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Carter Reaffirms Commitment to Ft. Hood Soldiers in National Emergency Declaration Hearing

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“We have to solve the crisis on our southern border, but not at the expense of those who’ve bravely served.”   

(Washington, DC) – Top Republican Leader on the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Appropriations Congressman John Carter (TX-31) delivered the following remarks at today’s hearing regarding President Trump’s national emergency declaration.

“I share the President’s commitment to securing the border.  I’ve authored past DHS funding bills and proudly voted for the fiscal year 2019 homeland security bill which, among many other important things, provided funding for new barriers and personnel.

I support my Ranking Member, Ms. Granger, and agree that additional funding is needed to address the humanitarian and security crisis on our southern border.

Yet while I stand with the President on this important national security issue, I will not do so at the expense of the soldiers and families of Ft. Hood.

I look forward to learning more about the procedures and processes that the Administration will use in determining exactly how a border wall will be funded under a national emergency declaration.  We have to solve the crisis on our southern border, but not at the expense of those who’ve bravely served.”

ICYMI: Congressman Carter Focuses on Progress of Credentialing Assistance Program with SMA Dailey

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(Washington, DC) – Today Congressman John Carter (TX-31) questioned Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey on the progress of Fort Hood’s credentialing assistance pilot program during a Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee hearing on military quality of life. Rep. Carter has released the following statement regarding the exchange.

“Last year, I joined SMA Dailey and Under Secretary of the Army McCarthy in announcing a credentialing assistance pilot program at Fort Hood,” Congressman Carter said. This program allows Soldiers to obtain professional and technical certifications while they’re in the service, setting these men and women up to gain well-paying jobs in the civilian world after their service is complete. I’m pleased to hear SMA Dailey say that the limited user test is successful, and the program will be expanded Army-wide at the end of FY19 to FY20. What is starting right here at Ft. Hood, will greatly improve Soldier’s quality of life and employment prospects once their service is complete.”

Thank you for your support

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Thank you for your support and your vote on Tuesday night! Our Election Night victory is a team victory. With your help we rallied Team Carter votes from every corner of this district to win.

I am looking ahead from last night’s victory. I will continue to be the congressman of the whole district. Everyone is my constituent. Republicans, Democrats, voters and non-voters. Thank you for the honor to continue to be your voice in Washington. If there is ever anything I can do for you in Congress, please contact me.

I will continue to travel all corners of our district to greet, to listen, to learn and to serve.

I hope we see each other again soon in the Heart of Texas.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Judge John Carter

The John Who I Know from Mrs. Erika Carter

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For the last 50 years, I’ve watched my husband, John, be a leader; a leader in our marriage, the leader of our family, which includes four amazing children and six precious grandbabies, a leader in our community as the Williamson County District Judge, and now a leader as the representative for Texas’ 31st Congressional District. I’ve watched him travel over 1,300 miles away to Washington, DC almost every week to vote and fight for legislation on behalf of our community, and then immediately return home to visit grieving Gold Star families, meet with constituents in need of his help, or celebrate the successes of our students at their graduation or award ceremonies. John serves because he cares.

John truly embodies Philippians 2:3, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,” through his work. John has a servant’s heart and it’s his lifelong commitment to serving others that makes him a true representative for the people of our great community.

He’s reached across the aisle to champion legislation like the Veterans TransplantCoverage Act to get veterans the life-saving transplant coverage they  need at the VA, or the MINOR Act that protects children from sexual assaults on military bases. He’s also stood firm in his promise to defend our conservative values in Washington, like his commitment to protecting the unborn or fighting for tax cuts that will help Central Texas families keep more of their hard-earned money. I’m so proud of John and all the work he has accomplished on behalf of his constituents, our neighbors. From being a loving father and grandfather, to running his small law practice, to serving as a district judge and keeping our community safe, to his bipartisan work on the issues that matter most to Texans. John always puts our community first, and it’s because he wants you and your family to be secure, prosperous and enjoy living in Texas’ 31st Congressional District.

On November 6th, I urge you to choose the candidate with a lifelong record of serving others. The candidate rooted in integrity and experience. Please join me in voting for my husband, John Carter, for U.S. Representative in Texas’ 31st Congressional District.

Sincerely,
Erika Carter

Texas State Rep. Terry Wilson Endorses Judge Carter

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The choice is clear. A vote to add more turmoil and acrimony to Washington without getting much done, or a vote to forge working relationships with others to accomplish the work needed back home. Congressman Carter has an established record in the latter, and this district deserves that experience.

I’m supporting Congressman John Carter for reelection, and I’m asking you to do the same.

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Former Fort Hood Commander Endorses John Carter in Radio Ad

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Lt. General (ret.) Funk highlight’s Carter’s work for our troops

Round Rock – Today, Lieutenant General (ret) Butch Funk, former commander of Ft. Hood and the 3rd Corps, endorsed Congressman John Carter in a radio ad.  In the ad, Funk talks about Congressman Carter’s work to raise the pay of our troops, build a new hospital and increase military readiness.

“I’m thankful to have General Funk’s support and friendship,” said Congressman Carter.  “He knows better than anyone what our troops need, and what we should be doing to strengthen our military.  His council has been invaluable to me, both during his service and in retirement to ensure I can do everything possible to aid our troops, especially the men and women stationed at Ft. Hood.”

Transcript of the ad:

Hi folks, I’m Lieutenant General retired Butch Funk. I’ve had the privilege to serve our country culminating in command of third Corp and Fort Hood twenty – two years ago. We felt so comfortable in this community that we retired here. And have tried to continue to service our community and all the families in this area.

