Ted Poe

Ted Poe

TEXAS' 2nd DISTRICT

Congressman Poe on the Passage of NDAA

2016/12/05


Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Chairman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement today after the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which included his amendments to sanction Russia for violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, additional conditions on foreign aid to Pakistan, and provide more oversight and accountability to security assistance:


“In 2008, Russia violated the INF treaty and eight years later have suffered few consequences for it. My amendment prohibits the US government from contracting with any entities that have contributed to Russia’s violation of the treaty. It is an important first step that begins to show there will be meaningful repercussions for such blatant violations of arms control agreements with the United States.


“The Haqqani Network has killed more Americans in Afghanistan than any other terrorist group, but the government of Pakistan has done little to go after it, despite taking some $33 billion of United States’ money since 9/11. My bipartisan amendment limits foreign aid to Pakistan until the Administration certifies that Pakistan has shown progress in arresting and prosecuting Haqqani Network senior leaders and mid-level operatives. If Pakistan is not willing to publicly arrest and prosecute members of the Haqqani Network instead of actively supporting them, then it does not deserve a single dollar of American taxpayer money.


“We need to be evaluating how all American foreign aid is spent. A big part of making sure quality evaluations are being done is by having an evaluation policy that lays out the standards. It is a basic, common sense idea, but the Department of Defense has yet to institute such a policy. My bipartisan amendment encourages such a policy because Americans have the right to know what bang for the buck every taxpayer dollar is getting.”

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Best of Luck to Texas 02’s Football Teams at State Semi Finals

2016/12/02

Mr. Speaker,

Sweet tea, BBQ, and football – these are just some of the things Texans love dearly. From high school football to college football, Texans will come out to every game no matter what the temperature and weather is. Our commitment to our football teams is so strong that preachers will find a way to mention the local team in their sermons and make sure you get home just in time to watch the game with friends and family.

Football is a very special part of the culture in Texas. From the stadiums to the food to the different student clubs that gather in the stadiums, football games unite Texans. The bands, the drill teams, the cheerleading teams, the students that form it all – they are an extraordinary group that make the culture and character of Texas so unique in the United States. More than just uniting families and friends, football allows our community to share in the joy of victory and the sadness of temporary defeat; it teaches our children to keep working hard for their goals both individually and with their teammates.

Although professional and college football receive the most national attention, high school football is just as important in Texas. I still remember going to my son’s football games, from his start at pee-wee leagues to his career playing for my alma mater, Abilene Christian University. Those memories make me even more proud to say that two high schools in my district have met their goals and broken records this season.

Atascocita High School is fighting for a chance to compete in the state championship. Last year they had a record-setting playoff run, reaching the Region II-6A Division I final. This year, they raised the bar even higher. With the outstanding sportsmanship of their players, the football team of Atascocita High School has exceeded expectations. I know how proud the players, their parents, and their school must be. Ranking at #18 in the state, the Eagles have some of the most promising players on their team.

Quarterback Daveon Boyd, now a senior, has received four awards throughout his high school football career. He has surpassed the national average in number of yards, yards per game, touchdown passes, completion percentage, attempts, and interceptions. This season alone, he’s had a 63 percent pass rate for 4,139 yards and 46 touchdowns. 

But Boyd is not the only outstanding player in Atascocita High School. Samuel Cosmi, the offensive tackle, is a University of Houston pledge. Defensive tackles De’Marius Brooks and Kendrix Burford, along with defensive backs Justin Campbell, Alerick Soularie, and Travian Blaylock give the Eagles an edge in size and speed.

Another high school in my district, Klein Collins, won its first regional semi-finals at Baylor’s McLane Stadium in the Division II Region II-6A playoffs. While all the players have done outstanding work, senior running back D’Anthony Doyle rushed 167 yards and got a couple of touchdowns, making him the hardest working player that game. His teammate, Josh Powell, also earned the team two more scores. At the end of the game, the team’s hard work left the team with a 54-16 victory over John Tyler. As a proud dad who beamed in the stands watching his son play, I know how thrilled their parents will be watching them play against Spring Westfield on December 2.

I am incredibly proud of the students of the Atascocita and Klein Collins High School football teams for their successes this season. It is great to see students in my district represent us so well with their hard work and talent. I look forward to their upcoming games and seeing them succeed and exceed expectations for years to come. Best of luck at State Semi Finals!

And that’s just the way it is.

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LIBYA

2016/12/02

  • For six months, the U.S.-backed troops of the interim Libyan Government of National Accord has been fighting street by street to retake the ISIS stronghold of Sirte on the Libyan coast.

 

  • ISIS seized control of the city in early 2015 and extended its control along about 155 miles of Libya’s coastline. That means that ISIS wields its influence over a territory roughly the distance from Houston to San Antonio.

 

  • How did the US get here? How did Libya become an incubator for all stripes of terrorists?

