Congressman Mike Conaway | 11th District of Texas
July 28, 2017

Conaway Chronicle: Senate Healthcare Failure, Upcoming Town Halls, Renegotiating NAFTA, Congressional App Challenge Launches

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

Senate Health Care Failure

Earlier this year, the House of Representatives kept its promise and passed legislation to repeal Obamacare and repair the health care system. This week, the Senate failed to follow the House's lead and was unable to pass any legislation to move the process forward in our efforts to rid our nation of the disaster that is Obamacare. I am extremely disappointed that the Senate could not come together on even the most basic step forward to go to a conference with the House. I hope the Senate immediately returns in the next two weeks to focus on this issue before Obamacare crumbles even further. 

Upcoming Town Halls

Next week, I will be holding three town hall meetings in the 11th District. These town halls give me the opportunity to connect with constituents, and hear about the issues that are most important to you. Please join me if you are able to!

WHAT: Baird Town Hall Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, August 2, 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
WHERE: Callahan County Courthouse, 100 West 4th Street

WHAT: Breckenridge Town Hall Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, August 2, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
WHERE: Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce, 100 East Elm Street

WHAT: Mineral Wells Town Hall Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, August 2, 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
WHERE: Mineral Wells Chamber of Commerce, 511 East Hubbard Street

Renegotiating NAFTA

Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee heard from several agriculture groups to get their input on trade while President Trump and his Administration prepare to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to better support American interests.

Trade is vital to U.S. agriculture, and our nation stands to benefit from renegotiating a deal that provides additional market access and tightens trade enforcement. As the administration prepares to renegotiate NAFTA, I will continue working diligently to ensure we achieve the best deal possible for Americans.

Congressional App Challenge Launches

Each year, Congress hosts the Congressional App Challenge (CAC), a competition for high school students to highlight the value of computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. I am very excited to extend an invitation to all high school students in my district to participate in the 2017 App Challenge. Students can choose to work on their own or in teams of up to four students to create an app on any topic for mobile, tablet, or other computing devices on a platform of their choice.

As the technology industry plays a growing role in our economy, STEM education is an increasingly important component of today’s schooling. All students are welcome to submit an entry, regardless of their level of experience with coding. Students will expand their knowledge of programming during the development of their app and will have the opportunity to work with our partner technology experts for a fun and educational experience.

The competition extends to November 1, 2017, and students may participate either as part of a school assignment or on their own. Registration for the CAC takes place online, where students will submit their app along with a short demonstration video. The CAC website contains all the guidelines for the challenge: Additionally, there are resource organizations and companies listed on the website which offer professional volunteers whom will assist students in their coding and App Challenge journey.

If you have any questions about participating in the Congressional App Challenge, please contact Diane Williams in the Granbury office at 682-936-2577 or I look forward to working with students, educators, and parents to expand computer science and STEM education efforts in the 11th District.

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Rep. Mike Conaway, 11th District