Washington, D.C. – Norman Elroy Weber, father of Congressman Randy Weber (R-TX), passed away on Wednesday June 14, 2017. Norman, known by many as Norm, was a World War II veteran – part of the Greatest Generation – and a gentleman through and through. His patriotism and deep love of family were well-known and part of his enduring legacy. Quiet yet boisterous, Norm’s quick wit and measured wisdom will not soon be forgotten. The Weber family is grateful for the prayers, patience, and understanding being offered during this difficult time. Norm will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Washington, D.C. – Gulf Coast state representatives, state parks and wildlife departments, and the U.S. Department of Commerce arrived at an agreement to extend the 2017 recreational red snapper season in federal waters. Representative Randy Weber (R – Friendswood) released the following statement:
“Good News: recreational anglers now have 39 extra days to fish for red snapper in federal waters! For the remainder of summer, the federal red snapper season for recreational fishermen is extended to include Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, as well as July 3, July 4, and Labor Day. Texas state waters will close on weekdays during this period; however, there will be NO change to the recreational season in state waters during the fall. This Herculean effort by state parks departments and the Department of Commerce is one that deserves proper attention. It took work to get here. There was plenty of debate, but the voices of our recreational anglers were heard. We proved that a solution could be found.
My work on this issue is not finished. This is a stopgap measure as we continue working toward a permanent solution. As we move forward with this process, I can assure you the recreational fishermen of Texas 14 will continue to be represented.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) released the following statement in light of this morning’s shooting at the congressional baseball practice held in Alexandria, Virginia:
"Today, and every day, I am thankful for U.S Capitol Police and law enforcement officials. The senseless act of violence that occurred at this morning’s baseball practice is unnerving. My thoughts and prayers are with Majority Whip Steve Scalise; staffer, Zack Barth; former staffer, Matt Mika; Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey; and all those involved. I pray everyone has a quick recovery and returns stronger than before.”
This article was published in the Beaumont Enterprise on Sunday, June 11, 2017.
With the amount of attention we give to news cycles and social media news feeds, chances are you have seen the words "Paris Climate Accord" or some variation plenty of times in the last week. In light of the eruption of articles, we must remember, a headline and the first paragraph of an article are not enough to fully explain the implications both of the Accord and of the president's decision to withdraw from it.
The Paris Climate Accord was adopted in 2015. The Accord's objective is to "achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on ... keeping global warming below 2 degree Celsius." To achieve this goal, countries that signed the Accord submitted their Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) outlining their commitment to reduce greenhouse gases.
Though the overall goal to decrease carbon dioxide emissions is a nice sentiment, the reduction commitments made by countries are far from realistic.
For example, the United States committed to reducing carbon dioxide levels 26-28 percent by 2025. Achieving this, quite frankly, is a pipe dream.
To put this in perspective, if you combined all climate regulations proposed by the previous administration, which would cost the U.S. almost $200 billion annually, we would still only achieve around 45 percent of our commitment.
In following through with the Paris Climate Accord, we would have cost our economy trillions of dollars while simultaneously killing jobs and stifling economic growth.
The effect on jobs would be far reaching and affect people from all walks of life - especially low-income and working class families. Various industries would be set up for failure, and people would suffer. That outcome does not solve any problems; it only creates more.
Proponents of the Accord praise it for its promise of decreased global temperatures, but facts show the temperature decrease is insignificant in the grand scheme of things - 0.17 of a degree Celsius worldwide by 2100, optimistically.
The U.S. contribution, after spending trillions of dollars, will reduce temperatures by only 0.015 of a degree Celsius! Climate policy that does not help the climate is not good policy.
Opponents, myself included, argue the funds being funneled into this farce would be better spent investing in innovation and the private sector. Climate models are far too uncertain to merit the investment of trillions of federal dollars when the impact is at best, decidedly unknown, or at worst, negligible.
Aside from being void of a return on investment, the Accord is riddled with double standards. Commitments made by developing nations amount to little more than business as usual. China, for example, promised to cut greenhouse gas emissions, but not until 2030, when they are expected to peak anyway.
Other countries' participation is contingent on receiving monetary aid. For example, India has suggested it will require $2.5 trillion from the U.S. and other developed nations to pursue its INDC, which does not even commit to emissions reductions. We are all capable of working within our respective borders to reduce greenhouse gas emissions without wasting resources.
