Congressman Mike Conaway | 11th District of Texas
January 26, 2018

Conaway Chronicle: After the Schumer Shutdown, Connecting Midland and San Angelo to I-14, Calling on HPSCI to Release the Memo

Thank you for reading The Conaway Chronicle, a review of my activities in Congress and the 11th District. 

After the Schumer Shutdown

Last week, the House of Representatives passed a government funding package that would keep our military funded, keep the government open, extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for another 6 years, and provide relief from three taxes imposed by Obamacare.

Despite all the good done for Americans in this funding package, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer decided to take a gamble with funding for our troops and children’s healthcare because there’s one thing he wanted that wasn’t included in this legislation. And unfortunately, the rest of the Senate Democrats blindly followed their leader’s decision to shut the government down.

To shut the government down because of an unwillingness to come to the table and negotiate is childish, irresponsible, and beneath the dignity of the office which Senator Schumer holds. After realizing that Senator Schumer didn't have a plan, Senate Democrats finally stopped holding the American people hostage and voted to reopen the government on Monday. 

Connecting Midland and San Angelo to I-14

I recently introduced legislation to expand Interstate 14. H.R. 4823, entitled Connecting the Rest to the West, would connect Brady, Texas and Junction, Texas, through San Angelo, Texas to Midland, Texas.

The Concho Valley region provides a critical and strategic crossroads for our national security and economic trade routes. San Angelo is one the largest cities in the nation without an interstate running through it and expanding I-14 through this area just makes sense. This expansion through San Angelo to Midland will not only provide a safer route for travelers and economic boom in the area, but will also directly connect the Permian Basin – one of the top oil and gas producing regions in the world – with one on the largest ports in the country. Allowing our producers to more quickly and safely move their products to market will further shore up our nation’s energy independence.

In addition to the economic benefits felt in West Texas, the route will also provide our military with a clear route connecting larger military installations in Texas, including to Fort Bliss and Fort Hood, to the strategic seaports on the Gulf Coast. I’m hopeful that this legislation will provide our growing district and country with the infrastructure it needs to continue to prosper.

Calling on HPSCI to Release the Memo

The House Intelligence Committee memorandum is the result of months of diligent investigation by the Committee. After a Committee vote this week, the memo has been made available to all Members of the House of Representatives. The Committee is now seeking input from colleagues who have read the memo regarding its content and next steps, including potentially releasing the memo publicly.

House rules specifically lay out the process for public release of a memorandum of this kind, which would include additional Committee consideration and a vote. I believe the memo should be released to the public in accordance with House and Committee rules, and I will keep the public apprised of future developments as this discussion progresses.

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Rep. Mike Conaway, 11th District