Congressman Mike Conaway | 11th District of Texas
June 30, 2017

Conaway Chronicle: Strengthening Laws Against Sanctuary Cities, Armed Services Committee FY18 NDAA Mark Up, Fourth of July in TX-11

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

Strengthening Laws Against Sanctuary Cities

Thursday, the House of Representatives to pass two key pieces of legislation. H.R. 3003, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, strengthens the law against dangerous sanctuary city polices that shield criminal immigrants from federal immigration enforcement. H.R. 3004, Kate’s Law, increases penalties for deported felons who illegally return to the United States.

These two bills take critical steps towards preventing dangerous criminals from illegally remaining in this country. Kate’s law is named after a young woman who was murdered by an illegal immigrant convicted of multiple felonies who had been deported five times. The legislation that bears her name will save future lives by keeping convicted criminals off our streets.

Sanctuary cities harboring unlawful immigrants, like the one who killed Kate Steinle, put innocent lives at risk. The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act combats dangerous ‘sanctuary city’ practices that shield illegal immigrants who have committed crimes from federal immigration enforcement. Strengthening these laws will ensure that our communities, our cities, and ultimately our country, remain safe for all.

Armed Services Committee FY18 NDAA Mark Up

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is the most important responsibility the House Armed Services Committee undertakes. Wednesday, we passed this year's NDAA out of Committee, and we'll consider it before the whole House in the coming weeks. This bill delivers a well-deserved pay raise for our troops, builds upon key military readiness provisions, and provides infrastructure, equipment, and fleet modernizations that are desperately needed.

Included in this year’s NDAA are several key provisions, including my 12 Carrier Act. We’ve also worked for vital funding for railgun and the bill carries funding for laser weapons, which are the future of defending our national security. This NDAA also makes a significant investment in F/A-18E/F and F-35 CV aircraft, as well as the WIN-T army communications system.

I’m also glad to see our push to make the Department of Defense (DoD) auditable has been made a priority in this legislation. As a CPA by trade, I have made DoD auditability a primary focus as DoD’s audit readiness and audit deadlines are quickly approaching.

Our service members put their lives on the line every day to protect our country. It is our job to make sure they have the resources they need to successfully carry out their missions.

Fourth of July in TX-11

If you and your family are looking for safe and patriotic fun this holiday weekend, check out what’s going in TX-11. I love seeing how families across the district come together for Independence Day. Share your pictures and memories by tagging my Instagram or in the comments on my Facebook page. Let’s share the love for our great country and the freedoms we’re blessed to have.

As always, you can follow me on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.


Rep. Mike Conaway, 11th District