Ted Poe

Ted Poe

TEXAS' 2nd DISTRICT

Texans Gather at State Capitol to Honor Fallen Police Officers

2016/05/03

By: Bob Price

Law enforcement officers, public officials, family members and supporters gathered at the Texas Capitol on Monday to honor peace officers who lost their lives during 2015.

“Today families of the fallen peace officers will be honored with medals from the State of Texas along with official proclamations signed by Governor Greg Abbott,” John Sierage, director of field services for the Texas Municipal Police Officers Association said to Breitbart Texas in an interview Monday morning. “Lt. Governor Dan Patrick will represent the State of Texas in presenting these honors to the family members.”

Texas lost eleven peace officers during 2015. “These heroes have paid the ultimate sacrifice while courageously protecting and serving the citizens of the great State of Texas,” Metroplex Concerns of Police Survivors President Ashley Hardey said in a written statement. “We will be forever thankful for what these families have sacrificed.”

On the eve of the capitol presentation, a candlelight ceremony was held at the Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial Monument in Austin. Ted Poe, a former criminal district court judge in Houston, spoke to those gathered to honor these officers of the law.  Poe spoke about police officers being a cut above the rest. He said we must always support our cops and their families.

Poe spoke about Houston Police Department Officer Richard Martin who was killed last year. Martin was killed when he was run down by a driver fleeing police in a high speed pursuit. Martin was attempting to deploy tire deflation devices to stop the fleeing driver. Prior to this, the fleeing criminal reportedly fired several shots at police, Breitbart Texasreported in May 2015.

HPD Officer Richard Martin. HPD Official Photo

HPD Officer Richard Martin. HPD Official Photo

Officer Martin, “jumped out of his patrol car to place spike stripes in the road to try to stop the approaching vehicle,“ Poe told the gathered crowd. “The criminal saw Officer Martin and intentionally ran him over, killing him.”

Poe explained that Martin, 47, came into law enforcement later in life than most after spending 20 years working in the private sector. “In just 4 short years, Officer Martin became a field officer,” Poe expressed. “His Captain said he crammed 20 years of policing into the 4 he served with the Houston Police Department. This speaks volumes about his character as a lawman.”

Martin left behind a grieving widow, a 22-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son.

His killer shot himself when finally cornered by police. “He survived for a few hours while the District Attorney prepared capital murder charges against him but later died, avoiding the hangman,” Poe stated.

“Tonight we not only mourn for our brothers in sisters in blue whom we lost, we stand together in tribute,” the Houston area congressman said during the Sunday evening candlelight service. “We stand united that in our freedom loving state and nation, good will always triumph over evil.”

As darkness fell, a blue laser light pierced the darkness symbolizing the “thin blue line” of police officers separating the public from those who would do evil.

Those officers being memorialized in the ceremonies on Sunday and Monday were listed as:

  • Eligio Ruiz Garcia, JR., Texas Department of Criminal Justice
  • Christopher A. Davis, Texas Department of Criminal Justice
  • Richard K. Martin, Houston Police Department
  • Christopher Dan Kelley, Hutto Police Department
  • Korby Lee Kennedy, San Angelo Police Department
  • Tronoski D. Jones, Harris County Sheriff’s Office
  • Darren H. Goforth, Harris County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jeffrey Emmons Radford, Bell County Constable’s Office
  • William Karl Keesee, Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Darrell L. Allen, Marlin Police Department
  • Timothy A. Davison, Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Monday’s ceremony at the Capitol began with tributes of prayer, song and other tributes to the fallen heroes. Following the Presentation of Colors, the National Anthem and a prayer, a roll call of the fallen peace officers was read. At this time, Lt. Governor Patrick presented the medals and proclamations form the State of Texas to the family members present.

Texas Police Honor Guard followed by Pipe and Drum Corps. (Photo Courtesy: Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick)

Texas Police Honor Guard followed by Pipe and Drum Corps. (Photo: Office of the Lt. Governor)

In a written statement obtained by Breitbart Texas, Patrick said, “Too many times we hear the news that another law enforcement officer has fallen in the line of duty. For most of us, we stop, grieve, and go back to our lives. For the families of the fallen, the grief stays with them for the rest of their lives. We should always thank the brave men and women who have paid the ultimate price to keep us safe, but most important we must honor them and their sacrifice.

