Victims' Rights Caucus


Electronic Newsletter

Jan 12 2007

This week the House voted on H.R. 2, the Fair Minimum Wage Act.

I heard from constituents from all across my district and they overwhelmingly supported raising the federal minimum wage. I would have preferred the bill include measures to assist small businesses, like the ability to join into Small Business Association Health Plans, but the people in my district wanted an increase and I supported the measure. I voted for the increase in the 109th Congress and I voted for it again in the 110th Congress.

The Republican proposal that failed, but for which I voted (the WAGE Act of 2007), encouraged small businesses to offer health coverage to their workers. I am hopeful the Senate will add Small Business Association Health Plans before the bill becomes law.

Also this week on the floor was H.R. 1, "Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act of 2007." I voted against this measure because it allows international bodies such as the United Nations to have a say in United States' security decisions and efforts to fight the War on Terror.

The United States should not have to seek permission from anyone, especially the United Nations, when it comes to the security and safety of our country. I will not support legislation that requires the United States to gain approval from anyone when it comes to Homeland Security.

Our Beaumont District Office has a new address and a new look. Our new address is:

Congressman Ted Poe
505 Orleans Street, Suite 100
Beaumont, Texas 77701

The phone number and fax number remain the same. I am very proud of the move to downtown Beaumont. Our office is committed to downtown revitalization and being more accessible to people throughout Jefferson County.

Border Security continues to be the number one issue to my constituents. Some of you may recall the plight of Border Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean that I have mentioned in previous emails: Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean are curre