New inflation numbers for July were just released, and they show a 3.2% inflation rate since last year – and a 15% increase in prices since Joe Biden took office. But almost no one in Middle Class America believes these numbers. Why? Because the biggest price increases have hit the products & areas of life that matter most to us – Gas at the pump's up 36% , Rent's up 32%, Eggs, Cereal, Coffee & Used Cars are up about 20%, and Electricity and Utilities are up 22%.
“The State of Texas has been on a mission to use higher education to expand access to healthcare, and today marks a giant step toward achieving our goals,” said Gov. Greg Abbott, as he and members of the UT Board of Regents announced a transformative partnership with MD Anderson Cancer Center to bring the nation’s top-ranked oncology clinicians & health care providers to a new hospital and Comprehensive Cancer Care Center on the UT campus.
Texas placed buoys in the Rio Grande River to encourage migrants to cross the border at points of entry rather than crossing the river illegally. The U.S. Dept. of Justice responded with a lawsuit, alleging that those buoys were un-permitted obstructions to navigable waters in violation of the Rivers & Harbors Act. I signed an amicus brief highlighting that Biden’s DOJ does not have the standing to sue Texas on this matter.
"As kids return to the classroom, we must continue to facilitate conversations and bring stakeholders together to ensure we're doing everything we can to keep our children safe at school,” said Cong. Tony Gonzales as he hosted a School Safety & Security Roundtable alongside Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus, the National Association of School Resource Officers, and Regional School District Leadership.
Gas stoves, gas cars, dishwashers, plastic straws, snowmobiles and diving boards. What is it with The Left that they want to ban nearly everything that's fun or convenient? Now Joe Biden's Food & Drug Administration wants to ban certain cigars. Last year a Federal Judge ruled their effort was "arbitrary & capricious," which makes the FDA's push to finalize a "Cigar Rule" by the fall even more regulatory overreach by non-elected bureaucrats.
Since the launch of Operation Lone Star, the multi-agency effort has led to over 406,500 illegal immigrant apprehensions and more than 32,700 criminal arrests, with more than 29,900 felony charges reported. In the fight against fentanyl, Texas law enforcement has seized over 422 million lethal doses of fentanyl during this border mission.
Sen. Ted Cruz toured Coast Guard Sector & Air Station Corpus Christi, as well as Station South Padre Island with aerial and water tour surveys of the maritime boundary line, including the Brownsville Ship Channel. He received a briefing update at South Padre's new Tethered Aerostat Radar System Station, and also heard how Coast Guard members are working to stop illegal immigration under the evolving challenges in South Texas.
For more than three months, I have been asking the State Department to provide documents relating to the Biden White House's chaotic and deadly Afghanistan withdrawal – and for months, the State Department has refused to comply. They've even now gone so far as to ignore a legally issued subpoena – for the second time. This is not acceptable, and our nation's veterans and Gold Star Families deserve better.
This week, I traveled 637 miles around Texas’ 31st district to hear from my constituents, talk to local businesses, and meet with elected officials. It was a busy and productive week.
The young female-identifying have shown themselves overwhelmingly leftist, while the young male-identifying have shown themselves overwhelmingly right-wing. That’s certainly better than all of them being commies. It seems somewhat bizarre that our country may eventually be saved by a bunch of dudes painted as couch-dwelling, video game-loving losers, but that salvation might not be pretty or gentle.
Joe Biden birthed the worst inflation in 40 years – interest rates tripled, gas prices doubled – and has utterly destroyed the Southern Border & Immigration Law, allowing 7 million illegal aliens into the U.S. without legal sanctions. Our enemies – Russia, China, Iran, North Korea – are on the move. Our military's 1,000s of recruits short, and lacks sufficient munitions. Biden's renegade Dept. of Justice, FBI & CIA have become weaponized with politics & race – not the law.
"Here in Texas, we embrace the energy industry – and as long as I'm Governor, I will fight for the energy sector to ensure Texas remains America’s energy leader," said Gov. Greg Abbott during his keynote address to 150+ energy leaders, promising to keep Texas positioned as the "Energy Capital of the World." The bills Abbott signed will, among other things, protect Texas’ oil & gas industry from harmful federal actions.
I’ve worked to bring together a bipartisan group and the south Texas congressional delegation to push for federal approval of four cross-border bridges between Texas and Mexico that have been stalled by the Biden administration. Two weeks ago, I got a measure into the National Defense Authorization Act that would require the Biden administration to expedite the permitting decisions for these cross-border bridges.
Congressman Tony Gonzales (TX-23) will host a roundtable alongside Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar, San Antonio Police Department Chief of Police William McManus, the National Association of School Resource Officers, and regional school district leadership to discuss initiatives to keep classrooms safe as children return to school on Monday, August 14.
The Texas foster care system is infamous for failing its wards. The system is so flawed that in 2015 it was found in violation of the 14th Amendment, which guarantees the right for people to be free from an unreasonable risk of harm while in government custody. The reason: Kids entering the Texas system came out in worse shape than when they entered. Many kids go in because of physical abuse at home, so how bad is the system?
"The signing of this Texas-sized tax cut, the biggest property tax cut in history, is a massive victory for all 5.7 million Texas homeowners," said Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. "It’s a fabulous $18 billion tax reduction bill, and every Texan will see huge savings on their tax bill. It was a great joy to work with the Governor, Lt. Governor, the Speaker, the House, and State Reps Meyer and Metcalf," said Sen. Paul Bettencourt, the primary author of the initiative.
Can you be fired for teaching basic biology? That seems to be the case with Professor Johnson Varkey, who was fired for “teaching standard principles about human biology and reproduction.” The professor has taught Human Anatomy & Physiology to more than 1,500 students since 2003 – and has always received positive student feedback.
“As the ranking member of the Senate Commerce Committee, I’m focused on building the Texas & American Economies – and supporting policies that help the Lone Star State grow. That’s why I’m leading a bi-partisan effort to build and expand International Bridges on the Texas-Mexico Border, and to facilitate greater trade by leading efforts to turn Ports-to-Plains into Interstate 27," said Cruz earlier today while touring the Inland Port.