Marilyn by Kinsey ChristianWASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Randy Neugebauer (TX-19) announced Abilene resident Kinsey Christian—a senior at Wylie High School—as the winner of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition for the 19th District.
“The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity for the 19th District’s talented high school students to showcase their artistic achievements. We had many great entries this year and I applaud the hard work of all our participants,” Rep. Neugebauer said.
“I especially want to congratulate our 2015 Congressional Art Competition winner, Kinsey Christian, on her drawing entitled Marilyn—a mixed media portrait of her grandmother who has Alzheimer’s. This is a touching and beautiful piece of artwork that I look forward to seeing every time I walk through the Capitol.”
Kinsey’s artwork will hang in the Cannon Tunnel in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC. In June, Kinsey and her family will visit Washington, DC to meet with Rep. Neugebauer and be honored for her accomplishment.
“I applaud today’s ruling against President Obama’s executive amnesty. This ruling is a major victory for Texas, our system of checks and balances, and the Constitution. Earlier this month, I was proud to join an amicus brief supporting Texas’ challenge and I am pleased that the rule of law once again prevailed. We must continue to hold the Obama administration accountable and put a stop to the President’s unilateral actions.”
Honoring America’s Fallen on Memorial Day(Click here to watch Rep. Neugebauer’s Memorial Day Message) As we gather with family and friends this Memorial Day weekend, we are reminded of the sacrifices generations of Americans have made to keep our great nation safe. Freedom is not free. On this Memorial Day, please join Dana and me to focus your thoughts and prayers on those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. May we honor the brave men and women who have put on our nation’s uniform and answered the call to defend our liberty. We must also pay tribute to the families of the fallen who are left to carry on after a loved one never returns home. We are eternally grateful. Speaking at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day in 1982, President Reagan said, “Those true and only building blocks of peace were the lone and lasting cause and hope and prayer that lighted the way of those whom we honor and remember this Memorial Day. To keep faith with our hallowed dead, let us be sure, and very sure, today and every day of our lives, that we keep their cause, their hope, their prayer, forever our country's own." May God bless all those who have fought and continue to fight to defend this nation, and may He continue to bless the United States of America.Expanding Opportunity for our Veterans Last week, I supported a number of bills to increase accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and expand opportunity for our servicemen and women. The House of Representatives passed H.R. 1038, the Ensuring VA Employee Accountability Act, which would require the VA to maintain more thorough employee records to include instances of disciplinary actions and poor performance. Over the last year, the VA has been one of the most scandal-ridden Washington agencies. Our veterans deserve much better. This common sense initiative increases accountability and makes sure our veterans receive the best possible care they’ve earned. I will continue to work with my colleagues to conduct appropriate oversight of the VA. The House also passed H.R. 1382, the Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment Act. This bill would expand economic opportunities for our veterans returning to civilian life by allowing the VA to give preference to contractors who employ veterans. This would create a greater incentive for other businesses to continue to expand the hiring of our veterans and lead to good-paying jobs. I thank all of our nation’s veterans and their families who selflessly serve to defend our country. In Congress, I will continue to do everything I can to ensure our veterans receive the best possible services they’ve earned and deserve.Melanoma/Skin Cancer Prevention Month May is melanoma and skin cancer prevention month. As the summer season begins, please join me in raising awareness to better practice sun safety. According to the Prevent Cancer Foundation, “Almost 420,000 cases of skin cancer each year are attributable to indoor tanning. Skin cancer has reached epidemic proportions in our country.” You should also, “Cover your skin with broad spectrum sunscreen (protection against UVA and UVB rays with SPF 30 or higher) and wear protective clothing and eyewear.” These are some important tips to keep in mind and you can visit preventcancer.org to learn more.Read More
WASHINGTON – Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), Chairman of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee, delivered the following opening statement—as prepared for delivery—at today’s Subcommittee hearing to examine how the financial sector addresses cyber threats:
“Good morning. The financial services sector is one of the most complex and critical sectors of the United States economy.
“Financial sector participants hold deposits for consumers; ensure the consistent flow of capital through the capital market; provide loans for small businesses; support large, internationally active corporations; and operate some of the most sophisticated payments systems in the globe.
“Literally trillions of dollars flows through the financial sector each and every single day. Given its position of critical importance, the financial services sector has become a top target for cyberattacks.
“Today and every day this year, there will be 117,334 cyber incidents against the United States economy, according to a PriceWaterhouseCooper study.
