Yonkers Road
  • Graham , Thursday, August 14, 1:30-2:30pm, Library of Graham, 910 Cherry Street

I look forward to seeing y’all there and hearing more ideas about how we can make America stronger.

Protecting Israel and Escalating Violence in Iraq

We’ve all heard about the violence in the Middle East between Israel and Hamas. As Israel tries to defend itself against thousands of rockets fired by the terrorist group Hamas, death tolls continue to grow, and communities have been devastated. I support Israel’s efforts to destroy the Hamas-built tunnel system they’ve been using to traffic terrorists and weapons into Gaza, and I fully support Israel’s right to defend itself from terrorism. In July, I voted to support Israel by providing additional funding for the Iron Dome missile defense system, which has significantly reduced civilian casualties in Israel. Israel is a strong ally in an increasingly violent and unpredictable region. They stand for freedom and democracy, and we must stand with them. I hope the current 72-hour cease-fire will hold. But I also hope that any long-term agreement between Israel and Hamas will provide the protection they need to maintain peace. I’ll be following closely as negotiations continue.

I also want you to know I’m paying close attention to the unfortunate developing situation in Iraq as well. I welcome your thoughts on what role the U.S. should play as we move forward.

Celebrating our Military for Purple Heart Day

I’m thankful every day for our military service members and the veterans that have fought to keep us safe. And Thursday was a special day to commemorate specifically those who were wounded or killed in combat while defending America abroad. Purple Heart Day celebrates the 1.9 million U.S. troops who have earned the Purple Heart Medal, including the almost 50,000 men and women in uniform who have received a Purple Heart for their service in Iraq and Afghanistan. My thoughts and prayers are with all those who have made such great sacrifices for our country, and the families of all Purple Heart recipients.

Right here in Lubbock, we’re taking every opportunity to honor those who have served. You may remember that Texas Tech University was recently named a “Purple Heart University” for its leadership in recognizing the incredible sacrifices of our men and women in uniform. It’s the first in Texas, and the third in the nation. I’m proud to represent thousands of U.S. veterans, those who currently serve on active duty, in the reserves, and with the National Guard, and all Americans who lend their support to our troops and veterans every day.

 

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Neugebauer Fights for Lubbock VA Clinic, Praises Signing of VA Reform Bill

2014/08/07

WASHINGTON – Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) released the following statement today after the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, was signed into law:

“I am glad to see our much-needed VA reform bill, which includes a lease for a new VA clinic in Lubbock, signed into law today. Fighting for the Lubbock clinic has been one of my top priorities in Congress, and I am proud to see it moving forward. Our nation’s veterans, who have sacrificed so much in defense of our freedom, deserve a VA that works for them, and provides the best quality care. This reform bill brings accountability and oversight to the VA so our veterans receive the quality care they have earned, and not the care they have been receiving during this outrageous scandal. I will continue to hold the Administration accountable and support our nation’s veterans.”  

 

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Randy's Roundup: What do YOU think?

2014/08/05

What do YOU think? I’m coming to YOU this week to hear your ideas on how we can make America stronger.  I hope you’ll attend my Town Hall Listening Sessions across the 19th District to share your concerns and questions.  I’m looking forward to this great opportunity to hear directly from you.  Please join me this week:

  • Big Spring, Tuesday, August 5, 3-4pm, Howard College, Hall Center for the Arts, 1001 Birdwell Lane
  • Abilene, Thursday, August 7, 5-6pm, Abilene Civic Center Auditorium, 1100 North 6th Street
  • Snyder, Friday, August 8, 3:30-4:30pm, Western Texas College, Visitor’s Center, 6200 College Avenue