 

  • In 2008, U.S. military leaders were calling Libya a top U.S. ally in combating international terrorism. Qaddafi realized that his regime was the target of terrorism, and he changed course from supporting terrorists in the 1980s to siding with the US against the terrorist threat.

 

  • However, in 2011, in the midst of a rebellion against the Qaddafi regime, the US decided to intervene and establish a no-fly zone to aid the Libyan rebels.

 

  • Under the safety of the no-fly zone the US imposed, Islamist terrorist groups long subdued under Qaddafi’s regime sprung up and amassed weapons, training, and military training.

 

  • Qaddafi was ultimately killed in October 2011. Within days, NATO and U.S. forces packed up and left Libya to its own devices.

 

  • America’s only Libya policy at the time was to remove Qaddafi – there was little planning regarding what to do the day after. The US opened the Pandora’s box and looked away.

 

  • Almost immediately after Qaddafi’s ouster, Libya spiraled into chaos. Long simmering political, regional, and ethnic divisions suddenly emerged and set Libya on a path towards disaster. The country has never recovered.

 

  • Even the Administration has admitted its role Libya’s failure. Earlier this year, the President admitted that there was no plan for post-Qaddafi Libya, describing it as his biggest regret as President.

 

  • Libya has become a regional and international security threat due to this Administration’s lack of planning. ISIS and al-Qaeda are the main beneficiaries.

 

  • Al-Qaeda’s Libyan affiliate, Ansar al-Shariah, emerged shortly after Qaddafi’s death and has since become deeply entrenched in the country.

 

 

  • They have successfully filled the void the US helped create by providing social services – building schools and providing medical care.

 

  • But they did not stop there. They recruited, armed, and trained terrorist fighters intent on carrying out the group’s ultimate goal: imposing Islamic law on the country.

 

  • Ansar al-Shariah fighters were among those who ultimately attacked the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi in 2012, killing Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three of his colleagues.

 

  • Since then, things have gotten worse. ISIS announced the establishment of a Libyan affiliate at the end of 2014 and soon began consolidating its power around Sirte and expanding east, west, and south.

 

  • America should not fool itself into believing that once Sirte is liberated the ISIS threat is over. For close to a year now, ISIS has been redirecting recruits and even senior leaders to Libya. It has been laying the seeds for what many have called a “fallback Caliphate,” where it could retreat to in case it is pushed out of Syria and Iraq.

 

  • Pentagon estimates from earlier this year suggested that the group’s ranks in Libya have swelled to nearly 7,000 fighters.

 

  • Liberating Sirte will simply transform the ISIS threat in Libya from a concentrated one to a dispersed one. They have fanned out throughout the country and will continue to exploit the political mess in Libya.

 

  • Libya will unfortunately remain a terrorist foothold for years to come. This is the legacy of the current Administration in North Africa.

 

  • The mess the US have left there has spread throughout the region. It endangers Egyptian allies to the east, and the weapons unleashed with Qaddafi’s fall have fueled terrorism in places like Syria, Nigeria, and the Sinai Peninsula bordering Israel.

 

  • The United States’ airstrike campaign in support of the Libyan forces retaking Sirte is only a small step. Until the US can devise a truly comprehensive long-term strategy to stabilize Libya and defeat the terrorist groups hiding there, Libya will continue to threaten regional and international security. Treating the symptoms while ignoring the underlying disease will not solve the problem.

 

  • The US forcibly overthrew a regime in Libya, creating chaos that led to a failed state where terrorists flourished and thousands of Libyans died. The US now has a responsibility to work towards a stabilizing solution in Libya. Going forward, the US should be much more cautious before it helps overthrow another regime.
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Congressman Poe Calls For Delay in Changes to Rule 41

2016/11/30


UNITED STATES GREEN BERET JAMES ‘‘JIMMY’’ MORIARTY

2016/11/30

Mr. Speaker,

On Friday, November 4, 2016, a military base in Jafr, Jordan was attacked. A hail of gunfire suddenly rang out while three American soldiers were returning to base. The reason for the shots fired is still publically unknown. Three Green Berets from the 5th Special Forces Group were killed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

One of these heroic men was Staff Sergeant James “Jimmy” Moriarty (27). SSgt. Moriarty was a Texas native, one of Houston’s own. He was scheduled to come home in two weeks to spend the holiday season with his family. His chair will be empty at the Thanksgiving table this year. His voice will be missing from the conversation. But he will not be forgotten.

Jimmy was unquestionably one of the best. Growing up in Houston, he earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Texas and spoke fluent Arabic. As part of the 5th Special Forces Group, based out of Fort Campbell, Ky., he was more than three months into his third tour in Jordan.

Upon graduation from the University of Texas, Jimmy made the choice to serve his nation in the United States Army. Jimmy was a proud member of the United States Army Special Forces. He was a special breed, one of the few who met the requirements to be among the highest ranked military professionals in the United States, the Green Berets.