 

You can’t serve the community without partnering with John Carter, our Congressman. He has fought for and won pay increases two years in a row. Fought for our new Darnell Hospital, Texas A and M – Central Texas, and a massive barracks and motor pool upgrade so necessary to readiness to the force at Fort Hood. Congressman John Carter fights for military men and women and for every person in our communities. I’m honored to call Congressman Carter a friend.

I Am Always Ready to Fight for You

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Our veterans fulfilled their commitment to our nation and we must keep our promises to them when they return home. It shouldn’t take Congressional intervention for our veterans to receive treatment on time. But in this case, I’m glad that we could enact real reforms for our service members and change the way the VA operates. I am always ready to fight for you. I will always answer your call.

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3 charged in Temple VA fraud case – Temple Daily Telegram

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The report, which also detailed alleged abuses of power and other possible criminal actions, prompted U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, to demand answers on questionable activities at the Temple VA, part of the Central Texas VA Medical Center.

Carter sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and VA Inspector General Michael Missal last year and said he expected changes

“Our military men and women have bravely served our nation, and I expect the VA system to provide the very best care when they return to civilian life,” Carter wrote. “I am encouraged by Central Texas VA Health Care System Director Christopher Sandles’ strong condemnation of the behavior by these employees, including his comment that a ‘day of reckoning’ has come for those employees that have mistreated veterans.

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Defense Appropriations Bill with Carter Priorities Passes House

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September 27, 2018

 

Defense Appropriations Bill with Carter Priorities Passes House

(Washington, DC) –  Yesterday evening, the House passed the Defense Appropriations bill as part of a minibus package, which also included the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill, and a continuing resolution to keep remaining parts of the government open through December 7, 2018.

“I’m pleased to join a bipartisan group of my colleagues in passing the Defense Appropriations bill,” Congressman Carter said. “As the representative of Ft. Hood, I see firsthand how damaging operating under a continuing resolution is for our men and women in uniform. With the passage of this bill, our Armed Forces will have the resources they need to be successful on and off the battlefield, and will get their funding on time, so they can plan for the future and address current needs. I pushed to include provisions in this bill which specifically address the needs of the warfighter on the front lines, taking the fight to our adversaries, be it ISIS extremists, Taliban warlords, or any of the myriad threats our military is poised to face on a daily basis.  I want to thank Chairwomen Granger for her commitment to our troops and her teamwork in ensuring that several TX-31 priorities were included in this bill.”

The bill included several of Congressman Carter’s requests, including:

  • Fully funds 1.5 brigade modernization for Abrams tank, as well as other key armored vehicles
  • Fully supports Army Stryker upgrade strategy, delivering a safer vehicle to soldiers in harm’s way
  • Language to set a standard of dealing with juvenile-on-juvenile sexual assault cases on military bases
  • Increase of $20 million for Future Vertical Lift Capability systems
  • Prioritizes Apache Modernization
  • $15 million for Wound Care Research, helping wounded soldiers recover fully from their injuries
  • Holds DoD accountable on their move to larger cloud networks
  • Provides additional procurement of aircraft for Air Force and Air National Guard
  • Continues funding of advanced energy management pilot program at Fort Hood

Rep. Carter represents Texas District 31, which includes Fort Hood, the largest active duty armored military installation in the free world. He serves as co-chairman of the Congressional Army Caucus and Chairman of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Appropriations.

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Carter talks barracks, motor pools at monthly MOAA meeting

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“As a representative of Fort Hood, I’ve worked very closely with Army leadership to ensure our soldiers have the resources they need to be successful on and off the battlefield,” Carter said. “These barracks renovations will not only improve quality of life for our soldiers, but they will boost morale and improve readiness.”

Killeen Daily Herald
Aug. 27, 2018

KILLEEN — U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, addressed the Military Officers Association of America Central Texas Chapter during its monthly meeting Friday at the Shilo Inn in Killeen.

Carter, who is the chairman of the military construction and veterans affairs subcommittee on appropriations, highlighted two major areas of importance for Fort Hood soldiers — barracks and motor pools.

Earlier this year, Carter announced $33 million in funding for motor pool reconstruction at Fort Hood, stating that 43 percent of motor pools on post don’t meet the minimum standards for functionality.

“The motor pools aren’t designed to fit the types of military equipment Fort Hood has,” Carter said.

In April 2018, Carter also announced nearly $120 million of funding for 10 new barracks renovation projects at Fort Hood.

The barracks funding announcement came after Carter toured barracks renovation projects funded by fiscal year 2016 and 2017 allocations and called on the Army to fund additional projects in the FY 2018 budget.

“As a representative of Fort Hood, I’ve worked very closely with Army leadership to ensure our soldiers have the resources they need to be successful on and off the battlefield,” Carter said. “These barracks renovations will not only improve quality of life for our soldiers, but they will boost morale and improve readiness.”

The $120 million will go toward the renovation of 10 barracks buildings, totaling 746 barracks living spaces.

The barracks refurbishment, which is underway now, includes upgrades to electrical and plumbing systems, new ceilings and furniture. It also includes mold abatement.

Renovations to the four H-frame barracks on the 9200 block have an expected completion date of fall 2018.

Another project is under contract to renovate five Rolling Pin barracks in the 21000 and 41000 blocks, with an expected completion date of fall 2019.

“The upgrades are long overdue,” said Jerry Cremer, a retired Army officer and member of MOAA Central Texas. “This is a wise spending of money.”