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Rep. Ratcliffe commends students on completion of congressional internship in Texarkana office

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) congratulated Harrison Benefield, William Humphrey, and Mayten Lumpkin today for their successful completion of a congressional internship in his Texarkana district office this summer. “I’d like to thank Harrison, William and Mayten for their hard work in my Texarkana district office this summer. Serving 700,000 people across 18 counties in Northeast Texas wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the selfless contributions from young folks like them who have such an inspiring heart for civil service,” Ratcliffe said.  
Harrison Benefield

Benefield graduated from Pleasant Grove High School in 2016. He is a senior at University of Arkansas, pursuing a degree in communication studies. Continue Reading →

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Rep. Ratcliffe hires Wounded Warrior Fellow to district staff

Army veteran, Charles Jordan, will continue service in Texarkana office

TEXARKANA, Texas – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) announced today the hire of Wounded Warrior Fellow, Charles Jordan. After two years of service in Ratcliffe’s Texarkana office through the Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program, Jordan will join the staff as a full-time constituent services representative, handling the majority of casework for the region.  

“I am humbled and encouraged by the faith and trust that Congressman Ratcliffe has shown. It is a privilege to continue the work of making our area and our nation a better place. Congressman Ratcliffe has been a great guide and mentor for public service, and I hope to maintain the standard,” Jordan said. Continue Reading →

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Rep. Ratcliffe votes for biggest tax cut package since Reagan

Creates 80,000 Texas jobs and adds $2,600 in after-tax income for middle-class Texas families

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) voted today for the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) in the U.S. House of Representatives. As the biggest reform of our tax code since 1986, this bill will create bigger paychecks, create more jobs and allow 9 out of 10 Americans to file taxes on a postcard. “I’ve heard far too many of the hard-working Northeast Texans I represent tell me about how our overly complex and convoluted tax code makes it tough or nearly impossible for them to support their families or grow their businesses,” Ratcliffe said. “The passage of our House Republican tax reform bill will finally offer them the relief they deserve, and I was proud to support it as a measure that truly provides a strong dose of the fiscally conservative values for Washington that have allowed Texas’ economy to thrive.”

In addition to creating nearly 1 million jobs nationwide, the legislation will create more than 80,000 jobs in Texas and allow middle-class families in the state of Texas to take home an extra $2,600 each year. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act also maintains the current tax rate for millionaires to ensure that lower and middle-income families are given maximum relief. Continue Reading →

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President Trump signs Ratcliffe cybercrime-fighting bill into law

Provides critical training and resources to state and local law enforcement

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe’s (R-Texas) Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act of 2017(H.R. 1616) was signed into law today by President Trump. The law provides state and local law enforcement with the tools and training they need to combat cybercrime and protect our communities. It has been hailed as a major win for law enforcement and for America’s cybersecurity posture. “I’d like to thank President Trump for his strong support of my bill to ensure our state and local law enforcement officials are properly equipped to address and prosecute crimes in the 21st century – because we’re now in an era where almost every case involves some sort of digital evidence,” Ratcliffe said. “At the end of the day, getting the upper hand against cyber criminals will make our nation safer, and I’m glad that this critical piece of legislation has been signed into law to do just that.”

H.R. 1616 authorizes the National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI) in Hoover, Ala., which is widely recognized as the premier cybercrime training center for law enforcement officials from across the country. Continue Reading →

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Ratcliffe Announces Major Economic Development for Texarkana

TEXARKANA, Texas – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) announced a major economic development win for the greater Texarkana region at a ceremony Thursday in New Boston, Texas. The TexAmericas Center will receive a designation by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), which will bolster its ability to attract new businesses and create jobs. “I’m incredibly pleased that my congressional staff and I were able to secure HUBZone designation for TexAmericas through our work with the Department of Defense and the Small Business Administration over the past year,” Ratcliffe said. “Given the enormous potential for increased job creation in this region, I’m very optimistic about the bolstered economic growth this HUBZone designation will bring.”


Through its HUBZone status, tenants at the TexAmericas Center will have preference for award of federal contracts to small businesses. They will also gain access to federal set-aside contracts and sole source contracts, as well as a price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions. Continue Reading →

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Rep. Ratcliffe encourages constituents to utilize his office’s casework resources, supports enhancing services for veterans

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) supported the passage of legislation this week to enhance services for veterans seeking assistance with compensation claims. The WINGMAN Act (H.R. 512) passed the U.S. House without opposition and was sent to the U.S. Senate.  The WINGMAN Act would boost the ability of caseworkers in Rep. Ratcliffe’s local offices to serve veterans in need throughout Texas’ 4th District. Specifically, it allows caseworkers to access the critical information they need to assist veterans by stripping away bureaucratic roadblocks imposed by the federal government.  “I’ve been very pleased with incredible work my staff has done to serve veterans throughout our communities. With more than 63,000 veterans in Texas’ 4th District, this is no easy task, and I’m glad my colleagues in the U.S. House have joined me in passing legislation to streamline this important job as much as possible.” Ratcliffe said. Continue Reading →

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Rep. Ratcliffe to host Open House in Texarkana

Texarkana, TX.  Rep. Ratcliffe will host an open house in Texarkana hosting Texarkana on Thursday, August 25th at 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.   The open house is open to the public and will be held at Texarkana College Library in the Perot Leadership Museum. The college is located at 2500 North Robinson Road in Texarkana, Texas.  The public is encouraged to attend this open house and discuss current issues and concerns with Rep. Ratcliffe.  


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