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SENATOR CORNYN RECENTLY LOOKED BACK AT THE 115TH CONGRESS

In a post Thursday on Senator John Cornyn’s website, there was a look back at several of

of the accomplishments of the 115th Congress which included:

IN TAX REFORM: Reformed America’s tax code for the first time in 31 years.

IN JUDGES: Confirmed President Trump’s judicial nominees at a historic pace. Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

IN HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF: Passed nearly $147 billion to help fund recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey and other disasters.

IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM: Passed Sen. Cornyn’s First Step Act based on successful reforms in Texas to reduce incarceration, recidivism, and crime rates and help low-risk offenders turn their lives around.

IN FARM BILL: Passed a five year Farm Bill to provide farmers and ranchers with the certainty and predictability they deserve.

IN PREVENTING GUN VIOLENCE AND VIOLENT CRIME: Enacted Fix NICS and STOP School Violence Act to help protect Texans from gun violence and fix the broken background check system.

IN OBAMACARE RELIEF: Repealed the individual mandate tax that forced Americans to buy something many didn’t want or couldn’t afford.

AND, IN VETERANS’ BENEFITS REFORM: Delivered real reform and choice to Texas veterans with the VA MISSION Act.

CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

The Huntsville City Council meets for a regular session at six tonight at City Hall.

Tonight the Oath and Statement of Office will be administered to City Councilmember At-Large for Position #2, Dee Howard Mullins, and City Councilmember At-Large for Position #3, Clyde D. Loll, by Walker County Judge Danny Pierce.

There will be a public hearing where the council will receive comments from all interested persons on the proposed annexation of 14.95 acres of Lot 1 of the Johnny Q. Griffin, II 31.12 acre tract.

Tonight’s “Consent Agenda” includes adopting a resolution to allow the Deputy City Secretary to act in the absence of the City Secretary and authorizing the purchase and installation of aftermarket equipment for Fiscal Year 2019 police vehicles in the total amount of $55,822.

Tonight’s “Statutory Agenda” includes entering into a contract for the construction of the 2018 AJ-12 Basin Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation projects.

Also tonight, councilmembers will possibly take action on nominations of the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem for the City Council 2019 representative and alternate, respectively, to the General Assembly and Board of Directors of the Houston Galveston Area Council.

City Attorney Leonard Schneider will present a “First Reading” regarding adopting an ordinance authorizing annual participation with other Entergy service area cities in matters concerning Entergy Texas at the Public Utility Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

MEETING BETWEEN PRESIDENT AND DEMOCRATS ON SHUTDOWN AND BORDER WALL INCONCLUSIVE

The meeting Wednesday at the White House on the government shutdown versus a wall for border security with the president, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Secretary Nielsen and other government officials did not get very far.

Congressman Kevin McCarthy spoke to reporters outside the White House following the meeting . . . .

CAKE AND PUNCH WITH OUTGOING CITY SECRETARY ON FRIDAY

Join the City Council and staff to thank City Secretary Lee Woodward for her service on Friday afternoon, January 4, from 2:30-4 p.m., at City Hall. Woodward has been the City Secretary since September 2009 and will hold the same position for the City of La Porte beginning in late January. Friday afternoon’s event is open to the public.

CITY MANAGER ARON KULHAVY LOOKS BACK AT 2018

We’ve been talking with various officials about how they viewed 2018 for our area.

Relatively new City Manager Aron Kulhavy felt, “2018 was a big year for us . . . .”

Aron also said, “Another big one, I think is very important for the community, was the council entered into an incentive agreement with Weatherford to not only retain the existing 110 jobs that we have here but also add another 150 in the next year or so.”

SECRETARY POMPEO VISITS BRAZIL TO DISCUSS IMPROVED ECONOMIC RELATIONS

Brazil has a new conservative government, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was there to have bilateral talks with Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo Wednesday.

The Trump administration is focused on fair economic policies between the United States and other countries—Brazil is no exception.

In a press conference, Secretary Pompeo stressed improving economic relations with Brazil . . . .