Rep. Poe Talks About Bailouts, Layoffs, And Ripoffs
As we approach the April district work period, I wanted to catch you up on what has been going on in Washington. Most of the news has been focused on the federal bailouts that seem to never end. I am one of only seventeen Members of Congress who have voted NO to each and every bailout bill. I do not believe it is the responsibility of the taxpayer to pay for the greed of Wall Street and other private industries' failures.
Bailouts, Layoffs and Ripoffs
Just this week we are hearing news of another industry bailout. This time, General Motors .AGAIN! If you like the way the government runs FEMA, the IRS, Fannie Mae and the post office - you're going to love the new federalized auto industry. Just think of it as "Government Motors."
The President announced the federal government is going to exercise more forced control over American car companies. The President fired the CEO of General Motors and wants more automotive restructuring, the federal way. I do not believe they should receive any taxpayer money, but instead they should restructure under bankruptcy laws like other failed businesses do.
But, General Motors and Chrysler have already received billions in taxpayer bailout money and are poised to win favor with the White House for even more money. I will continue to vote NO to squandering more taxpayer money. The government should not get to pick who wins and who loses in the business world - the free market should decide.
Recent Floor Speeches:
The Nationalization of the Auto Industry:
Culberson County Sheriff Oscar Carrillo, Congressman Poe, and Hudspeth County Sherriff Arvin West
I recently returned from the Texas-Mexico border and the outlook remains grim. There are four commodities being traded down there - drugs and humans smuggled north and guns and money heading south. ALL are controlled by the Mexican drug cartels.
I visited with Culberson County Sheriff Oscar Carillo and Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West and received an update on situation there. Make no mistake, the violence from the war between the Mexican government and the drug cartels is spilling over and is only going to get worse.
Sheriff West tells me that in his county jail, all but one inmate is illegally in the country. Out of 125 beds, only one is a legal US citizen and that the remaining inmates are being held on state criminal charges - almost all drug related; none were held only on immigration violations. If we had a secure border, crime in Hudspeth County would be nearly non-existent. This problem is not isolated to the border, the time to act is long over-due.
Twenty Texas Members of Congress joined me in a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano in supporting Governor Perry's recent request for more boots on the ground including National Guard support along the border. We have not had a response to our letter directly, but DHS has announced they would be adding border patrol agents to the check points. Unfortunately, the vast majority of illegal crossings don't take place at our check points. I remain committed to using our National Guard to secure our borders, this is no longer a matter of when the violence and corruption will spill over - it is here.
KPRC Channel 2 News Reporter, Robert Arnold, was along for the visit, take a few minutes to watch his stories:
Part 1- http://www.click2houston.com/news/18951615/detail.html
Part 2 - http://www.click2houston.com/news/18961920/detail.html
Part 3 -http://www.click2houston.com/video/19060578/index.html
Recent Floor Speeches:
Border War with Cartels:
Crime by Foreign Nationals:
Border War Continues:
Texas Delegation letter:
Ramos & Compean Update
After serving two years of their sentences, President George W. Bush commuted the sentences of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean on January 19, 2009. Although they were released early from federal prison, they still have criminal records. This shouldn't be so.
As a former judge and prosecutor for 30 years, I am well-informed of the law and circumstances pertaining to this case. Our government was on the wrong side of the border in this case. The severity of the charges and harshness of the punishment given to these men was completely disproportionate to the violation in question.
This month, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear their appeal. As a result, the appeals process has been exhausted and I have asked President Obama to use his exclusive authority given under Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution to pardon the former agents.
New federal regulations have been proposed to control Americans' rights to bear arms. I believe gun control policies fail to recognize that criminals, not guns, are the root cause of crime and violence in America. Criminals, by definition, violate laws. Gun control restrictions punish honest, law-abiding citizens who want to protect themselves and their families.
Whether one uses a firearm for hunting, sport shooting, personal protection or another lawful reason, the Second Amendment clearly protects our individual right to keep and bear arms. I assure you that I will continue to support the rights of gun owners who use firearms responsibly and not support the gun control, "Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009."
Texans Always Move Them
Many of you are probably unaware of the new Battle of the Wilderness - this time it's history loving Americans against Wal-Mart.
During the war between the states, the Battle of the Wilderness took place in May 1864. On the second day of the three-day battle with a statement made by General Lee, "Texans always move them," the Texas Brigade successfully forced back Grant's Union troops. However, the Texans sustained 60 percent casualties. There were 165,000 troops, Union and Confederate, in this Battle of the Wilderness - 29,000 casualties. It is on this hallowed ground that Wal-Mart wants to build one of their "beautiful" stores.
I have joined efforts with Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) to fight this - this time it's the North and the South fighting together and I hope that this Texan can live up to the words of General Robert E. Lee and "move them!"
To read more about this:
Wal-Mart v. Hallowed Ground:
Letter to Wal-Mart:
Victim's Rights Caucus
As a former prosecutor and judge, and founder of the Congressional Victim's Rights Caucus, I have been honored to be involved in the criminal justice system for 30 years. My Resolution honoring these individuals unanimously passed the US House of Representatives. It is our hope that National Criminal Justice Month encourages community leaders and organizations to educate and to promote discussion on the causes and consequences of crime, as well as how to prevent and respond to crime. These brave and dedicated American public servants work every day to make our country safe for ourselves and our families.
For more information on the VRC, please visit our website: http://vrc.poe.house.gov/
District News & Events
Rep. Poe riding in the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Parade
This month I had the opportunity to meet with many students, firefighters, local mayors, business executives and Eagle Scouts from the district. And once again, I saddled up my horse and took part in a Texas tradition - the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Parade. I am happy to say both my horse and I survived to see another rodeo!
I also served as Grand Marshall of the annual Kingwood Mardi Gras parade - I appreciate everyone that turned out.
I recently joined Governor Perry in Port Arthur to talk about hurricane recovery and disaster preparedness. My staff is available to assist anyone still needing help with FEMA and other federal agencies.
I am proud to announce that I secured $6,302,500 in federal funding for the Second Congressional District. Members of Congress have a responsibility to meet the needs of their constituents. As an elected official, I answer to the people of my district and I firmly believe that it is in our best interest to have Members of Congress responsibly secure funding for local projects rather than to leave it up to some bureaucrat in Washington who has never been to Southeast Texas.
To view a complete list of funded projects, please view them on my website:
We are Moving!
The Humble District Office has a new home! Beginning April 15th, we will be located at: 1801 Kingwood Drive, Suite 240. Details of our Open House, set for May 1st will be coming soon - I hope to see all of you there. As always, keep your comments and suggestions coming, I want to hear from you!
God and Texas,