WASHINGTON – Rep. Randy Neugebauer (TX-19) released the following statement today after a C-130J plane crashed in Afghanistan, killing six U.S. servicemembers—including four Dyess Airmen—and five civilians:
“Dana and I send our prayers to the American heroes—including four Airmen from Dyess Air Force Base—who were killed in this tragic plane crash in Afghanistan. Our hearts go out to all of the families and loved ones, as well as everyone in the Dyess and Abilene community, during this terrible time of grief. We are eternally grateful for their service and sacrifice in defense of our freedom.”
WASHINGTON – Rep. Randy Neugebauer (TX-19) released the following statement after the President signed into law H.R. 23, the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2015 (NWIRP) —a bill Neugebauer authored—to promote research and minimize the devastating effects caused by windstorms:
“I’m very proud my windstorm bill was signed into law. Promoting windstorm research—like that already being done at Texas Tech’s National Wind Institute—will continue to go a long way to making communities in Texas and across America safer, while saving taxpayer dollars in the long run. I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for working together to move this common sense bill into law.”
WASHINGTON – Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), Chairman of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee, released the following statement today after H.R. 1266—Neugebauer’s bill to change the CFPB’s structure from Director-led to a bipartisan five-person commission appointed by the President—passed the House Financial Services Committee with bipartisan support:
“After months of productive conversations with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle, I’m pleased the Committee acted today and in a bipartisan manner to move this CFPB commission bill forward. By changing the leadership structure, we can ensure the Bureau is more accountable, transparent and shielded from the whims of political change and partisan politics. I look forward to continue working together to gain additional support and move this common sense bill through Congress.”
WASHINGTON – Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX-19), Chairman of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee and Vice-Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement today after announcing he will not seek re-election in 2016 for an eighth Congressional term:
“Every two years, the American people decide who they want to represent them in the ‘People’s House.’ I have asked for that honor seven times, you have overwhelmingly given me that opportunity each time, and I thank you for that. After much thought and prayer, I have decided not to seek re-election in 2016. This was a difficult decision, but I feel this is a good time to end this season of my life and move to another. While I am announcing that I will not seek re-election, I am not walking away from the important work that lies ahead. There are still 15 months left in this Congress, and I am committed to work tirelessly on your behalf until the final gavel ends this Congress in January 2017 and another individual takes that special oath soon after.
“Over two decades ago, I embarked on a journey that I had never anticipated. In 1992, with the encouragement of friends, family, and community leaders, I offered myself for public service as a member of the Lubbock City Council. I was very fortunate and humbled that the citizens of District Five gave me that opportunity. Thus began a new season in my life. When I decided not to run for a third City Council term, I thought that the season of public service was ending. Little did I know that a few years later, on June 5, 2003, I would be sworn in as the fourth Member of Congress to represent the 19th District of Texas, as well as the 236th Texan and the 9,833rd American citizen to serve in the United States House of Representatives.
“To say that this has been an honor would be an understatement. Representing the citizens of the Big Country and West Texas has been one of the most rewarding times in my life. Dana and I have had the opportunity to travel this wonderful district and meet many remarkable people. Working for you has been a labor of love. I love this country and spending every day making sure we leave a bright future for the next generation has been my passion. Dana and I have experienced the American dream and I want to make sure that same opportunity exists in the future.
“There will be a lot of speculation on why I came to this decision. Some will say it’s health reasons; I feel great and I am cancer-free. The bottom line is that I really think this is the right time for my family and me to have more time together. I have a four-year-old granddaughter that I have never been with on her birthday.
“I am looking forward to the next season God has for Dana and me. I hope it brings more time for family and maybe a little more time for fly-fishing as well.
“As I have on many occasions, I want to end by saying, may God bless you and may He continue to bless the United States of America.”
WASHINGTON – Rep. Randy Neugebauer (TX-19) released the following statement today after the House unanimously passed H.R. 23, the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2015 (NWIRP) —a bill Neugebauer sponsored—to promote research and minimize the devastating effects caused by windstorms:
“In a time of divided government, I’m pleased the House and Senate have now acted unanimously to send my windstorm bill to the President’s desk. We have found that one dollar in investments in resilience against windstorms can result in up to four dollars in savings in disaster response. This important research bill helps make America safer while saving taxpayer dollars in the long run. I hope the President acts quickly to sign NWIRP into law.”
H.R. 23 originally passed the House in January and passed the Senate in July with an amendment by unanimous consent.Read More
Neugebauer Windstorm Bill May Become Law Soon
In January, the House overwhelmingly passed my windstorm bill (National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2015, H.R. 23) to promote research and minimize the devastating effects caused by windstorms. Research institutions like the National Wind Institute at Texas Tech University, whose origins came about in the wake of the deadly 1970 Lubbock tornado, have better increased our understanding of the effects of windstorms on structures and how we can better mitigate these damages. We have found that $1 in investments in resilience against windstorms can result in up to $4 dollars in savings in disaster response. This will help save lives and taxpayer dollars. In July, the Senate unanimously passed my bill with an amendment. This week, the House is expected to once again vote on my bill and hopefully send it to become law soon.
