Congressman Lance Gooden

Congressman Lance Gooden This is the government official page for Lance Gooden, the U.S. Representative for Texas' 5th Congressional District. First elected in 2018, Congressman Lance Gooden represents Texas’ 5th District in the U.S.

House of Representatives. The 5th District stretches from Dallas County to Cherokee, Henderson, Kaufmann, Anderson, Van Zandt and Wood Counties. Lance and his wife, Alexa, live in Terrell with their son, Liam.

‪The growth of the Texas energy industry under President Donald J. Trump’s administration has changed lives. We've added...
09/13/2019
U.S. innovation, free market key to clean, affordable energy

‪The growth of the Texas energy industry under President Donald J. Trump’s administration has changed lives. We've added jobs, increased wages and prosperity: there's no stopping us now!‬

‪Great read (Congressman Steve Scalise, Congressman Jeff Duncan, Congressman Markwayne Mullin)‬

In the past three years of pro-growth Republican policies under President Trump’s leadership, we have reversed much of the economic damage done by the Obama administration and unleashed the incredible potential of American energy resources. By exploring all forms of energy — from oil and gas to ...

‪Excellent point from Condoleezza Rice to those who suggest Russia helped President Trump. ‬‪We've learned the claim has...
09/12/2019
Condoleezza Rice Smacks Down NBC’s Savannah Guthrie After She Suggests Russians Elected Trump

‪Excellent point from Condoleezza Rice to those who suggest Russia helped President Trump. ‬

‪We've learned the claim has no basis in fact. It also undermines the genuine hope for change held by so many of President Donald J. Trump's supporters - myself included.‬

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice shut down NBC's Savannah Guthrie after Guthrie asked her whether Russia "elected Donald Trump."

09/11/2019

18 years ago today, violent extremists changed the course of American history. We’ve learned a great deal about the resolve of our people and our duty to confront evil around the world. May we never forget those we lost on that day.

‪The House Republicans have spent months calling for action to stop infanticide, but our efforts have fallen on deaf ear...
09/10/2019
Born Alive Act Tracker - Republican Whip

‪The House Republicans have spent months calling for action to stop infanticide, but our efforts have fallen on deaf ears.‬

‪Congressman Steve Scalise led a hearing to learn more about what Congress can do to stop this crisis. Follow the link below to watch the live stream:‬

End Infanticide Minority Hearing Hearing Memo LIVE STREAM LINK On September 10, House Republicans will host a hearing entitled “End Infanticide: Examining the Born Alive Infants Protection Act.”. The witnesses who will appear at the hearing are: Jill Stanek, RN, nurse who found an abortion survi...

‪The wall is being built and it is working! Thankful to see this progress made by President Donald J. Trump in addressin...
09/09/2019
Trump’s plan to stem border crossings gets results

‪The wall is being built and it is working! Thankful to see this progress made by President Donald J. Trump in addressing our top priority: REDUCING & ELIMINATING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.‬

Border arrests are plummeting after Trump crackdown.

‪I appreciate the Trump Administration’s efforts to scale back the government’s role in the mortgage business and look f...
09/06/2019
Trump administration plan to overhaul Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would allow firms to keep more capital

‪I appreciate the Trump Administration’s efforts to scale back the government’s role in the mortgage business and look forward to supporting them through my role on the House Financial Services Committee.

That plan does not include ending the ongoing net-worth sweep of all of Fannie and Freddie's profits, which is part of the Treasury's senior preferred stock agreement. Instead, the plan allows the firms to retain more earnings and thereby grow its capital buffers.

‪Our strong economy positions us well to get the most out of a deal with China. Under President Donald J. Trump’s leader...
09/06/2019
Cramer: US economic strength empowers Trump to continue to play hardball on China trade

‪Our strong economy positions us well to get the most out of a deal with China. Under President Donald J. Trump’s leadership, we’re poised to come out of these negotiations stronger than ever.‬

"Trump is set in his ways because he doesn't see any weakening" in growth compared to the drag that China's economy has been experiencing, argues CNBC's Jim Cramer.

