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Texas Railroad Commission Earns National Award for Drone Training Program

The Railroad Commission’s Surface Mining & Reclamation Division (SMRD) has earned national recognition for excellence in its drone training program – which highlights safety and operational efficiency.

04.26.2022
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HENDERSON: Inflation's 'Bracket Creep' Puts People in Higher Tax Brackets – Even If Your Income Level Hasn’t Budged

Before 1985, inflation in the United States put people in higher tax brackets even if their real income – discounting inflation, that is – hadn’t budged. The term we used at the time was “bracket creep.” Fortunately, in 1981, Congress passed – and President Reagan signed – a bill that cut tax rates for the next three years. And most of the years between 1979 and 1999 had inflation rates of 3% or less.

04.26.2022
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ABBOTT: Biden's Ending of Title 42 Makes Every State a Border State – Here's Why

As president, Joe Biden's left our country in a dire situation. With the ending of Title 42 coming next month, an estimated 18,000 illegal immigrants per day may flood into our communities that are already overburdened with migrants. And don’t think that these are only innocent migrants running from failed governments in South and Central America.

04.26.2022
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Sen. Bettencourt's Concerns Over Houston ISD's "Vaccine Passport" Policy Confirmed by A.G. Paxton

While Att. Gen. Ken Paxton stated that Houston ISD’s Covid-19 Paid-Leave Policy does not, on its face, violate an employee’s medical privacy rights, he did clarify that “HISD is a covered entity under the Texas Medical Records & Privacy Act, and must comply with its provisions. Any standard documentation that certifies an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status constitutes a 'vaccine passport'.”

04.25.2022
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After Biden Finally Reinstates Texas' Medicaid Option, Cruz has Some Choice Words for Him

“By rescinding our Medicaid waiver, the Biden Administration needlessly threatened the healthcare of many vulnerable Texans. Texas knows its own healthcare needs better than the federal government, and this puts those needs first,” said Cruz after Biden restored the state's 10-year waiver that - if not allowed - could have jeopardized the coverage of 2-out-of-5 Texas children who rely on Medicaid.

04.25.2022
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On Anniversary of Vanessa Guillén’s Murder, Cong. Gonzales Joins Bipartisan Bill to Remove Sexual Harassment from Military's Chain of Command

“I was horrified by the crimes against fellow Texan and service member SPC Vanessa Guillén, and hope this legislation honors her memory and legacy as a monumental step toward ending sexual assault and harassment in our nation’s military. The SHIIP Act creates commonsense protections and processes to ensure that instances of sexual assault are removed from the military’s chain of command,” said South Texas Rep. Tony Gonzales.

04.25.2022
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Funding Opportunity's Now Open for ISDs & Charter Schools to Boost Jobs & Education for Texans (JET) Program

The Texas Workforce Commission's Jobs & Education for Texans (JET) Program supports Texas' employers by preparing students for careers in occupations identified as being in high demand. And now approximately $50 million has been allocated to help eligible institutions that apply for grant funding to defray the start-up costs of developing Career & Technical Education Programs.

04.25.2022
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After Visiting Arizona-California-Mexican Border, Congressional Leaders Brace for Illegal's Surge & Bash Biden Policies

“We’re here, we learned a lot, we’re angry. We came here upset with this administration, and we’re leaving even more upset,” said Cong. James Comer, who along with Texas Cong. Pete Sessions and over a half-dozen other members visited the U.S. Customs & Border Patrol's Yuma Sector, where immigrants stream across the U.S Border through a little-known pathway where Arizona, Mexico & California meet.

04.18.2022
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Gov. Abbott Dedicates Texas DPS Officers & Texas Rangers Memorial at Groundbreaking In Austin

"To be a Law Enforcement Officer is to answer a higher calling, which is why I'm proud to recognize the dedication & bravery of our DPS troopers across the state and throughout history," said Gov. Abbott, dedicating the memorial to honor DPS Officers & Texas Rangers who have given their lives protecting their fellow Texans. The monument includes a 77-foot circle of granite and an 11-foot-tall bronze DPS Trooper.

