U.s. district 10 incumbent michael mccaul faces two opponents in november election community impact newspaper

In Congress, I helped lead efforts with the Texas delegation to secure the funding we needed to help Houston rebuild after Harvey and protect our communities from future natural disasters. This resulted in $17.4 billion for Army Corps [of Engineers] flood mitigation projects and $35.4 billion in [Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Program] housing assistance funding, including $5 billion for Harris County and the Greater Houston Area. This is a lot of desperately needed money and resources coming to help Texans one year after Harvey hit.

We have also pushed Director Mick Mulvaney at [Office of Management and Budget] and the Army Corps of Engineers to work with us on desperately needed flood mitigation projects like a solution on Cypress Creek, which has been one of my top priorities.


In addition, on June 4, 2018, the House passed my amendment to the “Water Resources and Development Act,” which requires the Army Corps to expedite studies on flood recovery in the Houston area. Shortly after, the Army Corps approved $6 million to complete a study that will identify flood solutions in the Buffalo Bayou basin, including Addicks and Barker Dams, which I have been calling for since Harvey hit.

The best way for federal assistance on this topic is for the [federal government] to get out of the way [with] lower taxes and regulations, provide for security from criminals and cut spending. Any businessperson knows that the less money the government has, the more is kept in circulation to spur economic growth. Remember—anytime the federal government help[s] us with new programs, there is about a 30 percent administrative overhead for all the paper pushers. Small business will drive our growth, not some of the multinational unpatriotic firms.

As a history lesson, the [Internal Revenue Service] was created in 1902 with the 16th Amendment—now it is used as a tool by the federal government for social engineering and special interests. So how did our country pay its bills prior to that? The answer is tariffs. The founding fathers believed tariffs made a country strong, self-sufficient and independent of tyrants. The Coast Guard was created to patrol for smugglers avoiding tariffs. At the federal level, we should work toward reducing spending and income taxes tied into a tariff strategy, possibly eliminating the IRS altogether down the road. That’s what made America great the first 100 years.

All three listed above are important to me, and I intend to file them all quickly. The American public by a vast majority wants a wall built. That funding will be my first order of business. Overall, our government is out of control, and politicians are subject to too many special interests and omnibus bills full of crony spending projects. None of them are aligned with the 10th Amendment. There are few magic bullets, but the closest thing we have to control spending is to create a presidential line-item veto. Politicians will continue to write into any bill a special interest crony favor, and the president may be held accountable for cutting them out. This will reduce the power of all the [Washington,] D.C. lobbying firms. The politicians can no longer use the lame excuses that we “need to fund the military” so that we have no choice but to compromise and combine bills spending money on “fill-in-the-blank crony project.” I expect extreme resistance from the entire swamp and will need strong support—this will make many enemies in D.C.

First priority is to have a national flood control strategy. Right now, we have dozens of agencies involved but no one with ultimate responsibility. Congress should require a single agency to develop and implement a strategy, considering all the factors and players, including the [Army] Corps of Engineers and [Federal Emergency Management Agency] but also state agencies, regional agencies [and] municipal agencies. We must account for climate change. And we must invest in infrastructure—to put Americans to work making our cities and counties safer for Americans.

We need a massive investment in infrastructure. The current appropriation only brings Houston and the surrounding region up to its prior capacity, i.e., to survive 10- and 25-year floods. We can see that we must be prepared for 50-, 100- and 500-year floods. The Greater Houston region is a national leader in energy production and medical services, and the federal government must invest tens of billions of dollars to protect lives and vital industries.