During his service, he earned the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon and an Army Service Ribbon.

The brave men of the Green Beret are our nation’s warriors. They take on the toughest missions that our nation faces. They are the absolute best that America has. These men are the forces who deter enemies who seek to harm the United States. They respond to terrorist activities to keep the United States safe. Proudly wearing silver wings on their chests they are without question Americas finest.

Mr. Speaker, In the words of Marcus Luttrell, “In times of uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nation’s call; a common man with uncommon desire to succeed. Forged by adversity, he stands alongside America’s finest special operations forces to serve his country and the American people, and to protect their way of life.” Jimmy Moriarty was one of these men.

Jimmy’s father, U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran, James R. Moriarty wrote, “This is a young man who loved serving in the Army, was where he wanted to be, doing what he wanted to do.” Moriarty was loved by his two sisters who incessantly saw to it that their younger brother would be a well rounded young man. It is without a doubt that this distinguished soldier will be missed by his family, friends, and community. 

We grieve the loss of this American warrior, but we celebrate and honor his life and his service. We are fortunate to have a Green Beret like Moriarty standing in support of our country. We are fortunate that a man like Jimmy served our great nation. He stood for the best of those American ideals and values exemplified in Special Forces. He is a son of liberty. He epitomizes everything that America stands for.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

At noon on December 5, 2016 taps will be played for the last time as Staff Sergeant James Moriarty is surrounded by his family and friends and will be buried in Arlington National cemetery next to thousands of other warriors who died for America.

And that’s just the way it is. 

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Congressman Ted Poe and Jim Costa Applaud the Passage of the Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2016

2016/11/29

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX), and Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA) released the following statement following the passage of the bi-partisan Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2016 (JFA) by the House. JFA strengthens crime victims’ rights and programs, by increasing access to restitution to federal crime victims, and reauthorizes programs used to notify crime victims that they have the right to be heard in court, with legal assistance. The Act further reduces the rape kit backlog and provides resources for forensic labs, while protecting the innocent by improving access to post-conviction DNA testing.

“Today the House took the necessary steps forward in strengthening protection for victims of crime by passing the Justice for All Reauthorization Act,” said Congressman Ted Poe. “As a former prosecutor and judge, I have had personal experience working with victims of crime whose lives and families' lives have been torn apart. Congress must continue to provide resources to law enforcement and crime labs in order to protect the innocent. I expect the Senate to quickly pass this amended version of Justice for All. Protecting victims of crime should be a top priority.”

“The Justice for All Reauthorization Act would strengthen policies and programs to provide better support for victims of crime throughout the country, especially those who live in rural regions, like California’s San Joaquin Valley,” said Congressman Jim Costa. “As a founder and co-chair of the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus, protecting the innocent and ensuring that survivors of violent crime receive the necessary services to heal is one of my top priorities in Congress.  I applaud the bipartisan passage of the Justice for All Reauthorization Act in the House, and I hope the Senate acts swiftly, so it becomes law before the end of this Congress.”

The House bill is a companion measure to Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Patrick Leahy’s (D-VT) legislation. In order to provide victims the protection they need to restore their lives, we must ensure our criminal justice system has the resources to keep violent offenders off the streets,” Sen. Cornyn said.“Strengthening the Justice for All Act is a significant victory for the crime victims’ rights movement, and I commend the House of Representatives for moving this legislation one step closer to the President’s desk.”

Justice for All works to improve the administration of criminal justice programs, by increasing accountability for federal funds, requiring the Justice Department to assist state and local governments to improve their indigent defense systems. Additionally, it ensures the implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act.   

Representatives Poe and Costa are founding members and co-chairmen of the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus (VRC).

 

 
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POE HAILS HOUSE PASSAGE OF BIPARTISAN BILL TO FUND THE NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE

2016/11/29


WASHINGTON, D.C.--Today, Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX), Chairman of the Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus celebrated the unanimous passage of H.R. 5422, a bipartisan bill that allows the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to continue funding the National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH). H.R. 5422 was sponsored in the House by Congressman Poe and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). The Senate companion was led by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Cornyn (R-TX). 


The National Human Trafficking Hotline provides trafficking victims and survivors with instant and free access to critical support and emergency services, collects tips about potential trafficking situations and disseminates training and informational materials to help raise awareness in our communities. As it stands today, the funding for HHS’s annual grants has been appropriated to the Department of Justice. Having the hotline under the jurisdiction of DOJ creates an unnecessary and unhelpful additional layer of bureaucracy. It forces HHS to be dependent on funds from DOJ to run the hotline. It is more efficient and effective for HHS to continue using its own funds to operate the NHTH. 


"The National Human Trafficking Hotline saves lives," said Congressman Poe. "It is an essential tool not only used by victims of trafficking, but it also serves as an important source of information to those who suspect they have encountered a victim of trafficking and don’t know how to help. This hotline is an essential tool in the fight against human trafficking in the United States and it is Congress' responsibility to fund this in the most efficient and effective way possible."