Proponents of the Accord rush to proclaim it is our only option to protect the environment. Opponents beg to differ. Facts show the U.S. has reduced carbon dioxide levels for decades and that our reduction has been significant. This was done through private sector innovation and smart investments in basic research and development - not though massive increases in federal regulations.
We do not need an agreement to tell us the environment should be protected.
Withdrawing from the Accord is not about a desire to send the world into environmental ruin - that benefits no one. Rather, withdrawing from this Accord is about investing in people and believing the key to conservation is within innovation. Innovation should be fostered, and history has repeatedly shown us regulation only stifles progress.
Americans are innovative. I believe we will continue to lead the world in technological advances in the energy industry that both foster economic growth and reduce emissions.
In order to do so, the government must take a step back - from regulations and from non-binding Accords - and let Americans work, create and progress without the suffocating hand of interference.Read More
Washington, D.C. – The House passed H.R. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act by a vote of 233 to 186. The Financial CHOICE Act ends the “too big to fail” mindset and bank bailouts; demands accountability from Wall Street and financial regulators, such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; provides regulatory relief for Main Street and community financial institutions; and unleashes opportunities for economic growth, among other things. Representative Randy Weber (R – Friendswood) released the following statement in support of the bill:
“Families and small businesses have suffered more than enough due to costly regulations and decisions from on high. Whether planning for retirement, opening a business, buying a home, or investing in the next big idea, the more than 27,600 regulations enacted by Dodd-Frank have affected our daily lives.
This is unacceptable. So, we did something about it.
We restored accountability, which has been seriously lacking since Dodd-Frank became law. Now, small businesses can access the resources they need in order to grow and continue contributing to their local communities. The CHOICE Act is tough on Wall Street, fair to Main Street, and better for everyone.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, President Donald Trump announced the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. In light of the President’s announcement, Representative Weber (R – Friendswood) issued the following statement:
“The Paris Climate Accord was poorly negotiated from the beginning. It would have cost the U.S. billions of dollars and needlessly stifled economic growth – increasing unemployment and energy prices and impoverishing more people. All of our efforts would reduce temperatures by only three one-hundredths of a degree Celsius.
We do not need an agreement in order to protect the environment. If we focus on sound science and good regulatory design, we have the opportunity to let technology and innovation protect our environment without costly and ineffective government mandates.
I applaud the President for recognizing a bad deal when he sees one and for keeping his word to put America first.”
Washington, D.C. – Texas’ 14th Congressional District received art submissions from 65 high school students for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. In late April, a judging panel selected the winner and honorable mention pieces. Jeffrey Lim, a junior from Clear Creek High School, submitted the winning piece entitled “Lone Star”.
Lim used colored pencils to give the piece a realistic feeling, and used values for the purposes of unity and form.
“Approaching the art competition, I wanted to draw something that was the definition of Texas,” Lim said. “It’s my first year in Texas, so it was actually a bit challenging. Overall, I’m happy with the piece.”
“The art competition is an event I look forward to each year. Texas 14 is home to many talented, inspiring, young artists. It is an honor to represent them and their families,” Congressman Randy Weber (R – Friendswood) said.
Friendswood High School students Caroline Velek and Brooke Langston received second place and third place honors, respectively. Fourth place honors went to Mackenzie Patureau of Brazoswood High School.
“Lone Star” will be displayed in the Capitol for the following year. The other top three pieces of art will be displayed in the district offices in Beaumont, Lake Jackson and League City.
Washington, D.C. – H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) of 2017, passed the House floor today. Representative Randy Weber (R – Friendswood), who voted in favor of the bill, issued the following statement:
“Repealing the Affordable Care Act has been a priority for me, since before I took office in January 2013. After years of proposing different solutions, House Republicans introduced a focused plan this March. The original text provided a good foundation to reduce burdens generated under the Affordable Care Act, but I did not believe the language went far enough to reduce premiums and ensure patient choice. For the past several weeks, I have continued to work tirelessly with my colleagues to negotiate language for a bill that is best for you, your family, and fellow Texans.
The bill I supported today begins the long awaited and sought after repeal of all taxes imposed by the Affordable Care Act. AHCA also takes great strides in rolling back the constitutionally-questionable regulations enacted through the Affordable Care Act, such as the employer and individuate mandates. The bill does protect those with pre-existing conditions, and also provides refundable tax benefits to encourage individuals to choose a health plan that is right for them. Additionally, it brings Medicaid into the 21st Century with the largest reforms ever enacted on the program to better serve patients. Equally important, this legislation returns decision-making power back to the state, letting Texas decide what is best for Texans. Healthcare decisions ought to be made by Texans, not by bureaucrats in Washington, DC.
