Congressman Michael Cloud on ITOP

Congressman Cloud on ITOP

Kym Bolado:

My co-host today is Sean Strawbridge, CEO of the Port of Corpus Christi. And Sean, it is now time for us to welcome on Congressman Cloud, the 27th District. Congressman Cloud, welcome to In the Oil Patch Radio Show.

Congressman Cloud, you came on the scene very quickly. Many of the residents that you serve really didn’t know who you were just four, maybe five years ago, when you won the election. And since that time you have managed to do some amazing things. So, I want to back up and just kind of have our listeners understand where the 27th district is? Who do you serve? And then we’ll get into that famous plane ride on Air Force One, if you will.

Congressman Cloud:

Well, sure. Yeah. It’s 27th District of Texas, a wonderful, wonderful piece of Texas. I love serving the district. There’s oftentimes I’m just driving up and down the coast, having meetings and whatever. You’re looking out on the water, seeing people in their boats, and just dreaming about the one day you’ll be able to get out there with them, but it’s wonderful. The people are wonderful. We have a lot of agriculture. We have a lot of energy industry and chemicals and then the economy is so diverse, but what’s really important to point out is we’re a net-export district. And so, when we’re talking about where we want to be as a nation, I really feel like our district’s kind of a microcosm of where we want to be going as a nation. And certainly the ability of people to work together in our district, even across the aisle when necessary, to really care about what needs to be done and to put those priorities first, it’s really, I think, a testament to the people of our district. And I hope an example for our nation.

Kym Bolado:

Let’s talk a little bit about what is the pulse currently, the tone, in DC right now as y’all are working through COVID-19.

Congressman Cloud:

Yeah, I wish I had better news for you, but DC right now is just dysfunctional and even petty, when it comes to the leadership. Now that’s not to say that I’m able to have a number of conversations across the aisle with counterparts, and we’ve introduced legislation even recently with me as the Republican House lead and another Dem House lead and a Republican and a Dem Senate lead on legislation. But what we see guiding the floor right now, unfortunately, has to do a lot with manipulating the conversation. And I have an election as opposed to doing what’s best for the American people.