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Improving Servicemembers’ Quality of Life and Restoring American Military Might

They also deserve the best medical care possible. That’s why I was so alarmed to hear of incidents involving dirty surgical instruments at military hospitals — including one in Texas — that threatened the lives of servicemembers on the operating table. I introduced and passed an amendment in this year’s bill that requires a study to be carried out to get to the bottom of these tragedies and implement solutions to ensure they do not happen again.

06.17.2024
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Operation Lone Star Decreases Illegal Crossings Into Texas By 74%

Since the launch of Operation Lone Star, the multi-agency effort has led to over 513,700 illegal immigrant apprehensions and more than 44,000 criminal arrests, with more than 38,600 felony charges. In the fight against the fentanyl crisis, Texas law enforcement has seized over 489 million lethal doses of fentanyl, enough to kill every man, woman, and child in the United States and Mexico combined during this border mission. 

06.17.2024
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Rep. Weber Votes for NDAA

Today, U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (TX-14) voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2025, which strengthens our national security by deterring China, restoring lethality, funding troops at our border, and cracking down on inefficient uses of funds, while also supporting our servicemembers by taking meaningful steps to improve their quality of life

06.17.2024
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TXOGA Analysis Highlights Texas Energy Records Through May 2024 

Texas’ production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids (NGLs), refinery activity and exports have achieved new record highs, according to the most recent monthly energy economic analysis by Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA) Chief Economist Dean Foreman, Ph.D. By TXOGA’s estimates for May 2024, Texas produced a record-high 5.7 mb/d of crude oil, plus 32.5 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d) of natural gas marketed production and 3.5 mb/d of NGLs.

06.17.2024
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Another Big Huge Biden Lie

All eyes were on Los Angeles Saturday night where the bragging point was supposed to be that President Biden was due to rake in (excited inhale here) $28 million. (Think Dr. Evil in the wrong time period.) Democrats were going to do this because the menace that supposedly is Donald J. Trump is about to turn the entire nation into some sort of concentration camp.  

06.17.2024
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SEN. CRUZ: Let’s Be Clear - No One Is Trying to Ban IVF

"Today, Democrats staged a show vote in an effort to fearmonger over IVF. Let’s be clear: No one is trying to ban IVF. Not one senator. I voted against this legislation because it goes far beyond IVF. It is designed to be a backdoor to federalize abortion and other issues that are best debated and considered on their own merits, not hidden in a bill that purportedly addresses IVF," said Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

06.14.2024
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Cong. Gonzales Advances Bill to Cut Red Tape, Improve Land Ports & Bridges of Entry

“Land Ports of Entry are not only critical to Border Communities, but they also bring in billions of dollars worth of trade to our economy. That's why our International Bridges must be kept in the best shape possible, and this bill would cut that red tape and streamline the process," said Cong. Tony Gonzales, who represents the largest Border District in the U.S., spanning 823 miles of the Texas-Mexico order & including Eagle Pass, Del Rio, and El Paso.

06.14.2024
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Governor Abbott Announces $151.2 Billion Economic Impact Of Military Installations In Texas

Governor Greg Abbott today announced U.S. military installations in Texas contributed at least $151.2 billion to the Texas economy in 2023 and supported more than 677,022 jobs in communities across the state. The results are based on a study completed by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts at the request of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission (TMPC) analyzing the impact on the state’s economy of military installations within Texas.

06.14.2024
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CONG. SESSIONS: Answers for Recent V-22 Osprey Failures & the FDIC

On Wednesday I participated in a hearing with the House Financial Services Committee on continued oversight of toxicity in the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). I agree with Director McKernan, who served as a witness, that “the FDIC urgently needs a fresh start, the sooner the better.” It's clear: for the FDIC to fulfill its duty to the American people, we must tackle this turmoil decisively and install competent leadership.

06.14.2024
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The West Is Sick of the New Woke Jihadism

The global protestors are not furious over the 1 million Uighurs brutalized by the communist Chinese government. Neither are they concerned about the Turkish government's indiscriminate war against the Kurds or its serial threats to attack Armenians and Greeks. It is oblivious to the modern gruesome Muslim-on-Muslim exterminations of Bashar al-Assad and Saddam Hussein, the Black September massacres of Palestinians by Jordanian forces, and the 1982 erasure of thousands in Hama, Syria.