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TUESDAYS IN TEXAS: SUSANA DICKINSON

2016/11/29

Mr. Speaker, the year was 1836. To many, this year does not signify much.

For Texans everywhere, 1836 shaped the course of our history and spirit. In February of 1836, the troops of General Santa Anna invaded the Alamo where many Texians gave their lives in the struggle for independence.

General Santa Anna and his troops numbered between 1,800 and 6,000 men. The 200 Texians occupying the Alamo stood ready to defend their country. All of the men in the Alamo would give their lives for Texan independence that night.

General Santa Anna had ordered his men to take no prisoners. Among the few that survived were Susana Dickinson and her daughter, Angelina. Susana Dickinson and her daughter had moved to San Antonio because her husband, Almeron Dickinson, had wanted them close to him.

When the Mexican troops arrived in San Antonio, Almeron Dickinson moved his family into the Alamo. Although Susana and Angelina survived the siege of the Alamo, Almerson and the rest of the men did not. Susana was found hiding in the powder magazine by General Juan Almonte and sent to General Santa Anna, where she found her daughter sitting on his lap.

General Santa Anna released her with the condition that she go to Camp Gonzalez and warn the Texas troops that he would kill them as he had killed the men in the Alamo. However, in accordance with true Texas spirit, it is believed that instead of delivering a threat, she delivered a war cry for the Texans.

As a result of the siege and her husband’s death, Susana was forced to live in poverty for years. She faced multiple unsuccessful marriages and a difficult life but her spirit remained strong. As a survivor of the Alamo, she lived to tell about the heroic fight for freedom against an oppressive and cruel dictator.

The Alamo stands as a pillar of hope and is the single most significant structure in Texas history. Susana Dickinson’s story of the brave, heroic men who drew a line in the sand and fought for Texas’s freedom will live in the history books, reminding future generations of Texans just what this great state stands for.

Her spirit and bravery will live on in Texas history.

And that’s just the way it is.

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Poe Welcomes Lowenthal to Ports Caucus

2016/11/28


WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 28, 2016) – Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) today joins Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) as a co-chair of the bipartisan House Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security (PORTS) Caucus. 

Congressman Lowenthal succeeds retiring co-chair Congresswoman Janice Hahn (CA-44), who with Congressman Poe, founded the caucus in 2011 with the mission of promoting the importance of our nation’s ports to the economy and our need to secure them. 

“From the Port of Houston to the Port of Long Beach, our ports provide U.S. businesses with access to markets around the world and the opportunity to grow and create new American jobs, as well as support the 23 million people whose jobs depend on ports,” Congressman Ted Poe said. “While I will miss working with Congresswoman Hahn, a strong advocate for our nation’s ports, I look forward to working with Congressman Lowenthal in the 115th Congress to help ensure that our ports remain strong and successful.” 

“America’s ports are the vital economic engines of not only the hundreds of port communities across America, but they are key components of our national economy,” Congressman Lowenthal said. “I am honored to follow Congresswoman Hahn as co-chair and look forward to working with Congressman Poe and all the Members of the caucus to find ways together to promote our ports, keep them safe, and maintain their financial success.”  

 

Congressman Lowenthal brings over 20 years of experience in elected office working on transportation, infrastructure, and goods movement issues at the local, state, and national level to the caucus. During his tenure in the California State Legislature, he served as chair of the California State Senate Transportation Committee and as Chair of the California Select Committee on Ports for 14 years, working closely with stakeholders from all sectors of the industry to advance forward-looking transportation policy.

“I am tremendously proud of my work in helping to found and lead the PORTS Caucus with Congressman Poe for the past five years,” Congresswoman Hahn said. “We have accomplished a great deal in raising the awareness of how vital our ports industry is to the economic well-being of our nation as well as our national security. While I am sorry to leave the PORTS Caucus behind, I know that I am leaving it in good hands—Congressman Lowenthal represents the Port of Long Beach, which together with the Port of Los Angeles makes up the largest port complex in the United States. He knows the issues that matter to our ports and I am confident that the caucus’s important work will continue under the leadership of Congressman Lowenthal and Congressman Poe.” 

The United States is served by more than 350 commercial sea and river ports that support 3,200 cargo and passenger handling facilities. Each day, United States ports move both imports and exports totaling some $3.8 billion worth of goods through all 50 states. Additionally, ports move 99.4 percent of overseas cargo volume by weight and generate $3.95 trillion in international trade.  

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Congressman Poe on Detective Benjamin Marconi

2016/11/21

On a bright, sunny Sunday morning, San Antonio Police Department Detective Benjamin Marconi, was killed during a routine traffic stop. While the 50-year-old officer was writing a ticket, a black vehicle pulled up behind his car, walked over, and shot him in the head. The shot killed Detective Marconi, taking his life away from this world all too soon. The suspect is still on the loose. My thoughts and prayers are with Detective Marconi and his family.

