Michael Morgan, FBBA Events Coordinator, welcomed U.S. Representative Blake Farenthold to the April 6 meeting. The congressman is serving his third term in Congress representing the 27th District of Texas. Representative Farenthold is working towards a smaller, more accountable and transparent government through his service as a committee member on the House Oversight Committee, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the House Judiciary Committee. Prior to being elected to Congress, his diverse career included working as a conservative radio commentator, seven years of law practice with the Kleberg Law Firm, and founding Farenthold Consulting LLC, a computer consulting and web design firm. He continues to pursue his passion for broadcasting, appearing frequently on radio and television.
Farenthold addressed a great many topics with the group. He talked a little about the primary election and the presidential election, assuring everyone that the Congress still has its work to do no matter what is happening with the elections. Proud of the work that he has done, he looks forward to the possibility of working with a Republican president. “We want actual legislative language that will indicate the changes to be made in the tax code. We have to lay out what we as conservatives want,” said Farenthold.
The congressman answered questions from the audience on several topics, including:
- Problems within the Veterans Administration mounting with the increasing numbers of veterans as the U.S. pulls out of Iraq and Afghanistan; antiquated computer system used to pay doctors of veterans is still an issue that will hopefully be resolved soon;
- Update on the widening and deepening of the ship channel, as per the Army Corps of Engineers, in the next budget cycle;
- Possibility of getting rid of the Department of Education with Trump or Cruz in the White House and a cooperative Congress (Forty percent of all federal education dollars never make it to the schools);
- FAA Reauthorization Bill;
- Second Amendment concerns;
- Non-citizens to be counted for redistricting purposes to maintain status quo;
- Credit unions versus banking;
- Section 8 housing projects and the role of the federal government.
Melanie Hambrick, President of the FBBA, welcomed the many dignitaries who were in attendance and moved on to announcements:
- April 22, 2016, Beautify the Bluff Community Clean-up
- Flour Fest: a first-time event in early stages of planning to include live music and food at the Gateway to Flour Bluff next to Candlewood Suites
- Ethel Eyerly Senior Citizen clothing drive for needy students
- FBISD Foundation for Educational Excellence Big Event
- Children’s Book Festival at the Central Library
Larry Teeter was given a certificate of appreciation for the past 16 years he has spent with the Flour Bluff Business Association.
Spotlight of the Month: NavyArmy Community Credit Union representatives Mary Mata and Dan Tribble accepted the award.
Meeting dates for the FBBA will be moved to the second Wednesday of the month starting in May to make it easier for more members to attend. The time and place will remain the same: Noon at Funtrackers in Flour Bluff.
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Board of Directors
Melanie Hambrick, President
Jennifer Welp, VP
Roshan Bhakta, Treasurer
Michael Morgan, Secretary
Mark Thomas, Director
Dr. Tom Hollingsworth, Director
Jonathan Vela, Director
Larry Teeter, Director
Jeff Rank, Ex-Officio