U.S. Congressman Brian Babin | E-Newsletter
Babin Bulletin | October 29, 2017 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
President Trump Signs Into Law Disaster Funding Bill for Texas Flood Victims
This week, President Trump signed into law legislation passed by Congress that provides a second installment in federal aid for Texas flood victims. This includes $15 billion in direct assistance, as well as $11 billion to pay anticipated claims for those with federal flood insurance and an estimated $4 billion for the FEMA disaster relief fund, which will be used to cover direct housing assistance, home repairs, debris removal and public assistance grants. While the Texas delegation in Congress was untied in seeking more funding, we have received assurance from congressional leaders and the Trump Administration that more federal assistance will be approved for Texas flood victims to help in the recovery effort. We will not stop until our fellow Texans have the necessary resources they need to rebuild their lives.
Babin Calls for Hearings to Bring Mueller Investigation "Out of the Shadows"
I have been joined by 18 of my colleagues in calling for a public hearing to bring Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team out of the shadows and into the public square. This team has sweeping authority and an open-ended mission, yet they are allowed to operate largely in secret, selected by and ultimately accountable to only one person: Mr. Mueller himself.

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With numerous reports emerging almost every day on possible conflicts of interest and allegations of political bias, it would be in the interest of both the public and the Special Counsel team to speak to the American people through their elected representatives in Congress. While specific questions about the ongoing investigation cannot and should not be addressed in such a hearing, the American people deserve information and accountability regarding the potential expenses incurred by Mr. Mueller and the selection of his team. They are, after all, paying for it.
House Votes to End Abusive and Secret Practice of "Sue and Settle"
This week, the House passed the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act, legislation to officially end the abusive Obama-era practice of “sue and settle” that has served to enrich radical environmental groups at the expense of American taxpayers, American jobs and American consumers. A recent study found that “sue and settle” deals by the EPA alone cost taxpayers $68 billion since 2005. This money does not go to the actual victims. It has been flowing to special interest groups that are conveniently aligned with the political agenda of out-of-control government bureaucrats and liberal political appointees in previous administrations. American taxpayers deserve better – and this bill is a step in the right direction that will bring stronger transparency and accountability for federal agencies.
 
FEMA Extends Application Deadline to Nov. 24, 2017
The deadline to apply for FEMA assistance has been extended to Nov. 24, 2017. To apply, visit www.disasterassistance.gov. Remember, if you do not agree with FEMA’s decision, you have every right to appeal. If you run into any problems, call our office at 832-780-0966 (Deer Park) or 409-883-8075 (Orange).
Meeting With Texas 36 Constituents
Enjoyed welcoming the Hardy Family from Lumberton, Texas and the McQuivey Family from Livingston, Texas to our office in Washington, DC. Be sure to let us know if you're planning a trip to our nation's capital.
Babin on Tax Reform: We have to get this done

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It is time to get things done and pass tax relief for the American people. I ran for my 13 grandchildren and our future generations. We must deliver on our promises of less government, tax simplification, secure borders, and a stronger military.
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