Washington, D.C. – After submission of 93 entries from high school students across the 14th Congressional District, judging for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition took place on April 15. The winner of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition is Dickinson High School Freshman, Andy Jiang.
The schools included this year were Bay Area Christian School, Harmony Science Academy, Clear Springs High School, Clear Creek High School, West Brook High School, Dickinson High School, Brazosport High School, Nederland High School, and Sweeny High School. The judges for this year’s competition were Lynn Castle, the Executive Director at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas; Greg Buscheme, Jr., Owner of the Art Studio; Summer Lydick, teacher and artist; and Herbert Kreutzer, teacher and artist.
“To me, art and photography tie in really closely,” said Andy Jiang. “Photography brings in the realism, the texture, while art manipulates that to bring even more emotion. Throughout high school, I'll try to perfect my skills, especially with color pencil, which was what I did the horse with. It was done with grayscale pencils with red and green added in for more depth. I spend a long time each day drawing. It can be tedious, but the results are well worth it. Most of my drawings aren't in the sketching category, which I would love to improve and spend more time upon. I plan to be more creative and implement more artsy things into my works instead of just copying a photograph. I would also love to learn to do photography in my spare time.”
“This year marked the third Congressional Art Competition for my office,” said Congressman Randy Weber (R-Friendswood). “We had more than 90 entrants this year. That is double the amount of entries from last year! It was a great success, and wonderful to see all the works of art submitted by the students. I am honored to represent such talent and enthusiasm from students across my district.”
Andy Jiang, this year’s winner of the Congressional Art Competition, will have his art featured in the Capitol for one year. In addition, there will be four pieces of art that will be featured in the Congressman’s district offices in Beaumont, Lake Jackson and League City.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 4923, the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016:
“Currently, American manufacturers are being unfairly taxed. As it stands, manufacturers are forced to pay a duty on products, critical to their domestic production, which are purchased outside the United States, because there is no comparable product produced here. Our economy has suffered a $1.875 billion loss from this $748 million tax hike. This bill, of which I am a co-sponsor, establishes a process for manufacturers to seek relief from this tax and put that money back into their business and the economy. This is a long overdue solution to a problem created by a bloated federal government that will strengthen American manufacturers’ competitive edge in the global economy.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) released the following statement on the passage of H. Res. 639, which authorizes Speaker Ryan to file an amicus brief on behalf of the House defending Congress's Article I powers under the Constitution:
“For the past eight years, the President has been undermining Congress and the Constitution. With this resolution, the House is taking action to protect our Constitution by authorizing the Speaking to file an amicus brief in defense of Congress’ Constitutional authority. The people elect representatives to advocate for their views and values in Congress. The President’s has been blatantly ignoring the will of the people throughout his Presidency and it’s time to rein in his Administration.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) released the following statement on the President’s decision to nominate the Honorable Merrick Garland, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, for the recent Supreme Court Justice vacancy:
“While the President may nominate a Supreme Court Justice, the Senate has every right under our Constitution to not allow confirmation proceedings to move forward. As I have previously stated, I support the Senate’s decision to postpone the confirmation process until the next President is elected. The American people should have the opportunity to voice their views on who should fill the vacancy of the late Justice Scalia.”
Washington, D.C. – The House of Representatives today approved the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act (H.R. 4084), a bipartisan bill to support federal research and development (R&D) and stimulate private investment in advanced nuclear reactor technologies in the United States. The bill was introduced by Energy Subcommittee Chairman Randy Weber (R-Texas) along with Full Committee Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) and Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas). The bill passed the House today with unanimous support.
Subcommittee Chairman Weber: “America must maintain our nuclear capabilities, and continue to develop cutting edge technology here at home. Without the direction provided in this bill, we’ll lose the ability to develop innovative nuclear technology and be left importing reactor designs from overseas. Today, we have the best nuclear engineers and manufacturing capacity in the world at home. We can’t put that expertise at risk. Even more importantly, this bill will maintain America’s capability to influence security and proliferation standards around the world as more developing nations look to nuclear energy to grow their economies. As a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, I am constantly reminded of the need for American leadership in a dangerous world.”
This bipartisan legislation directs the Department of Energy (DOE) to prioritize federal R&D infrastructure that will enable the private sector to invest in advanced reactor technologies and provide a clear path forward to attract private investment for prototype development at DOE labs.
Chairman Smith: “Advanced nuclear energy technology is the best opportunity to make reliable, emission-free electricity available throughout the modern and developing world. Nuclear power has been a proven source of safe and emission-free electricity for over half a century. Now, America’s strategic investments in advanced nuclear reactor technology can play a more meaningful role to reduce global emissions. Unfortunately, the ability to move innovative technology to the market has been stalled by government red tape.”
H.R. 4084 enables the private sector to partner with national labs for the purpose of developing novel reactor concepts, leverages DOE’s supercomputing infrastructure to accelerate nuclear energy R&D, and provides statutory direction for a DOE reactor-based fast neutron source that will operate as an open-access user facility. In addition, this bill requires DOE to put forth a transparent, strategic, ten year plan for prioritizing nuclear R&D programs.
The Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act has received letters of support from several Universities and organizations, including: the American Nuclear Society, American Security Project, U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council, Bipartisan Policy Center, American Council for Capital Formation, Clear Path Action Fund, University of Texas System, Texas A&M, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, MIT, General Atomics, TerraPower, GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy, UPower, TriAlpha, Transatomic Power, Advanced Reactor Concepts, and Dr. Burton Richter, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1976.
