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Land Comm. Buckingham Announces Veterans Land Board 'Continued Service Series'

"The 'Continued Service Series' provides a unique window into the lives of our Veterans who have gone on to serve their communities as elected officials in the Texas Legislature," said Texas Land Commissioner & Veterans Land Board (VLB) Chairwoman Dawn Buckingham, M.D., announcing the first installment of the VLB Series. The Texas General Land Office & VLB started the initiative with the goal of highlighting members of the Texas Legislature who are Veterans of the Armed Forces.

02.08.2024
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Comptroller Hegar Returns $1.3 Billion in Monthly Sales Tax Revenues to Local Governments

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today that he will be sending the state's cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose districts $1.3 billion in local sales tax allocations for February, a 1.6% increase over the February 2023 figures.

02.08.2024
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CONG. WEBER: Demands Biden End his Sudden Ban on America's Natural Gas, LNG Exports

“Southeast Texas is uniquely placed on the Gulf Coast, its full of the world's cleanest refineries and ports to ship our nation's Oil & Gas to allies across the world, the Sabine-Neches Waterway's projected to be the largest LNG exporter in the U.S. – but President Biden just killed this all with a stroke of his pen. We have the ability to produce energy cleaner, more efficiently, and at lower costs than any other nation in the world – and we need to start acting like it instead of hindering our own ability.”

02.07.2024
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CONG. CARTER: Accountability For Illegal Immigrants

Illegal immigrants are invading our country, evading our laws, and getting away with it under this Administration. I voted for four bills last week that would crack down on criminal illegal aliens and close loopholes that allow them to avoid deportation.

02.06.2024
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Over 39,000 Criminal Arrests: Operation Lone Star Marks 1 Year of Texas Border Czar’s Leadership

Since the launch of Operation Lone Star, the multi-agency effort has led to over 497,600 Illegal Immigrant Apprehensions, more than 39,000 Criminal Arrests – with more than 35,200 Felony Charges. In the fight against the fentanyl crisis, Texas Law Enforcement has seized over 458 million lethal doses of fentanyl during this Border Mission, as Operation Lone Star continues to fill the dangerous gaps created by Joe Biden's refusal to secure the border.

02.06.2024
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Comptroller Hegar Applauds Rural Law Enforcement Offices that Applied for Grant Programs

“The state of Texas is adding another layer of support to ensure our communities are safe through these Rural Grant Programs, and I’m extremely proud of the work done to help law enforcement offices across Texas get the additional financial tools they need,” said Comptroller Glenn Hegar, after more than 94% of the eligible rural sheriff’s offices and nearly 86% of the eligible prosecutor’s offices applied for grants created by Senate Bill 22 to provide financial assistance to eligible counties. ​​​​​

02.06.2024
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America’s Governors Hold Border Press Conf. to Stand With Texas & Gov. Abbott: Secure the Border

As of today, 14 states have stepped up to support Texas' right to defend itself against Joe Biden’s Border Crisis by deploying Personnel & Resources to help secure the border in Biden's absence – and 13 of those Governors stood in solidarity with Gov. Abbott for a press conference yesterday in Eagle Pass's Shelby Park. "Half of America’s Governors, including those here with me today, have banded together to make one thing clear: Americans stand with Texas and our right to protect & defend our state," said Abbott.

02.05.2024
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Sen. Cruz Launches Effort to Block Biden's Latest Rule Banning Inexpensive Gas Furnaces

“This administration doesn’t care that their radical climate agenda will have a catastrophic impact on American families and small businesses... further hurting families who're already struggling to get by," said Sen. Ted Cruz. The Biden White House’s rule will go into effect February 16th, forcing manufacturers to sell only furnaces that convert at least 95% of fuel into heat. The rule will effectively coerce a majority of American households to adopt electric heat pumps or pay 1,000s of dollars to renovate their homes.

02.05.2024
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BUCKINGHAM: Veterans Land Board Recognizes Top Lenders, Loan Officers of 2023

For over 40 years, the Veterans Land Board's Housing Assistance Program has transformed the lives of Veterans, members of the military, and their families by making the American Dream of homeownership a reality. As we begin the new year, I'd like to take a moment to recognize the program and its top lenders and loan officers of 2023 – because providing high quality service to our men and women in uniform is one of our most important goals.

02.05.2024
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RRC Steps In to Plug Wells Along the Texas Coast

The RRC uses its award-winning plugging program to assist other agencies. In the past several years, the Commission has plugged a well for the GLO in the Bolivar Peninsula; helped the National Park Service by removing hazardous casing from previously plugged wells at the Big Thicket National Preserved in East Texas; and plugged wells at another popular national park, Padre Island National Seashore, in 2021.

