Congressman Mike Conaway | 11th District of Texas
December 8, 2017

Conaway Chronicle: Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act Passes House, Pentagon Commits to Full Audit, Congressional App Challenge Winner

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

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act Passes House

Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. I cosponsored this legislation because our Second Amendment right to bear arms has come under attack by individuals who don’t understand the importance of this Constitutional right. Many states, including Texas, allow law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed weapon- but right now, licenses to carry a concealed don’t transfer across state lines. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act changes that, allowing citizens with permits to carry a concealed handgun to carry in any other state that allows concealed carry.

Constitutional rights don’t end at state lines. The right to bear arms should transcend state lines, just as the right to free speech does. I thank my colleague, Representative Hudson, for his hard work on this legislation, and I urge the Senate to swiftly follow suit to ensure that our Constitutional rights are no longer impeded upon.

Pentagon Commits to Full Audit

Thursday, Department of Defense Comptroller David Norquist announced an agency-wide audit of the Pentagon’s $2.4t in assets. This announcement is a major turning point for Department of Defense auditability. The commitment to perform a full, annual audit of the DoD will provide the taxpayers the accountability they deserve, as well as present opportunities for increased efficiency within the Department. I commend DoD’s leadership for following through on their promise to make audit a top priority.

As one of the few CPAs in Congress, I have made Department of Defense auditability a top priority for the last decade. You can learn more about my efforts here.

Congressional App Challenge Winner

I am pleased to announce that Ethan Thames, of Midland Premier School, is the 2017 Congressional App Challenge winner. This competition, held in Congressional Districts across the country, aims to enhance and promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education among high school students. Ethan’s app, which was chosen as the winner by an independent panel of professors from Tarleton State University, is a text editor for beginner Python 3 programmers featuring line numbers, syntax highlighting, and a button to format code. STEM education is critical to advancing our nation forward, and I look forward to continuing to grow the Congressional App Challenge.

To learn more about Ethan’s application, you can view his submission video here.

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Rep. Mike Conaway, 11th District