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Reps. Ratcliffe and Kim introduce bill to honor fallen servicemembers and their families

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Reps. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) and Andy Kim (D-N.J.) introduced the Gold Star Families National Monument Extension Act of 2019 (H.R. 2819) last week. The bill extends the authorization for the establishment of a monument in honor of Gold Star families. The extended authorization will allow more time for the families to ensure the monument’s construction and completion. “As a grateful nation, we mu... Read More »

Rep. Ratcliffe honors military academy appointees at inaugural recognition ceremony

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Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) honored this year’s class of military appointees from the 4th Congressional District of Texas this weekend at an inaugural recognition ceremony held in Farmersville. “I was pleased for the opportunity to personally congratulate this year’s class of military academy appointees and thank them for their commitment to serving our country at our inaugural recognition cerem... Read More »

Rep. Ratcliffe announces 2019 Congressional Art Competition People’s Choice contest

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Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) announced the launch of the People’s Choice contest for the 2019 Congressional Art Competition today. The contest includes top artwork submissions from high school students across the 18 counties in Texas’ 4th District, which were chosen by a panel of judges. “Once again, an incredible array of talent was on display during this year’s Congressional Art Competition. In... Read More »

Rep. Ratcliffe announces Lamar County student as winner of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition

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Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) announced Phoebe Smith from Chisum High School as the grand prize winner of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition today. Her artwork was selected by a panel of judges who assessed submissions from high school students from across the 18 counties in Texas’ 4th District. The Congressional Art Competition is an annual competition sponsored by the Congressional Institute... Read More »

Rep. Ratcliffe attends Lake Fannin celebration with local leaders

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Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) attended a celebration Saturday to commend President Trump’s signing of his bill to restore the local control of 2,025 acres of Fannin County land. He was joined at The Lodge at Lake Fannin by a handful of state and local officials who worked with him and his staff over the past few years ensure the bill was signed into law, as well as more than 100 attendees from the... Read More »

Rep. Ratcliffe moves to bypass Democrats and force vote on pro-life bill

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Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) moved to force a vote on major pro-life legislation today by signing a discharge petition (H.Res. 102) that was filed in the U.S. House of Representatives. House Democrats tanked this effort and refused to vote on legislation that sought to ban infanticide. “We’ve seen the Democrats’ radical political agenda jeopardize our national security, drive up health care price... Read More »

Rep. Ratcliffe leads the charge against Washington’s spending problem

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Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) introduced new legislation (H.J. Res. 51) to tackle the $22 trillion national debt following President Trump’s annual budget request to Congress last week. Ratcliffe’s balanced budget amendment would withhold pay from members of Congress and the president, if they fail to balance the federal budget each year. “It’s baffling to me that Democrats can watch our national ... Read More »

Rep. Ratcliffe commemorates Congressman Ralph Hall on U.S. House floor

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Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) gave a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Monday in commemoration of former Congressman Ralph Hall who passed away at the age of 95 last week. He then led the Texas delegation in a moment of silence in Hall’s honor. Click here to watch Ratcliffe’s speech honoring former Congressman Hall Full text of Ratcliffe’s speech honoring Congressman Hall: A... Read More »

President Trump signs Rep. Ratcliffe, Sen. Cornyn Lake Fannin legislation

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President Trump signed Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) and Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-Texas) legislation today to reduce the federal estate in Texas by restoring the local control of 2,025 acres of Fannin County land. “I’m incredibly pleased that our bill to restore the local control of Lake Fannin has finally crossed the finish line and is now the law of the land. Thanks to the strong support of Preside... Read More »

Rep. Ratcliffe statement on passing of Congressman Ralph Hall

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Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) released the following statement today on the passing of Congressman Ralph Hall: “Today the 4th District of Texas lost a great leader, statesman and friend. From his defense of our nation during WWII through his time as our Representative in Congress, Ralph Hall lived a remarkable life dedicated selflessly to serving his fellow citizens. Congressman Hall leaves behind... Read More »

Rep. Ratcliffe visits Royse City Middle School

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WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) visited Royse City Middle School today for a question and answer session with the eighth grade class about the functions of the federal government and his experiences as the U.S. Representative for the 4th Congressional District of Texas. About 200 students gathered for an open discussion with Ratcliffe about how the politics of Washington ties in with th... Read More »

Rep. Ratcliffe bill sent to President Trump’s desk to restore local control of Lake Fannin

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Rep. John Ratcliffe’s (R-Texas) legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives today to reduce the federal estate in Texas by restoring the local control of 2,025 acres of Fannin County land. The legislation was co-introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), where it passed earlier this month. It now awaits President Trump’s signature into law. “After... Read More »

Rep. Ratcliffe statement on House passage of Consolidated Appropriations Act

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WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) issued the following statement on his vote against the House passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.J. Res 31): “I could not in good conscience support legislation that fails to fulfill Congress’ constitutional obligation to provide for the common defense by ensuring the security of our territorial borders. President Trump’s requests very clear... Read More »

Rep. Ratcliffe, Sen. Cornyn bill to restore local control of Fannin County land passes Senate

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Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) released the following statements today after their Lake Fannin Recreation Area Conveyance Act passed the Senate. This legislation would reduce the federal estate in Texas and convey 2,025 acres to Fannin County for public recreation purposes. “After all the hard work we’ve done in Congress in coordination with local officials to get 2,0... Read More »

Rep. Ratcliffe statement on Trump’s State of the Union address

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WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) issued the following statement on President Trump’s State of the Union address: “President Trump’s address demonstrated why the people of Texas’ 4th District chose a leader for our country that prioritizes the American people over big government and freedom over burdensome regulations. In just two years, the Trump administration has delivered huge wins fo... Read More »