Our Government’s Irresponsible Funding Model As you know, Congress had a big decision to make last week. Our government funding was set to expire on Thursday at midnight, so we had to pass legislation to pay for federal programs by then. Congress passed a deal right up against the Thursday night deadline to fund our government through September 2015. But I voted against this $1.1 trillion spending bill. Passing a last-minute deal at the 11th hour doesn’t allow us to give our spending the thorough consideration it deserves. And at a time when we’ve topped $18 trillion in debt, we need to be thorough. I hope in the next Congress, with a Republican House and Senate, we can discuss our budget and each appropriations bill in a timely fashion, so we aren’t in this position again.
I heard from a lot of TX19 residents last week during this debate. In fact, this week’s #RoundupQ comes from all of these calls: How are you going to vote on this runaway spending bill? I’m really thankful so many of you took the time to call my office and let me know what you think. It helps me make sure I cast votes that represent your views. You overwhelming told me that you opposed the $1.1 trillion spending bill, and you oppose President Obama’s executive amnesty. I agree, and I voted against it. I don’t think the President has the authority under current law to extend amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, and even if he did, I don’t think it’s good policy.
Watch here to hear more of my thoughts on the President’s amnesty proposal:
I hope you’ll continue to share your thoughts with me about the issues important to you!
Chosen as Vice Chairman of the Agriculture Committee Come January, we’ll be starting a new year and a new session of Congress. I told you last week about my new leadership position on the House Financial Services Committee. And now I have another exciting opportunity to better serve the 19th District: I’ll be serving as Vice Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee for the 114th Congress. Representative Mike Conaway, who represents Texas’ 11th District just south of TX19, will be chairing the Committee. This is good news for West Texas and the Big Country. Chairman Conaway and I will be in a great position to shape our agriculture policy for the next two years, making sure we put forth good programs for our farmers and ranchers across America and ensuring that the safety net put in place by the recent Farm Bill is working as intended. I’m honored Chairman Conaway has chosen me for this position, and I promise to continue to be a strong voice for rural America.Read More
WASHINGTON – Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, released the following statement today after the Federal Housing Finance Agency directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to allocate funding for the Housing Trust Fund and the Capital Magnet Fund:
“I am outraged by Director Watt’s decision to fund the Housing Trust Fund at a time when taxpayers remain on the hook for the operations of Fannie and Freddie. To add insult to injury, today’s decision comes at the eleventh hour just before Congress finishes its legislative work for the 113th Congress. The timing could not be more suspect.
“Recent history should serve as a reminder that failed government housing policy can have catastrophic consequences for hardworking American taxpayers and the overall health of our economy. This is déjà vu all over again. Director Watt may have forgotten the path of destruction left by the GSEs, but the American people have not. $16 trillion in wealth destruction which shattered dreams of early retirement for millions, countless boom and bust cycles that have wreaked havoc on the emotions of families across the country, and nearly $200 billion of taxpayer funded bailouts that plunged the nation further into debt. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the House Financial Services Committee to hold the Agency accountable and conduct further oversight.”
WASHINGTON – Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) released the following statement after being named Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture for the 114th Congress:
“Hardworking farmers and ranchers in the 19th District of Texas and across America deserve a Washington that works for them and recognizes the vital contributions of our rural communities. While serving on the House Agriculture Committee, I have long advocated for consistent and reliable government policies that enable these men and women to make sound business decisions with greater certainty for the future.
“As the Committee moves forward into the 114th Congress, I am honored to continue to be a voice for rural America as I begin my service as Vice Chairman. I thank my friend and fellow West Texan, Chairman Conaway, for the trust he has placed in me and I look forward to his strong leadership.”
WASHINGTON – Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, released the following statement today after the House reauthorized the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) by adopting the Neugebauer amendment and passing S. 2244 (417 votes-7 votes), the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2014:
“For a good portion of the 113th Congress I have worked with my colleagues on a thoughtful and pragmatic bill to reauthorize TRIA, while adding much-needed reforms to better protect hardworking taxpayers and meet the realities of today’s insurance market. As I have said before, if you were able to spell TRIA, chances are good that your concerns and views were incorporated during the crafting of the TRIA Reform Act of 2014.
“I am glad to see many of the concepts of the TRIA Reform Act incorporated into today’s House passed legislation and I thank Chairman Hensarling for his strong leadership at the negotiation table to protect taxpayers. Most importantly, today’s reform bill doubles the taxpayer protection trigger, decreases federal share of losses, encourages greater private sector participation, and better ensures compensation for taxpayers, all while reauthorizing the Program. This is a win for the American people.
