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Columns August 15, 2017  RSS feed

U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady

Listening to & fighting for District 8
By: U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady

“How many of you are pleased with the way you are taxed?”

By the end of this week I’ll have asked thousands of you that very question in town halls from Crockett to Huntsville and with local workers throughout our district.

Washington’s broken tax code is one of the worst in the world. It’s left our nation straggling in 31st place among our 35 major competitors. That’s one reason our companies, jobs and research are moving overseas. You deserve better.

Overwhelmingly you are telling me that this tax code is designed more for special interests than for families and local businesses. It needs to go, and there is no better time than now.

You deserve a tax code built for growth – the growth of your paychecks, jobs and our nation. Because I chair the House Ways & Means Committee, tax reform starts here. You can tell me your thoughts on a telephone town hall the evening of Thursday, August 24th by signing up on our website at http://www.kevinbrady.house.gov.

Watching Washington news can be discouraging, but one of the most rewarding aspects of serving as your congressman is helping untangle federal red tape.

Every day, two of my most experienced staff are on the front lines of that effort in Conroe and Huntsville. Janet Qureshi and Vita Swarers are both experts in navigating Washington bureaucracy to achieve results. Rarely does a week pass without someone writing or calling my office to acknowledge some victory, big or small, that Janet or Vita racked up on behalf of a constituent.

Whether it is helping a senior citizen get a Medicare issue resolved, a veteran get help or to straighten out a mess with the IRS, if there’s a way, Janet and Vita seem to find it.

Recently our team went that extra mile to help bring Larry Davis of The Woodlands home to his family from the Dominican Republic. An innocent man, Mr. Davis had been imprisoned for over a year on false, trumped up charges. The recent joyful reunion in our Conroe office when Larry stopped by to visit was full of hugs and happy tears.

I’m proud of Janet, Vita and my entire staff for all they do to help you.

When I served in the Texas Legislature, one day a local mom, Anne Andis, walked into my tiny local office on a mission to save innocent lives.

Our first meeting occurred just a few short months after she lost a newborn daughter to a devastating birth defect. Her determination to help more parents birth healthy babies led to the Texas law I wrote that created the Texas Birth Defects Registry.

Last week I caught up with Anne, the inspiration for one of my very first legislative achievements. It was rewarding to hear about Anne’s family, the successes of the Texas Birth Defects Registry and that she is still working to protect the most fragile and innocent among us.

Today, nearly twenty-five years later, the Texas Birth Defects Registry is a model for the country. Now half of all states have a registry to help parents and researchers get answers to ensure more healthy babies are born each year.

Thank you, Anne.

U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady chairs the House Ways and Means Committee.


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