Randy Neugebauer

Randy Neugebauer

TEXAS' 19th DISTRICT

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Neugebauer Bill Included in House Passed Endangered Species Act Reform Package

2014/07/29

WASHINGTON – Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), a member of the Endangered Species Act Congressional Working Group, today applauded the House for passing H.R. 4315, the 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act, to reform the ESA listing process by making it more accountable and transparent. H.R. 4315 includes Neugebauer’s bill, the State, Tribal, and Local Species Transparency and Recovery Act to require the federal government to share the data used to justify ESA listing decisions before a listing is finalized, and incorporate state data into listing decisions. Neugebauer issued the following statement after House passage:

“Landowners, businesses, and families in West Texas and the Big Country have seen firsthand the sweeping negative consequences of an endangered species listing. While our neighbors are forced to navigate through increased compliance costs and frivolous lawsuits, these listings are decided by bureaucrats in Washington, often without making sure the scientific data used to support the decision is accurate and transparent. My bill fixes this Washington-knows-best approach and empowers state and local experts who have a much better understanding of West Texas and the Big Country. This is a first step towards putting Texans back in charge of conservation efforts in their own backyard, and working to recover species instead of just adding them to a list. I thank Chairman Hastings for including my bill in this ESA reform package, and I applaud the House for passing these much-needed reforms.”

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Randy's Roundup: My ESA Reform Bill on the Floor, Suing President Obama, and Celebrating Military Chaplains

2014/07/29

Neugebauer Endangered Species Reform Bill on the Floor When the lesser prairie chicken was listed as “threatened”, we in West Texas saw how a single listing can affect hundreds of thousands of people.  The federal government has had the authority to restrict the use of private property, even without reimbursing the owner.  That can restrict farmers and ranchers, energy producers, and overall economic development.  We can’t afford to expose our landowners to the high costs of a listing and the frivolous lawsuits that often follow, especially without making sure the data used to support the decision is accurate and transparent.

As a member of the ESA Working Group, we put together four ESA reform bills to fix this broken system.  My bill requires the federal government to share the data they use to justify their ESA listing decisions with the states before a listing is finalized. States need the chance to respond when the scientific data isn’t accurate.  My bill would also require the federal government to consider state and local government data on the issue. In my experience, state and local experts understand West Texas much better than any bureaucrat in Washington.  

My bill passed the Natural Resources Committee in April, and now my reforms will be included in the 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act this week.  I look forward to voting on these common sense reforms to bring transparency and opportunity to the ESA listing process.  This is a good first step towards putting Texans back in charge of the environment in their own backyard.  

 

Suing the President for Executive Overreach

Remember when President Obama unilaterally delayed Obamacare’s employer mandate without Congressional approval – twice?  Or when he tried to grossly expand EPA’s authority?  How about when he told us all he needs to push his own liberal agenda without Congress is a pen and a phone?  What I have been hearing from you in West Texas is that the President’s abusing his authority, and he’s taking our country in the wrong direction.  I agree.  I’m especially worried about his unilateral actions to bypass Congress – and bypass the U.S. Constitution.

In the House, we’re working to stop his executive overreach.  We’ve passed multiple bills to hold him accountable to you and to his Presidential oath to uphold the Constitution, but he and the Senate Democrats have ignored them time and time again.  So now the House is taking the lead on a lawsuit against President Obama.  It will center on his unilateral actions in implementing Obamacare, and it will require the President to start doing his job – executing the law.  This week we’ll vote on a bill to authorize Speaker Boehner to file a lawsuit on behalf of all of us in the House.  I’m listening to you, and I’m sending a strong message to the President – we won’t sit back and let him override the Constitution.

 

Celebrating Military Chaplains

Tomorrow marks the 239th anniversary of the Army Chaplain Corps.  Our Army’s chaplains fulfill an invaluable role, providing spiritual and moral support to our service members and their families.  Thank you to all of our men and women in uniform, their families, and those who support them through their incredible sacrifice for our country.

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Texas Republicans Unite in Letter to President Obama, Urge Specific Action to Address Border Crisis

2014/07/24

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Randy Neugebauer (TX-19) joined the Texas Republican Congressional delegation in sending a letter to President Obama outlining specific policy actions the President can immediately take to address the national security and humanitarian crisis on the Southern Border.

