Congressman Jeb Hensarling

Representing the 5th District of Texas

Hensarling Hosts Series of Town Hall Meetings Across Fifth District

Aug 9, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON –US Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05) recently wrapped up a series of town hall meetings across the 5th Congressional District of Texas.  It was an opportunity for Constituents to get an update on what’s happening in Congress and for East Texans to ask the Congressman questions about the issues they care about.

Congressman Hensarling focused his Congressional update on his efforts in Washington to roll back job-killing regulation and re-establish the Constitutional balance of power between the executive and legislative branches of government. 

One of those efforts is the Article I Project (A1P), which he co-leads with Senator Mike Lee (R-UT).  A1P was established to develop and promote an agenda of structural reforms that will strengthen Congress and reassert the power of “We the People” established by the Constitution.

“Our democracy requires that the nation’s laws be made by representatives who are elected by the people,” said Congressman Hensarling. “The modern regulatory state flips this constitutional logic on its head, severing the line of electoral accountability and consent that connects the people to their government.  This leads to government officials who are insulated from public control.  With that, accountability evaporates, the public good is subordinated to special interests, and wealth is redistributed up the economic scale from working Americans to the powerful and well-connected.  By putting Congress, and therefore the American people, back in charge of the federal regulatory state, we can begin the hard work of winning back the people’s trust and rebuilding this still exceptional nation.”

Hensarling’s work to rein in Washington red tape and executive overreach also includes repealing and replacing the President’s financial control law known as the Dodd –Frank Act.  As Chairman of the Financial Services Committee, Hensarling has introduced the Republican proposal for Wall Street reform called the Financial CHOICE Act.  It’s a proposal that Hensarling says will result in “economic growth for all and bank bailouts for none.”

“Dodd-Frank has failed.  It has contributed to the slowest, smallest, weakest and worst economic recovery of our lifetimes,” said Hensarling.   “We must instead offer all Americans greater opportunities to raise their standards of living and achieve financial independence by replacing Dodd-Frank with real reforms that work.”

National security and the President’s dangerous nuclear deal with Iran was also a topic of conversation across the 5th District.  As a result of that deal, which Rep. Hensarling voted against, the President signed an executive order in January lifting some of the U.S. economic sanctions on Iran.   Since that time, the Boeing Company, one of America’s largest aerospace companies, has negotiated a deal to sell that country more than 100 aircraft.  Many in Congress, including Hensarling, are concerned that the deal between Boeing and Iran could benefit Iran’s military.  Hensarling stressed his work on the Financial Services Committee to prevent American assets from falling into the hands of the world’s largest state sponsor of terror.

“One of the last things we should be doing is allowing Boeing to export military fungible aircraft to Iran and providing that country access to the U.S. financial system.  We are working at the Financial Services Committee to ensure that American taxpayers and depositors will not have their funds used to back financing for the Ayatollahs and Iran’s terrorist regime.”

Press Coverage of Town Hall Events

Northeast Texan: “Hensarling Hopes for Legacy of Dodd Frank Repeal; Addresses Constituent Concerns at Town Hall”

Athens Review: “Hensarling Speaks in Athens”

Palestine Herald Press: “US Congressman Hosts Town Hall Meeting, Legislative Update”

Jacksonville Progress: “Hensarling Hosts Town Hall Meeting in Rusk”

Tyler Telegraph: “Congressman Jeb Hensarling Outlines ‘Better Way’ Agenda”