For the second time this year, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, stopped in the Killeen-Fort Hood area to meet with officials about issues affecting residents.

During a roundtable discussion Tuesday, Cruz answered questions from more than 40 area officials at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.

Representatives from Killeen, Fort Hood, Harker Heights, Copperas Cove, Belton and Bell County attended, as well as officials from two school districts, area hospitals, chambers of commerce and business leaders.

Killeen Mayor Dan Corbin said he was impressed by Cruz’s knowledge and ability to speak on the variety of topics discussed.

“He answered with honest statements,” he said. “It was really refreshing to hear someone speak so knowledgeably.”

The mayor said Cruz was able to answer questions from officials on topics ranging from the Affordable Care Act to Impact Aid to the military and defense budget issues such as tuition assistance, base realignment and closure, and future security threats.

“What most impressed me were his viewpoints, which seemed to be reasonable, logical and based on facts, not from some wild-eyed wacko,” Corbin said, referencing some of the media attention surrounding the junior senator.

When Cruz returns to Washington, D.C., next week, the National Defense Authorization Act will still be in the Senate waiting for a vote.

The senator supports several amendments to the bill, including one blocking the potential of a base realignment and closure committee until the military reviews all overseas base closure opportunities. Local officials have been outspoken about the potential benefits of a BRAC for Fort Hood and Central Texas.

“I appreciate hearing from community leaders here, some of whom express support for a BRAC. I should note those sentiments are markedly different than the sentiments I’ve heard from community leaders surrounding other military bases in Texas,” Cruz said. “My responsibility obviously is to represent the entire state and to focus at the same time on national interests.”

Tuition assistance — which pays tuition costs for military members — has also been a hot topic as defense spending was heavily impacted by sequestration and October’s government shutdown.

Roughly 36 percent of Killeen’s Central Texas College tuition revenue comes from active-duty military personnel enrolled in the college’s courses around the world.

Thomas Klincar, the college’s chancellor, attended the roundtable to share its importance.

“I urged Sen. Cruz to be proactive in protecting education benefits for our military members and veterans as Congress works out defense appropriations,” he said. “He will rely on the advice of our top military leaders to determine how defense appropriations are best employed.”

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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No advanced notice so regular folk (the general public) could attend? Pictures show all the usual big shots. Seems they enjoy the echo chamber they live in and don't want to confront real people who work for a living (or would like the opportunity to). Sad.


I wish I had known about the event as I would ask him the question no one in the media is asking the GOP. about Obama Care . I agree it is a bad law , but the Supreme Court lead by a Conservative Chief Judge Roberts whom had the chance to reject the Obama Care but chose to find a loop hole under tax laws to enforce Obama Care which made we the people slaves to the government and enforced by the IRS.
And the results are the Supreme Court has ruled we are to be controlled by the government . So Obama Care is forced upon us under the name of health care and thus made Freedom choice obselete and we the people are now under the control of the government and that now the government can like the old USSR used to and still controls the people for government reasons. and people have to obey or be punished. Thus Judge Roberts betrayed the USA Constitution and we the people and unless we the people revote or succeed from the USA are cursed to be slaves to the government . Just like in the Old USSR.

So my Question to Cruz and all the GOP when are they going to impeach the Supreme Court for making us slaves to the government.
But because Chief Justice Roberts is a NRA member and a good old boy the GOP refuses to free us from the Supreme Court the help we the people be slaves to the government.


Someone forgot to take their meds....

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