WASHINGTON – Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), Vice-Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement after media reports suggested the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Secretary Vilsack felt the Department lacked the legal authority to designate cottonseed oil as an “other oilseed” under the Farm Bill:
“The economic crisis in the cotton industry continues to harm not only the hardworking farm families in West Texas, but is also having a ripple effect throughout the entire region’s economy. Under the current Farm Bill, it is clear that Secretary Vilsack has the legal authority to designate cottonseed oil and I am extremely disappointed that the Secretary has chosen not to do so. I would urge the Secretary to take any and all actions that he feels are still available to quickly help those in need and I look forward to working with him to do so. Washington cannot turn its back on rural America.”
WASHINGTON – Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) issued the following statement after Texas Tech University was designated a Tier One Carnegie university:
“I would like to congratulate Chancellor Duncan, former Chancellor Hance, and the entire Texas Tech community on achieving the Tier One Carnegie designation. I know this process took many years of hard work, and this designation rightly reflects the great research, teaching, and commitment Texas Tech provides for its students. Dana and I are very proud Red Raiders and look forward to Texas Tech continuing to lead our country forward as one of the top public institutions in America.”
House to Vote on Iran Sanctions, Override President’s Reconciliation Veto
This week, the House is back in session and we will be voting on some important foreign policy and conservative domestic priorities. The House is expected to consider the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act (H.R. 3662) to enhance Congressional oversight of U.S. economic and trade sanctions with the Iranian regime. This bill would also make it harder for President Obama to remove certain sanctioned Iranians or Iranian entities from U.S. sanctions lists. Iran remains the largest state-sponsor of terrorism and we must continue to move forward common sense bills like this one to keep the American people safe. This week, the House is also expected to vote on a bill to override President Obama’s veto of our reconciliation bill—the bill that dismantled major parts of Obamacare and defunded Planned Parenthood. These are top conservative priorities and I am hopeful we can get the votes necessary to override the President and move these measures into law.
America Continues to Fall Behind on Economic Freedom
Today, the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal released the 2016 Index of Economic Freedom. According to the Heritage Foundation, “the 2016 Index highlights the precipitous decline of America’s economic freedom since 2008. Ratings for labor freedom, business freedom, and fiscal freedom have lagged notably over the past year, and the regulatory burden is becoming increasingly costly. Consequently, the United States remains mired in the ranks of the “mostly free,” the second tier economic freedom status.” Increased government spending, burdensome and inefficient regulations, and one-size-fits-all Washington laws like Obamacare have only contributed to our drop in the rankings. The U.S. is now behind countries like Australia and Canada. We must do better. To increase opportunity for more Americans and leave a better quality of life for future generations, I am working in Congress to reverse this trend. I encourage you to visit the Heritage Foundation’s website to learn more about this important report.
Honoring Black History Month
In 1925, historian Carter Woodson started a movement to spend a week bringing awareness to the role of African Americans in our national history. Today, that week has now become a month, and we mark February as Black History Month. I hope you will join me in honoring and celebrating the achievements and contributions that African Americans have made in shaping the 19th District of Texas and our great nation.
Today’s Deadline: Register to Vote in the March 1, 2016 Texas Primary
It’s important to exercise your constitutional right to vote and be an active member of our democracy. Today is the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming Texas Primary Election on March 1, 2016. You can visit http://www.votetexas.gov/faq/ to learn more about the process and find answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the March 1, 2016 Primary Election. This website, powered by the Texas Secretary of State, is a great resource for all of your voting questions.
Sanctions and the Iranian Regime
Hours before President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address, Iran captured 10 U.S. Sailors, forced them to their knees, and held them at gunpoint. While the President failed to mention this during his speech, the Obama Administration—including Vice President Biden—rushed to defend the encounter as “standard nautical practice.” Our servicemen and women should never be forced to their knees by the Iranians. And just recently, the Iran nuclear agreement moved forward with the lifting of economic sanctions—sending more than $100 billion to the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Even President Obama said, “do we think that with the sanctions coming down, that Iran will have some additional resources for its military and for some of the activities in the region that are a threat to us and a threat to our allies? I think that is a likelihood, that they’ve got some additional resources.” This is a shocking quote and highlights how fundamentally flawed this deal is. We need to do more to keep the American people safe, and the House is expected to soon consider legislation blocking the lifting of further sanctions.