“Mr. President, you have the authority to stop the surge of illegal entries by immigrant minors today.  Enforcing current immigration laws will go a long way to solving the border crisis,” the delegation writes.

Read the entire letter here and below:

Dear Mr. President,

As members of the Texas delegation, we watch our state endure the impact of illegal immigrant children streaming across our border.  Our hearts go out to those who have suffered during their long journeys to the United States.

But we cannot allow this tragedy to continue.  A country that has lost control of its borders has lost control of its future. 

Mr. President, you have the authority to stop the surge of illegal entries by immigrant minors today.  Enforcing current immigration laws will go a long way to solving the border crisis. 

We therefore urge you to take the following actions to address the current national security and humanitarian crisis on the Southern Border:

1.       Suspend your efforts to issue new Executive Orders that weaken enforcement of our immigration laws.  Your Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Executive Order has shielded over half a million illegal immigrants from current law.  And has sent the regrettable message that illegal immigration will not be punished in the United States.

2.       End the catch-and-release policy that gives convicted criminal immigrants and illegal immigrants a free pass.  Last year, 36,000 criminal immigrants with 88,000 convictions were released from jail to roam our neighborhoods and commit additional crimes instead of being detained and deported.

3.       Improve cooperation with local law enforcement agencies so they can help enforce our immigration laws and identify criminal immigrants.

4.       Don’t tolerate immigration fraud, which encourages more illegal immigrants to make false claims so they can remain in the United States.

5.       Expedite the processing and removal of illegal immigrants who are apprehended at our Southern Border.  We can only deter future waves of illegal immigration through swift and certain enforcement of our immigration laws.

            Your administration has used existing laws as an excuse for your failure to end the national security and humanitarian crisis on our Southern Border.  However, the majority of immigrants apprehended at the border during this crisis can be legally repatriated immediately.  Instead, you have permitted almost all to remain in the United States, further encouraging illegal immigration. 

Please take the actions cited above to enforce our immigration laws and restore order on the Southern Border.  This will save lives and discourage those you have enticed to enter illegally through your current policies.

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Lubbock Town Hall Listening Session

2014/07/24

I'll be holding a Town Hall Listening Session in Lubbock on August 12th.  This is a community event open to the public where you can voice your thoughts and concerns abuot what's going on in Washington, and share your ideas to build a better America.  I will do my best to answer all of your questions, and representatives from my staff will be ready to assist you with veterans' benefits, social security concerns, and many other issues.

I look forward to seeing you there!

 

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Neugebauer: Dodd-Frank Introduces Regulatory Risk, Harms Community Financial Institutions

2014/07/23

WASHINGTON - Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, delivered an opening statement at today’s Financial Services Committee hearing on the impact of the Dodd-Frank Act four years later:

As Prepared for Delivery

The Dodd-Frank Act was the most far-reaching financial reform legislation since the great depression. To give you an idea of the immensity of this bill; if you were to stack the Securities and Exchange Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Gramm Leach Bliley Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and every amendment tacked on to those acts over the years, you would still need 600 pages to equate the Dodd-Frank Act.

The passage of this Act came with 398 required rulemakings compared to just 16 for Sarbanes-Oxley. That is nearly 25 times the impact of Sarbanes-Oxley and our companies and markets are still struggling to deal with the unintended consequences of that law. According to the regulatory agencies themselves, businesses would need to dedicate over 24 million man hours per year just to comply with the first 225 rules of Dodd-Frank. That is more than the amount of man hours it took to build the entire Panama Canal.

These regulatory burdens have an enormous impact on the health of our economy and have introduced a new type of risk to our economy called regulatory risk. This growing regulatory risk brought about by the Dodd-Frank Act is having a severe negative impact on our economy; particularly on our small businesses and community banks.

For example, according to the Small Business Administration, the value of micro business loans – measured as loans of less than $100,000 – have declined every year since the passage of Dodd-Frank and have declined overall from $170 billion in 2008 to $138 billion in 2013. This is because the costs associated with making smaller loans far outweigh the benefits for any of our community financial institutions.

