Bond to the CCISD Board of Trustees
And so we can continue…
We finally have the 85th Legislature House of Representative committee assignments from Speaker Strauss after a month into the session. I have noted these assignments to include our two Galveston County representatives and also our near-by Harris County representative as the committees overlap and provide our local area with additional strength. Their appointments are as follows:
Representative Greg Bonnen (District Office (281) 338-0924)
- Energy Resources
Representative Wayne Faircloth (District Office (409)762-0304)
- Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Vice-Chair
- Rules and Resolutions
- Texas Ports, Innovation and Infrastructure
Representative Dennis Paul (District Office (281) 488-8900)
- Rules and Resolutions
- Texas Ports, Innovation and Infrastructure, Vice-Chair
Don’t hesitate to contact your representative if you would like his support on a certain issue that is important to you and at the same token to give him your support on a particular issue.
In the National scene, things are moving very quickly and we are certainly happy for that. Since taking office, President Trump has already initiated the following 22 executive orders, actions and memoranda:
- Three orders establishing three Department of Justice task forces to fight drug cartels, reduce violent crime and reduce attacks against police.
- An order directing the Treasury secretary to review the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulatory law.
- A memorandum instructing the Labor Department to delay implementing an Obama rule requiring financial professionals who are giving advice on retirement, and who charge commissions, to put their client’s interests first.
- An order instructing agencies that whenever they introduce a regulation, they must first abolish two others.
- A memorandum to restructure the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council.
- A memorandum directing the Secretary of Defense to draw up a plan within 30 days to defeat ISIS.
- An order to lengthen the ban on administration officials working as lobbyists. (There is now a 5 year ban on officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government and a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.)
- An executive order imposing a 120 day suspension of the refugee program and a 90 day ban on travel to the U.S. from citizens of seven terror hot spots.
- Two multi-pronged orders on border security and immigration enforcement: the authorization of a U.S. Mexico border; the striping of Federal grant money to sanctuary cities; hiring 5,000 more Border Patrol agents; ending ‘catch and release’ policies for illegal immigrants and reinstating local and state immigration enforcement partnerships.
- A memorandum calling for a 30 day review of military readiness.
- Two orders reviving the Keystone XL pipeline and Dakota Access pipelines and three other related orders.
- An order to reinstate the so-called “Mexico City Policy” – a ban on federal funds to international groups that perform abortions or lobby to legalize or promote abortions. The policy was instituted in 1984 by President Reagan but has gone in and out of effect depending on the party in power at the White House.
- A notice that the U.S. will begin withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
- An order imposing a hiring freeze for some federal government workers as a way to shrink the size of government. This excludes the military.
- An order that directs federal agencies to ease regulatory burdens of ObamaCare.
Again, don’t hesitate to contact our U.S. Senators and our Congressman Randy Weber (League City office 281- 316-0231) to show your concerns and support on these and upcoming issues. Senator John Cornyn’sHouston Office may be reached by calling 713-572-3337. Senator Ted Cruz’s Houston Office may be reached at 713-718-3057.
Also, the CCISD Citizens Facility Advisory Committee has received public input from three townhall meetings and will present its final proposal of the $494 million Bond to the CCISD Board of Trustees at 4:30 pm tomorrow February 13, 2017 at the district’s administration building. Should they not make a decision regarding the bond at that time, a special meeting will be held on Thursday.
Kathie Nenninger, CCRW Legislation Chairman