‪The laughable display from Dem Presidential hopefuls on CNN last night made one thing very clear: the leaders of their ...
09/05/2019
Tucker challenges Dems' climate change rhetoric: 'They're hypocrites and liars'

‪The laughable display from Dem Presidential hopefuls on CNN last night made one thing very clear: the leaders of their party are completely out of touch with reality.‬‬

Following increased coverage of climate change in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, Fox News host Tucker Carlson challenged his Democratic guest to defend his environmental views Wednesday, and openly laughed at his response before calling it "insane."

09/05/2019
Pentagon signs off on Trump request to use $3.6 billion for border construction

‪Pleased to see U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper taking the necessary steps to continue construction of the border wall. No matter what obstructionist Democrats do to fight it - we will do what it takes to secure the border.‬

The administration is using funds from 127 military projects in the U.S. and abroad to construct 175 miles of border barriers

Next week, House Democrats will return to Washington with their sights set on trampling the unalienable rights of law-ab...
09/05/2019
Opinion | Yes, Gun Ownership Is a God-Given Right

Next week, House Democrats will return to Washington with their sights set on trampling the unalienable rights of law-abiding Americans.

Owning a gun is an extension of this law of nature, and has been recognized as such for a very long time in Anglo-America.

Just cosponsored H.R. 3934, the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act, to end the unfair treatment of our teachers, fir...
09/04/2019
This Social Security rule cuts public workers' benefits. Politicians want to change that

Just cosponsored H.R. 3934, the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act, to end the unfair treatment of our teachers, firefighters, and police officers in retirement. Thanks to Rep. Kevin Brady for his efforts to fix the Windfall Elimination Provision.

Teachers, firefighters and police officers who are eligible for pensions and Social Security may receive reduced retirement benefits. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, and others want to overhaul that rule.

‪Spoiler alert: you’re not “buying” something if the other party is required by law to give it up. That’s confiscation.‬...
09/04/2019
Dems Propose First Gun Grab Since Lexington And Concord

‪Spoiler alert: you’re not “buying” something if the other party is required by law to give it up. That’s confiscation.‬

‪I will not support mass-confiscation of firearms in America.

The media should stop using phrases like 'mandatory gun buybacks.' What Democrats propose is the first-ever national confiscation of guns.

09/03/2019

‪Recently approved by Texas Department of Transportation:‬

‪~$389,466 in federal funding for the Mesquite Municipal Airport‬
‪~$600,000 in state funding for Van Zandt County Airport‬

‪Thank you to President Donald J. Trump and Greg Abbott for supporting infrastructure improvements in our district!‬

Decades of solid-blue Democratic control in cities like New York and Chicago have gotten them nowhere!Finally, people ar...
09/03/2019
More People Are Leaving NYC Daily Than Any Other U.S. City

Decades of solid-blue Democratic control in cities like New York and Chicago have gotten them nowhere!

Finally, people are realizing the grass is greener in Texas where businesses thrive and people are free.

The rent is too damn high.

‪American cash registers are ringing! Consumer confidence is surging as our economy continues to grow thanks to Republic...
09/03/2019
Strength in U.S. Consumer Spending Drives Economy

‪American cash registers are ringing! Consumer confidence is surging as our economy continues to grow thanks to Republican policies.

U.S. households ramped up their spending in July, providing reassurance that the economy’s decadelong expansion continued to roll despite slowing factory activity and global growth.

‪The right of every hard-working nurse to practice their beliefs is enshrined in our Constitution. I’m glad to see Presi...
09/02/2019
The Trump Administration Sides With Nurses Who Object to Abortion

‪The right of every hard-working nurse to practice their beliefs is enshrined in our Constitution. I’m glad to see President Donald J. Trump defending their freedom.

HHS says the University of Vermont Medical Center required staffers to violate their conscience. The case underscores Trump’s religious-freedom agenda.