Marching for Life
Last Friday, Washington, D.C. braced for a historic snowstorm. That did not stop the thousands of courageous Americans who took to the streets of our nation’s capital and participated in the annual March for Life. The March for Life takes place on the anniversary of Roe v Wade—the ruling that legalized abortion throughout the United States. Each year, despite the freezing temperatures or inclement weather, the March always goes on. I am proud to stand with the pro-life movement and fight together for the unborn. I pray for a day that the entire country stands with us for the sanctity of life.
Overriding the President’s Veto on Obamacare, Planned Parenthood
Earlier this month, President Obama vetoed a “reconciliation” bill that would have dismantled Obamacare and defunded Planned Parenthood. While the President’s veto was expected, I believe we need to keep fighting for our conservative priorities and stand-up for the American people dissatisfied with the failures of a federal government that continues to grow in both scope and size. We made major progress, and if we had a Republican President, this bill would have become law. Instead, we must now gather enough votes to override the President’s veto. This should be a top priority when Congress returns to session, and I expect the House to vote on a measure in early February to override the President’s veto.
LUBBOCK, TEXAS – Rep. Randy Neugebauer (TX-19) issued the following statement today mourning the passing of Texas Tech student Braden Joplin:
“Dana and I send our thoughts and prayers to the family of Braden Joplin and all of his loved ones. Raised in West Texas and as a student at Texas Tech, Braden was one of our own. As a volunteer on the campaign trail, he was working hard to make America stronger and our democracy better. Today, we mourn his tragic passing—a life taken too soon. During this difficult time, we pray for God to comfort Braden’s family and loved ones, West Texas, and the entire Texas Tech community.”
2015 - A Productive Year
While 2016 is just getting started, I wanted to take some time to reflect on 2015 and the five conservative solutions I championed into law to address some of our nation’s challenges. The first bill to become law in 2015 was the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 26), a bill I sponsored to increase taxpayer protections, encourage greater private sector terrorism insurance participation, and help jumpstart economic growth by providing regulatory relief for farmers, ranchers, and small business owners. My second bill to become law was the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2015 (H.R. 23) to promote research and minimize the devastating effects caused by windstorms. This important research bill helps make America safer while saving taxpayer dollars in the long run.
Three more of my bills were also packaged into larger pieces of legislation that were able to become law. This includes the Protecting Life in Funding Education Act of 2015 (H.R. 463), to restrict funding to school districts that contract with third party “school-based health centers” unless they certify they won’t perform abortions and won’t provide abortion referrals or materials to students. This also includes my bill to ease fuel transport restrictions for our hardworking farmers, which became a part of the long-term transportation bill. Finally, the concepts of H.R. 1798, a bill I introduced to prohibit the Department of Treasury from assigning tax statuses based political beliefs or activities was included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016. In a time of divided government, I am especially pleased these conservative priorities were able to become law, and I look forward to fighting for further legislative gains in 2016 to make America stronger.
Holding the EPA Accountable, Fighting for Our Farmers and Ranchers
Last week, I voted for and the House passed a Congressional Review Act resolution to disapprove of the EPA’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. This disapproval comes after a federal appeals court blocked the WOTUS rule in October of 2015, and after the House passed a bill I supported in June of 2015 to prevent the Obama Administration from moving forward on the WOTUS rule. We cannot allow the federal government to greatly expand what is considered “navigable water” under federal jurisdiction to include even runoff ditches and stock ponds on our private property. I will continue to fight against this overreach and protect our hardworking farmers and ranchers from overreaching bureaucrats in Washington.