Two other police officers in St. Louis and Florida were injured after being shot in a series of targeted attacks on law enforcement. Altogether, 127 officers have been killed in the line of duty this year. It is time to put an end to the needless murders of our peace officers. Congress must stand up for those who work to protect the rest of us. My bill, H.R. 5809, introduced along with Senator Cornyn in the Senate, would increase federal penalties against people who either kill, assault or plan violence against a law enforcement officer. The men and women behind the badge are some of America’s best. It’s time for Congress to take action to protect them. 

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DALLAS STOUDENMIRE

2016/11/15

Mr. Speaker,

Texas Ranger Dallas Stoudenmire stepped out of the stage coach and stood in the street of the rough, remote, boomtown of El Paso Texas in 1881. This wasn’t the first lawless town the 6’4” tall Ranger had seen. El Paso was looking for a town marshal, an outsider with a “rough reputation.” Stoudenmire was the man for the job.  He would be the town’s sixth marshal in eight months. El Paso-called "Hell Paso” by some- had a reputation as a wild and violent town was about to end.

As a former Judge, I was known for handing out unique public punishments, and it seems that Stoudenmire employed a few shame tactics of his own. As he began his tenure as Marshal, he was asked to relive the deputy marshal and town drunkard, Bill Johnson, of the city jail keys. It is said that Stoudenmire approached a rather intoxicated Johnson and requested the jail keys. Johnson mumbled under his breath and attempted to give him the runaround. Stoudenmire became impatient and demanded Johnson hand over the keys immediately. Johnson still demurred, and the marshal took matters into his own hands. He picked Johnson up, flipped him upside down, grabbed the keys, threw him to the ground and walked away. Public humiliation goes a long way, Mr. Speaker.

Stoudenmire was revered as a strong shot, deadly and fast. His service began as a young boy in the Confederate Army. At 15 years of age, he volunteered in the 45th Alabama Infantry Division and left the war with two bullets embedded in his body that he carried inside him for the rest of his life. When the war ended, he moved to the Great State of Texas and originally settled in Columbus, where he was said to have killed a number of men. 

On April 14, 1881, three days into the job in El Paso, Stoudenmire became party to one of the most legendary gunfights in the history of the old Wild West, famously called “Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight.” A group of heavily armed Mexican cowboys rode into town in search of 30 head of rustled cattle and two Mexican Vaqueros that had gone looking for them in Texas. But the Vaqueros had been murdered

The bodies of the two men were found out near Johnny Hale’s ranch about 13 miles northwest of El Paso. Two outlaw cattle rustlers, Peveler and Stevenson, who stole the Mexican cattle and took them to Hales ranch, were foolishly overheard bragging about murdering Vaqueros. They were charged with the homicides. Chaos broke out in the streets of El Paso after the Mexicans showed up for the trial

Animosity and worries from the Americans about the heavily armed and enraged Mexicans spread a heavy tension over El Paso. Constable Krempkau was fluent in Spanish and was required to interpret for the town judge. Peveler and Stevenson were officially charged with murder but found not guilty. After the trial, Constable Krempkau made his way from the courthouse to the saloon to retrieve his rifle and pistol.

Marshal Stoudenmire was enjoying his dinner at the restaurant across the street. He was known in Texas as a handsome man, a sharp dresser and a gentleman around the ladies. Despite his outward appearances, he had a deadly reputation and was involved in more gunfights than most of his better-known contemporaries, including Doc Holiday, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson or John Selman. He was known for his habit of wearing two guns and being equally accurate with either hand.

That evening an argument erupted with George Campbell over comments he allegedly made about Krempkau. Crooked as the Brazos, and heavily intoxicated John Hale snatched one of Campbell’s two pistols and shot Krempkau who fell to the floor, wounded. Hale scurried to a post in front of the salon as Stoudenmire seemingly flew to the scene, pistols raised.

The marshals first shot went wild, accidently hitting an innocent Mexican bystander. His second shot hit Hale dead center. When Campbell saw Hale fall, he ran from the saloon waving his gun and shouting “Gentlemen, this is not my fight!” However, wounded Krempkau was out for vengeance and fired at Campbell, striking him.  Marshal Stoudenmire spun around, firing three bullets straight into Campbell’s stomach. As the dusty street of El Paso cleared, four men lay dead. The Hollywood style series of events took place in less than five seconds. The gunfight was so well publicized that newspapers in cities as far away as San Francisco and New York, making Stoudenmire a living legend.

Despite Stoudenmire’s success in drastically dropping the crime rate in El Paso, he had an extremely bad temper, especially when intoxicated, which ultimately led to his downfall. After a series of events that lead to Stoudenmire drinking heavily, he was asked to step down as town marshal. He infamously confronted the town council while inebriated, and dared them to take his guns or his job. The fearful council quickly backed down. However, two days later a sober Stoudenmire offered his resignation and began running the Globe Restaurant. Later that July, he accepted and appointment as a U.S. Deputy Marshal. He continued to use his remarkable marksmanship skills to settle arguments.

