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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Filemon Vela (D-Brownsville) visited the National Weather Service (NWS) facilities in Brownsville to meet with Meteorologist-in-Charge (MIC) Steve Drillette and Warning Coordination Meteorologist Barry Goldsmith. They gave an overview of the agency, the Weather Ready Initiative, and discussed the many ways NWS Brownsville/Rio Grande Valley serves more than 1 million people across the southern most portion of Texas.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressmen Filemon Vela (TX-34), Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Pete Gallego (TX-23), and Beto O’ Rourke (TX-16) unified efforts to address the impact these automatic and arbitrary spending cuts will have in their respective districts when sequestration goes into effect this Friday, March 1.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Filemon Vela released details about resources and assistance available to the 11 counties in the 34th District of Texas affected by the drought. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency, through the Disaster Assistance Program, declared the following counties in drought: Cameron, Hidalgo, Willacy, Kleberg, Kenedy, Jim Wells, Bee, Goliad, DeWitt, San Patricio and Gonzales.
When a Member of Congress is given time to formally express an opinion or make a statement on an issue before the House, they are said to have the 'floor' of the House, and their views are referred to as a 'Floor Speech'.
How House Members are allotted time to speak, or sometimes observe silence, are adapted from rules of order originally written by Thomas Jefferson. The speeches and other proceedings of the House are published daily in the Congressional Record.
Editorials historically came about as a means to let the average person know the opinions of the editors and publishers of newspapers and magazines.
Eventually editors realized that added interest in their newspapers and magazines could be sparked by allowing readers to express their opinions on the page opposite the editorial, and the modern op-ed was invented. Today 'editorial' and 'op-ed' are often used interchangeably to refer to any written piece expressing an opinion on the issues of the day, whether in a magazine, a newspaper, or a website.
The First Session of the 113th Congress commences January 3rd, 2013.
Congressman Filemon Vela was sworn in as a Member of the United States House of Representatives by House Speaker John Boehner January 3rd, 2013.
The One Hundred Thirteenth United States Congress is the next meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government, composed of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. It is scheduled to meet in Washington, D.C. from January 3, 2013 to January 3, 2015.
The 113th United States Congress will begin on January 3, 2013. There are at least 12 new senators (3R, 8D, 1I) and 67 new representatives (29R, 38D).