Urge the Senate to Defund Obamacare, Events in Texas, and Prostate Cancer Awareness

Sep 24, 2013 Issues: Health Care, Happening in West Texas, Economy and Jobs, Taxes, Fiscal Responsibility

Urge the Senate to Act to Defund Obamacare

Last week, I voted to defund Obamacare while also keeping other government operations running.  On Friday, the House passed a Continuing Resolution, also commonly known as a CR, which controls spending, protects Americans from the harmful consequences of Obamacare, and prevents a government shutdown.  Last week, I told you that I had concerns with the CR that was introduced earlier this month, so I had decided to co-sponsor a conservative alternative.  I’m happy to say that by insisting on a no-gimmicks vote to defund Obamacare, we were able to change the CR and pass a much stronger alternative.  Now it’s time for the Senate to act.  The Texas Republicans in the House of Representatives came together to write a letter to the Senate, urging them to take action to defund Obamacare.  In part, the letter, which is available here, reads, “Now, it is up to the Republicans and like-minded Democrats in the Senate to continue the charge to defend the American people from this disaster to their health and finances. We urge you to use all of the legislative tools at your disposal, including the filibuster, to protect America from this train wreck.”  House Republicans are leading the fight to control spending, stop Obamacare, and protect hardworking Americans, and it is time for the Senate to join us.

The next priority is addressing our debt limit.  As you may know, we are once again reaching our nation’s credit limit. Last week, House Republican leadership unveiled a basic plan to extend our nation’s ability to borrow for one year, while defunding and delaying Obamacare for 12 months and accomplishing a number of conservative goals, including outlining principles for fundamental tax reform and approving the Keystone XL pipeline. As always, the devil is in the details, so I’m anxious to fully review what’s in this legislation when it is released later this week. 


Come See Me in Texas

It’s great being home in Texas.  On Saturday, I watched Tech win the Celebrate Cotton Game.  Today, I am in Lubbock, where I met with the Lubbock Association of Realtors and attended a lunch on Texas Tech’s 2020 Vision.  Tomorrow, I’ll be in Post first thing to meet with Garza County employers about the economy and job creation.  Later, I’ll visit Jayton to talk with local officials.  Tomorrow afternoon, I’ll be presenting a flag to volunteer firefighters in Aspermont to thank them for all the work they do to keep us safe. Later in the day, I’ll visit with members of the Haskell County Chamber of Commerce.   On Wednesday morning, I’ll meet with members of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce before returning to Washington to continue discussions on the CR and debt limit bills. 


Action Item: Raising Awareness of Prostate Cancer

Next Monday, September 30th, I will celebrate the four-year anniversary of the day I beat cancer.  I am blessed to have survived prostate cancer.  I may not have been so lucky had it not been for my loving family, skilled doctors, and early detection.  That’s why I’ve introduced legislation to declare September National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.  This September, I encourage all males to talk to your doctor about screening for prostate cancer.  Early detection saved my life, so I’d like you to help me get the word out by sharing my video about getting a simple, pain-free PSA test.  I pray for the 200,000 men who will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, but I have hope that we can lower this number by spreading the word about early screening.