Category Archives: Blake Farenthold

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

Farenthold Requests Hold on Wind Farm

1438298282159The windfarm that Apex Clean Energy is proposing to build on Chapman Ranch, just south of Corpus Christi, is still mired in controversy. While the FAA recently approved the building of 86 wind turbines, the Navy remains sceptical that the turbines won’t affect the training of pilots at NAS Kingsville and NAS Corpus Christi. The City Council of Corpus Christi also opposes the wind turbines “due to safety concerns for the military, the potential impacts on the flight training missions at NAS Corpus Christi and the potential impact to economic growth of the Southside, which is the city’s primary growth corridor” stated Tom Tagliabue, the city’s director of intergovernmental relations.