“A recent Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) study highlighted cybersecurity as the number one issue of concern for financial institutions. This top position is held over issues such as overregulation and geopolitical risks.
“Last week, SEC Chair Mary Jo White noted that cyberattacks are the “biggest systemic risk” facing the United States. And Treasury Secretary Jack Lew noted that cybersecurity is the one issue that keeps him up at night.
“Given the importance of this threat, the financial services sector has responded very well. The sector has been the leader on setting up an information sharing framework. It has been an active and constructive participant working with U.S. regulatory agencies and law enforcement. Further, the sector’s investment in cybersecurity infrastructure and engagement by senior management has been crucial to preventing attacks.
“However, we should all remember that no single institution or system is 100% protected from cyberattacks. The sector faces threats posed by a growing array of cyber criminals, nation-state actors, and terrorist organizations. Each has tremendous financial and political incentive to continue looking for weak spots, and to cause sector disruption.
“Today’s hearing is important for Members to gain a better understanding of some of the top cyber issues facing the financial services sector.
“First, we must better understand the nature of cyber threats. Where are threats coming from? What do they look like? And how are we working with global partners?
“Second, information sharing and liability protection are crucial elements to a cyber response framework. We should explore how public-private partnerships help facilitate comprehensive responses to cyber threats, and if there are areas that should be improved.
“Third, contingency preparation is crucial to being able to provide continuity in the sector in the wake of a cyberattack. We should better understand the steps the financial services sector is taking to plan for attacks, train employees, and test its systems.
“Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility. It is a shared responsibility among financial institutions. It is a shared responsibility between the public sector and government. It is a shared responsibility between the United States and our global allies.
“Finally, being thought leaders on this issue is a shared responsibility for members of this Committee. I would like to thank my Democratic colleagues for taking this issue so seriously and contributing to a constructive dialogue.”
Earlier this month, Chairman Neugebauer and Rep. John Carney (D-DE) introduced the Data Security Act of 2015 to establish a national data security and breach notification standard for financial institutions and retailers to better protect consumer financial data.Read More
The Fight Against ISIS Over the weekend, we learned U.S. Special Operations forces successfully conducted a raid against Abu Sayyaf, a high-profile ISIS leader. Sayyaf is believed to be responsible for ISIS’ finances, specifically their black market oil and gas operation. I commend our service members on the frontlines who courageously went into harm’s way to carry out this successful raid. While the death of Sayyaf is undoubtedly a setback for ISIS, we also learned that the terrorist group recently seized control of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s largest province. This is a very troubling development. I continue to believe the Obama administration must present a clearer plan to defeat and destroy ISIS, and stop the spread of terrorism. In this time of increased threats, the House took two important votes last week to ensure our military has the tools needed to keep America safe. With my support, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 to authorize funding for the Department of Defense. The House also passed the USA FREEDOM Act to enable our security agencies to gather intelligence on suspected terrorists and prevent future attacks, while balancing our civil liberties. I am hopeful that the Senate will quickly act on both of these important bills.Neugebauer Introduces Endangered Species Act Reform Legislation For far too long, bureaucrats in Washington have used the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to bring heavy-handed regulations to hardworking farmers, ranchers, and business owners in West Texas and the Big Country. These regulations are incredibly expensive and can greatly harm future opportunity in the communities most impacted. Last Friday, I introduced H.R. 2352, the State, Tribal, and Local Species Transparency and Recovery Act. This legislation would require the federal government to disclose to affected states all data used prior to any ESA listing decisions and require that the “best available scientific and commercial data” used by the federal government include data provided by affected states, tribes, and local governments. I believe it’s time to give communities across America a greater say in the ESA listing process and increase transparency. I introduced similar legislation last Congress that was packaged into a comprehensive Endangered Species Act reform bill that passed the House. You can read more about my bill in the Abilene Reporter-News.A Funding Blueprint for the Federal Government This week, the House will continue the appropriations process—the process of providing funding for the federal government’s operations. At a time when our nation is $18 trillion and counting in debt, this process is all the more important. This week, the House is expected to vote on the Legislative Branch Appropriations bill which funds the U.S. Capitol and Congress’ essential operations. Since Republicans gained control of the House in January of 2011, we reduced our own funding by 14% and prevented pay increases for Members of Congress. While this is the smallest of the 12 Appropriations bills, it prioritizes the conservative solutions we must bring to every area of the federal government.Read More
WASHINGTON – Rep. Randy Neugebauer (TX-19), Vice-Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, released the following statement after the World Trade Organization (WTO) again ruled against the United States on USDA’s mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements:
“Today’s final decision by the WTO on USDA’s mandatory COOL requirements once again underscores that this flawed rule must be repealed. COOL adds no meaningful improvement to food safety and instead costs the livestock and meat industry approximately $2.4 billion in added compliance costs. Furthermore, if Canada and Mexico follow through on their increase in tariffs on U.S. exports, it will cost a broad array of American industries billions more. This protectionist trade policy does little to benefit economic growth or food safety in North America. Congress should use this opportunity to repeal mandatory COOL requirements for beef, pork and chicken once and for all, and I look forward to working with Chairman Conaway and members of the House Agriculture Committee to do so.”