March for Life
This Friday in Washington, DC is the March for Life—the world’s largest pro-life event. The March for Life marks the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. As a Congressman, one of my top priorities has always been to fight for the unborn and the pro-life movement. That is why I have introduced pro-life legislation and fought for the sanctity of life at every opportunity. Each year, I am inspired by the many Americans who come to our nation’s capital and march and pray for life. We must not give up this fight, we cannot give up this fight, and we will not give up this fight. If you will be in Washington, DC for the March for Life, please be sure to stop by my Capitol Hill office and say hello.
Honoring Dr. King’s Legacy
Please join Dana and I in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy of service and faith. Today, we are especially reminded of his commitment to peace and equality. May God Bless you and may He continue to Bless the United States of America.
President Obama’s Final State of the Union Address
Tomorrow night, President Obama will deliver his final State of the Union address. I expect the President to reflect on his legacy and argue that our country is headed in the right direction. But the facts tell a different story. Since the President took office, the federal government has greatly expanded in both scope and in size. In 2009, our national debt was roughly $10.6 trillion. It is expected that when this President leaves office the national debt will be right around $20 trillion. This is disgraceful. Laws like Obamacare and Dodd-Frank have failed to deliver what they promised to do and only further harmed opportunity for individuals and families across the country. And because of these one-size-fits all laws and regulatory overreach from Washington, our economy continues to remain in one of the slowest recoveries in modern times. Instead of unifying our nation, the President has divided us. And instead of working with Congress, the President has used executive actions to work around Congress. While America faces a lot of challenges, I am still optimistic that with the right President and bold conservative policies, our nation can get back on track and we can preserve the American Dream for future generations.
Voting to Dismantle Obamacare, Defund Planned Parenthood
Last week, I voted to start the New Year by fulfilling an old promise—to dismantle Obamacare. For the first time ever, the President had to consider an Obamacare repeal bill and defend a fundamentally flawed law that continues to fail the American people. The bill we sent him was the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act (H.R. 372). Also included in this much-needed legislation was a measure to defund Planned Parenthood and protect the unborn. While the President vetoed this legislation as we expected, I believe it is important that Republicans continue to fight for what we believe in and offer bold and conservative solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems. That means we must also continue to fight to override the President’s veto. And while we control the House and the Senate, this vote only highlights the importance of controlling the third leg of the stool and electing a Republican President to solidify conservative legislative victories in 2017.
Protecting the Constitution and the Second Amendment
President Obama once again overstepped his constitutional authority by announcing executive actions to restrict the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. Unfortunately, these misguided executive actions are just another political attack from the White House to further infringe upon the constitutional rights of the American people—these actions will do nothing to prevent violence or enhance safety in our communities. I want you to know that I stand with the many law-abiding gun owners across West Texas and the Big Country, and I will continue to fight to protect the right to keep and bear arms and all of our constitutional liberties. Ultimately, I believe the courts will challenge these executive actions and the rule of law will prevail.
WASHINGTON – In November of 2015, the Senate passed a budget bill under the process of “reconciliation” to repeal key parts of Obamacare—including coverage subsidies, credits, and the Medicaid expansion in 2018—while defunding Planned Parenthood. Today, and with Rep. Randy Neugebauer’s (R-TX) support, the House approved this legislation, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act (H.R. 3762) and sent it to President Obama’s desk. This is the first time an Obamacare repeal bill has made it to the President’s desk.
“Today, I voted to start the New Year by fulfilling an old promise—to dismantle Obamacare. For the first time ever, the President will have to consider an Obamacare repeal bill and defend a fundamentally flawed law that continues to fail the American people. Also included in this much-needed legislation is a measure to defund Planned Parenthood and protect the unborn. While the President is expected to veto this bill, I believe it is important that Republicans continue to fight for what we believe in and offer bold and conservative solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems. We control the House and the Senate, but today’s vote only highlights the importance of controlling the third leg of the stool and electing a Republican President to solidify conservative legislative victories in 2017,” Rep. Neugebauer said.
