First up for this week’s big votes were the appropriations bills for the 2020 fiscal year. Although I disagreed with the top-line spending, I supported the deal because negotiators did a good job reaching a bipartisan agreement to fund the government next year. The bills will do a lot of good for Houston, like appropriating $22 million for maintenance of the Houston Ship Channel, almost $18 billion for the FEMA Disaster Relief Fund and delaying cuts in funding for several Houston hospitals. This spending deal also funds barriers at our border and additional staff for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
While Congress must make a better effort to rein in our discretionary and mandatory spending, I appreciate the good faith compromise and find these provisions to be too important to oppose and risk another government shutdown.
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Next up is the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the much-needed trade deal with our northern and southern neighbors. Congress finally voted on it, and while I’m disappointed that Democrats added unnecessary provisions that will hurt the American people, I voted for it because it’s too important of a deal to pass up because of its economic impact - estimated to add $68.2 billion to the U.S. economy and create 176,000 new jobs.
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Lastly, impeachment. This week’s historic vote in the House sets a dangerous precedent based on the thinnest, weakest, fastest case for impeachment since our nation’s founding.
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