Healthcare: Here's what I will do, and what I won't do

March 21, 2017

Here's the thing -- I don't care whether it's called Obamacare, Trumpcare, whatever. What I care about is what it does for the people I serve.

Topics: healthcare
What a week!

March 17, 2017

It was a big week, and as usual it's not until I’m on a flight back to Texas that I have a chance to reflect on it and write down my thoughts.

Topics: Texas, Will Hurd, live-stream, veterans
Flying back to Texas

March 10, 2017

After a long week in DC I am on a flight headed to San Antonio. Especially tough not seeing Amy and the kids because I know that we won't be in the same city for another two weeks. While it's not the same as being there, Amy's been sending some great pictures my way, like this one of Henry checking on his favorite tree on his walk to school.

Topics: San Antonio, VA Committee, Veterans
Texas stands together

February 26, 2017

After a wonderful weekend in El Paso, I spent most of this past week in Corpus Christi, Laredo, McAllen, and Brownsville. Because I usually travel alone, I also had the rare treat of doing this with Amy who met me after the first day. In addition to joining me in meetings and allowing me to buy her a belated Valentine's dinner in Laredo, she drove for some of the longer stretches so that I could make phone calls and return emails. Which meant she had to endure some long stretches of one-sided conversations, punctuated by jokes about her about being my chauffeur.

Topics: Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Hands Across the Border, Laredo, McAllen, Mexico
No Ban, No Wall Rally in Austin, Texas

February 25, 2017

The No Ban, No Wall rally at the Capitol was a powerful show of unity at a time that we really need it. Sometimes, coming from the border, we feel isolated and forgotten by the rest of the state. To know that so many people so far away from places like El Paso support us was touching and inspiring. 

Topics: Austin, No Ban No Wall Rally
¡Viva la Frontera!

February 24, 2017

My remarks at yesterday's Hands Across the Border event in Brownsville-Matamoros. 

Topics: Brownsville, Hands Across the Border, Matamoros
Beto O’Rourke meets potential Valley supporters

February 23, 2017

Curious voters from across the Rio Grande Valley filled a room at a local restaurant expecting to listen to a man who might soon challenge Sen. Ted Cruz for his seat and who has been in the spotlight for his progressive views — El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke.

Topics: McAllen, Texas town hall
Rep. O'Rourke's Counterpoint To Trump's New Immigration Policies

February 22, 2017

As President Trump announces new policies aimed at illegal immigrants, Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas, who is on a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Topics: NPR Morning Edition, border reform, immigration
Beto O’Rourke is a Mexico-loving liberal in Texas. Can he really beat Ted Cruz?

February 21, 2017

O’Rourke isn’t naive about the violence that plagues parts of the city. Still, he maintains that crime is not the only story about the U.S.-Mexico border, nor even the most important one. He sees Juarez as a place where an open mind and a stomach for risk can lead to meaningful connections and long-term partnerships.

Topics: Mexico, border, senate
Most Texans in Congress not planning in-person town halls over recess

February 20, 2017

Sadly, most members of the Texas congressional delegation will not hold in-person town halls in their districts during the weeklong recess. If you want to stay informed in between our town halls, another great way is by signing up for my newsletters. No form letters - just me giving you my perspective on what's happening.

Topics: congress, town halls
The work we're doing

February 17, 2017

I write to you from a Southwest flight (seat 15F) from Washington somewhere over Alabama. After a short layover and a sandwich in the Houston airport, I’ll be El Paso-bound, home to Amy and the kids by 11:00 tonight. Can’t come soon enough.

Topics: diplomacy, travel ban, veterans
Federal officials tell El Paso leaders victims are safe

February 17, 2017

Federal immigration officials on Friday reassured El Paso leaders that the arrest of an alleged victim of domestic violence at the County Courthouse was an isolated incident that will not be repeated.

Topics: El Paso, immigration
Beto O’Rourke: Mexico helps keep America great

February 14, 2017

You wouldn’t know it from watching politicians trip over each other as they promise to “secure the border,” but our border with Mexico is as safe as it’s ever been.

Topics: border, immigration
Why Beto O'Rourke should run for Senate: Editorial

February 10, 2017

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of El Paso seems almost certain to run for the U.S. Senate in 2018. It’s a long-shot run for a Democrat in a Republican state, but he should take the plunge.

Topics: senate
Beto O’Rourke will run for the Senate, because with Trump and all, `How could you not.’

February 9, 2017

While the three-term Democratic congressman from El Paso has not formally announced his candidacy for the 2018 Senate race, there doesn’t seem to be anything that would stop him from running.

