U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36), a long-time dentist from Woodville, Texas, was first elected to Congress last November and took office in January. He has already been appointed chairman of the U.S. House Science space subcommittee, an impressive start for the "oldest member of Congress’ 2015 freshman class” as the congressman related.
Babin spoke in late August to members of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership. About half of his presentation concerned "the freeing of people from the shackles of big government.” He discussed proposals by the Environmental Protection Agency, an agency which he feels is out of control.
Babin explained that a vast part of the nation would be out of compliance with the EPA’s proposed new ozone standards – not only District 36, which has the highest number of petrochemical refining facilities in the United States – but also Yosemite National Park. Tens of thousands of jobs are at stake.
The congressman addressed the need for a long-term transportation funding bill, the lifting of the ban on crude oil exports, and international trade, as well. He also stated that NASA should shift a higher portion of its budget to human spaceflight, the International Space Station, commercial crew and the space launch system (SLS).
In reply to a question from the audience, Babin closed by indicating that he has not yet made a decision on whether or not the Export-Import Bank should be reauthorized and welcomed input regarding this.