"We've got a vaccine mandate for U.S. companies with 100 or more people, and we’ve got 14,878 people here – are you kidding me?" asked Texas Cong. August Pfluger, surveying over 15,000 illegal immigrants camping in squalid conditions outside of tiny Del Rio, Texas. "Our priorities are completely out of whack. It’s worse than you could imagine," said Pfluger, clearly frustrated at a situation he described as "an absolute tragedy, a completely preventable crisis."
“If the Biden Administration thinks they can force states to comply with their political agenda, my office will fight their radical attempt at social change," said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, filing a lawsuit to stop the Biden Administration from requiring employers to use the gender identities espoused by their employees for bathroom, locker room, showers, dress codes & personal pronouns.
"The grant funding available through this program will strengthen our response to the crisis at the border, and help keep our communities safe," said Gov. Greg Abbott earlier today, announcing the availability of $100 million in funding through the Operation Lone Star (OLS) Grant Program to enhance Inter-Agency Border Security Operations, including interdicting criminal activity and detaining non-citizens arrested for state crimes related to the border crisis.
“Last Thursday I was briefed by Border Patrol in Del Rio on the horrific, man-made crisis taking place at this city's International Bridge. I saw the strain on resources and the lack of COVID-19 testing because of President Biden and Vice President Harris’ decision to not enforce our laws at the Southern Border," said Sen. Cruz, responding to Homeland Security Sect. Mayorkas' visit to Del Rio, as 1,000s of illegal immigrants flooded the south Texas city of 36,000.
"Every direct oil and natural gas job in Texas generates an additional 3.0 jobs elsewhere in the state's economy," said Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA) president Todd Staples. Compared to August 2020 numbers, 2021's upstream jobs have increased 12.4%, or 19,700 jobs – and August’s job count stands 13.3% above the industry's September 2020 low point.
This funding to assist Customs & Border Protection with the influx of migrants at Texas' southern border comes as the Del Rio Border Sector has been inundated with approximately 15,000 Haitian migrants in just the past week – including 8,000 family units and 4,000 single adults, with an estimated 2,000 more expected within days.
After Houston Police Officer William “Bill” Jeffrey, a 30-year veteran of the Houston Police Department, was shot and killed, and Sgt. Michael Vance was shot and wounded, “This horrific tragedy's an important reminder that Law Enforcement Officers risk their lives every day to keep Texas safe," said Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.
Railroad Commission of Texas commissioners approved publishing for public comment proposed rules for critical designation of natural gas infrastructure during energy emergencies.
"Her story is inspiring, and I am proud of her contributions and the contributions of 1,000s of TX-25 small business to our local and national economy,” said Cong. Roger Williams, honoring and hosting his constituent and business owner Natasha Hudson during the House Small Business Committee’s “National Small Business Week: Celebrating our Main Street Champions” hearing.
Texas' Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a multistate coalition that is seeking to stop President Biden from unlawfully forcing millions of private sector employees to get a COVID-19 Vaccine or submit to weekly testing as a condition of keeping their jobs – regardless of whether they work remotely, have religious objections or health concerns about receiving the vaccine, or have already obtained natural immunity.
Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has received federal approval to provide replacement benefits for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients for food lost or destroyed due to Hurricane Nicholas.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today questioned U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on President Biden and his administration's catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that a Lamar County district court issued a temporary restraining order against Paris ISD regarding its unlawful mask mandate.
Congressman Tony Gonzales (TX-23) on Thursday visited the migrant camp at the International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas. As of Thursday morning, the camp had grown to 8,300 undocumented migrants. . .
"The Texas Legislature now has the opportunity to redraw Legislative & Congressional Districts with the new census numbers. And in addition to redistricting, there are still critical issues remaining to build a stronger and brighter future for all Texans," said Gov. Abbott, announcing he will convene a 3rd Special Legislative Session at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 20th, 2021.
"Joe Biden is determined to destroy Main Street America and strip every American of their individual liberties. Forcing the vaccine on the American people is both illegal, and demonstrates an egregious example of executive overreach – In a few short weeks Joe Biden has awoken the Taliban, and choked out American Freedom," said Central Texas Congressman Roger Williams.
Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a joint letter to the Texas Association of Counties, the Texas Municipal League, and the largest cities across the state to remind them that House Bill 1925, which bans camping in public places, must now be enforced on a statewide basis – and that failure to do so could potentially result in litigation and the loss of State Grant Funds.
"Texans don't need Washington elites telling them how to safeguard and protect Voting Rights. This should be a loud and clear message to Washington power-hungry politicians: States are the proper place to establish Election Laws, and efforts by the Federal Government to take over our elections should never succeed," said Sen. Ted Cruz, following Gov. Abbott's signing of SB 1 into law.
“I appreciate Gov. Abbott's adding this issue to the Special Session agenda so the state could take action before the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issues a license. Thankfully HB 7 received enough votes in the House & Senate to go into effect immediately, protecting Texas from becoming the storage site for the entire country’s high-level radioactive waste,” State Rep. Brooks Landgraf of Odessa.
Congressman Tony Gonzales (TX-23) announced $551,345 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development for Rural Business Development in Eagle Pass.