Topics: senate
Which way forward?

January 30, 2017

As President Trump announces executive actions to build a wall between Mexico and the U.S., end the humanitarian parole of asylum seekers and implement a religious test on immigrants, El Paso continues to lead the way.

Topics: Immigration, border, reform
O'Rourke named to veterans economic subcommittee

January 30, 2017

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke on Monday was selected to help lead a subcommittee dealing with employment, education and training for veterans.

Topics: congress, veterans
Rep. Beto O’Rourke: Trump’s wall a ‘racist reaction to a racist myth’

January 27, 2017

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, attacked President Donald Trump’s immigration and trade plans last week as a threat to the U.S. and Mexico economies.

Topics: immigration
Why are people scared of El Paso?

January 25, 2017

Halfway through the first full workweek of the Trump administration, it should be no surprise that the President and his allies in Congress are already working on legislation that would construct an impenetrable wall between the United States and Mexico.

Topics: TedTalk, TedxElPaso, border
Beto O’Rourke on Trump, the Border and How to Revive the Democratic Party

January 25, 2017

O’Rourke spoke with the Observer about how the Democratic Party can save itself by giving up on Big Money, and the challenges of speaking up for immigrants.

Topics: campaign reform, immigration
Looking for those better angels

January 20, 2017

I'm writing to you as I fly back from the inauguration. Greetings from seat 14D.

I have to begin by telling you that despite my deep disappointment in the results of our Presidential election in November, today's inauguration deepened my faith in this country and my gratitude to be an American.

Topics: inauguration, president
The law trumps

January 13, 2017

I write to you from 22D on the first leg of my return flight home. If all goes well and my connecting flight from DFW to El Paso is on time, I’ll be home with Amy and the kids for the first time in more than two weeks by 9:30 tonight.

Topics: Gen. James Mattis, House Armed Services Committee
I was just sworn in

January 3, 2017

I literally just left the floor of the House of Representatives after being sworn into my third term. I’m taking a few minutes to compose some thoughts for you, hoping to bring you into this special experience. 

Topics: Congress, campaign finance reform, term limits
Taking a different approach

December 21, 2016

I will be sworn in to a new term in Congress in less than a month. It’s a good opportunity to think through how I can be most effective - in the legislation I propose, in the votes I take and in how I approach those issues where I can make a difference.

Topics: Congress, El Paso, newsletter
Finding Partners Where We Can

December 6, 2016

I'm looking for partners in areas like investing in infrastructure, fixing immigration --- and any number of other big ideas that have stalled over the last four years.

Topics: bipartisan, immigration reform
Looking Forward

November 29, 2016

I’m writing this at the El Paso International Airport, getting ready to board my flight back to Washington on a cold rainy morning. I got home from last night's townhall after the kids were asleep, and I left before they woke up. As always, it is tough to leave them.

Topics: DACA, border, immigration reform
Could Congressman's plan save the VA?

February 15, 2016

El Paso is piloting reforms for the VA that could improve outcomes for veterans throughout the country.

Topics: veterans
Learn from the Border

October 2, 2014

As we re-write this country's immigration law, many of the ideas and values should come from El Paso, Texas and other border communities.

Topics: border, immigration reform
Opportunity at the Border

October 1, 2014

There is tremendous value and opportunity at the U.S./Mexico Border, but too often the border is perceived as a threat. If we want to fully realize the opportunity and the potential that we see here in El Paso and all along the U.S./Mexico Border, it is important that we work to change that perception.

Topics: border
Veterans Take the Lead

October 1, 2014

Our veterans have honorable served our nation. It's time that our nation return the commitment. Congressman Beto O'Rourke fights to provide timely access to quality healthcare for all veterans and has worked to hold the Department of Veterans Affairs accountable for providing false information about access to care.

Topics: veterans
The Lessons of El Paso

September 27, 2014

Texas Border City Offers Case Study in the Perils of Populism, The Economist

Topics: El Paso, border, trade
Projecting ISIS Fears Onto Immigration

September 17, 2014

Congressman O'Rourke joins Chris Mathews on Hardball to challenge the view that there are terrorist threats at the southern border.

Topics: immigration reform
The Next 100 Years - El Paso

August 24, 2014

What will the next 100 years hold for El Paso? We have the talent, the ambition, and the leadership to restore our status as a national leader and a great American city.

Topics: El Paso, border
The Rush to Deport

July 15, 2014

Congressman Beto O'Rourke joins Chris Hayes on MSNBC's "All In" to talk about the unaccompanied Central American children seeking asylum at the U.S./Mexico Border.

Topics: border, immigration reform