Protecting Residents & Businesses in the 7th District
One of my primary responsibilities as a congressman include protecting the taxpayers and protecting the quality of life in our neighborhoods. My agreement with METRO ensures that we do not build more rail than the taxpayers can afford. I want to thank Houston METRO Chairman Gilbert Garcia for working with me. The agreement guarantees that taxpayers and voters will have the final say on when, where and how much additional rail is built in Houston.
Space Leadership Preservation Act Aims to Depoliticize NASA
Too many NASA programs have been cancelled due to cost-overruns, mismanagement or abrupt program changes at the start of each new Administration. Our astronauts now rely on the Russians to get to the International Space Station. It is unacceptable to allow our space program to atrophy because of lack of vision and the changing political winds from year to year. We must depoliticize NASA, and let the agency refocus on its core mission of exploration.
Simplifying & Reducing Your Taxes
Our tax code is so complex that the former IRS Commissioner has to hire an accountant to prepare his tax returns. Individuals and businesses spend about 6.1 billion hours each year complying with tax-filing requirements. Whatever your situation, I think most of us can agree that taxes are too high and our tax code is too long and too confusing. I have long supported an approach to tax reform that not only makes the tax code and the tax filing process simpler, but also keeps more money where it belongs: in your pocket.
Restoring the 10th Amendment
Restoring the 10th Amendment will do more to restore our individual liberty and limit the size, power, and cost of the federal government than anything else Congress could do. That is why I recently introduced the “Restoring the 10th Amendment Act,” which would give States and the American people a powerful new tool to challenge aggressive federal overreach.
I was recently awarded the National Federation of Independent Business's "Guardian of Small Business" award for my support of small businesses. I'm proud of my conservative record fighting for Houstonians in Congress. Click "more" to learn about other awards I've received and my voting history.