(Washington, D.C.) – On January 5, the United States House of Representatives voted on House Resolution 11, Objecting to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 as an obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace, and for other purposes. The resolution passed by a vote of 342 to 80. Congressman Randy Weber (R-Friendswood), a member of the Foreign Affairs committee, issued the following statement:
“In choosing to abstain from the Security Council’s resolution, which intentionally and unfairly targets Israel, the Administration once again showed cowardice instead of strength; abandonment instead of loyalty. The UN resolution places blame for the current state of affairs between Israel and the Palestinian Authority entirely on Israel, making a peaceful two-state solution even more difficult to achieve. The Administration’s actions on December 23 broke with a decades-old tradition of vetoing any one-sided, anti-Israeli actions. My House colleagues and I acted today to show Israel that our commitment to her well-being is unwavering, and that we are her committed ally.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) released the following statement on the recent passing of former Senator and Astronaut John Glenn:
“While John Glenn may have passed surrounded by his family, he will forever be immortalized in our history books as a pioneer of space, and the first American to orbit the Earth. John Glenn was a true American hero, who served our country in the military, in space and in Congress. My sincerest sympathies are with the Glenn family. Now, John Glenn may finally reach beyond the moon to stand in the presence of God.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) released the following statement on the passage of S. 612, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act:
“I am pleased to announce that the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act includes two provisions that will greatly benefit Texas Congressional District 14. The first provision is language from H.R 5246, legislation that I introduced to remove the Federal claim to navigational servitude for a parcel of land in Texas City known as Shoal Point. This will allow for the future development of Shoal Point and growth of the Texas Gulf Coast. The WIIN Act also includes language from H.R. 5225, The COAST Act, legislation that I introduced to address concerns regarding the U.S. Army Corps’ timeline to complete the Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Study. It is critical that we expedite the completion of the Army Corps’ study that will generate the coastal storm surge protection projects necessary to protect our state against the next big storm. Among the great news for our district, this bill will also provide a solid foundation for President-Elect Trump when addressing the needs of our ports, waterways, and infrastructure in his first 100 days.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 5982, the Midnight Rules Relief Act:
“Since the President took office in 2008, we have seen nearly 3,000 new regulations costing taxpayers $850 million and thousands of jobs. The Midnight Rules Relief Act is a smart solution that will empower Congress to take action against a multitude of regulations the Obama Administration may attempt to pass between now and November 21. The President has done enough, it’s time for him to pack up and bid adieu to the relentless regulations and rules hurting our job creators and hard-working taxpayers. It’s time to put America first.”
Current procedure allows Congress to consider only one regulation at a time. The Midnight Rules Relief Act (H.R. 5982) will allow Congress to consider a block of regulations that federal agencies have submitted for congressional review by November 21, 60 days before the inauguration of the next President.
Note: H.R. 5982 was combined with H.R. 5711, making it H.Res. 591 for the rule, which passed by 231-181.
H.R. 5711 - will prohibit the Secretary of the Treasury from authorizing certain transactions by a U.S. financial institution in connection with the export or re-export of a commercial passenger aircraft to the Islamic Republic of Iran.
H.R. 5982 passed by 240 - 179.
H.R. 5711 passed by 243-174.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 6297, the Iran Sanctions Extension Act:
“Since the Iran Nuclear Deal was irresponsibly negotiated and agreed to by the current President and his Administration, Iran has violated the deal multiple times. Most recently, Iran breached the agreement by exceeding a limit on its heavy water stockpile, according to the United Nations. Iran has made it clear that they do not intend to honor their word. The extension of these sanctions is a just response to Iran’s failure to abide by the agreement laid out by the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, China and Russia.”
The Iran Sanctions Extension Act is a reauthorization of the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 through 2026, which will allow trade, energy, defense and banking industry sanctions against Iran’s nuclear program, ballistic missile tests and human rights abuses.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) released the following statement on Department of Transportation’s recent grant notification for Jefferson County. The Jack Brooks Regional Airport will be the beneficiary of this $2,474,000.00 grant in order to rehabilitate their taxiway.
“I am very pleased that this grant award will go to an important rehabilitation project at Jack Brooks Regional Airport. The rehabilitation of the airport’s taxiway will greatly benefit Jefferson County residents who use the airport to connect with the rest of our state and nation.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 5351, to prohibit the transfer of any individual detained at Guantanamo Bay:
The bill prohibits any funds from being used to transfer or release an individual detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the United States or a foreign country until the end of the year or enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act for the fiscal year 2017.
“It’s important for everyone to understand that those detained in Guantanamo are dangerous, hateful and vengeful terrorists who only mean to do harm against America and our allies. The Administration has no business transferring or releasing any detainees. The President has circumvented Congress twice already. The House has taken action to prevent any other transgressions the President intends to commit before his time is up in the White House.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) released the following statement on the introduction of his new bill, the Protect our Southwestern States Enforcement (POSSE) Act (H.R. 5905):
“Our nation’s southern border has been left unprotected for far too long. The POSSE Act will direct the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to keep every border patrol station open and fully staffed to effectively halt the flow of illegal aliens, and combat the domestic criminality associated with our current lack of border security. In addition, this legislation would require the completion of effective double layer fencing along the entire southwestern border, which currently has numerous gaps that have allowed for illegal immigrants and potential terrorists to easily cross into the United States. Our nation’s security is my top priority. My legislation will put Americans first by restoring common sense border security on our southern border.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 5631, the Iran Accountability Act of 2016 and H.R. 4992, the United States Financial System Protection Act of 2016:
“Today marks the year anniversary since the Obama Administration failed the American people by making a nuclear deal with Iran. In the House, we took action by passing a package of legislation imposing mandatory sanctions against Iran and those who support Iran’s efforts to export terror and human trafficking, or against those who support the continuation of their ballistic missile program. We also are protecting the global financial system blocking Iran and its banks from accessing U.S. currency. It’s time to hold Iran accountable and well beyond time to put America first.”
The House also passed H.R. 5119, No 2H2O from Iran Act, earlier this week which prohibits taxpayer dollars from being used by a federal department or agency to issue a license to purchase heavy water from Iran.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) released the following statement on the recent politically charged statements from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:
“Lady Justice is blindfolded to represent objectivity without fear or favor. The recent comments of Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg on Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump are the antithesis of Lady Justice and in direct violation for what the highest court in the land stands. Justice Ginsburg’s actions must be met with consequences. I agree with Donald Trump that she should resign.”
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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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