06.14.2024
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ACLU, Pro-Immigrant Groups Sue Biden to Stop His New Asylum Rule's Implementation

“The law is flatly illegal, period,” said ACLU attorney & lead counsel in the lawsuit, Lee Gelernt. “While Congress has placed some limitations on the right to seek asylum over the years, it has never permitted the Executive Branch to categorically ban asylum based on where a non-citizen enters the country,” said the group of Immigrant Rights Organizations, as they filed a lawsuit to halt implementation of President Joe Biden’s new Executive Order that's intended to limit illegal immigrants’ ability to an lodge asylum claim.

06.13.2024
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Rep. Tony Gonzales Advances Border Security Legislation in Congress

Congressman Tony Gonzales (TX-23) advanced legislation that will bolster America’s homeland security agenda, prioritize the deportation of illegal immigrants, and support quality of life initiatives for our Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel. These key wins were delivered through the House Appropriations Committee’s passage of the Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25) Homeland Security Appropriations Bill.

06.13.2024
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Gov. Abbott Appoints Brister, Farris & Field as Inaugural Members of 15th Court of Appeals

“Last year I worked with the Texas Legislature to pass a law creating a centralized Court of Appeals to resolve public law disputes and constitutional challenges that impact Texans across our great state, as well as appeals from the first-ever Texas Business Courts,” said Governor Abbott. “Today, those plans come to fruition, and I'm proud to appoint the first three members of the 15th Court of Appeals," Abbott said, announcing his inaugural appointments of Scott A. Brister, Scott K. Field  & April L. Farris

06.13.2024
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Texas Workforce Commission Assists in Investigation of Decade-Long Unemployment Scheme

According to the United States Attorney’s Office Southern District of Texas, in August 2008, Jose Luis Gonzalez began filing fraudulent unemployment claims with the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Gonzalez then falsely identified himself as the employer in order to verify his own fraudulent claims. Gonzalez also advertised his scheme on social media and recruited others to join his operation.

06.13.2024
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Attor­ney Gen­er­al Ken Pax­ton Sues Biden Depart­ment of Labor to Pre­vent Attempt to Grant For­eign Labor­ers More Rights than Amer­i­can Workers

DOL issued a new rule that would specifically allow foreign nationals working in America under the H-2A visa program within the agricultural industry the ability to unionize and engage in collective bargaining. This rule directly violates federal law including the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 which allowed workers in certain industries to engage in trade unions and collective bargaining but exempted the agricultural industry.

06.13.2024
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YORK: Push to Promote Transgender Ideology Is Backfiring

The data is in a new poll by the Pew Research Center: When asked in 2017, 54% of those surveyed said that whether one is a man or woman is determined at birth, while 44% said it can be different. In 2021, the number saying sex is determined at birth ticked up to 56%. In 2022, it grew to 60%. This year, 65% of those surveyed said it is determined at birth, while 33% said it can be different. But, even among Democrats the number who say sex is determined at birth has grown over the last seven years, while the number who say it can be different has shrunk.

06.13.2024
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TAB Chair VILLARREAL: To Help U.S. Lead, Texas Needs to Maintain Tech & AI Dominance Over China

A recent study found that Austin is emerging as a "Top Tier City" for tech talent, ranking #1 in the United States. And, I applaud the Texas Legislature for taking on the Tech & Artificial Intelligence (AI) challenges – but lawmakers at all levels should remain cautious about pursuing policies that slow AI innovations and tech developments. This is particularly important in light of recent reports that China is developing an AI Model trained to promote “socialism with Chinese characteristics.” The U.S. can't afford to lose its leadership position in AI to China.

06.11.2024
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At World’s Largest Buc-ee’s Ribbon Cutting, Gov. Abbott Lauds Texas' Booming Economy

“As the state’s greatest fan of 'Beaver Nuggets,' I'm proud Texas is home to the world’s best convenience store," said Governor Greg Abbott, speaking to a crowd of over 200 Buc-ee's Customers & Local Leaders while praising Buc-ee’s for providing good-paying jobs and emphasizing how the company ranks among the Top 5 U.S. Retailers for entry-level salaries (with General Managers earning up to $225,000 annually.) Gov. Abbott also highlighted how Texas is the "Best State for Business" due to it’s highly skilled workforce & reasonable regulations.

06.11.2024
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06.13.2024

TEXAS INSIDER ON YOUTUBE

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