Stoudenmire was killed during his ongoing feud with the Manning Brothers when he was shot during an argument. Even during his final moments, he continued fighting for his life. Doc Manning pulled his gun and fired first, hitting Stoudenmire in the left arm, causing the gun to fall out of his hand. Doc’s second shot hit the marshals’ pocket filled with papers. The wild shot didn’t break through the skin, but forced him backward through the saloon doors, into the street. Stoudenmire pulled his second gun and shot with his other hand, hitting doc in the arm. Doc’s brother Jim followed and fired, hitting Stoudenmire behind the ear, instantly killing him. The brothers had ended the feud, killing one of the most impressive gunslingers of the day.

Stoudenmire was honored with a funeral at El Paso’s Masonic Lodge before his wife had his body shipped to Columbus, Texas for the burial. Marshal Stoudenmire was a member of the thin blue line, the line that keeps us safe from evil doers and outlaws. His success in taming the wild and violent town of El Paso was truly a credit to his outstanding marksmanship. 6’4” Dallas Stoudenmire was a larger than life Texan who kept other Texans safe from harm.

And that’s just the way it is.

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HONORING CONGRESSWOMAN JANICE HAHN

2016/11/15

Mr. Speaker, after four productive years in Congress, my good friend and colleague, Representative JANICE HAHN (CA), will retire from the United States Congress. She will continue her passion for public service, pursuing her lifelong dream of serving on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, just like her father did before her.

JANICE was born to work in public service, and it seems that public service is in her blood. Her father was one of Los Angeles County’s Supervisors for 40 years, and her brother was the Mayor of Los Angeles from 2001–2005. It was no surprise that she ran for—and won—a seat onto the Los Angeles City Council in 2001, where she would sit for the next 10 years. Then, in July of 2011, JANICE won a special election to serve in the House of Representatives. As the only two alumni of Abilene Christian University to ever serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, JANICE and I became quick friends. Our friendship brought us back to our alma mater to talk about bipartisanship and the importance of working across the aisle to find workable solutions to many of the problems that our communities face.

JANICE has become a positive role model for young women who want to succeed in public service. Our ACU connection also led us to talk about the importance of ports to each of our respective congressional districts and to found the Congressional PORTS Caucus to advocate on behalf of our nation’s ports. Our work through the PORTS Caucus brought JANICE to the Port of Houston to learn more about one of our nation’s busiest export ports and brought me to the Port of Long Beach, one of our nation’s busiest import ports. We stood together to introduce legislation and amendments to ensure that our ports had more resources to help their critical missions. During her tenure, she has been an outspoken advocate and champion for her district and for the many different issues she holds close to her heart. Though we don’t always agree on every policy matter, I have the utmost respect for the work my good friend has done for our nation. Though I will miss serving alongside another ACU Wildcat, I have no doubt she will continue her excellent work back home in Los Angeles taking care of people. Because taking care of people is what JANICE HAHN does. And that’s just the way it is. 

During her tenure, she has been an outspoken advocate and champion for her district and for the many different issues she holds close to her heart. Though we don’t always agree on every policy matter, I have the utmost respect for the work my good friend has done for our nation. Though I will miss serving alongside another ACU Wildcat, I have no doubt she will continue her excellent work back home in Los Angeles taking care of people. Because taking care of people is what JANICE HAHN does. And that’s just the way it is. 

And that’s just the way it is. 

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Sex traffickers should be shamed

2016/11/14

TribTalk

By Congressman Ted Poe

One hot summer day in Houston, a single mother (we will call her Amy) met a man. At the time, Amy was lonely and struggling to make a life for her young children. He was charming, funny and a talented member of the music industry. He told her he loved her and it made her feel valued and safe.

This man promised her a better life, saying that with her help, the two of them would start a thriving record label together, but in order to do this they would need to move away for awhile. He said this would be good for her future and, more importantly, her children's future. She was vulnerable, financially hurting, looking for a better life, and she trusted him. The plan was to move away for three months, and so they went.

Once they moved, the man immediately changed his tune. He isolated Amy from her family and friends and became hostile and abusive. It quickly became clear to Amy that that there was no record label. Instead, she had found herself in a dangerous situation. She spent her days trapped in a dark room where men would come in one by one. She was used and abused, treated like a prostitute. She was no prostitute. She was a victim of human trafficking being held against her will. The "appointments" with men continued to increase. It became clear quickly to this mother that she was now a sex slave.

One day, one of Amy's fellow captives being held by this man had a nervous breakdown to the point where she could no longer be physically controlled. She was a threat to his secretive business. The trafficker became distracted, and Amy was able to escape back to Houston. Her family picked her up and she returned home, but she was not the same woman that left months before. Her life was forever changed.

