And a Look Ahead for What's in Store this September on Capitol Hill
By Cong. Pat Fallon
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week we wrapped up our August 2023 Town Hall Tour with the final stop at Grayson College. Let me first say that it was an absolute pleasure to speak with the folks who I represent along the way.
While I’ve been on the road, I’ve had a chance to reflect on the questions posed by many of you the past couple of weeks:
- What are Republicans in Congress doing to address runaway spending and inflation?
- How is Congress working to counter the threat posed by Communist China?
- Do elected officials actually want to do anything about the ongoing crisis at our southern border?
- What’s going on with the investigation into the Biden family’s alleged business dealings – and what will Congress do to hold Joe Biden accountable for his policies?
My Work in Congress So Far This Year
Conservatives in Congress share your concerns about what I mentioned previously. I know for a fact that folks across the country are saying the same thing you are: Congress must demand accountability from the Biden Administration.
This past May, I voted against raising the debt limit. I remember being appalled when our national debt stood at $10 trillion just a few short years ago. Now, it stands at over $32 trillion. I made my case moments before I walked onto the House floor to cast my vote.
Texas families cannot spend more than they make, so why should Congress tolerate this sort of fiscal irresponsibility from the federal government? No doubt, the reckless spending we have seen recently has contributed to the record inflation we’ve experienced over the past few years. I have cosponsored legislation, H.J.Res.12, to require a balanced budget and ensure that Congress gets our fiscal house in order. The federal government does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem.
When it comes to the threat posed by Communist China, the United States needs solutions, not appeasement. Many of the folks I spoke with brought up their concerns with state-backed Chinese companies buying up US land. For this reason, I’ve co-sponsored H.R. 917, which was also introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz in the Senate, that restricts the purchase of property near military installations by China, as well as Russia, Iran and North Korea.
Much like the situation at our southern border, Congress must reaffirm American sovereignty and send a clear message to the Chinese Communist Party that the United States will not be intimidated.
I'm honored to represent over 34,500 veterans in Texas' 4th District, and have made it a priority that they receive the benefits and care they deserve. My bill, H.R. 3811, the Veterans Mental & Behavioral Health Quality of Care Act requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to use an independent and objective outside organization to study the difference in the quality of care between behavioral and mental health care provided by VA providers and by non-VA providers. You can read more about my bill in The Washington Examiner here.
If you have any questions, or need help with a federal agency, please don't hesitate to contact one of YOUR offices both in district, or in Washington, D.C. Please continue to weigh in and share your thoughts and concerns about what is going on in Washington, D.C. and throughout our great nation.
Congressman Pat Fallon has previously represented North Texans in the Texas Legislature, and now proudly serves as the Congressman for Texas’ 4th Congressional District, where he serves over 700,000 great American “bosses”.