Rep. John Carter

Capital Tonight: Congressman Carter Describes Process behind House Border Bill

Gov. Rick Perry is staying closely involved in his decision to send National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border, meeting with some of the troops who will soon head south as they go through training.

In Wednesday’s Capital Tonight, we shared more details on what the troop rollout will look like and whether the call for volunteers has been met. Plus, we checked in on the final day of the latest hearing over the state’s abortion law.


When it comes to the Congressional response to the border situation, the end result is still up in the air. Congressman John Carter joined us to explain his role in getting the House to react before lawmakers headed home for break.


Greg Abbott is fighting back in the governor’s race with an attack ad of his own, after Wendy Davis kicked off her television ad campaign criticizing Abbott for a ruling he made as a member of the Texas Supreme Court. The Quorum Report’s Harvey Kronberg joined us to analyze that and more.

Texas Congressmen file Fort Hood Heroes Act

Texas lawmakers in Washington are moving forward with a bill to reclassify the Fort Hood shooting as an act of terrorism. Tuesday, Reps. John Carter and Roger Williams filed their version of the legislation. The bill has 118 co-sponsors, including Texas Rep. Michael McCaul.

The military designated the 2009 mass shooting on the Army post as an “act of workplace violence.” Reclassifying the shooting would give victims and their families access to the same benefits as those killed in combat.

“It’s very, very clear that the intent of Mr. Hasan was to kill soldiers to keep them off the battlefield. In his way of thinking, he was on the battlefield. Rep. Carter said in an interview yesterday. “I felt like this was clearly a terrorist attack.”

According to lawmakers, those benefits could include:

  • Combat-related special compensation
  • Maximum coverage under Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance
  • Tax breaks after death in combat zone or terrorist attack
  • Special pay for subjection to hostile fire or imminent danger
  • Unearned portions of bonuses
  • Combat-related injury rehabilitation pay
  • Meals at military treatment facilities

The Honoring the Fort Hood Heroes Act is a companion bill to legislation already filed in the Senate. That bill is sponsored by Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz.