CONG. WEBER: House Republicans Pass "Laken Hope Riley Act" to Address Crisis Created by Biden's Far-Left Border Policies

"Some of my Democrat colleagues had a brilliant idea to lasso the state into the national electric grid, filled with its own challenges and failures."

Texas Insider Report: (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Last week I introduced a resolution to condemn any effort by the federal government to connect Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to other major electric grids. In Texas, we proudly maintain our own electric grid — overseen by Texans, not the federal government — and we intend to keep it that way. But for some reason, last month Cong.. Greg Casar of Texas and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York filed a bill called the "Connect the Grid Act." It would require ERCOT to connect to the U.S. major electric grids. 

ERCOT is currently under the jurisdiction of the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Texas Legislature.

Some of my Democrat colleagues had a brilliant idea to lasso the state into the national electric grid, filled with its own challenges and failures.

I will continue to fight to ensure that Texas' grid stays in the hands of Texans and not bureaucrats sitting in Washington."
  • Read the resolution here
State of the Union

Also last week, Joe Biden delivered hopefully his last State of the Union Address. It was nothing short of empty promises, more blame, and more excuses for why the greatest nation on earth is crumbling under our feet.

Contrary to what President Biden tried to convince the American people, it is not the reality we are living in. The reality is our nation is $34 trillion in debt, inflation is still slamming the budgets of Americans across the nation hard, crime is running rampant in our cities, there is an invasion at our southern border, and we are being perceived as weak by foreign adversaries across the world.

While President Biden was campaigning for another term, he forgot to address how we are going get our nation back on solid ground. This speech was a slap in the face for every single American. He refused to face the reality of his failed administration. 

Like Katie Britt said during the Republican Address, “Our Commander in Chief is not in command. The free world deserves better than a dithering and diminished leader. America deserves leaders who recognize that secure borders, stable prices, safe streets, and a strong defense are the cornerstones of a great nation. There is no doubt we’re at a crossroads. We all feel it. But here’s the good news: We, ThePeople, are still in the driver’s seat. We get to decide whether our future will grow brighter or whether we settle for an America in decline. Well, I know which choice our children deserve – and the choice the Republican Party is fighting for.”
  • I released a short video before the SOTU to discuss what I thought the speech would be, and hit the nail on the head on head. Watch the video above or click here
Biden’s Border Crisis

On the same day that Joe Biden delivered his final State of the Union address, House Republicans passed the Laken Riley Act, which will address another crisis that Biden's failed Far Left open border policies created and honor the memory of Laken Hope Riley who was tragically murdered by a 26 year old illegal immigrant.

The Laken Riley Act introduced by Mike Collins (R-GA) makes it crystal clear that an illegal immigrant who commits a theft offense, as Laken Riley's alleged killer did, will be a priority for arrest and must be detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) until the illegal immigrant is removed from the country. This bill also ensures the Biden Administration can be held accountable for its Far Left immigration enforcement and open-borders policies—policies that directly resulted in Laken Riley's senseless murder—by providing states standing to sue Executive Branch officials for their refusal to enforce the immigration laws, as written by Congress.

Laken Riley would still be alive if the Biden Administration had done its job. Laken Riley is just one example, and I pray for her and her family.

No family should have to go through what Laken Riley's family has, still grieving today. But unfortunately, this is not even an isolated incident. It's been happening over and over again in communities all across America ever since Joe Biden opened our southern border, allowing millions of unvetted people to come in.

You're seeing countries emptying prisons to send people here – people on the terrorist watch list; over 140 that we know of on the terrorist watch list have been detained.

It is despicable that 170 Democrats voted against this bill. They prioritize politics over your safety.
Congressman Randy Weber represents the 14th District of Texas, and serves on the House Energy & Commerce Committee which has the broadest jurisdiction of any legislative committee in Congress. He also serves on the House Science Space & Technology Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Department of Energy's, and the EPA's (Environmental Protection Agency) Energy Research & Development Programs, as well as all Environmental Standards and Research Programs.