Additional statements endorsing the bill can be found HERE.
For additional information on the legislation, please visit the Committee website.
Washington, D.C. – This year marks the 33rd annual Congressional Art Competition. This nationwide competition encourages high school students from across America to showcase their artistic talents, which if chosen, will be displayed in the US Capitol for a year starting in June.
Since its creation over three decades ago, more than 650,000 high school students have participated in the art competition. It is a great way for students from all congressional districts to have a chance at joining the ranks of other historical artists whose work graces our nation’s capital. Congressman Weber highly encourages his young constituents to get involved and participate.
Interested participants must submit their artwork to one of Congressman Weber’s district offices by Friday, April 8, 2016 by 5:00 pm. Students may only submit one original entry no larger than 28" x 28" x 4" inches, including the frame. Paintings, drawings, watercolors, pastels, collages, or prints may be submitted.
The winner, in addition to having their artwork displayed in the Capital, also will be provided with two roundtrip tickets to attend the ribbon cutting/opening ceremonies of the art exhibit in Washington, DC. There is also the opportunity of receiving a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design should they apply and be accepted for admission.
For additional information about the Congressional Art Competition and to receive a 14th District participation form, please contact Janet Brown in our Beaumont district office at (409) 835-0108 or by email: Janet.Brown@mail.house.gov.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Randy Weber (TX-14) released the following statement on the President’s proposal to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility:
“Closing Gitmo and transferring these dangerous terrorists to United States soil is a terrible and illogical idea. Instead of putting America first, the President once again continues to weaken our national security by pursuing decisions geared towards solidifying his legacy.”
“Fortunately, Congress took preventative measures by including language in the recent National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would bar detainees from Guantanamo from being transferred to the United States. The President signed this legislation into law. For the President to close Gitmo, current law must be changed, new legislation must be written, approved by Congress, and sent to the President's desk. I will not support any measure that will allow these dangerous terrorists to be transferred to the United States.”
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Randy Weber (TX-14) released the following statement on the introduction of his newest bill, H.R. 4550 - the Protect Against School Shootings (PASS) Act:
“Last week, I introduced the PASS Act, which will permit those not prohibited by State law from carrying a concealed firearm to carry in a school zone, qualified law enforcement officers, and qualified retired law enforcement officers.
According to National Review, all but two public mass shootings since at least 1950 have occurred where general citizens are banned from carrying guns, including in school zones. President Obama’s executive actions would not have blocked the sale of weapons used during these tragic events.
It is time for Congress to act in a way that will keep our children safe, and I believe that my legislation will help us do just that.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Randy Weber (TX-14) released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 3662 – the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act:
“Since the Iran Deal was approved by President Obama without Congressional support, we have seen the Iranian regime continually ignore the terms and continue on with business as usual. They, have refused to dismantle the core of their heavy water reactor in direct violation of the agreement. Nor have they released any Americans still held hostage. Additionally, they fired unguided missiles near our naval fleet in December, and on the night of the State of the Union, detained two of our naval ships and 10 of our sailors.”
“This legislation will block the President from offering sanctions relief to entities that conduct any significant transactions with terrorist organizations, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or in support of Iran’s ballistic missile or conventional weapons program. As we saw earlier this month, the President paraded the Iran deal as a victory during his final State of the Union address, instead of acknowledging the very real truth – that the deal only further emboldens the world’s largest sponsor of terror. It’s up to Congress to implement sanctions on Iran and prevent the progress of their nuclear weapons program. It’s up to Congress to put America first during the President’s final year in office.”
It’s time to ditch the EPA’s regulation to redefine the “waters of the United States”. This is yet another action by the agency to expand the scope of its regulatory reach and is an unprecedented assault on our economy. Congress must rein in the EPA’s powers.
On June 29, the EPA announced a final rule that expanded the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act, historically only those defined as “navigable waters”. This regulation breeds confusion by poorly and broadly redefining “navigable waters” to potentially include dry tributaries, wetlands, or even any water within 4,000 feet of a tributary. EPA’s action would dramatically expand the scope of environmental laws and increases the risk of enforcement action against Texas farmers and ranchers, creating more red tape and uncertainty for landowners. Unilaterally expanding the definition of what “waters of the United States” are, will force more property owners to apply for permits under the Clean Water Act, which can be tremendously costly and can restrict the use of land.
In response to the final rule, last month the House passed a joint resolution with the Senate to disapprove and effectively block this regulation. Unfortunately, the President vetoed the joint resolution on January 20. Although this veto would allow the rule to move forward, lawsuits from 30 states and several organizations since its publication have been filed in an effort to block its implementation. Thankfully, on October 9, a federal appeals court blocked the rule’s implementation until certain judicial proceedings are resolved. The American people and their representatives have spoken, and it’s up to the judiciary to ultimately decide the fate of this burdensome regulation.
As if EPA bureaucrats didn’t get the message, the agency moved forward on a campaign of misinformation to confuse the public in 2014 and 2015. According to the Government Accountability Office, the EPA violated the law when it used social media to lobby the public in favor of the regulation. The agency even used taxpayer funds to link to environmental organizations that had a bias in favor of EPA’s action.
As Congress moves forward legislatively in 2016, my colleagues and I will continue to use every tool at our disposal to block unwise and costly regulations like this one. I do not support any bureaucratic overreach that negatively impacts our individual freedoms and property rights, and I will continue to work to ensure that the American people remain the rightful stewards of their land. It is time to put America first!Read More
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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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