As Jim Purcell, the CEO of State National Bank in Big Spring, TX said before this committee: “every extra dollar of compliance costs is one less dollar to spend on customer service, one more dollar of cost that ultimately must be passed through to consumer.”

Mr. Chairman, I applaud you for holding this important hearing and I implore my colleagues on the other side to help us to end this madness.

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Randy's Roundup: International Outlook

2014/07/22

International Outlook This past week, we’ve all seen the international unrest in the news.  Violence between Israel and Hamas is flaring up in Gaza, and questions about the Malaysian Airlines flight shot down in Ukraine remain unanswered.  I want you to know I’m following these events, and I welcome your input on how the U.S. should move forward.

Federal Spending Update As you know, the House of Representatives controls the federal purse strings, and we’ve been the leaders in putting together a detailed spending plan for Fiscal Year 2015.  We’re able to set guidelines on how each federal agency spends their money, so we’re setting national priorities for the coming year. For example, the Financial Services appropriations bill, which passed the House last week, cuts all funding for the IRS to implement Obamacare.  We’ve prevented your tax dollars from being used to subsidize abortion coverage for federal employees, and we’ve denied the Vice President a pay raise, all in one House-passed spending bill.  We can also increase funding in key areas, like ensuring our selfless troops get a 1.8% raise for their continued sacrifice, instead of the 1% raise requested by this administration.

Since my last update, the House has passed four more spending bills, totaling 7 out of the 12 appropriations bills.  But we need the Senate to move on these bills too, so we can send them to the White House for the President’s signature.  We have 5 more to go, so we’ll continue to discuss funding for the remaining federal departments, including homeland security and foreign operations, labor and health funding, and education.  I’ll keep fighting to get our spending under-control, and I hope you’ll share your spending priorities in these areas with me too.

Simplifying the Tax Code for Families As a parent and grandparent, I know there’s nothing more rewarding than building a family.  But I also know having kids can come at a high cost.  This week, the House will vote on two bills to streamline our current tax code to reduce the cost of starting a family and sending your kids to college.  The Child Tax Credit Improvement Act of 2014 adjusts the child tax credit to account for recent inflation and eliminates our current tax code’s marriage penalty by adjusting the threshold for married couples to qualify for the credit.  This allows more parents to access this important benefit.  The Student and Family Tax Simplification Act streamlines four existing education tax credits into one consolidated American Opportunity Tax Credit.  This bill eases the financial burden of higher education, so more low- and middle-income families can afford to send their kids to college.  Together, these two bills will help families plan, save, and invest in education.  They’ll reduce the financial stress parents face so they can focus on what’s most important: their family.

Defending Our Veterans’ Religious Freedom Just after we found out about the VA covering up wait times for veterans, we found out they’re also covering up Christian symbols in VA chapels.  We’ve heard reports that the VA has hidden a statue of Jesus Christ, a cross, and an altar in order to promote the appearance of ‘religious neutrality.’  This dishonors our veterans and our longstanding history of religious freedom.  I sent a letter to Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson asking him to clarify the origin of their ‘religious neutrality’ policy and to find out what safeguards they’ve put in place to ensure our veterans maintain their constitutional right to religious freedom.  Our veterans should be able to attend a VA chapel and freely practice their religion, without this clear infringement of their constitutional rights.  I’ll keep you updated on my efforts to support religious freedom for our veterans, and for every American citizen. 

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Tahoka Mobile Office Hours

2014/07/22

Representatives from my staff will travel across the district to smaller communities that don't have quite as easy access to my three main offices in Lubbock, Big Spring, and Abilene. We hope you'll come out to voice your opinions, get help with your veterans' benefits and social security, and ask questions about my stances. We're here to help!

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Jayton Mobile Office Hours

2014/07/22

Representatives from my staff will travel across the district to smaller communities that don't have quite as easy access to my three main offices in Lubbock, Big Spring, and Abilene. We hope you'll come out to voice your opinions, get help with your veterans' benefits and social security, and ask questions about my stances. We're here to help!

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Post Mobile Office Hours

2014/07/22

Representatives from my staff will travel across the district to smaller communities that don't have quite as easy access to my three main offices in Lubbock, Big Spring, and Abilene. We hope you'll come out to voice your opinions, get help with your veterans' benefits and social security, and ask questions about my stances. We're here to help!

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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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