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Governor Abbott Meets with Taiwan President Lai In Taipei

Governor Abbott and President Lai explored opportunities for Texas and Taiwan to work together to strengthen trade relations and investment in critical economic drivers like the semiconductor, energy, and electric vehicle manufacturing industries. The Governor also highlighted the countless economic opportunities Texas offers companies from across the globe, including a highly skilled workforce, low taxes, and the best business climate in the United States.

07.08.2024
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TXOGA President Todd Staples on Court's Ruling to End LNG Export Permit Approval Halt

The use and production of natural gas has resulted in billions of dollars being available to fund schools, road and other basic needs, is the dominant reason for declining CO2 emissions in the power sector and is one of the most affordable energy sources available.  Every family has benefited from a robust natural gas sector and LNG exports play an ever-growing role in a stronger Texas and America."

07.08.2024
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Sen. Cruz Pushes Bill to Allow Uniformed Servicemembers to Participate in Flag Unfurlings at Sporting Events

In February 2023, the Department of Defense issued a memorandum prohibiting uniformed Service Members from participating in the unfurling of large flags at sporting events because those flags are often unfurled and displayed horizontally. The U.S. Flag Code prohibits carrying the American flag horizontally. Sen. Ted Cruz's "Updating National Flag Use to Reaffirm Liberty" (UNFURL) Act would amend the U.S. Flag Code and rescind the DOD's policy at sporting events & patriotic observances.

07.08.2024
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Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick Joint Statement On Texas Energy Fund

In recent testimony before the Senate Business and Commerce committee, ERCOT CEO Pablo Vegas testified that Texas may need 150,000 megawatts of power to power our grid by 2030. That is only six years away. Currently, Texas typically has approximately 85,000 megawatts of power available counting wind, solar, coal, nuclear, and natural gas. If the new estimate is correct, the updated numbers provided by Mr. Vegas call for an immediate review of all policies concerning the grid.

07.02.2024
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Rep. Tony Gonzales Secures Key Wins for Border Security, Military Readiness in Congress

Congressman Tony Gonzales (TX-23) voted for the final passage of three Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25) Appropriations bills in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Gonzales is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and helped craft H.R. 8774, the Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2025, H.R. 8752, the Homeland Security Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2025, and H.R. 8771, the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2025. 

07.02.2024
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Weber: Securing Our Borders and Protecting Our Homeland

American families are fed up with the Biden Administration’s consistent refusals to address the crisis at our southern border and the risks it poses to our national security. Thankfully, House Republicans are taking action. We passed legislation that counters President Biden’s border crisis by providing $600 million for the construction of the border wall, investing in border security technology, forcing Secretary Mayorkas to adhere to U.S. border laws, and supporting 22,000 Border Patrol agents.

07.02.2024
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Biden Claims to Know Right From Wrong

At a rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, following his universally criticized debate performance, President Biden attempted to draw a distinction between himself and Donald Trump: " I know how to tell the truth. I know right from wrong." Knowing right from wrong presumes a standard that is universal, not personal. Try arguing with the supermarket cashier that the price for the pound of meat you are trying to buy is not what is written on the label but what you think it should be.

07.02.2024
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CRUZ: Supreme Court Does Right in Returning Decision Making to Congress, as Constitution Envisioned

“The Supreme Court did the right thing in returning decision making to elected members of Congress – the way the Constitution envisioned it and ending a massive expansion of the regulatory state,” said Sen. Ted Cruz following the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of the so-called Chevron Case precedent set in 1984 that allowed unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats to wield power and interpret or set regulations that acted as law, shifting decision making from Congress to the permanent bureaucracy.

07.01.2024
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Jack Smith's Case Against Trump 'Gutted' After SCOTUS Rules on Immunity

The President therefore may not be prosecuted for exercising his core constitutional powers, and he is entitled, at a minimum, to a presumptive immunity from prosecution for all his official acts. That immunity applies equally to all occupants of the Oval Office, regardless of politics, policy, or party," the opinion states. 

07.01.2024
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Cong. ARRINGTON: House Passes 3 Key National Security Bills

“Protecting our citizens, defending our freedom, and providing for the nation's common defense is the first and most important job of the federal government – but unfortunately, President Biden’s self-inflicted open-border crisis has brought our nation’s most imminent threat right to our doorstep,” said Lubbock Congressman & House Budget Committee Chairman Jodey Arrington, as the U.S. House of Representatives passed three major Appropriations Bills to ensure our nation's troops have the resources & supplies needed.

07.01.2024
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Comptroller Hegar: Texas Shows Continued Economic, Population Growth

If Texas were a country, it'd now be the 8th-Largest Economy in the world, ahead of Canada and Russia. “The saying ‘I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could’ is truer than you might think – especially when it comes to business and job creation,” said Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar, as he released the latest examination of 10 statistics illustrating how Texas' continuing trend of strong economic and population growth confirmed what we’ve always known. Only a decade ago, Texas was the world's 12th-largest economy.

