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Congressman Flores Discusses this Week in Washington

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WASHINGTON, D.C. , July 13, 2018 | Andre Castro (202-225-6105) | comments

This week, U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-Texas) received his subcommittee assignments for the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, the Energy and Commerce Committee passed H.R. 6140, the Advanced Nuclear Fuel Availability Act, and the House passed H.R. 6237, the Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act, and H.R. 50, the Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act. Additionally, the U.S. Army selected Austin as the site for its Futures Command center. Congressman Flores issued the following statements regarding these issues:

VA Subcommittee Assignments
"It is an honor to rejoin the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and I look forward to working on the issues that will come before the Economic Opportunity Subcommittee and the Health Subcommittee. The jurisdictions of these subcommittees have particular importance to the 17th Congressional District, which is home to many veterans, the Doris Miller Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the VISN 17 Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans, the Waco Veterans Affairs Regional Office, and some the of the premiere colleges and universities in Texas that partner with the VA. The House Veteran’s Affairs Committee has a strong history of bipartisanship and I look forward to working with my colleagues to build a 21st century VA that provides our nation’s veterans with the best possible care and prioritizes veterans’ interests."

Intelligence Authorization Act
"Intelligence gathering is important and difficult work, which is an integral element of our national security strategy. The Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act provides the critical resources and authorizations needed for our intelligence community to detect, prevent, disrupt and counter potential threats to America. It is important that Congress continue working to reaffirm our commitment to America’s vital intelligence community as they are tasked with the important job of keeping hardworking American families safe."

Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act
"Federal bureaucrats have been exploiting loopholes in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 to pass down costly and burdensome federal mandates to state and local governments and to the private sector. With the House passage of the Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act, we are closing those loopholes and enhancing transparency, accountability and awareness of federal mandates. By reforming the regulatory process, we are holding Washington bureaucrats accountable to produce more thoughtful regulations which factor in the true costs that these regulatory requirements have in the real world."

Army Futures Command Center
"The U.S. Army made a great decision to select Austin as the new home for its Futures Command center. Austin is equipped with the innovative resources, talent and great preexisting relationships with our Armed Forces. These attributes provide a natural fit for a flourishing partnership with the U.S. Army as it works to enhance our national security. This new command center will be tasked to create an innovative and modernized force for the 21st century, and it represents the most significant internal reorganization for the Army in more than 40 years. I worked closely with my fellow Texas colleagues and Austin community leaders, including the Austin Chamber of Commerce, to bring the center to Austin. I am grateful that our hard work has paid off and that Texas can continue to be a leader in keeping our nation safe."

Advanced Nuclear Fuel Availability Act
"Nuclear power is a clean and efficient source of zero-emissions energy. It is generating a meaningful portion of our country’s ‘always-on, baseload’ electricity for use in our homes and businesses. American innovators are currently working on the next generation of nuclear reactors to keep our country at the forefront of this important energy source. In order to power future generations of nuclear reactors, we need to develop the next generation of nuclear fuels. Earlier this year, I introduced the bipartisan Advanced Nuclear Fuel Availability Act to establish a public-private solution to develop, manufacture and transport those next generation fuels. This week, the Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously passed this bipartisan solution, and I look forward to having this bill come to the House floor for a vote so that we can further power our 21st century economy for hardworking American families." 


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