‪The growing unrest in Hong Kong should have the attention of leaders around the world. A populist movement, driven by y...
09/02/2019
Arrest of Hong Kong Activists, Rally Ban Set Stage for More Clashes

‪The growing unrest in Hong Kong should have the attention of leaders around the world. A populist movement, driven by youth, is rejecting the authoritarian control of the Chinese state.‬

The arrests of prominent pro-democracy activists and the ban of a mass rally set the stage for a pivotal weekend showdown between protesters and the city’s authorities, as the confrontation showed no signs of abating.

‪Illegal aliens shouldn’t be allowed to exploit taxpayer funded projects they haven’t contributed to in the first place....
08/30/2019
What are Homeland Security agents doing on DART trains and platforms?

‪Illegal aliens shouldn’t be allowed to exploit taxpayer funded projects they haven’t contributed to in the first place. I would welcome Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE) intervention.‬‬

What are Homeland Security agents doing on DART trains and platforms?

‪The UN has no business in Texas. We need to provide law enforcement the resources they need and close our legal loophol...
08/29/2019
Omar calls for UN to handle migration crisis at the southern border

‪The UN has no business in Texas. We need to provide law enforcement the resources they need and close our legal loopholes instead of foolishly calling for ICE to be defunded.‬

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., told a Minneapolis audience this week that the United Nations should be brought in to oversee the migration crisis at the southern border.

‪This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who's followed Comey and his many failures as FBI Director. Comey was opera...
08/29/2019
Watchdog: Comey violated FBI policies in handling of memos

‪This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who's followed Comey and his many failures as FBI Director. Comey was operating in direct violation of FBI guidelines PRIOR to his being fired by President Donald J. Trump. Comey DESERVED to be fired.‬‬

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey violated FBI policies in his handling of memos documenting private conversations with President Donald Trump, the Justice Department's inspector...

‪Our policies should not incentivize human trafficking and I’ve introduced a bill to end it. ‬‬
08/28/2019
DHS moves to end limits on detention of migrant families, close 'loophole'

‪Our policies should not incentivize human trafficking and I’ve introduced a bill to end it. ‬‬

The Trump administration announced Wednesday it would move to scrap a major court agreement in order to allow for migrant families to be detained longer as their cases are being considered, instead of having to release them after 20 days.

‪This trade dispute is about so much more than a political victory. China is on a decades-long mission to undermine demo...
08/27/2019
Every American Should Hope Trump Prevails Against China

‪This trade dispute is about so much more than a political victory. China is on a decades-long mission to undermine democratic principles and disadvantage American producers. We should all support President Donald J. Trump’s efforts to confront China.‬‬

Working on economic policy at the White House, I came to understand that the stakes of the confrontation are far higher than those of trade alone.

With nearly $1.5 trillion in outstanding student loan debt, fraudsters are lining up to take advantage of our nation’s y...
08/27/2019
Soaring Student Debt Opens Door to Relief Scams

With nearly $1.5 trillion in outstanding student loan debt, fraudsters are lining up to take advantage of our nation’s young people. Don’t let your loved ones fall victim to these scams.

Soaring student debt has been fertile ground for companies that promise to help stretched borrowers by navigating a maze of federal programs. But some services are outright scams and others make promises that are illegal.

Stopping illegal immigration is as much about protecting vulnerable people from exploitation as it is enforcing our immi...
08/23/2019
Dem Rep. Tom Malinowski: We need illegal immigrants to 'mow our beautiful lawns'

Stopping illegal immigration is as much about protecting vulnerable people from exploitation as it is enforcing our immigration laws. ICE has broken up a number of human trafficking rings that were forcing illegals to work like slaves. This representative’s comments are deeply concerning because they encourage the subjugation of illegals and disrespect hard working Americans.

Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-N.J., defended the presence of both legal and illegal immigrants on Tuesday, asking his constituents: "Who do you think is mowing our beautiful lawns?"

‪Good read in The Texan on my town hall in Terrell this week.
08/23/2019
Lance Gooden Hosts Town Hall in Hometown of Terrell

‪Good read in The Texan on my town hall in Terrell this week.

Rep. Lance Gooden held a town hall in his hometown of Terrell on Tuesday to hear from constituents before Congress returns in September.