Amy was one of the lucky ones who got away, but her story of captivity is all too common in America. Traffickers prey every day on vulnerable women, from the insecure teenager at the mall to mothers like Amy looking for a better life for their children. This modern-day slavery happens right here in Texas in plain sight at our motels, cantinas and massage parlors. The victims live among us in our communities, but behind closed doors, they are slaves living in fear. They totally lose their identity. Meanwhile, their slave traders are able to keep their lives, committing this horrendous crime anonymously and continuously. Buyers and sellers of humans want to remain anonymous because they can. Those days need to end.

As a former criminal court judge in Texas, I successfully used public punishment for two purposes. First, I wanted to make sure defendants did not end up back in my courtroom. Second, I wanted to instill fear in would-be criminals to deter them from committing crimes in the first place.

I believe this form of public shaming can be successful in combatting human trafficking. That is why I have introduced The SHAME Act in Congress. This legislation will give federal judges the ability to publish both the names and the photographs of both convicted human traffickers and buyers of trafficked victims.

The second part of that is important — in order to effectively combat trafficking, we must go after the customers. The bill is designed to allow the public to easily access the pictures and information of those living among them in society who have purchased sex from victims. That way the buyers will no longer be able to hide in plain site under the cloak of anonymity.

Furthermore, I hope the SHAME Act strikes fear in those who think about purchasing young women for sex. Perhaps the fear of having their face on a billboard will make them think twice about participating in the modern day slave trade.

Traffickers and sex abusers run a global business second only to the slave trade. Like any business, this trade is successful because of its customers and the continuous demand they provide. It is time to SHAME these horrible humans out of the business.

Our children are not for sale.

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Honoring Veterans Day

2016/11/11

Dear Neighbor,

Today, November 11, 2016 we celebrate Veterans Day, a day to honor those who have defended and protected this great nation. 

Please join me in thanking all those who serve and have served our nation by watching my Veterans Day message here: 

As always, click here to share your thoughts with me.

GOD and TEXAS,

TED POE
Member of Congress
TEXAS     

 

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Poe, Cornyn Announce Resolution Honoring MD Anderson’s 75th Anniversary

2016/11/10

UNITED STATES CONGRESS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE        

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Cornyn: Drew Brandewie, 202-224-0704

Poe: Shaylyn Hynes, 202-225-6565

 

Poe, Cornyn Announce Resolution Honoring MD Anderson’s 75th Anniversary

 

HOUSTON – Representative Ted Poe (TX-02) and U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) announced today that they will introduce companion resolutions in the Senate and House commemorating the 75thAnniversary of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

“When I  was diagnosed with Leukemia, I rushed to MD Anderson as fast as I could. Why? Because it is the best cancer center in the world,” said Rep. Poe. “From the world class physicians to the dedicated nurses, the care patients receive at MD Anderson is second to none. For 75 years, MD Anderson has conducted bold research that has ensured that its patients receive cutting edge treatment that they simply cannot receive anywhere else. I can say from personal experience that battling cancer is a lot easier when you know you have the best doctors in the world behind you. I congratulate MD Anderson Cancer Center on this monumental anniversary and look forward to seeing what this institution does in the coming years to make cancer a thing of the past.”                                            

“Throughout its distinguished 75 years, MD Anderson’s world class health professionals have provided hope, healing, and exceptional care to more than one million patients,” said Sen. Cornyn. “Their focus on research and prevention has led to innumerable breakthroughs in the fight against cancer, and I’m proud to recognize the world’s premier cancer institution on its 75th anniversary.”

 

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Congressman Poe on Fallen Solider-Sergeant James Moriarty

2016/11/07

On Friday, November 4, 2016 a military base in Jordan was attacked. Houstonian James Moriarty, 27, was killed in the gunfire. Sergeant Moriarty was a proud member of the Army’s Special Forces, scheduled to return home in two weeks after completing three tours of duty in Jordan. Men and women behind the uniform like Sergeant Moriarty are the best the America has. I do not believe it was a coincidence that only Americans were killed and I urge the Administration and government of Jordan to complete a comprehensive investigation of the attack as soon as possible. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

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Congressman Poe on Georgia's Recent Election

2016/11/04

Rep. Ted Poe and Rep. Gerald Connolly, co-chairs of the Georgia Caucus in the U.S. Congress, put out the following statement regarding Georgia’s recent elections:

“We congratulate Georgia for completing its elections. Twenty-five years ago, Georgia threw off the yoke of the Soviet Union and its communist oppression. Since then, Georgia has been a friend and ally of the United States. We look forward to working with the newly elected government to bring further prosperity and stability to Georgia.”

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Congressman Poe on Iowa Officer Shooting

2016/11/02

"Early this morning while most Americans were safe in their homes fast asleep, two Iowa Peace Officers were on duty. Suddenly, in the dark of night, they were ambushed and murdered right in their patrol cars just a few miles apart. Police have identified and are holding the suspect in custody.  

