Washington, D.C., is not Texas, but things are going as well as they can be, considering the circumstances.
July 27 was one of the greatest honors of my life. It is truly a privilege to be selected to represent our district in Congress. I do not take the trust that my fellow Texans put in me lightly. During my time in office, I will do all that is within my power to uphold our Constitution, uphold conservative principles, and leave Washington, our district, and our country in a better place than when I got there.
On July 30, I made my trip to Washington, D.C., to be sworn in on the House Floor as Congressional District 6th’s congressman. The feeling was surreal. Though our national Capitol and our country have seen better days, the history and great works that have been done on that floor and in that building fill me with hope. Honest, hard-working Americans are the silent majority in our great nation. I am here to make sure they are heard and represented.
Shortly after I took office, President Biden pulled our troops out of Afghanistan. Starting on Aug. 8, ensuring the safe return of American citizens and our allies has been my main priority. I stood proudly with my fellow Republicans in support of H.R. 5071. This bill will give Congress crucial information on the situation in Afghanistan as it unfolds so we can act accordingly and help ensure the safe return of all American citizens.
On Sept. 9, I attended my first House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology hearing. During the meeting, the committee “marked up” the proposed budget reconciliation language for Senate Concurrent Resolution 14. While I oppose the wasteful spending in this bill, I offered two amendments to improve it. My amendments included funding to research aviation safety by NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate and to reallocate funds for additional research and development on semiconductors at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
On Sept. 13, I will be attending my second committee hearing with the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. We will also be “marking up” the proposed budget reconciliation language. I look forward to working with my fellow committee members to ensure that our veterans’ needs are adequately managed within the budget.
By the end of September, I intend to have your D.C. office and your three district offices up and running at full capacity. Along with the office in the Longworth Building in D.C., you will have district offices in Arlington, Waxahachie, and Corsicana to better serve the people of District 6.
Jake Ellzey serves as the congressman for U.S. Congressional District 6, which encompasses all of Ellis and Navarro counties, as well as a part of Tarrant County. He is a member of the House committees on Science, Space, and Technology, and Veterans’ Affairs. Contact his D.C. office at 202-225-2002. Visit his congressional website at https://www.congress.gov/member/jake-ellzey/E000071.