On the Record

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Cong. Tony Gonzales Co-Leads Bill to Reimburse Border Landowners for Illegal Immigration Crisis

The effort would transfer $75 million of Unobligated Border Construction Funds so far unused by the Biden Administration to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to establish the Southern Border Landowner Security Grant Program. “Due to the surge in illegal immigration, families have had vandalization, stolen equipment, security concerns and more,” said Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening.​​​​​​​

12.07.2021
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CRUZ: Biden’s Illegal Vaccine Mandates are Lawless & Could Cause 45 Million Americans to Lose Their Jobs

"The bill funds President Biden’s illegal and unconstitutional Vaccine Mandates which've been repeatedly halted by the courts. They are blatantly lawless, President Biden knows they’re lawless, his lawyers have told him the vaccine mandates are contrary to law – but Democrats don’t care," said Sen. Cruz, adding, "They will impose a burden on American businesses that could cause 45 million Americans to lose their jobs."

12.07.2021
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Rep. Jetton Applauds Decision to Halt Federal Vaccine Mandate

Jetton joined other Texas legislators in signing an amicus curiae brief urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Court to overturn Biden’s mandate and challenged the constitutionality of the mandate.

12.07.2021
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Comptroller Hegar Visits Sysco for 'Good for Texas' Tour: Supply Chains Edition

Sysco operates 343 distributions worldwide and serves more than 650,000 customer locations. It has more than 6,000 employees in Texas.

12.07.2021
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Sen. Cruz Moves to Repeal 'Superfund Tax' Imposed by Biden’s Infrastructure Package that Drives Up Consumer Costs

President Biden's newly-signed "infrastructure package" imposes roughly $13 billion worth of taxes on 42 different chemicals and critical minerals. And with 40% of the nation’s manufacturing plants being located in Texas, manufacturing and everyday consumers will be significantly harmed in the state. ​​​​​​​"It’s crucial we pass the 'Chemical Tax Repeal Act' to defend American families and job creators from paying the price for historic, out-of-control spending in D.C.,” said Sen. Ted Cruz.

12.06.2021
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Cong. GOODEN: Mask Mandates for Christmas?

"I could not support a bill that includes billions of dollars for Illegal Immigrants and Unconstitutional Vaccine Mandates, yet fails to adequately secure our Southern Border," said Texas Cong. Lance Gooden. "The spending bill just passed by the House prioritized everyone but the American people. ​​​​​​​It's time for liberals in Washington to address the problems they have created," he said.

12.06.2021
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WILLIAMS: Biden's Relentless Attack on American Energy

"From canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, to halting new oil and gas leases on federal lands, no Administration has ever gone to such drastic lengths to destroy good paying jobs and make the United States more reliant on foreign energy. Now reports have uncovered that the Biden Administration is considering reinstating the Crude Oil Export Ban, which was repealed in 2015 on a bipartisan vote."

12.06.2021
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HEGAR: Texas Sales Tax Revenue Up, "as Texans Increasingly Return to Activities Away from Home"

"State sales tax revenue totaled $3.56 billion in November, 19.4% more than in November 2020," said Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar. Figures for the three months ending in November 2021 was up 22.2% compared to the same period a year ago, and 15.7% compared to 2019. Sales Tax is the largest source of state funding for the state budget, accounting for 59% of all tax collections.

12.06.2021
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Sen. Cruz Questions District Judge Nominee: Is Biden ‘Trying to Put Judicial Robes on That Partisan & Radical Agenda’

“This first year in office, President Biden has made a pattern of nominating extremists, partisans, and radicals to serve in the administration – but especially to serve on the bench. And unfortunately, that pattern continues today. Mr. Ho, you will not be surprised that I want to address some questions to you," said Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to judicial nominee Dale E. Ho of his history of hyper partisan rhetoric.

12.02.2021
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A.G. Paxton’s Office Announces $15.3 Mil­lion Set­tle­ment in Texas City Y Oil Spill & Nat­ur­al Resources Dam­age Case

The damages occurred on March 22, 2014, when a barge owned and operated by Kirby Inland Marine, LP (“Kirby”) collided with a cargo ship in Galveston Bay near Texas City.