04.15.2022
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Sen. Cruz & Colleagues Seek to Prohibit Biden's Effort at Creating National Gun Registry, Expanding Firearm Definitions

“Crime is going up in far-left cities because of soft-on-crime policies. Biden’s response is to clamp down on guns put together in a kit. Federal law already prohibits felons from owning or possessing any gun, including so called ‘ghost guns,’” said Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma prior to introducing a Congressional Review Act Joint Resolution of Disapproval to stop Mr. Biden’s proposed new rule.

04.15.2022
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AG Pax­ton Joins Fight Against Racial Discrimination by Coun­ty School Board

Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a multi-state effort in an emergency application to the U.S. Supreme Court in a racial discrimination case against Fairfax County Virginia's School Board – the state’s largest school district – after the board issued new admissions criteria that was intended to reduce the number of Asian-American students while moving toward a progressive vision of racial balance.

04.15.2022
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Gov. Abbott Signs Historic Border Security Memorandum with Nuevo León's Gov. García in Laredo

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Mexican State Gov. Samuel Alejandro García Sepúlveda signed a "Memorandum of Understanding" between their two States to both enhance border security measures that prevent illegal immigration from surging into Texas, and that improve the flow of traffic across Laredo's Colombia International Bridge – and the agreement goes into effect immediately.

04.14.2022
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Caroline Harris Earns TLR's Endorsement in HD 52 Republican Primary Runoff

"Caroline Harris' background as a Capitol staffer, and her in-depth experience with the legislative process will serve the residents of HD 52 well as they work to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future,” said Mary Tipps, Executive Director of the Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC.

04.14.2022
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Gov. Abbott, Texas Health & Human Services Commission Announce 4th Round of Pandemic Food Benefits for Eligible Texas Families

Texas' Health & Human Services Commission has received approval from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture for a 4th round of federal Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) food benefits for Texas families with children who temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to COVID-19. The program will benefit some 2.1 million Texas children during the 2021-22 school year.

04.13.2022
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Brady: Tax Hikes on Small Businesses End Up in Higher Prices for Americans

Ahead of the latest inflation report showing that prices surged by 8.5 percent, Republican Leader on the Ways and Means Committee Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) examined the key ways Democrats worsened inflation, and how higher prices land on American families and small businesses on CNBC’s Squawk Box.

04.13.2022
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Texas Railroad Commissioners Upgrade Plan to Ensure Texans have Energy & Natural Gas in Emergencies

“It’s vital to have an action plan for emergencies. The Commission today strengthened that plan,” said Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Wayne Christian of their latest action. "This will give market participants certainty and encourage them to obtain firm contracts, increasing the reliability of the natural gas system in Texas," and ensuring Texans have energy and natural gas during future emergencies.

04.13.2022
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As Biden Border Crisis Grows, Abbott Lays Out Next Steps & Reaffirms Law Enforcement Support at Texas Border Sheriffs Meeting

As he continues to take significant new actions to secure the Texas-U.S.-Mexican Border in wake of President Biden’s encouragement of illegal immigration, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott earlier today discussed the state's latest border security moves at the Texas Border Sheriffs Coalition Spring Meeting in El Paso, and addressed how Texas is working with Local Law Enforcement to mitigate the growing Biden Border Crisis.

04.12.2022
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Reps. Gonzales, Lee Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Assist K-12 Students Beyond the Classroom 

Communities Serving Schools Act, would provide grants to state and local education agencies for wrap-around services that assist students outside the classroom with their health, well-being, and growth.

04.12.2022
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BRADY: With Inflation Raging & Getting Worse, When Will President Admit We're in Dangerous Times?

“Inflation is raging, and getting worse," ​​​​​noted House Ways & Means Republican Leader Rep. Kevin Brady after the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its March Consumer Price Index this morning showing that inflation moved even higher and continued to surge at an 8.5% rate compared to a year ago – the highest increase in 40 years. "Denial, as we’ve learned under this Administration, is not an economic strategy.” said Brady.

04.12.2022
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Cuellar, Escobar Secure $2 Million to Assist with Health Issues Along U.S.- Mexico Border 

"Empowering the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission to protect the lives, livelihoods & economies of our border communities and prepare the region to confront future public health threats must be a priority for Congress,” said Congresswoman Escobar of the funding that will support the Border Health Commission’s goal of improving health along the border and deploying a binational vaccine strategy.

04.12.2022
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05.23.2022

TEXAS INSIDER ON YOUTUBE

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05.23.2022
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05.19.2022
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