“Today, it was my honor to speak at the Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony, thank the officers’ families and to remind everyone that every single life matters,” the Lt. Governor concluded.

A memorial wreath was presented followed by a pipe and drum tribute from the Highland Cathedral and the firing of a twenty-one gun salute.

Officers render a twenty-one gun salute in memory of fallen brothers. (Photo: Texas Municipal Police Association)

Officers render a twenty-one gun salute in memory of fallen brothers. (Photo: Texas Municipal Police Association)

A flyover of Texas Department of Public Safety helicopters in the “Missing Man” formation passed overhead as a riderless horse from the Grand Prairie Police Department marched by.

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Congressman Poe Remarks at the Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony

2016/05/02

  • Thank you for inviting me to be with you this evening. I am honored to stand with you to honor those brave men and women who put on the uniform, pin on the badge and place themselves in harm’s way each day to protect our community.
  • During my 30 years as a prosecutor and criminal court judge, I had the privilege of working alongside some of America’s heroes who have worn the badge—the shield—or the star over their heart. These are symbols of their willingness to put our safety above theirs.
  • They represent everything that is good; everything that is right in our country.
  • Underneath these uniforms are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, cousins and friends. Protecting us is their job. It is their duty to bring safety to our communities.
  • As Americans, we must let them know that we support them and that we are grateful for all they do for our communities.
  • Unfortunately, we all know too well that protection comes at a price.
  • Tonight, we honor our 2015 Texas Fallen Police Officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
  • Nationwide, we lost 128 officers last year, 117 men and 11 females.
  • In Texas, we lost 12 officers in the line of duty to gunfire, automobile accidents and vehicular assaults, and we lost two K-9s
  • 3 of those 12 fallen officers were from my area – the Houston community-
  • Two were with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office: Deputy Darren Goforth and Officer Tronoski Jones.
  • One served with the Houston Police Department: Officer Richard Martin.
  • We are here tonight so that we remember and honor them.
  • A few minutes ago, we saw Tyler Martin up here, leading our pledge of allegiance.
  • I want the Martin family to know – and all of the families that have lost a loved one in the line of duty – you are not alone, your loved one’s loss will not be forgotten, and we will continue to honor their lives.
  • It’s been almost a year since we lost Houston Police Officer Richard Martin.
  • In the early morning hours of a Monday in May, while most of the city was asleep, the diligent Houston Police Department responded to a robbery call at an Exxon service station.
  • The lawmen approached the scene and saw a suspect speed off in what turned out to be a stolen U-Haul Truck.
  • They pursued the truck, and a high speed chase was on.
  • The outlaw abandoned the truck, carjacked a woman, pushed her out of her minivan, and continued his flight.
  • The outlaw then fired shots at the police and kept fleeing in the darkness of the morning hours.
  • Houston Police Officer Richard Martin, aware of the chase, was situated ahead of it. He jumped out of his patrol car to place spike stripes in the road to try to stop the approaching vehicle.
  • The criminal saw Officer Martin  and intentionally ran him over, killing him.
  • Then the criminal continued on a 20 mile from the law in the City of Houston.
  • He was later cornered by the police in a standoff, and then shot himself.
  • He survived for a few hours while the District Attorney prepared capital murder charges against him but later died, avoiding the hangman.
  • Officer Richard Martin was a Houston Police Officer. He was 47 years of age. He had only been a peace officer for 4 years, and he worked at the Westside Patrol Division.
  • Prior to being a police officer, he had been in the private industry for 20 years.
  • Officer Martin was also a veteran. He spent 4 years Active Duty in the United States Air Force, then 8 more years as a reservist in the United States Air Force.
  • But being a police officer was his ultimate goal, so in his early forties, he became a Houston Police Officer.
  • In just 4 short years, Officer Martin became a field officer. His Captain said he crammed 20 years of policing into the 4 he served with the Houston Police Department. This speaks volumes about his character as a lawman.
  • He was the father of two, a then 22-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son; and he loved being actively involved in his children’s lives, including in his son’s baseball team.
  • Next week we will celebrate National Police Week, honoring the daily sacrifices of peace officers like Officer Martin, Deputy Goforth, and Officer Jones.
  • Our peace officers are a special breed. They work selflessly to maintain and restore order in communities and neighborhoods across America. While we sleep, those that wear the badge are on patrol, protecting us from the evil ones.
  • For these remarkable men and women, their safety is never guaranteed.
  • While the badge and the uniform represent safety for citizens, it is unfortunately a target for the unlawful.
  • We do take comfort in the fact that as long as criminals walk and wander our streets, refusing to follow the law, peace officers will always be there on patrol, officers like the 13 we lost last year in Texas.
  • Tonight we not only mourn for our brothers in sisters in blue whom we lost, we stand together in tribute.
  • We stand united that in our freedom loving state and nation, good will always triumph over evil.
  • That the “good” are those who wear the uniform each day and go out to patrol our communities.
  • Those who wear the badge over their heart do so as a symbol of their willingness to put themselves between us and the lawless
  • To those in uniform here tonight, thank you.
  • Thank you for representing everything that is good and right about our society.
  • Know that despite the rhetoric that has taken over our communities and TVs at times, you do noble and just work.
  • You are the everyday unsung heroes.
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Email Privacy

