During Tuesday night's "State of the Union" speech, President Biden "announced initiatives to lessen the flow of deadly fentanyl into this country – yet Texas has been fighting this surge ever since he opened our Southern Border to dramatically increase influence of Mexican drug cartels," said Gov. Greg Abbott. In fact, Texas has seized enough fentanyl to kill every man, woman and child in the U.S., said Abbott.
The award is given to Texas school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, and education services centers that demonstrate professional standards, best practices, and innovations in the area of financial management and reporting.
“I represent 42% of the Southern Border, the largest border district in the country – places like Uvalde, Eagle Pass, Del Rio & El Paso that are in the news every single day,” said Cong. Gonzales at the opening of the House Oversight Committee’s “The Front Lines of the Border Crisis: A Hearing with Chief Patrol Agents.” And, added Gonzales, "Its long past time for Congress and this White House to stop playing political games."
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), of the Senate Judiciary Committee, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), is leading a Senate effort to demand answers from Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, about the reported harassment of a pro-life Catholic school group at the National Air and Space Museum.
Attorney General Paxton is urging the Court to reverse a decision by the San Francisco-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that struck down a statute that the federal government has long used to prosecute smuggling and illegal immigration.
U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) led a bipartisan group of 60 colleagues in writing to the Biden Administration regarding reports that Iranian-made drones recovered in Ukraine contain parts that were manufactured in the United States. Also leading the letter were Congressmen August Pfluger (R-TX-11), Brad Schneider (D-IL-10), and Don Bacon (R-NE-2).
“Unelected bureaucrats that are both writing and enforcing laws is the biggest threat to our constitutional system of divided government, and we must shift power back to the people’s elected representatives," said State Rep. Brian Harrison, introducing House Bills 1947 and 1948 to reign in unelected bureaucrat's power and ensure that no laws are created without the Governor’s explicit approval.
Under President Joe Biden, small businesses have faced sky-high inflation, worker shortages, and supply chain disruptions. This week, I was pleased to officially announce the members named to serve on the House Small Business Committee. We are ready to get to work on behalf of Main Street America, and work to find solutions to the most pressing issues facing our nation’s entrepreneurs.
“Owned by a Chinese company that employs Chinese Communist Party members, TikTok harvests significant amounts of data from a user’s device," said Gov. Greg Abbott earlier today, announcing a state security plan for State Agencies to address the vulnerabilities of using TikTok – and other Social Media software. Abbott has previously directed state agencies to ban the download or use of TikTok on state-issued devices.
As a former fighter pilot who's served in many different theaters abroad, I spent my entire military career looking at the threats facing the United States — specifically foreign terrorists. Now, as Chair of the Counter-Terrorism, Law Enforcement & Intelligence Subcommittee, I'll be focusing on the real threats facing our country to keep our communities safe. It's an honor to have been selected to serve.
“This rule was a targeted attempt to implement an unlawful, top-down federal approach aimed at advancing a Radical Environmentalist Agenda... This isn’t going to fly in Texas,” said Att. Gen. Ken Paxton, issuing a required "Notice of Intent” to the Biden White House in order to begin suing both the Interior Department and U.S. Fish & Wildlife. “I'll not tolerate Biden’s efforts to run roughshod over Texans property rights."
"We cannot allow far-left bureaucrats in the Executive Branch to get away with pressuring financial institutions to punish their customers who don't fall in line with the left’s political whims," said Sen. Ted Cruz, re-introducing his bill to prohibit regulators from using coercion and influence to force banking institutions to terminate their relationships with upstanding legal businesses simply because of the business they are in – such as Oil & Gas.
Due to federal legislation passed by Congress, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients will no longer receive additional COVID-related "emergency" benefits after the month of February. While Gov. Abbott just announced Texas Health & Human Services has over $345.9 million in Emergency SNAP food benefits for February, SNAP households should log into their YourTexasBenefits.com account or use the mobile app to find out how much their regular monthly benefit amounts will be without the emergency allotment.
While these existing airports, and other potential future airports, qualify as ports of entry under the CBP’s criteria through their association with the nearest land border crossing, they have not received this designation—resulting in increased costs for these airports and travelers who fly in and out of these airports.
Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard are continuing to work together to secure the border; stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people into Texas; and prevent, detect, and interdict transnational criminal behavior between ports of entry.
We can not continue to allow the Administration to expand this federal overreach and prolong the government’s reckless spending of taxpayer dollars, all in the name of COVID.
Attorney General Paxton has joined a multistate letter sent to Commissioner Califf of the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) after the FDA made radical changes to its policy regarding specific abortion drugs. Previously, the FDA had imposed restrictions on certain abortion-inducing drugs, including mifepristone.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today said state sales tax revenue totaled $4.11 billion in January, 6.6 percent more than in January 2022. The majority of January sales tax revenue is based on sales made in December and remitted to the agency in January.
"We will pay our creditors and protect the good faith and credit of the United States. However, we will not let politicians bankrupt this country and destroy our children’s future. We cannot issue new credit cards until Democrats agree to spending constraints and fiscal reforms," said new House Budget Committee Chair and Lubbock Congressman Jodey Arrington. "I encourage my Democrat colleagues to move beyond the alarmist rhetoric."
“I was proud to work with John Cornyn and our bipartisan Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee to recommend Damien Diggs to serve as a U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas. Once confirmed, Damien will be the first African-American U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District, he's a skilled prosecutor and community leader, and his nomination sends a strong, positive message,” said Senator Ted Cruz.