Voting to Stop the Iran Nuclear Deal
Last Friday, I voted to stop the Iran nuclear deal from moving forward and to suspend President Obama’s authority to lift sanctions on the Iranian regime—the world’s leading state-sponsor and financier of terrorism. The Obama Administration traded sanctions—which were working—for sanctions relief. Under this flawed deal, Iranian terrorists that have helped kill American soldiers by arming insurgents will now have access to another $100 billion. And instead of international inspections into Iran’s nuclear sites, this deal allows Iran to self-inspect with an unprecedented side-deal between the regime and the International Atomic Energy Agency. A side-deal that the American people and Congress have not seen. While the Obama Administration continues to celebrate this deal as a so-called diplomatic achievement, the Iranian regime continues to hold four Americans hostage. They should be immediately freed. Since the deal was first announced, it has only become clearer that this is a win for Iran at the expense of the safety and security of the American people, Israel, and our allies throughout the world. We can do much better. I hope the Senate will join us and to listen to the overwhelming majority of Americans who oppose this deal and a nuclear Iran.
Defunding Planned Parenthood
This week, the House is expected to vote on the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015. I’m a proud cosponsor of this important pro-life legislation that stops the flow of taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood and instead reroutes this money to other public health providers that serve low-income women without performing abortions. The Planned Parenthood scandal is outrageous and highlights the importance of quickly defunding this organization. At a time when America’s unborn remain under attack from radical abortion groups, I’m pleased the House will act to defend our children and the sanctity of life.
House Lawsuit Against Obamacare Moves Forward
Last week, a federal judge ruled that the House of Representatives could move forward with its lawsuit against President Obama for his executive overreach in spending taxpayer dollars on Obamacare without congressional approval. This is encouraging news and a good development in our efforts to hold the President accountable as intended under our Constitution. I’m hopeful this latest legal challenge will be successful, but I believe we must ultimately fully repeal Obamacare.
WASHINGTON – Rep. Randy Neugebauer (TX-19) released the following statement today after voting against H.R. 3461, legislation to approve the Iran nuclear deal, and voting for H.R. 3460, legislation to suspend President Obama’s authority to lift sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program:
“Today, I voted to stop the Iran nuclear deal from moving forward and to suspend President Obama’s authority to lift sanctions on the Iranian regime—the world’s leading state-sponsor and financier of terrorism. The Obama Administration traded sanctions—which were working—for sanctions relief. Under this flawed deal, Iranian terrorists that have helped kill American soldiers by arming insurgents will now have access to another $100 billion. And instead of international inspections into Iran’s nuclear sites, this deal allows Iran to self-inspect with an unprecedented side-deal between the regime and the International Atomic Energy Agency. A side-deal that the American people and Congress have not seen.
“While the Obama Administration continues to celebrate this deal as a so-called diplomatic achievement, the Iranian regime continues to hold four Americans hostage. They should be immediately freed. Since the deal was first announced, it has only become clearer that this is a win for Iran at the expense of the safety and security of the American people, Israel, and our allies throughout the world. We can do much better. The House has acted, and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to join us and to listen to the overwhelming majority of Americans who oppose this deal and a nuclear Iran.”
WASHINGTON – Congressman Randy Neugebauer (TX-19) today announced that his office has 26 standing room only tickets available to see Pope Francis on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on September 24, 2015. This will be the first time a Pope has ever visited the U.S. Capitol and addressed Congress.
Ticketholders will be able to watch the Pope’s address to Congress via a live webcast on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. The Pope is expected to make a brief appearance on the West Front following his remarks.
Residents of the 19th Congressional District of Texas are eligible to request up to two tickets, and tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested constituents can contact Congressman Neugebauer’s Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-4005. The deadline to requests tickets is Friday, September 11, 2015. Ticketholders are responsible for their own transportation costs, and tickets may not be sold or transferred.
A Busy September
This week, the House is back in session and there is a lot of work to do. A big focus will be on the current continuing resolution to fund the government which expires on September 30th. At a time when our national debt is over $18.3 trillion and growing—a tab of over $57,100 per American citizen—we need to get serious about our spending-driven debt crisis. We can’t keep kicking the can down the road and jeopardize our nation’s fiscal future and the opportunity of generations to follow. You can be sure this debate will also focus on the taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood. Aside from getting our fiscal house in order, Congress is also expected to move forward a resolution of disapproval on the Iran nuclear deal. Iran remains the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism, they continue to hold Americans hostage, and this bad deal would allow the Iranian regime to self-inspect its own nuclear site. I’m hopeful Congress listens to the American people and stops this bad deal.