2016/04/29

Dear Neighbor,

Do you want the federal government to have complete access to your personal phone? I don’t either. The privacy vs. security debate is not new, but it has captured national attention in recent weeks with new developments in encryption and the Apple vs. FBI battle.

 

In the battle between the FBI and Apple, Apple declined the FBI’s request for a back door “key” to access the iPhone used by one of the San Bernadino terrorists. The Federal government wants to do two things. 

  1. A backdoor key to all IPhones
  2. Force private companies to give them access to your phones

The Fourth Amendment is clear:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

It does not have an exception that says: “except in the digital world” or “except in national security instances”. Our data – no matter whether it is physical or data - should only be able to be obtained by the government subject to a lawful warrant. 

It is imperative that Congress do everything in its power to protect our constitutional rights and insure that the 4th amendment is properly applied in the digital age. Before we mandate that the government must have a “key” for all encrypted data-- we must step back and consider what that means for privacy. That’s why I held a Summit on Encryption on this very topic last week at the Rice University Baker Institute for Public Policy. We heard from technologists, privacy advocates and law enforcement to debate these issues. A webcast of the summit is available HERE.

I’ve long argued that privacy must not be sacrificed on the altar of temporary safety and false security. Last year, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and I introduced H.R. 2233, The End Warrantless Surveillance of Americans Act, which would prohibit the government from either mandating (or requesting) that US companies insert a backdoor in their products. 

Hosting the Encryption Summit at Rice University

This week the House Of Representatives passed H.R. 699, the Email Privacy Act. Did you know that under current law, the federal government can access, without a warrant, any electronic communications that have been stored for at least 6 months in the cloud? That’s wrong and unconstitutional. H.R. 699 helps address this issue by requiring a warrant for content. 

The government simply should not be able to snoop and spy on our movements through smart phones and other devices without a warrant. After all, the government can’t tap our phones, read our mail, or enter our homes without a warrant. Why should the law treat digital data stored in the cloud any differently than anything in our homes?  It shouldn’t.   

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GOD and TEXAS,

TED POE
Member of Congress
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COMMEMORATING THE CENTENNIAL OF WORLD WAR I

2016/04/29

Mr. POE of Texas. Mr. Speaker, 100 years ago, the world was in a war so big that it was called the war to end all wars. World War I started in 1914 and involved 32 nations. It pitted the Allies against the central powers and stretched across five continents. The United States was isolationist at that time and was not in the war. But in 1917, the British intercepted a telegram called the Zimmerman Telegram from the German Government to Mexico, encouraging Mexico to join Germany. In return, Germany would help Mexico take and conquer Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. So after the sinking of seven U.S. merchant ships by submarines, the sinking of the Lusitania, and the publication of the Zimmerman Telegram, the United States Congress declared war in April of 1917.Four-and-a-half million Americans signed up to fight, including a friend that I later got to know by the name of Frank Buckles, who was 16 when he joined the war in World War I. He lived to the age of 110 and died in 2011. American doughboys like him proved the decisive difference. Just a year after the U.S. was in the war, the war was over on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour. In all, there were 30 million casualties worldwide, civilian and military. Mr. Speaker, after the war, the United States became an international power. So 114,000 doughboys died over there in the great World War I. When they got home, an equal number died from the Spanish flu that they had contracted when they were in Europe. Mr. Speaker, we remember them all 100 years ago this year, for the worst casualty of war is to be forgotten. And that is just the way it is. Read More

