Back on 2017
Now that we’ve said goodbye to 2017,
I’d like to highlight some of the accomplishments the Senate made this past year, and what they mean for Texans.
First, I’m proud to have worked alongside my fellow Texans in Congress to help secure roughly $30 billion for recovery efforts following
Hurricane Harvey. But I’m even more proud of the way that ordinary Texans responded to their neighbors in need. They weren't waiting around for
Washington to act first. In keeping with the extraordinary Texas spirit, they stepped up to help their neighbors, their community, and their
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Just before Christmas, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a historic
overhaul of the tax code and the first in more than three decades. The legislation provides tax relief to working families and small businesses, and
will help grow the economy and add jobs. Because of this law, companies like Southwest Airlines and Texas Capital Bank have given or are planning to
give their employees bonuses, and Toyota is doubling down on its investment in Texas and planning to add new jobs.
There was also other important legislation that we passed with significant impact. One is a bill I championed called the PROTECT Our Children
Act, which reauthorizes law enforcement task forces that combat child exploitation online. Another was a bill that combats elder abuse, and a
third assists police departments in hiring military veterans.
In addition to confirming Justice Neil Gorsuch to
the Supreme Court, we confirmed 18 men and women to the federal bench, setting a record for appellate judges confirmed during a president's first year
in office. Two of them, Jim Ho and Don Willett, will serve Texans on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
year, we made important strides, but our work is just beginning. Many Texans are still knocking at the door of greater prosperity, and I hope we
continue to open that door wider this year.