Washington, D.C. – Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) named Congressman Randy Weber (R-TX) to serve on a bipartisan conference committee tasked to resolve differences between the House and Senate over final energy legislation. Congressman Weber released the following statement:
“I’m humbled to be named to the conference committee that will produce final legislation to modernize our nation’s energy policy while promoting economic growth and job creation. My district is a hub for energy production. I represent thousands of constituents who work in the energy sector, and I have learned a lot from them about how this industry is negatively affected by the government. I will take this knowledge and provide much-needed insight to the conference committee on how we should move forward. This will be the first time in 10 years that Congress may actually pass an overhaul of our outdated energy laws and rid the industry of burdensome regulations and red-tape.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) released the following statement on the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):
“The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will help close the readiness gap our military is currently facing by providing much needed funding – ensuring our service members are equipped with the proper tools and resources. This authorization will also streamline the process of procuring the latest technology, and will increase transparency to ensure taxpayer dollars are being spent responsibly. The hardworking men and women serving our country will be receiving a much-needed raise that will allow them to provide for their families while they work tirelessly to defend our country. The NDAA will also keep dangerous terrorists at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility, and prohibit the transferring of GITMO detainees to the United States. Our military readiness is paramount to protecting our nation. I am doing my part to ensure our military response will be prepared and ready.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) introduced H.R. 5225, the Corps’ Obligation to Assist in Safeguarding Texas (COAST) Act in the House of Representatives today and made the following statement:
“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has begun a comprehensive feasibility study of the Texas coast called the Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Study. This critical study will generate the large coastal protection projects necessary to protect our state against the next big storm. However, my constituents have voiced concerns that the current 5.5 year timeline to complete the study is far too long, which is why this legislation and full funding for this effort so important.
The COAST Act will help expedite this study and any potential infrastructure projects that it will support. I will continue my work in the House to actively engage with other Members of Congress on this issue to fully fund this study every year until completion, ensuring that it remains on track without any delays.
Congressman Weber’s introduced legislation is the House companion to Senator John Cornyn’s (R-Texas) legislation, S. 2856, in the Senate.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) released the following statement on U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer’s decision to rule against the Administration in a challenge, made by House Republicans, to a portion of the Affordable Care Act:
“This is a solid victory for the American people. While a step forward towards dismantling this onerous law, we know the fight is not over. The Administration will undoubtedly appeal this decision and continue their fight to keep the President’s health care law in place. It is imperative Members of Congress remain vigilant, and repeal Obamacare once and for all.”
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.
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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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