Texas Court Blocks ESA Listing of Lesser Prairie Chicken
Last week, the Western District Court of Texas blocked the Endangered Species Act’s (ESA) “threatened” listing of the lesser prairie chicken. This is a huge win for our TX19 farmers, ranchers, and small business owners. In his opinion, District Judge Junell wrote U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) “analysis was neither ‘rigorous’ nor valid as FWS failed to consider important questions and material information necessary to make a proper…evaluation.” Our local communities have done a lot of great voluntary work to protect our environment and endangered species in our region. We do it more effectively and efficiently than the federal government. That is why I have previously fought for and will continue to lead efforts to reform the ESA listing process and make it more accountable and transparent. We need Texans in control of these important local decisions, not bureaucrats in Washington.
307,000 Veterans May Have Died Waiting for VA Health Care
Last week, we got some truly disgraceful and shocking news: 307,000 of our nation’s veterans—who have sacrificed so much—may have died as a result of the VA’s Enrollment System, long waits, and unaccountable bureaucrats. This according to a just released Inspect General report, details the real-world consequences of the VA’s mismanagement and scandal-ridden operating procedures. Our veterans deserve much better. That’s why the House has acted to pass reforms like the VA Accountability Act to make it easier to fire bureaucrats that fail our veterans. Since the scandal was revealed, only three have been fired. We need to change the entire corruption of culture at the VA and ultimately need the President to work with Congress to bring further reforms to this failing federal agency.
Remembering September 11th, Honoring America’s Heroes
This Friday marks the 14th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Please join me in praying for and remembering the lives lost and the families forever changed on that tragic day. Fourteen years later, we are still inspired by the heroic actions of our brave first responders who sacrificed themselves so others might live. September 11th must also be a reminder that freedom is not free. There are still terrorists around the world that continue to wish harm on America and our ideals. Thankfully, Americans have risen and continue to rise to the occasion—especially our servicemen and women who sacrifice so much to keep us safe. For those heroes that paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom, we are eternally grateful. May God continue to watch over us and may He continue to bless the United States of America.
Repealing Obamacare’s Medical Device Tax
Last week—and with my support—the House passed the Protect Medical Innovation Act (H.R. 160) to repeal Obamacare’s medical device tax. Instead of focusing on policies that encourage medical innovation, the medical device tax raises the cost of health care products that millions of Americans rely on—including pacemakers, MRI machines, and insulin pumps. Only in Washington would this be considered a good idea. The medical device tax is bad for the future of health care in TX19 and is bad for job creation and economic growth. While there is bipartisan support to repeal this tax, the Obama Administration continues to threaten to veto this common sense measure. We must continue to fight. Conservatives in Congress have a plan to shift the focus of health care in America back to the patients. Earlier this month, I cosponsored the American Health Care Reform Act—a bill to fully repeal Obamacare and put American families back in control of their health care decisions. Click here to learn more about the details of this conservative solution.
Holding the Obama Administration Accountable
Last night, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released 20,000 pages of emails, that according to Fox News, “show that MIT economist Jonathan Gruber – who claimed the authors of Obamacare took advantage of the ‘stupidity of the American voter,’ – played a much bigger role in drafting the law than previously known.” At the time, the Obama Administration tried to distance themselves from Gruber’s comments, but these newly released emails prove that was misleading. Instead of being independent, Gruber actually worked very closely with the Administration during the creation of Obamacare. This is yet another example of the lack of transparency from this Administration and highlights the importance of Congressional oversight.
Mobile Office Visits Continue This Week
My office will hit the road again this week to make it easier for constituents to get help with a federal agency or voice opinions on policy issues. My staff will be in Breckenridge, Albany, Throckmorton, Haskell, Aspermont, Anson, Sweetwater, and Roby. For more information on the times and locations please click here. We hope to see you this week!
Sending Our Thoughts and Prayers to Charleston, SC
Last week, Dana and I were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC. We are sending our thoughts and prayers to the victims, their families, and all of their loved ones. May God bring comfort to the church congregation and the entire community.
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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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We are eternally grateful for their service and sacrifice in defense of our freedom.
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Our hearts go out to all of the families & loved ones, as well as everyone in the Dyess & Abilene community, during this time of grief.
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Dana & I send our prayers to the American heroes—including 4 Airmen from Dyess—who were killed in this tragic plane crash in Afghanistan.
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Very proud my windstorm bill was signed into law. Second bill of 2015! https://t.co/V02ULkw0hr
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I look forward to continue working with both sides of the aisle to gain additional support & move this common sense bill through Congress.
This morning, I had the great privilege of hosting a group of nearly 100 U.S. veterans, family members and volunteers for a tour of the U.S.
Dana and I send our prayers to the American heroes—including four Airmen from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas—who were killed in this tragic
I’m proud to cosponsor Rep. Mick Mulvaney's amendment to defund Planned Parenthood in the government funding bill (continuing resolution).
I’m proud to stand with the Childress Police Department and all those across Texas who defend our national motto “In God We Trust.”
In response to Speaker Boehner's announcement that he will retire at the end of October, I issued the following statement: "First and foremost,