“Following the Senate’s playbook, the House has also attached bipartisan reforms to TRIA that would help boost our economy and job opportunities for all Americans. I am especially proud of the inclusion of Dodd-Frank fixes that would help hardworking farmers, ranchers, and business owners in the 19th District of Texas. These men and women did not cause the financial crisis and they deserve regulatory relief from this poorly crafted regulatory overreach that negatively impacts Main Street.
“I am also pleased with the inclusion of the reestablishment of the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers (NARAB), which is an efficient and effective way to enable insurance agents and brokers to be licensed on a multi-state basis while retaining essential state regulatory authority.
“In times of divided government negotiation is important. I am proud of Chairman Hensarling and my colleagues for effectively legislating to move TRIA forward while enacting meaningful reforms to protect taxpayers and help our economy get back on track. The Senate must act immediately to move this crucial legislation to the President’s desk.”
Voting to Empower ALL Americans Last week, I voted to empower disabled children to invest in their education, their health, and their future. Right now, we have a broken system. The government provides some assistance to disabled individuals and their families through programs like Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). But once you meet a certain savings and income threshold, you are stripped of those benefits. This forces disabled Americans to choose between taking advantage of the available assistance programs and focusing on their long-term future and independence.
That’s why we passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (or the ABLE Act) with overwhelming bipartisan support last week. It allows disabled individuals to open tax-free savings accounts to plan for future medical, education, and living expenses. But it doesn’t penalize them by taking away other assistance they may qualify for. This conservative solution allows these Americans to become more dependent on themselves, and not the government, and allows them to focus on achieving their dreams.
You can watch a few of my colleagues share how this bill will empower their disabled children, and millions of other Americans:
A New Record Those of you who have visited my website have seen the ticking national debt clock on the right-hand side. And if you checked out my website in the past week, you probably saw that the United States has hit a new record – and not a good one. Our national debt hit a whopping $18 trillion last week. To give you a better idea of just how much money this is – that amounts to roughly $56,000 per citizen. At a time when American families are cutting and planning their budgets to make ends meet, the American government continues to spend beyond its means and rack up the debt for our children and grandchildren to pay off. I came to Washington to push for fiscal responsibility – it’s just common sense that we shouldn’t be spending more than we can afford. This week, as Congress debates a spending plan to fund the government past Thursday, I’ll be fighting to include some much-needed reforms to get us back on a fiscally sound track.
Answering Your Questions: Obama’s Executive Amnesty I’m starting a new section of the weekly Roundup to keep you more informed on the issues most important to you. Each Monday, I’ll answer a question you’ve asked me the previous week. You can call, write, email, or fax my office with your question. You can also post to my facebook page or tweet at me (@RandyNeugebauer) with #RoundupQ to make sure it goes into the mix.
A lot of you asked me last week what Congress will do to stop President Obama’s proposal for executive amnesty. So here’s a brief overview of what I’ve already done:
I’m discussing my colleagues what other ways we can work to hold the President accountable to our current immigration laws, to the U.S. Constitution, and to the American people. Moving forward, we will take a serious look at all of our options. I’ll keep you updated as we work to prevent the President from acting on his executive amnesty proposal.
Congratulations to Texas Farm Bureau President Kenneth Dierschke Today is Texas Farm Bureau President Kenneth Dierschke’s last day after 12 years of dedicated service as President. It has been a pleasure to work with him, and I wish him all the best in his retirement. I look forward to working with the newly-elected President Russell Boening for Texas farmers and ranchers.Read More
On November 20, 2014, President Obama outlined a plan to grant illegal immigrants options outside of our current law. His Executive Order would give illegal immigrants who have been in the United States for at least five years the chance to apply for work permits and temporary deferrals for deportation. It would apply to about four million minors and undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.
Like you, I am extremely disappointed that President Obama has once again decided to bypass the U.S. Constitution and ignore our system of checks and balances. Instead of working with Congress, the President has decided to act outside his bounds and reach for another executive power grab.
Even worse, the President’s failure to enforce our current immigration laws is an affront to the millions of people who have followed the rules to gain legal status. I have had the honor of assisting many individuals in Texas’ 19th District through the legal immigration process, and I know they deserve better from this Administration.
That's why I voted for this bill to prevent the Administration from acting on his proposal.Read More
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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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