Taiwan has every right to arm and defend itself. These aircraft will force mainland China to think twice before threaten...
08/22/2019
US State Department approves possible $8 billion fighter jet sale to Taiwan

Taiwan has every right to arm and defend itself. These aircraft will force mainland China to think twice before threatening its sovereignty.

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on Tuesday in an official notification to Congress.

Catch and release is a terrible policy and President Donald J. Trump is right to end it. Mexico should focus on creating...
08/22/2019
Mexico 'evaluating' legal action against migrant minor detention rule

Catch and release is a terrible policy and President Donald J. Trump is right to end it. Mexico should focus on creating jobs for its citizens instead of threatening legal action against us.

The Mexican federal government said late Wednesday it is concerned about the Trump administration's decision to rescind the Flores Settlement Agreement, a regulation that currently prevents the immigration detention of minors for more than 20

‪3,000 new jobs and $400 million in salaries coming to Dallas!‬
08/21/2019
Uber Hub Confirmed for Dallas With 3K Jobs, $400M in Salary

‪3,000 new jobs and $400 million in salaries coming to Dallas!‬

Dallas city leaders, along with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), confirmed Tuesday that transportation company Uber Technologies has acquired office space in a new Deep Ellum development that is expected to...

‪Reducing capital gains and cutting payroll taxes would be two great ways to bolster the economy. Great ideas from Presi...
08/20/2019
Trump Examining Various Tax Cuts to Bolster the Economy

‪Reducing capital gains and cutting payroll taxes would be two great ways to bolster the economy. Great ideas from President Donald J. Trump!

President Trump said the White House is examining proposals to bolster the economy, including reducing capital-gains taxes, while maintaining that growth remains strong.

‪Great work by U.S. Customs and Border Protection seizing $2 million in drugs this weekend headed to our communities.
08/20/2019
Border Patrol foils smuggling attempts, $2 million in cocaine and marijuana seized

‪Great work by U.S. Customs and Border Protection seizing $2 million in drugs this weekend headed to our communities.

U. S. Customs and Border Patrol intercepted two separate smuggling attempts of cocaine and marijuana with a street value of more than $2 million over the weekend. “These were two outstanding interceptions of narcotics in the cargo environment that were accomplished due to great teamwork and pe...

I’m one of the 80+ representatives who have called for the protection of babies who survive abortions. Our generation wi...
08/19/2019
State records reveal extent of botched abortions, as GOP reps push ‘born-alive’ protection law

I’m one of the 80+ representatives who have called for the protection of babies who survive abortions. Our generation will forever be remembered for the way we have turned our backs on the defenseless among us.

At least 40 babies were born alive after botched abortions across three states since 2016, according to state health data that offers a glimpse into the extent of an issue that lawmakers have fiercely debated in recent months.

Great read by Judge Andrew Napolitano on so-called “red flag” laws:“The concept of a “red flag” law — which permits the ...
08/16/2019
Judge Andrew Napolitano: Gun confiscation under 'red flag' laws is unconstitutional

Great read by Judge Andrew Napolitano on so-called “red flag” laws:

“The concept of a “red flag” law — which permits the confiscation of lawfully owned weapons from a person because of what the person might do — violates both the presumption of innocence and the due process requirement of proof of criminal behavior before liberty can be infringed.”

When tragedy strikes, as it did in two mass killings this month, there is always the urge to pressure the government do something.

08/16/2019

I had a wonderful week in Israel alongside 70+ colleagues from both sides of the aisle. It was an honor to learn about our most important ally in the Middle East from prominent leaders like PM Netanyahu as well as opposition leaders and members of the Palestinian Authority. I wish all my fellow freshmen members of Congress had taken this opportunity to learn from all sides, but some chose to follow the inflammatory and unproductive rhetoric of those who deny Israel's right to exist and thereby undermine American interests in the region.

We must empower American businesses and entrepreneurs who innovate and fuel job creation, not the politicians who raise ...
08/15/2019
Opinion | Making Money Is a Patriotic Act

We must empower American businesses and entrepreneurs who innovate and fuel job creation, not the politicians who raise taxes and spend money foolishly.

The businesses we created help Americans by providing jobs, growth, goods and services.

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