BONNIE SCOTT—PEACE CORPS VICTIM

2016/04/28

Mr. Speaker, targeted, bullied, and terrorized, these are the words that Bonnie Scott used to describe her dismissal from the Peace Corps. One month after reported allegations that another U.S. Peace Corps member had harassed and sexually assaulted two local women, Scott was dismissed—interesting.

This is not the first time that we have heard of these actions. In 2015, a report found that one in five Peace Corps volunteers were victims of sexual assault.

Half of the victims do not report their attacks. Many state that they were blamed by the Peace Corps for their sexual assaults. Even though Congress has passed the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011, the Peace Corps has work to do to protect these amazing ambassadors abroad.

Mr. Speaker, Peace Corps volunteers are the best America has. These volunteers must know that America will protect them overseas.

 If a crime occurs against them, America will stand by them, not abandon them. And if a crime is committed, they need to know the crime is not their fault; it is the fault of the perpetrator.

 And that is just the way it is. 

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BONNIE SCOTT—PEACE CORPS VICTIM

2016/04/28


ISRAEL THREATS

2016/04/27

Mr. Speaker, the State of Israel has always been threatened by nations and terror groups that hate Israel simply because it is a Jewish state. In recent years, the threats to Israel have become even more dangerous.

Just this week, 16 people were wounded in a bus bombing in Jerusalem. The volatile civil war in Syria has allowed the region to become a full-blown terrorist haven which directly threatens Israeli security.

Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, the al Nusrah Front, has literally straddled the Syrian-Israeli border. ISIS, which is even more brutal than al-Qaeda, controls large parts of Syria and Iraq, and it won’t be long before they turn their sights on Israel.

Lebanese Hezbollah, which is also heavily imbedded in the Syrian civil war, acts as Iran’s terrorist proxy. Iran has moved advanced weapons systems into Lebanon, including anti-ship cruise missiles, air defense systems, and precision-guided surface-to-surface missiles.

That means Hezbollah has an estimated 150,000 missiles sitting in their stockpile. Equally concerning is that Hezbollah is amassing valuable tactical experience while fighting in this Syrian civil war that could be used against Israel.

Compounding the terrorist threat in Israel is the recent spate of Palestinian lone-wolf attacks, which include stabbings, vehicle ramming, and shootings. The latest wave of attacks has killed 34 people and injured over 400.

Among those killed were two American citizens: Ezra Schwartz of Massachusetts and Taylor Force from my home state of Texas. These attacks are directly fueled by the hateful incitement of the Palestinian Authority which must be stymied.

Meanwhile, down in Gaza, Israeli officials now believe that Hamas has completely replenished its rocket supply that Israel depleted in 2014. Just recently Israeli officials announced the discovery of a new tunnel built by Hamas into leading into Israel.

The sole purpose of these tunnels is to secure arms supply lines and then strike at the heart of Israeli population centers. Aside from terrorism, the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement has led an onslaught of de-legitimization campaigns targeting Israel in recent years.

Five American scholarly associations have already joined this cause citing what they refer to as Israel’s ‘‘violation of human rights.’’ Interestingly, the organizations only boycott Israel and not other countries with much worse human rights records.

Israel must also deal with the fallout from the Iran nuclear deal made by this Administration. Iran’s most recent ballistic missile test launched missiles marked with the words ‘‘Israel must be wiped off the earth.’’

Thanks to this deal, it is only a matter of time before the mullahs in Tehran develop a nuclear weapon and aim it towards Israel. It’s no wonder why Israeli leaders call the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action a ‘‘bad deal’’ that threatens Israel’s survival.

You would think that with all these threats facing our ally Israel, the United States would draw closer to its friend and help it protect itself. But that has not happened.

Despite these threats, our relationship with Israel has become strained under this Administration. We must do more to repair our partnership and protect our friends and allies in Israel from the growing dangers that surround them.

