Back at it

In: The Lonestar Weekly   Posted 09/13/2019

After a productive work period back in Texas, it's time to return to DC and get back to work.

Of course, at the forefront of Texans’ minds are the recent shootings in El Paso and Odessa. We owe it to all of the victims and survivors of these terrible tragedies to work on solutions to prevent this in the future.

I’m committed to solving the problem with solutions that actually save lives in the process.

This week back in session, we confirmed some new folks to important positions in the administration. We confirmed fellow Texan Elizabeth Darling as Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, as well as another fellow Texan Ada Brown to be a U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas. Judge Brown is the first African American woman to serve in this role and is the 150th judge confirmed under President Trump. We succeeded in filling 19 of these critical Texas judicial vacancies to where now only two federal vacancies remain in Texas.

I also spoke this week on the Senate floor about human rights in Vietnam. I was fortunate during the work period to visit Cali Saigon Mall in Garland, for the Children’s Mid-Autumn Festival. I visited with a number of children, saw a lion dance, and discussed with a number of North Texans the serious human rights abuses taking place in Vietnam right now.

We simply can't avert our gaze and allow these practices to continue without any sort of accountability, which is why I reintroduced the Vietnam Human Rights Sanctions Act to impose travel restrictions and other sanctions on Vietnamese nationals complicit in human rights abuses against their fellow citizens. I appreciate the many Vietnamese Americans who have shared their experiences with me on this topic, and I’ll continue to advocate for a brighter future for the people of Vietnam.

And we’ve got a lot more on our plate for the rest of this year. After a month back home listening to what Texans need right now, I’m ready to continue fighting for you.

For Texas,