Congressman Mike Conaway | 11th District of Texas
October 7, 2017

Conaway Chronicle: Voting to Protect the Lives of Unborn ChildrenAngels in Adoption 2017: The Young Family, House Passes FY18 Budget

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

Voting to Protect the Lives of Unborn Children

There is no life more vulnerable than the life of an unborn child. Medical professionals have reached a consensus that at 20 weeks, a child in utero can feel pain and physical suffering. This week, the House passed The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which ensures that no child capable of feeling pain will be subjected to the cruelty of an abortion.

The majority of Americans support a ban on abortions after 20 weeks, yet the United States is one of just seven countries that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks- along with countries like North Korea and China who are known to dispose of babies with defects. It’s time we stand as a country in support of the unborn children who are counting on our protection.

Angels in Adoption 2017: The Young Family

I am proud to introduce you to the 2017 Angels in Adoption for the 11th District of Texas. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute does a terrific job recognizing those who have gone above and beyond advocating for adoption, and the Young family from Odessa is a shining example. Tara and Rodger Young’s three beautiful children are a true testament to their family’s inspiring story of love, patience, and miracles.

To hear their remarkable story in their words, click here. 

House Passes FY18 Budget

As a legislator—but more importantly as a father and grandfather—I am seriously concerned about the mountain of debt our nation is passing on to our children and grandchildren. Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a budget for FY18 that prioritizes fiscal responsibility over frivolous spending. This budget achieves $6.5 trillion in total deficit reduction and balances within 10 years, allowing us to continue fulfilling the promises that we have made as a country to our seniors, most vulnerable, and servicemembers. Without changes to the increasing rate of government spending, we will not be able to keep these promises.

This budget also lays the framework for pro-growth tax reform that will simplify our overly complex tax code and lower tax rates for hard working American families. Our plan makes the system fairer by eliminating special-interest loopholes that only the wealthiest can take advantage of, and doubling the standard deduction so that the first $24,000 a family makes is completely tax free.

House Republicans have been working towards a balanced budget and tax reform for a long time, and we finally have a President in office who agrees that these changes will reignite our economy. It’s now up to the Senate to follow suit and send our plan to build a better America to the President’s desk.

You can watch my floor speech by clicking here.

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Rep. Mike Conaway, 11th District