Governor applauds TxDOT efforts in removal of hurricane debris

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 27 announced the Texas Department of Transportation had collected more than 2.4 million cubic feet of debris left behind by Hurricane Harvey in roadways across the four districts hardest hit by the storm.
TxDOT is continuing to assist in the removal of debris from roadsides in Corpus Christi, Houston, Beaumont and a number of areas along the Gulf Coast region, Abbott said in a news release. 
“This is a tall order, but I want to assure Texans that TxDOT is up to the challenge and has already made great progress. We will not rest until this important job is finished, and we are working to do so as quickly as possible,” he added.
Texas Transportation Commission Chair J. Bruce Bugg Jr. pointed to TxDOT’s “remarkable progress” in bringing agency employees from across Texas to impacted areas. He made special mention of those working through the protracted cleanup while “dealing with their own personal losses” caused by Hurricane Harvey.
More than 600 employees from all 25 TxDOT districts are involved in debris removal in areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Bugg said.
Patrick assigns tasks
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Sept. 28 issued a list of interim legislative charges to certain committees of the Texas Senate. 
Patrick called for the committees on Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs, Business & Commerce, Education, Finance, Health and Human Services, Intergovernmental Relations, and State Affairs to study and make recommendations on a wide range of issues related to hurricanes and other severe weather events.
Texans are nominated
The White House on Sept. 28 announced President Donald Trump’s nomination of Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett and former Texas Solicitor General James Ho to the New Orleans-based United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
The Fifth Circuit hears cases on appeal from federal district courts in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and the Panama Canal Zone. It is authorized to have 17 active judges.
Gov. Abbott on Sept. 28 released the following statement: “The nominations of Don Willett and James Ho to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals are outstanding choices by President Trump. As Texas attorney general, I had the pleasure of working with both Don and James and can attest to their brilliance as lawyers and their unwavering commitment to the rule of law.

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