The senseless murder of our children this past Friday has left us all in shock. Our hearts are with Santa Fe, Texas in the aftermath of this school shooting. During the incident, retired HPD officer John Barnes was shot. As I write, he is still in critical condition. Our peace officers are the best that we have. We are reminded of this not only by the actions of Officer Barnes but every day.
National Police Week
Each year, during National Police Week, we honor the brave men and women of the thin blue line. During my 25 years as a prosecutor and criminal court judge, I had the privilege of working alongside some of America's heroes who have worn the badge—the shield—or the star over their heart. This past year, there were 129 officers killed in the line of duty in the United States. Of these 129 killed, 16 were from Texas. I was proud to host the 4th annual North Houston Police Memorial Ceremony on Monday. You can watch the Livestream here.
With the officers from Harris County, Texas, Precinct 4. Earlier this year Deputy Constable Christopher Gaines was shot, responding to a domestic violence call. I'm happy to report he is doing well and is on the road to recovery.
Citizens Right to Know- PASSED
While our police officers do the best they can to protect and serve our country, a dangerous precedent has been set. Each year, millions of dollars of federal grant money is used by some state and local pre-trial release programs. After committing a crime, pre-trial release programs allow wrongdoers to be released from jail and await trial at home. Unfortunately, some jurisdictions overuse these programs and release many repeat and dangerous criminals back into the street with little or no oversight.
Citizens Right to Know addresses these concerns by mandating that any state or local pre-trial release program that accepts federal money must report basic information such as: who participates in the programs, the criminal records of participants, the appearance rate at trial, and previous failure to appear of program participants. Citizens Right to Know has now passed out of the House of Representatives and awaits a vote in the Senate.
My legislation, Citizens Right to Know, passed out of the House of Representatives and now awaits a vote in the Senate.
Sam Farr and Nick Castle Peace Corps Reform Act- Passed Committee
America's Peace Corps volunteers are our angels abroad. They make unimaginable sacrifices, giving up years of their life to help people they have never meet. Far too often, our volunteers are injured, sexually assaulted, or contract severe diseases while serving overseas. This week, my legislation, the Sam Farr and Nick Castle Peace Corps Reform Act passed out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The bill ensures that our angels abroad have access to qualified medical professionals (in-country) and extends protections for survivors of sexual assault.
It also ensures that ill and/or injured volunteers do not have to spend months dealing with federal bureaucratic red tape just to receive the care they need and deserve. It's time we take a stand and take action for our volunteers who are some of the very best we have - and that is exactly what the Sam Farr and Nick Castle Peace Corps Reform Act does.
As always, please keep in touch and let me know what issues are most important to you and your family.
GOD and TEXAS,
Member of Congress