Next week, I’ll be in Lubbock, Plainview, and Graham.  I hope to see you there!  Action to Secure our Border I was eager to return home to Texas this weekend to travel the district during this summer district work period, but I knew I couldn’t leave Washington until we addressed the growing crisis at our border.  The President’s refusal to secure our border and enforce our immigration laws has made it dangerous for communities across Texas, and we deserve better.  So late Friday night after the Democrat-controlled Senate left the Capitol without passing any legislation to address this crisis, I voted for a targeted bill to secure our border and make it easier to send the illegal minors back to their home countries.  It increases National Guard presence along our southwest border, and quickens the immigration trial and removal process. Instead of giving President Obama a blank check, this bill reimburses Texas for Governor Perry’s bold leadership in calling the Texas National Guard in absence of any presidential action.  Now,  I hope Senate Democrats and the President will act soon to take up this bill that provides some real solutions to the crisis.  Fixing our Broken VA I’ve shared your anger and frustration with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ neglect of our veterans.  This kind of treatment for anyone, and especially those who have sacrificed so much for our nation, is unconscionable.  I’ve been keeping you up to date on our work in Congress to hold the VA accountable and to restore timely and effective health care for our nation’s veterans.  And now I’m pleased to announce that with my support, Congress has passed a bill to fix the broken VA system.  The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 establishes a “Veterans Choice Card” which will allow veterans to seek VA-funded care from private facilities if they’ve waited longer than 30 days or live more than 40 miles away from the nearest VA clinic.  It authorizes the VA to fire senior executives if they’re not meeting performance standards, and it limits VA bonuses.  And I’m pleased to announce this bill authorizes a new VA health clinic in Lubbock to serve our veterans here in West Texas.  This has been one of my top priorities in Congress, and I hope the President will sign the bill into law soon so we can get started on these much-needed reforms for our nation’s veterans.  

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Neugebauer Statement on House Passed Border Crisis Bills

2014/08/02

WASHINGTON – Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) released the following statement after voting in support of H.R. 5230, a border crisis supplemental bill, and H.R. 5272, a bill to prohibit President Obama from taking executive action to authorize new deferred action status or issue new work authorizations under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

“President Obama continues to fail to secure the border and his policies are only prolonging the crisis he has created. While the Democrat-controlled Senate has left town, the House stayed and got our work done. This bill is a first step that addresses our most immediate challenges on the southern border, by increasing security operations and making it easier to return those who enter our country illegally back to their home countries as quickly as possible.

“Instead of sending a blank check to the President, the House plan reimburses Texas for Governor Perry’s bold leadership in activating the Texas National Guard to address the crisis the President has ignored. The President’s unprecedented failure and refusal to secure our border and enforce our laws has made it more dangerous for communities across Texas who deserve better. It’s long past time for Senate Democrats and President Obama to change course and do their job to address this crisis.” 

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Graham Town Hall Listening Session

2014/08/01

I'll be holding six Town Hall Listening Sessions across Texas’ 19th District over the next two weeks. I'll give brief legislative updates at these events, but myfocus will be on listening to constituents’ concerns and ideas, and answering any questions you may have. All six are open to all public and press. I encourage all to attend, so that I can hear your views and learn how to best represent you in Washington.

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Plainview Town Hall Listening Session

2014/08/01

I'll be holding six Town Hall Listening Sessions across Texas’ 19th District over the next two weeks. I'll give brief legislative updates at these events, but myfocus will be on listening to constituents’ concerns and ideas, and answering any questions you may have. All six are open to all public and press. I encourage all to attend, so that I can hear your views and learn how to best represent you in Washington.

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Snyder Town Hall Listening Session

2014/08/01

I'll be holding six Town Hall Listening Sessions across Texas’ 19th District over the next two weeks. I'll give brief legislative updates at these events, but myfocus will be on listening to constituents’ concerns and ideas, and answering any questions you may have. All six are open to all public and press. I encourage all to attend, so that I can hear your views and learn how to best represent you in Washington.

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Contact Information

1424 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4005
Fax 202-225-9615
randy.house.gov

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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Ralph Hall

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Jeb Hensarling

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Joe Barton

TEXAS' 6th DISTRICT

John Culberson

TEXAS' 7th DISTRICT

Kevin Brady

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Michael McCaul

TEXAS' 10th DISTRICT

Michael Conaway

TEXAS' 11th DISTRICT

Kay Granger

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TEXAS' 13th DISTRICT

Randy Weber

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Michael Burgess

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