We must recognize that the threats that confront Israel also confront the United States. The same terrorist groups that want to destroy Israel also want to destroy the United States.

The same Iran that calls Israel the ‘little Satan’ also calls the United States the ‘Great Satan’. We must face these common threats together.

And that’s just the way it is. 

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Congressman Poe on the Email Privacy Act

2016/04/27

I thank the chairman for bringing this bill up and for his work on it in a bipartisan way. I especially want to thank Congressman YODER for pushing this legislation that has overwhelming support in the House of Representatives.

Mr. Speaker, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act was passed in 1986—30 years ago. It was an eternity. Understand that IBM invented and put on the market its first laptop in 1986.

A lot has changed since that day 30 years ago. As the chairman mentioned, the cloud was where rain came from, or sometimes we see it here in Washington, D.C.—the cloud.

No one even knew what that was. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act needs to be fixed because it does not protect the right of privacy of Americans. If something is stored in the cloud that is over 180 days old, then it is open season for government to seize all of that information.

All governments— local or State or Federal—can go in and get those emails, texts, photographs, documents that you are storing. Up to 180 days, it is protected by the Constitution. Interesting—180 days of constitutional rights—but on the 181st day, you have no right of privacy.

That is absurd. This bill fixes that former legislation. I used to be a judge in Texas for 22 years, and I had peace officers all the time come to see me who wanted a warrant.

They followed the Fourth Amendment and described the place to be searched. They would go in with that warrant, after stating probable cause, and they were allowed to seize whatever they could seize under the warrant. The Fourth Amendment ought to apply today.

It ought to apply in the electronic age. It ought to apply to emails that are stored in the cloud or to anything else that is stored in the cloud. If the police officers have to have a warrant to go into your house and take documents you store in your desk or wherever, then they have to have a warrant if you store documents in the cloud.

That is what this legislation does, and it makes sense that we protect the constitutional right. The government cannot tap our phones without a warrant, it can’t read hard mail without a warrant, and it can’t enter our homes without a warrant because of the Fourth Amendment.

We are unique among all peoples because we have in our Constitution the Fourth Amendment that protects Americans—I think better than any other population anywhere—of their rights. Speaking of rights, the government doesn’t have rights.

People have rights, and the Bill of Rights protects the citizens of the United States. Government has authority—it has power—and if you read the Bill of Rights, the 10 Amendments especially, it is to limit government power and authority against us, the citizens.

So, of course, the Fourth Amendment should apply to the Federal Government in this area. Unfortunately, we have seen in our own government abuses of the government in the area, especially of snooping and spying on Americans, with the NSA and its story that we are all familiar with.

We have to control government, and it is our obligation, the House of Representatives, to protect the Constitution—the Bill of Rights especially—from government intrusion.

I support this legislation. It is a good piece of legislation. I thank the chairman and the ranking member and Ms. LOFGREN for her support of this legislation that we have been working on for a long time. Let Congress speak out and support the right of privacy for all Americans and keep the government out of the snooping business.

And that is just the way it is.

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Congressman Poe on the Email Privacy Act

2016/04/27


Congressman Poe Asks Administration for Evidence of China Providing Ballistic Missile Assistance to Pakistan

2016/04/26

WASHINGTON, D.C.—This week, Congressmen Ted Poe (TX-02) and Congressman Mike Rogers (AL-03) wrote a letter to the Obama Administration inquiring as to whether there is any evidence of China providing ballistic missile assistance to Pakistan. Recent reports have stated that the transport carrier for Pakistan’s’ new medium range nuclear ballistic missile was designed by the same Chinese company that transferred six similar carriers to North Korea in 2011.

Read the Letter Here

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Congressman Poe urges President Obama to Advocate for Improvements in Vietnamese Human Rights

2016/04/26

WASHINGTON, D.C.—This week, Congressmen Ted Poe (TX-02) wrote a letter to President Obama urging him to use his upcoming Visit to Vietnam to improve their respect for basic human rights. As Vietnam seeks to deepen economic and trade partnerships with the United States, we must push the Vietnamese government to end the egregious violations of basic human rights.  
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ANZAC Day

2016/04/26


ANZAC Day

2016/04/26

Mr. Speaker, while horrific trench warfare was taking place in Europe, half a continent away on April 25, 1915, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, ANZAC, set out to capture the Dardanelles and Gallipoli, but met fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turks.

