Congressman Farenthold visits Refugio
by Tim Delaney
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U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold stands outside the Refugio County Press office on Alamo Street in Refugio.
U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold stands outside the Refugio County Press office on Alamo Street in Refugio.
REFUGIO – U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold was in Refugio on Monday, July 1, for a visit and lunch with Mayor Joey Heard.

Farenthold touched on a few issues important to Refugio County.

He said the immigration reform bill that the Senate passed “is probably not going anywhere in the House.”

He said the House is taking this major issue and breaking it down into individual bills rather than all of the issues in one single bill.

Farenthold, who sits on the Judiciary Committee, said the bills that have passed by him so far include a border security bill that will empower states. Also, the bill calls for better cooperation between the feds and local law enforcement.

Another bill was the e-verify bill, which would make this method of identification mandatory.

Also, a guest worker program bill for ag workers is another bill that is critical to Texas.

And finally, a high-skilled visas bill would make it easier for grad students to stay here for high tech jobs or for creating businesses.

Farenthold also touched on the Farm Bill.

He said the House version failed because the expected bipartisan vote did not come through.

He said most liberal Democrats voted no because of the cuts to food stamps. And he said far right Republicans voted against it because they didn’t think it was cut enough and because they don’t like supplemental payments.

Farenthold said they were in the process of thinking through another version that would be bipartisan.

“I think the farm bill is a must-pass item,” Farenthold said.

He added that the worst case scenario would be to extend what’s in place.

“I don’t think that’s the solution,” he said.

“The plan we had was to tighten up some control (over food stamps), give the states more flexibility ... the Democrats promised 40 votes and did not deliver.”

Also, Farenthold commented on the Interstate 69 corridor.

He said Refugio and Riviera are very similar towns because of the fear of a bypass.

He said the loss of traffic downtown would cause damage to businesses.

But the increased truck traffic also poses a safety issue, he said.

“Any bypass around Refugio would be one of the last segments (of I-69) built,” he said. “It is the most expensive because of land acquisition and costs. The only way to pay for a bypass is if it is tolled.”

Farenthold said a toll road would give the traveler the choice of coming through Refugio or paying a toll fee.

“That’s how I suspect it will be financed,” he said.

He also recommended that Refugio have representation on the I-69 Alliance and to stay in touch with the Texas Department of Transportation.

Farenthold said federal funding for transportation is drying up because of fuel efficient cars. The federal funding comes from a fuel tax.
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July 12, 2013
Nothing is black or white anymore. Rep./Dem. means beans. Who's to blame means the same. More Dems. voted no. That's all.

Who supports and why. Who doesn't and why. is the question. My belief is a huge chunk of no's came as a result of verbosity concerning regulatory guidelines on things they don't really want addressed. I do understand it's a political stunt pulled by all elected officials. That's the whole of the problem with Government. (the politics) In many cases the bill alone would fly with no problem. The tag along politicalution is the blame if your looking to blame.

What do you support regulating and what do you support not regulating is the question, not what three little letters are with your name on a campaign sticker. ie... The regulation debate going on in Austin now. The no's, well a big chunk of no's are the same types of no's concerning this subject. Meaning it's what they don't want regulated in any way.

It's why people are so blown away by anyone who wouldn't vote purely out of selfishness. In fact. It could be if you really dig you may find what appears to be an unselfish vote really is a self serving vote in the end.

That's why I'm absolutely ok with a bypass toll. We need to talk about my cut before I vote though.
July 07, 2013
Over 400 votes, only 24 dems support? Don't need to play tricks with the numbers to know dems killed it. The 24 only didn't vote no due to fear of the outcome of their next local election. What? There are people who don't vote for their self interest? Noway, that is almost epically different these days. We should admire those types they are disappearing quickly. Don't mess with the stamps. Don't control illegal entry. A toll? As long as I get my cut I'm good with it. Right?
July 07, 2013
There were 62 Republicans that voted no on the farm bill, but instead you want to blame the Democrats because the Republicans did not have the ability to get the bill passed? It was a bill introduced by the majority party that did not get majority party support. That isn't the fault of Democrats.
July 06, 2013
So Rep. Farenthold is trying to promote the lie that if only more Democrats had joined in, the farm bill would have passed.

The vote failed 195-234, winning the support of just 24 Democrats. Now if the Republicans had found the support of 16 more Democrats, then the farm bill would have lost 211-218. Nope Blake, you can't blame the failure of the farm bill on the Democrats--the person you should be blaming is the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, who can't count the number of votes in his own caucus.

Farenthold's Politifact rating on his claim that Democrats are responsible for failure of the farm bill: Liar - Pants on Fire.
July 06, 2013
Sad fact is that 95% of the farmers I am acquainted with are staunch Republicans voting against their own interests and indifferent about it to boot.