02.05.2024
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DAWN BUCKINGHAM: Biden, Keep Your Hands Off the Texas National Guard

Recent calls by liberal Democrats for President Biden to strip control of the Texas National Guard away from Texas are unwise – and dangerous. Mr. Biden inherited the most secure Southern Border in decades. and systematically dismantled both it and the strong enforcement measures that were working to reduce illegal immigration. The open border policies of the Biden White House are morally repugnant.

02.02.2024
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Sens. Cruz, Crapo, Rep. Walberg Send Letter Demanding End to Bureaucratic Attempt to Ban Gas-Powered Vehicles

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), along with U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) led a bipartisan, bicameral coalition of their colleagues in sending a letter calling on the .NHTSA Deputy Administrator, Sophie Shulman, to rescind the Biden Administration’s proposed Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for passenger cars and light-duty trucks.

02.02.2024
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Cong. Cuellar's Bill to Rename Post Office After Fallen Servicemembers Passes House

U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, Ph.D. (TX-28) celebrated the House passage of his bill renaming the Del Mar Post Office in Laredo after local, fallen military heroes Lance Corporal David Lee Espinoza, Lance Corporal Juan Rodrigo Rodriguez, and Sergeant Roberto Arizola, Jr. H.R. 2754 will now head to the Senate.

02.02.2024
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HEGAR: State Sales Tax Revenue Totaled $4 Billion in January

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today said state sales tax revenue totaled $4.02 billion in January, 2 percent less than in January 2023. Total sales tax revenue for the three months ending in January 2024 was up 1.6 percent compared with the same period a year ago. Sales tax is the largest source of state funding for the state budget, accounting for 57 percent of all tax collections.

02.02.2024
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HANSON: How to Ensure a Big, Ugly War with Iran

As Iranian-backed militias have now attacked American installations and forces in Syria, Iraq &Jordan more than 170 times, Joe Biden has forgotten the ancient wisdom that preparing loudly only for peace guarantees war. To prevent war, Mr. Biden should return to oil sanctions on Iran, embargo its banking transactions, slap a travel ban on Iran and its allies, and restore the terrorist designation for the Houthis. U.S. officials must stop aimlessly babbling ​​​​– and if and when America strikes back, we should do so in silent, devastating fashion.

02.02.2024
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Sen. Fetterman Joins Sen. Cruz in Leading Efforts to Limit Kids’ Social Media Access During School

“Social media is a powerful tool, but spending too much time on it can significantly hurt anybody’s well-being – ​​​it even contributed to my own mental health struggles,” said Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman, announcing his support for Sen. Ted Cruz's "Eyes on the Board Act" bill that would limit children's access to social media at school. Sen. Cruz introduced in the legislation in October 2023 to require schools receiving federal broadband funding to block access on various school devices and networks.

02.01.2024
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Buckingham Blasts Biden: "It's Unconscionable Our Government Would Take Such Drastic Steps!"

"It's unconscionable – our own Federal Government's taking drastic steps with the goal of shutting down an industry. This economy-crushing move will drive our allies overseas, and into the hands of our adversaries," said Texas Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham after the Biden White House paused approval of U.S Natural Gas exports known as LNG, or Liquified Natural Gas. Buckingham especially slammed Biden for the severe impact on Texas' Public Education Funding, which her agency oversees .

02.01.2024
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CONG. CUELLAR: Passage of Tax Cuts for Working Families & Small Businesses Accomplished

​​​​​​​"This bill makes a real difference in the lives of families, small businesses, and all Americans. The "Tax Relief for American Families & Workers Act" is a bipartisan measure that provides tax cuts to South Texas families and small businesses,” said Dr. & Cong. Henry Cuellar, after the "Tax Relief for American Families & Workers Act" passed the House in an effort to extend former President Trump's tax cut relief to millions of Americans, providing much-needed relief to South Texas families and small businesses.

02.01.2024
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Misusing Fed. Airport Dollars to House Illegal Aliens; Sen. Cruz Demands Answers from Chicago Mayor

“Since 1985, Chicago has publicly flouted Federal Law as a self-declared 'Sanctuary City.'  In recent years, despite waning public support, you have consistently promoted Chicago’s status as a sanctuary city, insisting that 'Chicago must lead with and live by the promise to be a sanctuary city,' all while working overtime to avoid making good on such platitudes," said Sen. Ted Cruz to Chicago Mayor Johnson, demanding answers on the development that O’Hare International & Midway Airports are being used to house illegal aliens.

01.30.2024
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Governor Abbott Bolsters Enduring Economic, Cultural Bond With India

Governor Greg Abbott returned from a mission to India organized by the Governor’s Economic Development & Tourism Office and the Texas Economic Development Corporation. The Texas delegation met with company executives, business leaders, and government officials to promote Texas’ mighty economy; encourage continued trade, job creation, and capital investment by Indian companies in Texas.

01.30.2024
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06.13.2024

TEXAS INSIDER ON YOUTUBE

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06.13.2024
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06.11.2024
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