It was World War I, 100 years ago. What was originally intended to quickly eliminate Turkey from the war turned into a bloody, 8-month battle. More than 8,000 Australians and 2,400 New Zealanders died in that campaign.

The battle and the losses of so many caused Australians and New Zealanders to remember the sacrifice of all those who died on ANZAC Day, a day of remembrance, April 25. The Australians have built a magnificent memorial to their war dead.

Having seen it, I was humbly inspired how Australians show gratitude to their fallen warriors. Mr. Speaker, join me in honoring our friends and allies, the Aussies and the Kiwis across the sea, as they honor their fallen on ANZAC Day, those who died in the war to end all wars.

 And that is just the way it is.

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Federal Disaster Relief

2016/04/26

With the federal disaster declaration, Harris County residents may be eligible for FEMA major disaster benefits, including:

Disaster Housing

Disaster Housing may be available for up to 18 months, using local resources, for displaced persons whose residences were heavily damaged or destroyed. Funding also can be provided for housing repairs and replacement of damaged items to make homes habitable.

Disaster Grants

Disaster Grants are available to help meet other serious disaster-related needs and necessary expenses not covered by insurance and other aid programs. These may include replacement of personal property, and transportation, medical, dental and funeral expenses.

Low-Interest Disaster Loans

Low-Interest Disaster Loans are available after a disaster for homeowners, renters and small businesses from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to cover uninsured property losses. Loans may be  available for repair or replacement of homes, automobiles, clothing or other damaged personal property. Loans are also available to businesses for property loss and economic injury.

Other Disaster Aid Programs

Other Disaster Aid Programs include crisis counseling, disaster-related unemployment assistance, legal aid and assistance with income tax, Social Security and Veteran's benefits.

Assistance Process

After the application is taken, the damaged property is inspected to verify the loss. If approved, an applicant will soon receive a check for rental assistance or a grant. Loan applications require more information and approval may take several weeks after application. The deadline for most individual assistance programs is 60 days following the President's major disaster declaration.

Application forms and additional information can be found at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362. 

If you need any help with your application or if you have any questions regarding the process, please call my district office at (281) 446-0242.   

 

 

 

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Forum examines Houston’s growing markets

2016/04/25

Cyprus Creek Mirror

By Petrina J. Johnson

Dozen of speakers provided a closer look on the growing markets affecting Houston’s economy at the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Outlook Forum on Friday, April 1.

Keynote speaker Commissioner R. Jack Cagle gave a brief overview of what is happening in Precinct 4 and Harris County. Cagle received applause for sharing why his job at the event was easy, which is to brag about what is going on in Precinct 4.

“When you live in the best Precinct, which is Precinct 4, the best county, Harris County and the best state, the state of Texas and the best country, the United States and the best world, earth and God’s great galaxy, it’s an easy job,” he said.

Other speakers included leaders sharing their views from a perspective from Washington. U.S. Reps. Kevin Brady, Ted Poe and Sheila Jackson Lee provided insights on ways to boost the local economy and what lies ahead for Houston.

Poe spoke about legislation on human trafficking, and natural gas and its relation to the Port of Houston, a major part of the region’s economy.

“The Port of Houston is responsible for 50 percent of the economy of the Houston area, and about 50 percent of this is related to energy … not necessary fuel. Half of our economy comes from the Port of Houston and we are an export port, we sell and ship things,” he said.

Brady discussed job recovery and what needs to be done to get people back into the workforce. The economy adding new jobs is good, said Brady, but it is still not good enough.

“We are missing 6 million jobs for the economy and 40,000 American jobs are gone and will never come back,” he said.

After speaking on the panel, Jackson Lee and Brady spoke with media regarding controversial issues. Addressing a question regarding affordable healthcare, Brady said “Obamacare” does not benefit the majority of the people.

“I think Obamacare has helped some but it has hurt many others who are not able to see their local doctors. People who have these plans have high deductibles and co-pays which they simply cannot pay. I think there is a better way to provide healthcare.”