12.02.2021
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Comptroller Hegar Announces Transfer of $2.9 Billion to State Highway & Rainy Day Funds

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today he recently completed the transfer of more than $2.91 billion into the State Highway Fund (SHF) and the Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF; commonly known as the “Rainy Day Fund”).

12.02.2021
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Biden to Release 50 Million Barrels of Oil From Strategic Petroleum Reserve

As increasingly higher gas prices continue to affect Americans across the country, President Joe Biden announced the release of 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, or SPRO – a U.S. supply of oil stored underground and kept for times of "emergency."

11.30.2021
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Cruz, Cornyn, Cong. Van Duyne & Others Demand Answers from U.S Dept. of Ed for Political Investigation of Carroll ISD in Southlake, TX

​​​​​​​"Given Carroll ISD’s achievements in education, we are concerned the Department of Education will conduct an authoritarian-style retaliation against the community. We are concerned the Department will use this complaint to launch a politically motivated investigation of a thriving district whose parents disagree with this administration’s policies," said the Members of Congress signing the letter.

11.30.2021
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Dr. Fauci Claims 'I Am Science,’ Sen. Cruz calls Him ‘The Most Dangerous Bureaucrat in the History of the Country’

"He didn’t discuss any of the substance. Instead he basically did the Beavis & Butthead defense. He just screamed ‘liars’ at everything. But facts are stubborn things," Sen. Ted Cruz told Fox News’ Sean Hannity, discussing Dr. Anthony Fauci’s contradictory statements regarding masks, the possibility of more shutdowns, and school closures under President Biden. Read highlights of his interview below.

11.30.2021
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Texas Workforce Commission Adopts No New Increases to Employer Tax Rates for 2022

This action is a result of the statutory authority of the Commission and was supported by funding from Senate Bill 8 (SB 8), passed during the 3rd Special Session of the 87th Texas Legislature and signed into law by Governor Abbott.

11.30.2021
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McCAUL: New Samsung Mega-Facility in Taylor, TX will Ensure Texas is a Leader in Chip Manufacturing

Last week, I joined Gov. Abbott, Sen. Cornyn and Congressman John Carter for the announcement of Samsung's new semiconductor manufacturing facility in Taylor, TX. This move will help alleviate the supply chain shortage that has impacted the prices and availability of everything from your phone to your car, and even our nation's advanced weapons systems.

11.29.2021
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New Freshwater Aquifer Discovered by Texas Railroad Commission in West Texas

“It’s because of oil and gas exploration that we found this aquifer," said James Harcourt, manager of the Texas Railroad Commission’s Groundwater Advisory Unit whose geologists have identified and mapped a deep, underground aquifer that could yield appreciable volumes of fresh water. So far the aquifer appears to be at least 3,000 square miles in area, and averages about 1,000 feet in thickness.

11.29.2021
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State Rep. Clardy Appointed to Texas Sunset Advisory Commission 

"The agencies currently under review are of the utmost interest to the people of Texas, especially the Public Utility Commission and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which are responsible for ensuring dependable and affordable energy for our growing state and her citizens," said Rep. Clardy upon being named to the government accountability enhancing Texas Sunset Commission.

11.29.2021
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CHRISTIAN: As Biden & Democrats Attack Oil & Gas Jobs, Americans Become Sick of Rising Prices

​​​​​​​“Instead of pandering to a vocal minority of climate catastrophists, Biden should unleash domestic energy producers to provide affordable energy for the American people. These actions demonstrate the Biden Administration is more interested in temporary political gain, than addressing his policies that drive up the cost of energy and destroy jobs," said Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Wayne Christian.

11.24.2021
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Sen. Cruz on Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) Developments

President Biden has Shown Remarkable Commitment and Purpose in Dismantling Terrorism Sanctions Against Violent Groups that Threaten the National Security of the United States and Our Allies.

11.24.2021
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12.07.2021

TEXAS INSIDER ON YOUTUBE

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12.07.2021
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