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  • Investing in jobs and our communities
    Posted in The Brady Briefing on February 25, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Your Taxes, Border Security

    “Doesn’t she know how tax refunds work?”. That’s what I heard repeatedly from folks I visited this past week while traveling my nine-county congressional district. They were referencing a Democratic presidential candidate from California who – like others in her party and many media “experts” – shamelessly peddled the claim that smaller tax refunds means higher taxes. It was quickly debunked. The Washington Post called the claim “misleading and nonsensical.” My constituents here in Texas know: Y... Read more

  • This sets a dangerous precedent
    Posted in The Brady Briefing on February 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border Security

    Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee put their“attack President Trump at all costs”agenda on full display last week, holding a hearing focused on forcing the IRS to hand over the President’s tax returns. Let me be clear – this is not about whether or not the President should voluntarily release his tax returns. This is about an abuse of power by Congress. Our tax code should never be weaponized for a purely partisan attack on someone’s political enemies. This sets a very dangerous pr... Read more

  • The untold story of the shutdown
    Posted in The Brady Briefing on January 28, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border Security

    There is an untold story behind the weekend announcement that the federal government would reopen until February 15. Lawmakers in both parties will work to find common ground on the stalemate that partially closed the government for 35 days. Speaker Nancy Pelosi crowed “our unity is our power”. But in the House her total refusal to negotiate with President Trump and find a compromise was quickly and quietly eroding this support beneath her. On January 17, Republicans offered a motion on the Hous... Read more

  • BRADY BRIEFING: Paying the Price
    Posted in The Brady Briefing on January 14, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border Security

    This government shutdown is unnecessary. Newly elected Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer should stay at the table with President Trump and find common ground that secures our border, funds crucial disaster relief, and reopens our government. No one should work without pay, including many of our federal workers who rely on that steady paycheck to provide for their families. That’s why I supported legislation before the government shutdown to fund $5.7 billion for border sec... Read more

  • Looking Back, Looking Ahead
    Posted in The Brady Briefing on December 31, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border Security

    CONROE, TX -Despite the way it ended, the 115thCongress was enormously successful and productive. Under Republican leadership more than 1,000 bills were approved by the U.S. House and sent to the Senate – the majority of them bipartisan. Over 240 of these became law, including the historic Tax Cuts & Jobs Act I authored – the first major reform of America’s outdated, broken tax code in three decades. As a result of this hard work, Americans across the country are better off now. Despite the rec... Read more

  • Delivering more tax relief for Christmas
    Posted in The Brady Briefing on December 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & Environment, Your Taxes

    The Affordable Care Act was hastily written by Democrats behind closed doors and stuffed with special interest giveaways that drove up health care costs for millions of working Americans. It’s been a disaster since its partisan and unpopular inception, and this recent ruling on its unconstitutionality is not surprising. Should the courts uphold this decision both parties should start over, working together to make health care truly affordable, making sure patients can see local doctors and be tr... Read more

  • Still Working
    Posted in The Brady Briefing on December 3, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Your Taxes, Retirement Security, Trade

    CONROE, TX - George H.W. Bush was a courageous war hero, Texas Congressman, an Ambassador, Director of the CIA, Vice President, and President of the United States. But I believe he would say his favorite title was husband to his beloved Bar, and greatest accomplishment was in raising children who serve their nation with equal dedication and patriotism. Our country and our state have lost a man of honor who leaves a legacy of love and service for his nation and his family. Cathy and I extend our ... Read more

  • Giving Thanks
    Posted in The Brady Briefing on November 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Your Taxes

    When not working in Washington I get to work in the district, listening and learning about the concerns of constituents. One of the highlights of the last few weeks was visiting the new state-of-the-art Career and Technology Center at Willis ISD. Director Travis Utecht gave me a tour and I was impressed by the facility and the dedication of the instructors. Institutions like this are a vital part of helping students prepare for the 21stCentury American economy. It’s great to have a world-class e... Read more

  • We must keep this momentum going
    Posted in The Brady Briefing on November 5, 2018 | Preview rr

    “Jobs smash estimates with gain of 250,000, wage gains pass 3% for first time since recession” What an amazing headline from CNBC last week and there is no doubt about it—the American economy is booming. Across the nation, we are seeing measurable results and real improvement for the paychecks of America’s workers and families. Wages and salaries increased by 3.1 percent, the highest level in a decade. Unemployment has dropped to the lowest level since 1969. Consumer confidence has jumped to an ... Read more

  • Did you see these numbers?
    Posted in The Brady Briefing on October 22, 2018 | Preview rr

    During the Obama Presidency, economic experts told us that the stagnation we experienced in the American economy was the “new normal,” and we just needed to get used to it. I always rejected that notion because I believe in the determination and entrepreneurial spirit of the American people. The problem was that the federal government was getting in the way with high taxes and unnecessary burdensome red-tape. President Trump promised to change all that and last week we saw further confirmation ... Read more