Addressing the same question, Lee gave her viewpoint on why she believes the Affordable Care Act is helping and not hurting the economy.

Lee said they can be more effective by lowering the cost of prescription drugs, healthcare costs such as doctor visits and other hospital expenses. She stated how they are working on changing these things but overall the results of the ACA speaks for itself.

“I think actions speak louder than words; 20 million new people now have health insurance because of the Affordable Care Act,” she said.

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POE SUPPORTS FEDERAL ASSISTANCE FOR FLOOD RECOVERY; JOINS BIPARTISAN TEXAS DELEGATION REQUEST TO PRESIDENT

2016/04/25

HOUSTON, TX—Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) and the entire Texas Congressional delegation joined together to call on President Obama to grant a federal major disaster declaration for Texas in light of the significant damage caused by the major April 17th storm in Harris County. The letter reads: “The Governor has determined that this event is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the state and the affected local governments.”

In the days after the storm, Congressman Poe toured multiple sites in his Congressional district that were affected by flooding in the Houston area. “Local officials in the Houston area have done a good job with the resources they have to help recover from this deadly storm,” said Rep. Poe. “However, the Federal Government should stand ready and willing to support Southeast Texas just as it has after disasters in other parts of the country.”

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San Jacinto Day

2016/04/22

Mr. Speaker, in the marshy plains where the San Jacinto River meets Buffalo Bayou, now near Houston, General Sam Houston and his volunteer Army of Texians—men from most States and several countries, including Mexico, England, and Germany—faced the invading army under dictator Santa Anna of Mexico.

Texas was fighting for independence from Mexico because Mexico had abolished its democracy and became an oppressive dictatorship. It was the afternoon of April 21, 1836—180 years ago today.

The Texian volunteers, although outnumbered 2–1, caught the enemy literally by surprise. On that hot afternoon, General Sam, with his Tejano Cavalry protecting the flank, charged the invaders with the battle cry: Remember the Alamo. Remember Goliad.

In 18 minutes, the battle was over. Half of the enemy were killed, and the other half were captured. On that day, Texas gained freedom and independence. Sam Houston became President of the Republic of Texas.

Texas was an independent country for 9 years and then joined the United States. Mr. Speaker, our past has allowed us to have today’s freedom. We thank those Texian freedom fighters, on April 21, 1836, San Jacinto Day, for their bold sacrifices, for choosing freedom over tyranny and creating Texas.

And that is just the way it is.

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POE: ADMINISTRATION SHOULD NOT USE TAXPAYER MONEY TO PROP UP IRAN’S NUCLEAR PROGRAM

2016/04/22

“According to reports, the Administration is now using taxpayer money to support Iran’s nuclear program in the latest tranche of the disastrous nuclear deal. Once again, the only winner is Iran. The Administration should demand that Iran destroy its excess heavy water, not profit from it. This White House seems to be more concerned with propping up Iran’s nuclear program than dismantling it. American taxpayers should not foot the bill for this reckless and misguided deal that threatens our national security.” 

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Turner, Poe: Big assist needed to battle modern-day slavery

2016/04/22

The NCAA Men’s Final Four is a time of excitement, suspense, and this year, it’s an opportunity to display Houston’s hospitality to the hundreds of thousands of people who will travel to our great city for the games.  We welcome each and every visitor with open arms, friendly competition, our world famous Tex-Mex food and a cautionary message about an important topic that impacts too many in our community: human trafficking.

An increase in human trafficking can come with any event that brings in a large amount of people from around the country and the world. Traffickers view these events as a golden opportunity.  In recent years there has been more awareness of this heinous crime surrounding the Super Bowl.  Houston will also host the Super Bowl in 2017, and preparedness efforts are already underway, but this is not an annual effort unique to major sporting events. The buying and selling of human beings happens every day in Houston and throughout the United States.  Unfortunately, our city has become a national hub for human trafficking.  The good news is that many are fighting to end this scourge. We have come a long way already, but there is still a long way to go to eradicate modern day slavery in our city.

