Monthly Archives: January 2017

Beginning the Repeal and Replacement of Obamacare

Beginning the Repeal and Replacement of Obamacare


Last week, I spoke on the House floor about the story of a constituent who has seen her insurance costs skyrocket under Obamacare. To watch the full video, please click above.

Last week, the House and Senate took an important first step towards the repeal and replacement of Obamacare by passing a budget resolution. This budget resolution enables the reconciliation process – a fast-track legislative procedure that is filibuster-proof in the Senate. It’s the same mechanism that Democrats used to pass parts of Obamacare in 2010 without a single Republican vote and Republicans will now use to undo the destructive law.

The budget resolution includes reconciliation instructions which direct four authorizing committees in the House and Senate to create budgets that achieve at least $1 billion in deficit reduction each over the next 10 years and repeal the pieces of Obamacare under their jurisdiction. These four authorizing committees are the Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees in the House, and the Finance and Health and Education and Labor and Pensions Committees in the Senate. Once these committees have designed budgets that will accomplish this task, they are passed out of their respective committees and sent to the Budget Committee while will compile them into one bill.

After the Budget Committee passes this unified bill, it will go before the House for a vote. Once the reconciliation package passes the House, it will be sent to the Senate for expedited consideration. After passage in the Senate, it will head to the desk of President Trump for his signature, where it will become law.

Repealing and replacing Obamacare will restore your choices in healthcare and ensure that your medical decisions are made by you and your doctor. For more information on the plan, please click here.

Combatting Human Trafficking

To view my full speech on preventing human trafficking, please click above.

January is Human Trafficking Awareness in the United States.

During a recent meeting on Capitol Hill, the Department of Homeland Security reminded us that the upcoming Super Bowl in Houston is a prime target for those who wish to commit harm, including human traffickers. I want to remind everyone that “see something say something” doesn’t just apply to unattended backpacks.

According to the Polaris Project, warning signs of someone being a victim of human trafficking include:

– Not being allowed to leave, or come and go as they wish;
– Appearing malnourished;
– Not being in control of his or her identification documents;
– Not being allowed to speak for themselves;
– Showing signs of physical abuse, torture or physical restraint.

UNICEF estimated there were 1.5 million victims of human trafficking in the U.S. in 2014 and twenty-seven-million worldwide. This is a problem that is going to need our attention 365 days of the year. Let’s work together to end this form of modern day slavery.

3 years after the Phoenix VA scandal, many issues have yet to be fixed. Working with @realDonaldTrump to fix the VA. http://bit.ly/2j4wgkP 

12 Jan 2017
@AirChina became 1st Chinese airline to ban shark fin cargo. I’m working to create a US standard banning the sale. https://t.co/MG3W0ZTFsy
10 Jan 2017
Congrats to Victoria Pastor Shirley Battles for receiving the Presidential Service Award! https://t.co/sA50VdYe68
9 Jan 2017

The platform is almost finished, chairs are being set up and flags are being hung. One week until Inauguration Day! #MAGA

Search Committee Named to Find Candidates to Become Next President for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi


Search Committee Named to Find Candidates to Become Next President for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

January 9, 2017 by tamus

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — A 15-member committee has been created to conduct a national search for the 11th President of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp announced Monday.

The committee includes two members of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents and representation from the faculty, students and administrators at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi as well as several community leaders.

The search committee will screen and interview candidates over the next several weeks and is charged with recommending three finalists to the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

By the beginning of the fall semester, the Regents expect to have a campus leader in place to succeed President Flavius Killebrew, who retired Dec. 31. Dr. Kelly Quintanilla is serving as the interim President.

“I want to thank the members of the search committee for their service to their university and their community,” said Chancellor Sharp. “I am confident they will recommend the kind of candidates with the vision to lead A&M-Corpus Christi through its next chapter of growth and accomplishment.”

The members of the search committee are:

Charles Schwartz
Chairman, Presidential Search Advisory Committee
Member, Board of Regents
The Texas A&M University System

Bill Mahomes
Member, Board of Regents
The Texas A&M University System

Josh Ozymy
Associate Professor of Political Science
Speaker, Faculty Senate

Gregory Buck
Associate Professor of Biology

Frank Lucido
Professor, Department of Teacher Education
Member, Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators

Jennifer Pollack
Assistant Professor of Marine Biology

Don Albrecht
Vice President for Student Engagement & Success

Margaret Dechant
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management

Libby Averyt
Publisher, Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Reuben Bonilla
Attorney and Community Leader

Barbara Canales
Attorney and Community Leader

Rosie Collin
Community Relations Director, Port of Corpus Christi

Nelda Martinez
Business Leader and former Mayor

Catherine Susser
Community Volunteer and Business Leader

Garrett Ransom
Student Body President
Ex Officio

Assisting the search committee will be James Hallmark, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, and Laurie Wilder and Porsha Williams, consultants with Parker Executive Search, an Atlanta-based search firm.

About The Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $4.2 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities and seven state agencies, the Texas A&M System educates more than 150,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $946 million in FY 2015 and helped drive the state’s economy.

Contact: Laylan Copelin
Vice Chancellor of Marketing and Communications
(979) 458-6425
(512) 289-2782 cell
lcopelin@tamus.edu