Flores Sworn In for Second Term01/03/13
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S Congressman Bill Flores (R-Texas) was sworn in to the 113th Congress of the U.S. House of Representatives.
“It is an honor to be able to represent the citizens of the 17th Congressional District of Texas in the 113th Congress,” Flores said. “I look forward to working with my fellow colleagues as we set forth an agenda that includes pro-growth tax reforms; 'Main Street' job solutions; reduced size, cost and intrusiveness of the federal government; entitlement program reforms; and an ‘all-of-the-above’ strategy for unlocking American energy production.”
Before being sworn in, members of the 113th Congress elected the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Congressman Flores voted for Congressman John Boehner (R-Ohio), who will remain Speaker for an additional term.
“I support John Boehner to once again lead the House as Speaker. As Speaker, he has worked to create a more open legislative process and ensure that the priorities of the American people are also the priorities of Congress,” Flores stated. “There are fractions of people who believe that he may not be suited for another term as Speaker, but I stand behind my vote. The problems in Washington come from President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Reid and House Minority Leader Pelosi, not Speaker Boehner. Replacing the Speaker would only strengthen them.”
“We are in a fight over the future of America with the Democrats who control the Senate and White House. We need to continue to bring the fight to them as Speaker Boehner has done, and I know he will continue to do. Now is not the time for a change in leadership. The Speaker himself has admitted that he has learned from what did not work over the past two years and has pledged to not use those actions in the future. Together, the Speaker and House Republicans will work to advance conservative values against a liberal White House and Senate, and to lead America toward a path which restores America’s promise, prosperity and security for future generations,” Flores added.
Congressman Flores will again serve on the House Budget Committee, Natural Resources Committee and the Veterans Affairs Committee. Flores has been appointed Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity. Flores has also been appointed to serve as an Assistant Deputy Whip and on the Steering Committee of the Republican Study Committee.
“I look forward to once again serving on these important committees as we will work towards bringing about American job growth, improving our economy, better assisting our nation’s veterans and securing American energy independence,” Flores said. “As a representative of a district that contains so many veterans, I am honored to serve as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity and will be committed to overseeing, investigating and legislating over education, training, employment, vocational rehabilitation, housing and readjustment to civilian life programs for our veterans.”
Congressman Flores enters his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the 17th Congressional District of Texas which includes all of McLennan, Limestone, Freestone, Brazos, Robertson, Falls, Milam and Burleson Counties and portions of Travis, Bastrop, Lee and Leon Counties.