Combatting human trafficking is a priority at the local, state, and federal levels of government.  Law enforcement agencies are working together to ensure that our city is safe not only during popular events like the Final Four and Super Bowl 51, but also every other day.  When it comes to human trafficking law enforcement, government at all levels and nonprofit organizations that serve victims are coordinating and deploying proven approaches. What we really need more of is heightened awareness and participation from the community.  Houstonians can continue to help by making calls to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline (1-888-373-7888) if they suspect human trafficking is occurring. In recent years, Texas has unfortunately had the second highest amount of calls to this hotline. While it is a good thing that the public is engaging, it is unfortunate that so many calls come from our state. With the public’s continued help, we can make sure that Texas is no longer one of the national ‘hotspots’ for this heinous crime.

Last year, we were able to obtain passage and enactment of the bipartisan Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act.  This federal law gives law enforcement additional tools to take down human traffickers. It targets the buyers - those predators who purchase humans - helps to ensure that those who have been sold into slavery are treated as victims, and creates a fund primarily paid for by the perpetrators themselves to serve trafficked victims.  Locally, a brand new position dedicated to combatting trafficking was created within the Office of the Mayor.

This year, we’ve also seen city, county, and state law enforcement, government and non-profits working together to breakup trafficking rings and rescue trafficking victims.  This is not done hastily.  It requires time, collaboration and tremendous work.  Texans have been on the front lines in the national fight against human trafficking. In January and February, an innovative sting, Operation Traveling Circus, brought together multiple law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, courts, and victims’ services in order to arrest traffickers, buyers, and provide victims with resources.  In total, 259 buyers and 6 pimps were arrested.  A hallmark of this sting was the important decision to not publicize the photos of the women arrested or rescued.  After all, it can take time to determine the circumstances of those billed as “prostitutes,” as many actually may be victims of human trafficking.

In addition, just last week, Operation Batman led to the arrest of an acclaimed United Airlines pilot—Bruce Wayne Wallis.  While many knew him as an aviator, authorities say he was a hard-nosed pimp, running brothels throughout Houston, selling up to 60 women at a time. In a joint operation of the Houston Police Department Vice Division and Texas Department of Public Safety, Wallis was arrested along with others believed to be involved with the ring of brothels.

Houston should serve as a shining example to the rest of the country in battling modern day slavery.  In fact, the HPD Vice Division just won the Law Enforcement Innovation Award from the Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation (CEASE) Network.  This work will not stop.  We will do all that we can to deter human trafficking, arrest those who buy and sell humans, and rescue and restore victims, not just during the big events in our city, but each and every day for as long as it is necessary. 

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2016 Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony

2016/04/22

Austin, Texas – This year’s Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony, honoring those who died in the line of duty in 2015, will be held on May 1-2 at the Texas Capitol grounds.  

The event will begin with a Candlelight Vigil at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Memorial wall with United States Congressman Ted Poe delivering the keynote address. The Memorial Ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Monday on the south steps of the Capitol. This will include Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick presenting medals and resolutions to the surviving family members.  

"This annual Memorial Ceremony is a priceless opportunity for both the civic and Law Enforcement communities to come together to honor and pay tribute to our fallen peace officers. These heroes have paid the ultimate sacrifice while courageously protecting and serving the citizens of the great State of Texas. We will be forever thankful for what these families have sacrificed," said Ashlee Hardy, President of Metroplex Concerns of Police Survivors.

Members of Law enforcement from across the state, friends and families of our fallen officers, elected officials, and countless supporters of law enforcement will be in attendance.

The ceremony is coordinated and hosted by the Texas Chapters of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), which includes the Metroplex, Greater Houston, and South Texas chapters.

The fallen officers being honored are:

Eligio Ruiz Garcia, JR., Texas Department of Criminal Justice

 

Christopher A. Davis, Texas Department of Criminal Justice

 

Richard K. Martin, Houston Police Department

 

 Christopher Dan Kelley, Hutto Police Department

 

Korby Lee Kennedy, San Angelo Police Department

 

Tronoski D. Jones, Harris County Sheriff’s Office

 

Darren H. Goforth, Harris County Sheriff’s Office

 

Jeffrey Emmons Radford, Bell County Constable’s Office

 

William Karl Keesee, Texas Department of Public Safety

 

Darrell L. Allen, Marlin Police Department


Timothy A. Davison, Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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Washington, DC 20515
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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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