Conservative and Pro-Life Groups Supporting Today’s Bill:
American Center for Law and Justice
American Conservative Union
American Principles Project
Americans for Prosperity
Americans for Tax Reform
Americans United for Life
Conservative Women for America
Focus on the Family
Heritage Action for America
Independent Women’s Voice
Liberty Council Action
March for Life
National Center for Policy Analysis
National Institute of Family and Life Advocates
National Taxpayers Union
Population Research Institute
Priests for Life
Students for Life
Susan B Anthony
The Justice Foundation
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Traditional Values Coalition
WASHINGTON – Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) released the following statement today after President Obama announced executive actions to restrict guns in America:
“President Obama once again overstepped his constitutional authority by announcing executive actions to restrict the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. These misguided executive actions are just another political attack from the White House to further infringe upon the constitutional rights of the American people—these actions will do nothing to prevent violence or enhance safety in our communities. I stand with the many law-abiding gun owners across West Texas and the Big Country, and I will continue to fight to protect the right to keep and bear arms and all of our constitutional liberties. Ultimately, I believe the courts will challenge today’s actions and the rule of law will prevail.”
President Obama’s Executive Actions on Guns
In a New Year’s Day message, President Obama expressed his desire to use executive actions to restrict the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. The President is expected to meet with the Attorney General today to finalize these executive actions and announce them soon. While we do not know the specific proposals, it is clear that the President is attempting to circumvent Congress after the Senate failed to advance his previous proposals on guns. As your Congressman, I can assure you that I will fight to protect your Second Amendment rights and defend your constitutional liberties. I will continue to update you as we receive more information on the President’s outrageous proposals.
The Week Ahead: House to Advance Obamacare Repeal Measure
In November, the Senate passed a budget bill to repeal key parts of Obamacare—including coverage subsidies, credits, and the Medicaid expansion in 2018—while defunding Planned Parenthood. Under the expedited legislative process of “reconciliation” the Senate was able to secure passage of this important legislation with a simple 50-vote majority instead of the usual 60-vote threshold required per Senate rules. This week, the House is expected to take-up this measure and send it to the President—the first time a substantive repeal bill will have reached his desk. While we are expecting the President to veto the bill, we must continue to fight to repeal this flawed law. And while it’s critical that we ultimately repeal Obamacare, we must also replace it with a conservative solution. House Republicans are working on that replacement bill and further legislative proposals are expected in 2016. This must remain a top priority.
Helping Constituents, Serving the Community
As we begin 2016, I would like to remind you of the services our office provides to constituents of the 19th District. Please be sure to contact us if you need help with a federal agency. My staff has helped thousands of constituents who have questions or need help working with federal agencies. If you can't get an answer from an agency in a reasonable time, we might be able to help resolve a problem or get you the information you need. You may also order U.S. flags from our office—including flags flown over the U.S. Capitol Building. And for those interested in visiting our nation’s capital, my office can assist with tours and tickets of popular attractions. Finally, one of the greatest honors of serving the 19th District is nominating young men and women to our service academies. If you are considering applying to a military academy or want to learn more about the process, please visit my online military academy nomination page. With offices in Lubbock, Abilene, Big Spring, and Washington, DC, I look forward to working on your behalf and serving you in this new year.
As we move into January, I wanted to share with you an article from the Washington Post that details how deadly the annual flu virus can be. Specifically, “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that since the 1970s, influenza has killed between 3,000 and 49,000 people each year, most of whom were 65 or older. An average of 200,000 people per year get so sick they have to be hospitalized, including 20,000 children under 5, whose immune systems haven’t fully developed. In 2011-2012, the latest flu season for which the CDC has firm numbers, the illness killed 37 kids under 18. It killed 122 children the season before and 348 during the 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemic.” Furthermore, “a CDC report in December 2014 found that if flu vaccination levels had reached the government’s target of 70 percent during the 2013-2014 flu season, 5.9 million illnesses and 42,000 flu-related hospitalizations could have been avoided.” With the flu season upon us, I encourage you to read more about the impact the flu can have on our communities.
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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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President Obama's proposed tax hike on oil will only raise energy prices and kill TX jobs. Thankfully, this proposal is dead on arrival!
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