07.01.2024
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Texas Wins 11th Gold Shovel Award For Attracting Job-Creating Business Investments

Area Development’s annual Shovel Awards recognize states for their achievements in attracting high-value investment projects that will create a significant number of new jobs in their communities. The rankings are based on a combination of weighted factors, including the number of new jobs to be created in relation to the state’s population, the combined dollar amount of the company investments, the number of new facilities, and the diversity of industry represented.

06.28.2024
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Cruz Probes DOJ Prosecution of Whistleblower Dr. Eithan Haim over Selective Prosecution Concerns

“This investigation appears to bear the markings of a politically-driven prosecution, which has unfortunately been the stock-in-trade of the present Department of Justice. This severe punishment starkly contrasts with the virtual impunity enjoyed by criminals who have fire-bombed Pregnancy Resource Centers and vandalized 100s of churches in the wake of the Dobbs decision," said Sen. Ted Cruz, requesting information relevant to a Texas hospital’s gender transition procedures being performed on children.

06.28.2024
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Save Austin Now PAC Celebrates SCOTUS Ruling Confirming Right of Cities to Regulate Public Campaign and End Encampments

Today nonpartisan Save Austin Now PAC is celebrating a U.S. Supreme Court ruling (6-3) that cities holds that have a right to enforce camping bans through an Oregon case, giving new momentum to Prop B, the camping ban which was reinstated in May 2021 by a 58%-42% vote after Save Austin Now spent two years putting the ordinance on the ballot and passing it.

06.28.2024
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CONG. ARRINGTON: Pushing Fight Against Biden’s Far-Left Agenda & Open Border Policies

“Today our nation’s most imminent threat is self-inflicted – President Biden’s wide-open southern border," said Texas Congressman and House Budget Committee Chairman Jodey Arrington (TX-19,) as he announced he would be introducing a series of amendments to prohibit President Joe Biden and his administration from utilizing a crucial set of government funding bills to advance his far-Left agenda – and fight back against Mr. Biden’s open border policies. The bills could be voted on this week.

06.27.2024
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Cong. Gonzales: Biden Admin ID'd 400+ ISIS-Affiliated Illegal Immigrants at Border, and Allowed Entry into U.S.

“Every light is blinking red. We cannot continue to put border security on the back burner – we know for a fact that dangerous Cartels & Gangs have used our broken borders as a means to enter the United States. Now, we have confirmation that terrorist-related networks are using similar tactics to smuggle people into our country,” said Cong. Tony Gonzales – who represents Texas' 23rd Congressional District spanning 823 miles along the South Texas-Mexico Border. "American lives are at stake!"

06.27.2024
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Christian Calls on Biden to End LNG Ban to Save Europe

Following recent reports that the Biden Administration’s federal moratorium on new liquified natural gas (LNG) export plants is prohibiting Ukraine from purchasing American LNG, Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian slammed the administration’s policy and called on the president to rescind the ban.

06.27.2024
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ABBOTT: Texas Again Named 'Best Business Climate' in the Nation

"When Texas' businesses succeed, Texans succeed. That's why we're outpacing the nation in job growth – and expanding in both existing and emerging industries. Texas continues to lead the nation as the Best Business Climate,” said Governor Greg Abbott earlier today, celebrating Texas' being recognized as the "Best Business Climate" in the nation for the 2nd year in a row by Business Facilities Magazine in their 20th Annual Rankings Report. Texas offers unmatched business advantages.

06.25.2024
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Sen. Cruz, Senators Move on Trump's Idea – Introduce 'No Tax on Tips' Bill

"It’s wonderful to create an opportunity to help them keep more of their hard-earned tips to invest in their families and our local economy," said the Texas Restaurant Association's Emily Knight, as Sen. Ted Cruz introduced his "No Tax on Tips" bill to exempt tips from being subject to taxation under the Federal Income Tax. “The TRA's grateful to Sen. Cruz for working with us" on the bill that's also backed by the industry whose members are the second highest tipped, the Professional Beauty Association.

06.25.2024
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Texas Workforce Commission Launches 'Lone Star Workforce of the Future' Grant Program

According to the Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) Labor Market Information Department, the number of job listings in Texas for "Middle Skills Occupations" exceeded 1 million in 2023. And, by 2030 at least 6.7 million Texans — approximately 43.8% of Total Texas Employment — will be employed in such occupations. The "Lone Star Workforce of the Future" Fund will expand TWC’s resources for addressing employer demands in these skills and occupations. Learn more and download an application in the article below.

06.25.2024
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07.17.2024

TEXAS INSIDER ON YOUTUBE

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07.16.2024
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07.15.2024
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