AHCA affords the opportunity for the free-market to prevail, for states to best help their residents, and for the sanctity of life to be protected. With this vote, we send the legislation to the Senate for consideration. I look forward to seeing our Texas senators lead the fight to ensure our strong, conservative provisions are maintained in this important legislation.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House passed legislation to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. The final vote was 309 to 118. Representative Randy Weber (R – Friendswood) opposed passage of this omnibus funding bill. After the vote, Representative Weber issued the following statement:
“Part of our responsibility as Members of Congress is to balance the budget, but instead we have once again passed the buck, thereby avoiding the problem. Though there are some positive provisions in the continuing resolution, there are arguably not enough. We had an opportunity, with the majority in both Chambers, to bring about real change asked for by our constituents. Instead, this bill sticks with the status quo.
I could not support yet another funding bill that lacks accountability with my constituents. Through regular order and independent appropriation bills, we can responsibly fund the government, and see real change occur."
Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, April 27, Joseph “Ray” Perry, father U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, passed away. Representative Randy Weber (R – Friendswood) issued the following statement:
“It is with great sadness that we learn of Ray Perry’s passing. He was a good man and true Texan who raised his son with those same values. The Perry’s are a kind, hard-working family who love this great nation and our great state. My thoughts and prayers go out to Secretary Rick Perry and his family.”
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Congressman Randy Weber is a public servant, proven conservative and successful small business owner representing the 14th District of Texas.
Weber is a member of the Science, Space and Technology committee as well as the House Foreign Affairs committee. He holds leadership roles on both committees: Vice Chair of the Energy subcommittee and Vice Chair of the Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations subcommittee.
For the past 40 years, Randy Weber has called the Gulf Coast home – a place to start a family and build a business. Although juggling work and family takes great amounts of time and effort, Weber makes time to be an active member of his church and community.
Weber built his air conditioning company, Weber’s Air & Heat, in 1981 from scratch, and grew his business by using, what his grandfather used to call, ‘good old-fashion Texas horse sense and a strong work ethic.’ Like others who have successfully moved from business to public service, it is Weber’s real-world experience in the private sector that underpins his commitment to lower taxes, his contempt for wasteful spending and his firm dedication to better schools.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Weber served four years in the Texas State House. During his tenure, Weber served on the committees of Environmental Regulation, Public Education, and as Vice Chair of Border and Intergovernmental Affairs.
As the Vice Chair of the Energy subcommittee of Science, Space, and Technology, Randy Weber has been a leader in the effort to unleash the energy industry. On May 22, Weber’s first amendment passed the House floor, this amendment incorporates the scientific findings to provide further reason why the Keystone XL Pipeline permits should be approved.
While serving at the Texas House, Randy Weber authored landmark legislation to combat human trafficking and protect women, young girls and boys – some as young as 12 years old. On the House Foreign Affairs committee, Weber is continuing the fight against human trafficking, as well as, co-sponsoring legislation to strengthen our foreign policies and relationship with our allies across the globe.
As a freshman member of Congress, Weber is committed to advocating for America’s job creators and hardworking families. He understands that lower taxes and less government mandates will help relieve taxpayers’ tightened purse strings and allow job creators to cultivate and grow their business in a more stable environment.
Weber has lived in a 20-mile radius for all his life, and has been married to Brenda Weber, a retired schoolteacher, for over 37 years. He is a graduate of Alvin Community College and holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston at Clear Lake. Randy and Brenda have three children and six wonderful grandchildren.
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Praying for @SteveScalise, my colleagues, staffers, USCP, & all those affected by today's shooting that took place at baseball practice.
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On this day in 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, announcing the end of our Nation’s war and an end to slavery. Juneteenth is
Excited we reached an agreement to give recreational fishermen an extended red snapper season in federal waters. http://weber.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/weber-statement-on-red-snapper-season-2017
In case you missed it: My op-ed on the President's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord was published in Sunday's edition of The
TPWD is hosting a public meeting tonight at 7pm at the Galveston County Extension Services Office. They are seeking input on extending recreational