Today's murders are unfortunately just the latest in a wave of targeted attacks on Peace Officers in America. 51 officers have been murdered this year. Enough is enough. It is time for Congress to take action to protect those who serve. That is why I have introduced H.R. 5809, the Back the Blue Bill which will increase federal penalties against people who either kill, assault or plan violence against a law enforcement officer. As a prosecutor and Judge for over 30 years, I had the privilege of working alongside some of America's best, the men and women behind the badge. Without them, we would live in anarchy."

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Bipartisan Coalition Presses DOJ About Government Hacking

2016/10/28

Lawmakers Seek Answers About How Government Would Use New Hacking Authority, One Month Before Rule 41 Amendments Would Take Effect

Washington, D.C. –A bipartisan coalition of Senate and House lawmakers today asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch to provide Congress with more information about a proposed expansion of government hacking and surveillance powers.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Judiciary Committee member Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., with House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr., D-Mich., and senior Judiciary Committee member Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, led a bipartisan group of 21 lawmakers asking for more information about the proposal, formally known as amendments to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. Unless Congress acts, these new amendments are scheduled to go into effect on December 1.

“We are concerned about the full scope of the new authority that would be provided to the Department of Justice,” the lawmakers wrote. “We believe that Congress -- and the American public -- must better understand the Department’s need for the proposed amendments, how the Department intends to use its proposed new powers, and the potential consequences to our digital security before these rules go into effect.”

 The lawmakers ask DOJ a number of questions about how Rule 41 will be used, including:

  • How the government intends to prevent forum shopping by prosecutors seeking court approval to hack into Americans' devices;
  • How the government will prevent collateral damage to innocent Americans' devices and electronic data when it remotely search devices such as smartphones or medical devices;
  • Whether the government intends to use this new authority to search and “clean” Americans' computers ;
  • How the government will maintain a chain of custody when searching or removing evidence from a device;
  • How the government will notify Americans who are the subjects of remote government searches.

The letter was  signed by: Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., Sen. Steve  Daines, R-S.D., Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont, and Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah., Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., Rep. Suan DelBene, D-Wash., Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.

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5 Pictures from Texas's Second District

2016/10/28

Dear Neighbor,

There have been quite a few events going on in Texas’s Second Congressional District. Here is a look at what I’ve been up to!

 

I met with Humble Mayor Merle Aaron and City Manager Darrell Boeske to get an update on their work in the Humble community. 

 

I was honored to receive a plaque honoring my participation in the Texas Peace Officer’s Memorial from Greater Houston Concerns of Police Survivors President Carol Lane and Trustee Amanda Wass. At the memorial, I was proud to honor Houston’s own HCSO Deputy Darren Goforth, HCSO Officer Tronoski Jones, and HPD Officer Richard Martin whose lives were stolen from us last year.

I joined Mayor Sylvester Turner in groundbreaking ceremony for new United Airlines Technical Operations Center. The center will be the maintenance, repair and overhaul division of United Airlines. It will create 200 new jobs at IAH and will add over 200,000 square feet of hangar capacity for wide-body aircraft. The new facility will include a distribution center, administrative offices and a technical service facility for technicians, management, and support personnel.

During the massive floods earlier this year, the Bear Creek community experienced devastating waters that damaged their homes. This week, I gathered an expert panel that included the City of Houston, Harris County Flood Control District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to explain the multiple agencies’ roles in the area and to answer questions from the community. With over 250 attendees, the community expressed their frustration with the complicated web of government jurisdiction and bureaucracy. For a recap of the meeting, click here. I continue to work with all entities involved to help find a solution and prevent this flooding from occurring again. 

I enjoyed speaking with the Greater Northwest Houston Association of Realtors’ recent breakfast meeting and giving an update on my work in Congress and what to expect in the next Congress. 

Click here to share your thoughts with me.

GOD and TEXAS,

TED POE
Member of Congress
TEXAS     

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Texas Congressman Ted Poe is a leading advocate in Washington for limited government, free markets, low taxes and individual liberty.

Prior to serving in Congress, Ted Poe served for 22 years as a criminal court judge in Houston where he garnered national media attention for his innovative sentences – dubbed “Poetic Justice.” Prior to that, he served for 8 years in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, where he became the chief felony prosecutor and never lost a jury trial.

Congressman Ted Poe serves on the House Judiciary Committee, and the Foreign Affairs Committee as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade. An outspoken advocate on border security, he travels regularly to the southern border to meet directly with local law enforcement and residents. He also often visits our troops in Afghanistan and around the world. Congressman Ted Poe established the bipartisan Victims’ Rights Caucus (VRC) to advocate on behalf of victims in our nation’s capital. A strong constitutionalist, Congressman Poe stands firmly in the belief of “we the people” not “we the subjects.”


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