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Congressman Carter’s 114th Congress Recap

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My Accomplishments in the 114th Congress 

  • Authoring the Resist Executive Amnesty on Defense Installations (READI) Act to prohibit illegal alien minors from being housed on Fort Hood or any other military base. This language was passed and signed into law under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 (NDAA FY17).
  • Authoring and passing the POLICE Act, which increases access to active shooter training. This bill was signed into law by President Obama earlier this year.
  • Securing Purple Hearts for the victims of the 2009 attack at Fort Hood. This was a long fought fight & we won by having his bill passed and signed into law by President Obama in 2015.
  • Authoring language to permit concealed carry on military installations. This language was in the NDAA FY16 bill that was passed and signed by the President last year.
  • After securing funding for its construction, we celebrated opening of Darnall Hospital at Fort Hood earlier this year.  This is a state of the art facility that the men and women of our military have earned and deserve.
  • Secured $61.5 million to upgrade barracks at Fort Hood.  It is a basic principle of readiness in the US Army to have high quality housing at The Great Place.
  • Secured $49.8 million for renovation of the 1st Cavalry headquarters at Fort Hood.
  • Calling on the FBI to investigate the Veterans Administration, continuing to provide oversight of the investigation and cosponsoring the VA Accountability Act of 2015. The VA is in shambles, and through the relentless work of my team, improvements are slowly being made at our Central Texas VA facilities.
  • Growing the Army’s troop strength and readiness to keep our nation safe. Through the NDAA of FY16 and FY17, I’ve supported increasing our military strength and readiness, voted for a pay increase for our soldiers, and expanded retirement opportunities.
  • I partnered with the City of Taylor to improve the Taylor airport and spur economic growth and opportunity in eastern Williamson County.
  • We’ve had significant highway projects completed in Central Texas, including SH-195 in Georgetown, SH-190 in Killeen, and I-35 in Salado.
  • Secured funding to bolster the Killeen Police and Fire Departments.
  • We’ve mitigated the impact on threatened salamanders due to growth and development throughout Williamson County.
  • One of the most important jobs in a Congressional office is working on behalf of constituents in need of assistance with a government agency. In the past two years, our office has closed more than 3,100 cases on behalf of central Texans.

Another important duty of a Congressman is providing nominations to students in the district seeking appointments to U.S. military service academies.  I’ve awarded 60 nominations to our nation’s military service academies.

Statement by Rep. Carter on his re-election to Congress

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“Tonight, we had a great win in Texas 31 and it is due to the wonderful support of all my friends and neighbors throughout Bell and Williamson counties. I am so proud and honored that you entrust me to travel more than 1,500 miles away and cast your vote in Washington, DC. I believe we need more Texas in Washington, DC and less Washington in Texas. I will continue to fight for our central Texas conservative values and strive to represent you honorably. Thank you, and God Bless Texas and our United States.” -John “Judge” Carter

Response to Trump

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“Congressman Carter does not condone Trump’s behavior and finds his comments from 11 years ago disgusting. The American people through the primary process came out in droves to support Donald Trump, and Congressman Carter believes in the American people. Congressman Carter will continue to support Mr. Trump. He said we cannot afford another four years of the liberal, progressive policies of Obama and Clinton. We certainly cannot afford Clinton to take over the Supreme Court with liberal, anti-constitutionalist appointees. That would be disastrous to our nation for generations to come, he said.” -Spokeswoman for Congressman John Carter

Legislative Preview

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What Congress Will Address this Fall

When We return to Washington, DC next week, the House and Senate will have a few very important tasks at hand.

First, we will be facing a September 30 deadline to fund the government. The House has passed five appropriations bills, and all 12 appropriations bills have passed committee. The House will be working to get the remaining appropriations bills passed and to the Senate. 

Unfortunately, the Senate has not passed any appropriations bills. This is crucial. Without the Senate passing any appropriations bills, Congress will be forced to pass some form of a short term funding bill, possibly a continuing resolution (CR), to fund the government until after the election. 

If a short term CR is passed, then following the election, both the House and Senate will work to pass appropriations for the next year. Without both chambers passing appropriations, the Congress will be forced into another CR, or other combined funding bill until the new President is inaugurated, or through the next fiscal year. Neither is ideal. Funding our government through regular order of passing appropriations bills is what is best, and is exactly what the House is doing! 

Another must do when we return is finalizing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Congress always passes an NDAA, and I don’t see any reason why that would change this year. The House has passed its version, and the Senate passed its version, and conference will begin on the bills when we return. While I am not a Conferee for NDAA, I will be working with Chairman Thornberry to try and keep many of the House version provisions in the NDAA, especially the language based on my READI Act that will not allow illegal immigrants to be temporarily housed on military installations. 

Before we left for our district work period in late July, I was proud to have my POLICE Act passed by both the House and Senate, and signed by the President. This is a great accomplishment in our current political climate, and is even better for our local and state emergency responders. The POLICE Act will allow for active shooter training as a criteria for applying for COPS grants. This will allow more of our first responders the opportunity to participate in this specialized training that has proven to save lives during active shooter situations.

Dogs on Deployment & National Dog Day

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In Honor of National Dog Day, here’s a great member of Team Carter!

Military members nation-wide confront a multitude of problems during their careers, the last thing they need to worry about is their pet’s care during their service commitments. Dogs on Deployment is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit which provides an online network for service members to search for volunteers who are willing to board their pets during their owner’s service commitments. Dogs on Deployment promotes responsible, life-long pet ownership by military pet owners by advocating for military pet owner rights, providing educational resources and granting financial assistance for military pet owners during times of emergency. Join Dogs on Deployment’s mission in changing the lives of our military members and their pets. 

Rep. Carter Discusses Current Events With Telegram

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Thanks for your time, Temple Daily Telegram!

Rep. Carter Talks Politics

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As I have said before, we must do everything in our power as the Republican National Committee & Republican Party of Texas make sure Donald Trump & Mike Pence are victorious this November!

Featured Leader: Donna Budak

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Donna Budak, Executive Director of The Seton Fund, is one of my Featured Leaders here in ‎TX-31. Listen to a little about Donna’s role & the Seton Medical Center Williamson mission here.


An America First Economic Plan

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Today, Donald Trump delivered a speech to the Detroit Economic Club about his plan to get the American economy back on track. Mr. Trump said what we as Texans already know: over-regulation from the Obama Administration is killing jobs, choking off U.S. energy production, and restraining business development and economic growth. We cannot afford four more years of this Washington-knows-best insanity from President Obama and Hillary Clinton!

Read the plan here.

Happy Birthday USCG

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Happy 226th Birthday to the U.S. Coast Guard! Thank you for being our “Guardians of National Security Afloat & Ashore.”