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Operation Lone Star Increasing Efforts To Combat Growing Fentanyl Crisis

Since the launch of Operation Lone Star, the multi-agency effort has led to 306,400 migrant apprehensions and more than 20,100 criminal arrests, with more than 17,600 felony charges reported. In the fight against fentanyl, DPS has seized over 336.3 million lethal doses of fentanyl during this border mission.

09.26.2022
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Rep. Flores to VA: We Need a Cemetery in Brownsville

Congresswoman Mayra Flores (TX-34) has written a letter to the VA Secretary, Denis R. McDonough, and the Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs of the National Cemetery Administration, Matthew T. Quinn, requesting the VA permit the construction of a veteran's cemetery in Brownsville, TX.

09.26.2022
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Sen. Cruz Adds Safeguards to Protect Free Speech in Journalism Antitrust Bill

Cruz: Today I secured significant protections against Big Tech censorship with an amendment to the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act of 2022. The changes that I successfully fought for would prohibit the media and Big Tech from negotiating over or agreeing to censor content.

09.23.2022
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Gov. Abbott Declares “Cartels Are Terrorists," Designates Them Terrorist Organizations

“More Americans died from fentanyl poisoning in the past year than all terrorist attacks across the globe in the past 100 years. Cartels are terrorists, and it’s time we treated them as such," said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, issuing an order that designated Mexican Drug Cartels as "Terrorist Organizations" and instructed Texas DPS to take immediate action to keep Texans safe amid the growing National Fentanyl Crisis.

09.23.2022
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Cong. Tony Gonzales, House Leaders Unveil Election 2022's “Commitment to America”

"We are committed to an economy that's strong, a nation that's safe, and a future that's free and a government that is accountable,” said Cong. Tony Gonzales, joining House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, Whip Steve Scalise and Conference Chair Elise Stefanik to introduce the House GOP’s “Commitment to America.”

09.23.2022
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Cong. Brady, Neal Push Passage of Home Visiting & Mental Health Bill

The Republican Leader of the House Ways & Means Committee, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX,) and Committee Chair Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA,) have joined to back passage of home Visiting & Mental Health Bill that "finds common ground for reauthorization, increasing transparency, and help vulnerable children and families.” 

09.23.2022
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ABBOTT: With Texas' Fentanyl-Related Deaths Up 89% in 2021, State Agencies Ramp-Up Efforts Against

With an 89% increase in fentanyl-related deaths in Texas in 2021 compared to 2020, "We must take all appropriate actions to inform Texans of this danger and prevent additional deaths. Fentanyl is being trafficked by Mexican cartels, which are disguising pills to look like legitimate prescription drugs - even candy to target children," said Gov. Abbott earlier today.

09.22.2022
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Cong. Tony Gonzales Applauds House, Senate Passage of Blackwell School Bill   

From 1909 to 1965, the Blackwell School served as the only school for children of Mexican descent in Marfa, Texas. In 2019, the school was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and meets qualifications to become a National Historic Site. If signed into law, the Blackwell School as one of the few national park sites specifically designated to commemorate Latino history and culture in the United States. 

09.22.2022
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Pax­ton Stands Up for 2nd Amend­ment Rights in Ami­cus Brief Before the Penn­syl­va­nia Supreme Court

In Gustafson v. Springfield Armory, a Pennsylvania couple is attempting to hold liable a gun manufacturer, Springfield Armory, and a gun dealer, Saloom Department Store, for their son’s death despite the fact that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) was passed precisely in order to protect the firearms industry from such lawsuits.  

09.22.2022
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More Done in 6 Weeks, Than in 11 Years says Cong. Mayra Flores

South Texas Congresswoman Mayra Flores took on the case regarding a family’s application for death gratuity benefits from ICE, and after contacting the appropriate agencies multiple times in the following weeks, the Zapata family was promptly reimbursed the money they had paid to cover funeral expenses well over a decade ago.

09.20.2022
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Gov. Abbott Congratulates 31 Texas National Blue Ribbon Schools

“Being recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School is a distinguished honor. Texas is leading the nation in education because we continue to ensure our schools have the resources needed to foster a positive and promising future for young Texans,” said Abbott, announcing that Texas leads the nation with the most 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

09.20.2022
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Job Growth Continues in Texas' Upstream Oil & Natural Gas Sector

"The Texas oil and natural gas industry continues to play a huge leadership role in enhancing national and energy security in our nation," said TXOGA president Todd Staples after the Texas Workforce Commission said upstream oil & natural gas employment grew by 2,600 jobs in August. July’s gains were revised downward to a still-solid 3,100 jobs added. 

09.20.2022
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Pax­ton Secures Major Vic­to­ry for the Con­sti­tu­tion, Free Speech Against Big Tech

The Fifth Circuit reversed a federal district court’s ruling that blocked implementation of HB 20, a Texas law that prevents social media networks from censoring users based upon the viewpoint of their online postings.

09.19.2022
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Cuellar, Gonzales Lead Letter of Support for Renewal of NIH Award to Improve Health and Quality of Life for Uninsured, Underinsured, Rural and Minority Populations in South Texas

U.S. Congressmen Henry Cuellar and Tony Gonzales wrote a bipartisan letter to NIH) Acting Director Lawrence Tabak, requesting renewal of the CTSA and its academic home, the IIMS. Continuing the National Institutes of Health’s funding for the CTSA program will significantly advance the biomedical and healthcare sectors of the South Texas regional economy.

09.19.2022
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Texas Comptroller Announces Record $309 Million in Unclaimed Property Returned in Fiscal 2022

The Texas Comptroller’s office approved and paid out a record $309 million in unclaimed property during the past fiscal year, Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today.

09.19.2022
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Texas Leads Nation In Jobs Growth, Again Smashing Records

"Thanks to the strength of the Texas economy and the best workforce in America, Texas has surpassed three major employment milestones, smashing all previous records with more jobs than ever, more Texans working than ever, and the largest labor force ever in the state’s history.”

09.16.2022
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Sen. Cruz Praised for Ports-to-Plains Legislative Victory in Big Spring, Texas

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today spoke about his efforts to designate the portion of the Ports-to-Plains Corridor from Laredo, Texas up through New Mexico, as a future addition to the interstate highway system at the Ports-to-Plains Alliance annual conference.

09.16.2022
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Texas Continues Streak of Record-Setting Employment, Adds 16,400 Jobs in August

In August 2022, Texas added a total of 16,400 nonfarm jobs. For the tenth consecutive month, the state set new employment highs as total nonfarm employment reached 13,530,100. Texas has added a total of 726,900 positions since August 2021.

09.16.2022
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Cong. Tony Gonzales, Sen. Rubio Introduce Effort to Increase Consequences for Fentanyl Distribution

“Fentanyl is killing Americans at a record high. This deadly drug is widespread throughout our country and has left no community untouched,” said Cong. Tony Gonzales (TX-23,) introducing the "Felony Murder for Deadly Fentanyl Distribution Act" with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to make the distribution of fentanyl resulting in death punishable by federal murder charges.

09.16.2022
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Sen. Cruz Introduces SEVER Act to Ban Iranian President from Entering the U.S.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, joined by Sens. Cotton (R-Ark.), Hagerty (R-Tenn.), Ernst (R-Iowa), Barrasso (R-Wyo.), and Rubio (R-Fla.), introduced the "Strengthening Entry Visa Enforcement & Restrictions Act of 2022" (SEVER Act) to prevent Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi from entering the U.S. to attend the upcoming opening session of the United Nations General Assembly.

09.15.2022
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09.26.2022

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