June 16, 2017
Conaway Chronicle: The 2017 Congressional Baseball Game,
Providing For Our Veterans, Fort Phantom Hill Historic Site
Thank you for reading The Conaway Chronicle, a review of my activities in Congress and the 11th District.
The 2017 Congressional Baseball Game
Wednesday morning, a gunman opened fire at the GOP's baseball practice. I was unharmed, but five others, including Majority Whip Scalise, were shot.
I have played in the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity every year since I came to Congress, and it has become one of my favorite traditions. The camaraderie we feel as players transcends party, as we live out our childhood dreams of playing on a major league field.
Last night, the game went on. We played the game we love in honor of Congressman Steve Scalise, Matt Mika, Zach Barth, Special Agent Crystal Griner, and Special Agent David Bailey. We remain thankful for the heroic actions of Special Agents Griner and Bailey, as well as the other officers who arrived to our aid quickly, without whom the events of Wednesday might have turned drastically worse.
We took to the field last night, united in our love for this country. The Republicans and Democrats came together at second base to start the evening with a prayer, and then we played ball.
Providing For Our Veterans
For years, we saw the Veterans Administration (VA) fail the service men and women who fought so hard for our freedom and safety. Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, taking further action towards a more accountable, veteran-centered VA.
This legislation creates a new, streamlined process to hold any poorly performing VA employee accountable for their work product, while still protecting their rights to due process. It also expands protections for whistleblowers who shine light on bad practices at the VA, to safeguard their jobs from retaliatory actions.
Because the Senate has also passed this legislation, it will now head to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law. We’ve passed similar legislation previously, but the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act builds on that work and strengthens the laws in place. Our veterans deserve more than they’ve been getting from the VA, and this is a step in the right direction to ensuring that our veterans will not go without the care they have earned.
Fort Phantom Hill Historic Site
Fort Phantom Hill Historic Site is located just outside TX-11 in Abilene, TX, and is a part of the Texas Forts Trail, a 650 mile highway tour of historic Texas forts. This fort was built to protect the frontier in the early 1850’s as expansion occurred. It was occupied by the U.S. Army from 1851 to 1854. Shortly after, a fire destroyed the thatched roofs and log walls, wrecking many of the buildings. But today, lots still remains to be explored. There are 3 original stone buildings, a guardhouse, warehouse, and powder magazine. In addition, there are many stone chimneys and foundations. To see the entire Fort only takes about 30 minutes and admission is free. This is one of the best ways to celebrate local history if you’re passing through the area, or if you’re looking for a quick way to get the kids outside and exploring.
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Rep. Mike Conaway, 11th District