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Congressman Brady Urges FRA to Extend Public Comment Period on High Speed Rail 

Congressman Kevin Brady (TX-08) statement after sending a letter to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in response to their decision to cancel a public hearing in Navasota, Texas due to COVID-19

03.20.2020
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The Explainer Talks: CoronaVirus's Trade Implications with China Will be Massive, says Flaster

"The average car has 30,000 different parts, and a lot of them come from China. If one part's not available in the basket when the conveyor belt's supposed to bring it up... if China didn't make it, it didn't go on the ship. And if it didn't go on the ship – The big thing to note here is the inter-connectivity of our economy," Texas Insider's Economic Council chair Marc Flaster says of the heretofore neglected economic impacts of the CoronaVirus on the U.S. Economy.

03.19.2020
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Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar Issues Statement on Sales Tax Deadlines and Coronavirus Pandemic

A suite of online tools to facilitate filing and on-time payment of taxes can be found on the agency’s website, and a quick reference site has been set up in response to the COVID–19 emergency.

03.18.2020
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Representative Jeff Leach Issues Statement on STAAR Testing Waiver

Governor Abbotts announced he is waiving the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year.

03.17.2020
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Texas Adds 279,900 Jobs Over the Year

Annual employment growth for Texas was 2.2 percent in January, marking 117 consecutive months of annual growth.

03.16.2020

Senator Menéndez Issues Statement about Local School Districts' Decision to Extend Closure Due to the COVID-19 Viral Disease

Their decision to remain closed for an extra week following spring break is helpful given the challenges of combatting the coronavirus (COVID-19).

03.16.2020
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Sanders & AOC Use CoronaVirus to Push Argument for 'Medicare-for-All'

As Democrats move their Sunday two-man debate from Phoenix to Washington, D.C. in reaction to the CoronaVirus, Sanders says, "Maybe this is an issue Joe Biden and I will discuss on Sunday night.”

03.13.2020
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Rasmussen Poll: 72% of Likely Voters Are Confident U.S. Health System Can Handle the CoronaVirus

By a 47% to 35% margin, Likely U.S. Voters believe that the media tends to make the outbreak of diseases like the CoronaVirus sound worse than they really are. Among those who think the threat is being played up for political reasons, 79% give the government positive marks for its actions so far.

03.13.2020
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POLITICO/Morning Consult Poll: 57% of Registered 'Independent' Voters say Biden's Son’s Ukraine Job Was 'a Scandal'

A recent POLITICO/Morning Consult Poll says a strong majority of Registered Voters believe it was "a scandal" for Joe Biden’s son Hunter to hold a position with the Ukrainian Gas Company while his father was Vice President and leading U.S. Foreign Policy Initiatives there – while 32% of Independent Voters whose support will be crucial in a General Election say a probe is warranted.

03.11.2020
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Patrick Challenges Direction of Alamo Restoration Project

We simply must get the Alamo preservation project right, because what we do now will be with us forever.

03.10.2020
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 Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar Issues Statement on the Texas Economy

“The fundamentals of the Texas economy remain strong. "

03.10.2020
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60% of Independents, 89% of Republicans say They're Better Off Today Under Trump than They Were 3 Years Ago

63% of Americans approve of President Trump's handling of the economy, the highest rating for any president since George W. Bush after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. No incumbent president in the past three decades has enjoyed such a high percentage of people saying they feel better about their current situation than does President Trump. 

03.10.2020
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President Trump’s Approval Rating Hits All-Time 64% High with Small Business Owners, survey shows

"It feels good as an American business owner to have an administration that's at least trying to fight on your behalf,” said one participant who's not registered as either a Republican or Democrat. A 6% spike among Small Business Owners who identify as political Independents had the greatest influence on Trump's approval increase during the 1st Quarter.

03.09.2020
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What You Need to Know: Coronavirus

The safety and health of Texans will always be my top priority, which is why I called on Congress to pass clean legislation without political gimmicks to address the prevention and treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19) nationwide.

03.09.2020
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Lt. Gov. Patrick Appointments: Windstorm Insurance Legislative Funding and Funding Structure Oversight Board

The Windstorm Insurance Legislative Funding and Funding Structure Oversight Board was created in the 2019 Legislative Session. 

03.09.2020
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Federal Court Orders Hillary Clinton Deposition on Emails & Benghazi Attack Records

Judicial Watch has been granted the ability to question former Sect. of State Hillary Clinton about her Emails & Records related to the Benghazi Attacks after a Federal Court Judge ordered her deposition, acknowledging "It is time to hear directly from Secretary Clinton."

03.06.2020
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Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar Launches Good for Texas Tour: Community College Edition

Hegar visited Wharton County Junior College, which has notable automotive, nuclear power technology, process technology, manufacturing technology and business programs. 

03.03.2020
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Responding to Coronavirus and  Texas District 31

It's important that the response to this risk is not politicized and instead, Congress focuses on bringing commonsense solutions to keep the American people safe. 

03.03.2020
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Sen. Cruz Honors Texas Independence Day

“Today marks both Texas Independence Day and the 227th birthday of Sam Houston, the founding father of the Lone Star State."

03.02.2020
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Fiscal Notes: New Funding for Early Education 

The Early Education Allotment in House Bill 3 allocated funds to school districts based on their number of economically disadvantaged students and English learners in grades K-3. 

03.02.2020
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Texas First Lady and Texas Workforce Commissioner of Employers Collaborate to Help Transitioning Youth in Foster Care

Road To Employment: (TWC) provides funding and support services to 18 foster care youth transition centers across the state of Texas, which help foster youth ages 16 to 25 overcome obstacles to employment opportunities.

02.28.2020
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Social Security Modernizing its Disability Program

Social Security’s disability rules must continue to reflect current medicine and the evolution of work. 

02.28.2020
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U.S.-Mexico Border Crisis Not Over, says Immigration Official

Even though crossings have been down over the past few months, the number of migrants coming over the border is still high. “We will go back, mark the words, we will go back to the crisis levels we had before,” said Brian Hastings, chief of law enforcement operations at Border Patrol recently.

02.26.2020
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04.07.2020

TEXAS INSIDER ON YOUTUBE

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04.06.2020
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03.30.2020