Bill increases transparency and gives communities a greater say during the ESA listing process.
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), Vice Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), and other members of the House Endangered Species Act Working Group, introduced H.R. 2352, the State, Tribal, and Local Species Transparency and Recovery Act. This legislation would require the federal government to disclose to affected states all data used prior to any ESA listing decisions and require that the “best available scientific and commercial data” used by the federal government include data provided by affected states, tribes, and local governments.
“For far too long, bureaucrats in Washington have used the Endangered Species Act to bring heavy-handed regulations to hardworking farmers, ranchers, and business owners in West Texas and the Big Country. These regulations are incredibly expensive and can greatly harm future opportunity in the communities most impacted. We must ensure that the federal government is using the best available science to evaluate whether a listing is necessary or if other conservation efforts will be successful. My bill increases transparency by expanding access to the data used to justify a listing and gives communities across America a greater say in the ESA listing process. I look forward to working with my colleagues to move this common sense bill into law,” said Rep. Neugebauer.
“This bill recognizes the importance of input from state and local governments while providing much-needed transparency in the Endangered Species Act process. The federal government should be required to give due consideration to the best available science and to justify data used to list species under ESA to affected states, localities, and tribes. I am pleased to join Rep. Neugebauer in introducing legislation to improve the listing process under the Endangered Species Act,” said Rep. Newhouse.
H.R. 2352 requires the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to provide states with the data they are using to justify their listing decisions, which increases transparency and the opportunity for community engagement. Additionally, it requires FWS and NMFS to consider scientific data submitted by state and local governments before making a determination.
Last Congress, Neugebauer introduced similar legislation that was packaged into a comprehensive Endangered Species Act reform bill. That legislation passed the House of Representatives.
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Congressman Randy Neugebauer proudly represents the 19th Congressional District of Texas, which stretches across 29 counties. He has offices in the cities of Abilene, Big Spring and Lubbock.
As one of the most conservative Members of Congress, Randy works to keep Washington accountable to hardworking American taxpayers by requiring commonsense spending and borrowing limits.
Randy was raised in West Texas, and he is a voice for traditional Texan values in Washington. Randy graduated from Texas Tech in 1972 with a degree in accounting. He went on to work in real estate management, eventually starting his own land development company.
As a small business owner, Randy knows first-hand the dedication and commitment it takes to own and manage a successful company. He also knows how government regulations can quickly deplete the resources of a small business, causing hard times for families and communities. Randy brings this businessman’s perspective to Congress where he advocates for reduced spending, fiscal discipline, free markets, and limited government.
Randy serves on three committees in the House of Representatives, where he can work on legislation that directly benefits his constituents. He is a senior member of the House Agriculture Committee and the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Additionally, he serves as the Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance.
As Housing and Insurance Subcommittee Chairman, he’s working to reform the housing market, cut regulatory burdens, and shift risk away from American taxpayers and back into the private sector.
Randy’s legislative initiatives include eliminating wasteful federal spending, improving crop insurance, and supporting diverse domestic energy sources. He continues to work on legislation that will empower the constituents of the 19th Congressional District.
Randy’s support of conservative principles has been recognized by many groups and organizations. He has received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Enterprise Award, the Club for Growth Defender of Economic Freedom Award, and the Taxpayer’s Friend Award from the National Taxpayers Union. He has earned a 100% lifetime rating by National Right to Life. He has been recognized by National Journal as one of the six most conservative members of the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition, Randy serves as an Assistant Republican Whip to House Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy.
Randy is married to his high school sweetheart, Dana, who is a Ropesville native. Together they have two sons, two daughters-in-law, and are the proud grandparents of three boys and one girl.
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