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Rep. Ratcliffe statement on decision to withdraw from consideration for DNI

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WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) released the following statement on his decision to withdraw from consideration for DNI: “While I am and will remain very grateful to the President for his intention to nominate me as Director of National Intelligence, I am withdrawing from consideration. I was humbled and honored that the President put his trust in me to lead our nation’s intelligence op... Read More »

Rep. Ratcliffe statement on President Trump’s DNI nomination

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Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) released the following statement on President Trump’s nomination for him to serve as the director of national intelligence (DNI): “I am deeply grateful to President Trump for the opportunity to lead our Nation’s intelligence community and work on behalf of all the public servants who are tirelessly devoted to defending the security and safety of the United States. Pre... Read More »

House passes Rep. Ratcliffe’s U.S.-Taiwan cyber partnership amendment

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Rep. John Ratcliffe’s (R-Texas) amendment passed the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday to bolster the cybersecurity partnership between the United States and Taiwan. The legislation initiates the establishment of a high-level, interagency U.S.-Taiwan working group tasked with coordinating responses to emerging cybersecurity issues. It was included as a part of the National Defense Authorizati... Read More »

Rep. Ratcliffe visits with Rockwall West Point cadet in Washington office

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Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) visited with West Point cadet, Nathaniel Peek, from Rockwall this week in his Washington office. Peek was nominated by Ratcliffe to attend West Point in 2017. He is now a junior cadet and is completing an internship at the Department of Energy in the nation’s capital this summer. Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) visits with Nathaniel Peek of Rockwall “I was incredibly im... Read More »

House passes Rep. Ratcliffe bill to punish possession of deadly substances

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Rep. John Ratcliffe’s (R-Texas) bipartisan legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives today to criminalize the possession of certain deadly substances. The Effective Prosecution of Possession of Biological Toxins and Agents Act of 2019 closes a loophole in federal law that has allowed dangerous toxins and agents to be knowingly accumulated by individuals without proper registration. In t... Read More »

Rep. Ratcliffe’s Washington office hosts Northeast Texas essay contest winners

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Rep. John Ratcliffe’s (R-Texas) Washington staff met with 12 high school essay contest winners from the 4th District of Texas today. The students were selected to visit the nation’s capital on an all-expense paid trip for winning an annual essay contest put on by the Texas Electric Cooperatives. They joined a group of 150 winning students from across the state of Texas on a “Government-in-Action Y... Read More »

Rep. Ratcliffe commends Texoma students for placing 3rd in national competition

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Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) congratulated a group of S&S Middle School students this week for placing third in a national stock market competition. The students visited Ratcliffe’s Washington office during their trip to the nation’s capital for a formal awards reception with the top 10 teams, which was hosted by the SIFMA Foundation. “I was very impressed to hear that S&S Middle School placed th... Read More »

Reps. Ratcliffe, Himes introduce bill to punish election interference

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Reps. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) and Jim Himes (D-Conn.) introduced a bipartisan bill today to establish election interference as a federal crime. The Defending the Integrity of Voting Systems Act would make it a federal crime to hack any voting systems used in a federal election. According to the Justice Department, current federal law doesn’t directly apply punishments for hacking voting machines ... Read More »

House Judiciary Committee approves Ratcliffe, Rice bill to punish possession of deadly substances

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Reps. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) and Kathleen Rice’s (D-N.Y.) bipartisan bill was approved by the House Judiciary Committee today to criminalize the possession of certain deadly substances. The Effective Prosecution of Possession of Biological Toxins and Agents Act (H.R. 1986) closes a loophole in federal law that has allowed dangerous toxins and agents to be knowingly accumulated by individuals wit... Read More »

Rep. Ratcliffe announces 2019 Rising Lone Star winners

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Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) announced today the 2019 Rising Lone Star winners from high schools across the 4th District of Texas today. “I launched the Rising Lone Star program to showcase young folks from across our 18 counties who set themselves apart from the pack as distinguished leaders,” Ratcliffe said. “I’d like to congratulate this year’s winning students for standing out as the best and... Read More »

Rep. Ratcliffe names Chisum High School Student as 2019 People’s Choice winner

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Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) announced Kristin Parson from Chisum High School as the People’s Choice winner for the 2019 Congressional Art Competition today. Parson beat out nine other finalists for the People’s Choice title, which were chosen by a panel of judges who assessed submissions from high school students across the 18 counties in Texas’ 4th District. Her artwork, “Deep in the Heart of T... Read More »

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 »