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Bill Flores Discusses This Week in Washington

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WASHINGTON, D.C. , February 1, 2019 | Andre Castro (202-225-6105) | comments

U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-Texas) issued the following statements regarding the January jobs report, the conference committee on homeland security appropriations, and his votes on two recent pieces of House legislation:

Jobs Report
"The latest jobs report once again exceeds expectations. For 16 consecutive months, America has created at least 100,000 jobs, including over 300,000 jobs in January. More people are entering the workforce and wages are on the rise. These sustained positive results further demonstrate the positive impacts of the work we did during the last Congress, including regulatory reform and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. These conservative initiatives are continuing to improve our economy and opportunity for hardworking American families."

Homeland Security Appropriations
"The safety and security of our nation, including robust border security, remains a key issue going forward. As the partially closed elements of the federal government were reopened until February 15, a bicameral conference committee on homeland security appropriations is working to hammer out a deal on future funding. It is important that they put forth a bill to provide the resources necessary to properly address the security and humanitarian crises along our southern border. I remain hopeful that they will produce a bipartisan solution that secures our border, meets the border security needs set forth by our homeland security personnel and ultimately keeps hardworking American families safe."

Disapproving of Government Shutdowns
"I am pleased that the recent partial government shutdown has come to an end and that all portions of our federal government are once again open to serve the needs of the public. Those federal employees affected by the shutdown are beginning to receive their paychecks and backpay as a result of the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act that President Trump signed into law. This bill ensures that working federal employees will be paid despite any future lapses in appropriations.

"When Congress causes a shutdown by failing to appropriate funding for all or parts of the federal government, Americans lose. The problem intensifies when sides begin using cheap political wedges to win. I believe that government shutdowns cause more problems than solutions.  This is why I supported a resolution on the House floor expressing that shutdowns are detrimental to the nation and should not occur."

Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act
"At the end of 2018, President Trump elected to freeze pay for civilian federal employees in an effort to help keep federal agencies on a more sustainable fiscal course. This week, House Democrats proposed the Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act to go around the president’s order and provide across-the-board raises to federal employees. As a former business person and job creator, I do not approve of across-the-board raises because they reward all employees – whether good or bad – equally. My real-world business experience proves that all raises should be merit-based. House Republicans also worked to amend the bill to prevent raises from going to any federal employee who has been disciplined for sexual misconduct. Unfortunately, this amendment failed to pass as only 17 Democratic members voted in support. Additionally, we were prevented from offering an amendment to improve the bill by prohibiting raises going to those employees who were delinquent on their taxes. Congress must be better stewards of taxpayer dollars and our commonsense solutions are ignored because of partisan politics."

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After careful consideration of the pros and cons of the border security and government funding bill, I elected to support President Trump by voting for the bill. This bill averts another partial government shutdown, provides an important down payment on a physical border barrier to address the security crisis along our southern border (all of which will be built in Texas), gives ICE the resources they need to detain violent criminals, and funds key initiatives to improve border security technology. I cannot and will not ever vote against a national security funding bill when there is not another achievable option to enable the federal government to fulfill its most important Constitutional mission – keeping hardworking American families safe.

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