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Gov. Abbott Demands Federal Action on Border Ahead of Christmas Day Polar Freeze

Governor Greg Abbott today demanded President Joe Biden immediately deploy federal assets to address the dire border crisis, particularly in the City of El Paso, as a dangerously cold polar vortex moves into Texas this week. “These communities and the state are ill-equipped to do the job assigned to the Federal Government – house the 1,000s of migrants flooding into the country every day," said Abbott.

12.21.2022
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Pax­ton Moves to Stop Biden’s Unlaw­ful Stu­dent Loan 'Forgiveness' Idea

In opposition to this massive, unlawful wealth transfer, Texas Attorney General Paxton has taken several actions to halt the Biden White House’s sweeping Student Loan-Forgiveness idea, which does nothing to lower the costs of higher education and instead forces hardworking taxpayers to pay off hundreds of billions of dollars of college-educated individuals’ debt. 

12.21.2022
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As Frigid Weather Moves Into Texas, the Oil & Gas Industry Outlines Preparedness

"On Thursday night and Friday morning, temperatures forecast for some areas of Texas will be in the low teens," says the National Weather Service. Friday's forecast includes highs in the mid-20s, and lows in the lower teens for some parts of the state, rising above freezing by Saturday afternoon Christmas Day. As Texans prepare for the cold weather, operators in the Texas Oil & Natural Gas Industry are also preparing – here's your details.

12.20.2022
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Congressmen Gonzales, Cuellar Introduce Bi-Partisan Bill to Prevent Border Patrol Suicides  

“This year, 14 Customs & Border Protection Agents and Officers have taken their own life - and that's 14 too many,” said Cong. Tony Gonzales (R-TX-23,) as he and Cong. Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) introduced the Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Act. The TAPS Act creates a comprehensive, Anti-Suicide Task Force to assess the underlying factors leading to the high CBP suicide rates, after three agents committed suicide just last month.

12.20.2022
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State Rep. Harrison Files the “Pay For Your Own Sex Change Act”

Last month, Joe Biden’s Health & Human Services Secretary indicated he believes taxpayers should be forced to pay for sex change surgeries – including for minors. But not in Texas if State Rep. Brian Harrison has anything to do about it. “Just as the Hyde Amendment – with bipartisan support for almost 50 years – bans tax dollars from funding abortions, I’m proud to file a bill to protect Texans from being forced to pay for their neighbor’s sex change."

12.20.2022
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Ahead of Title 42 Ending, Gov. Abbott Tours Texas' Enhanced Border Assets to Prepare for Anticipated Surge

"Now more than ever, it's imperative our Law Enforcement Officers & Texas National Guard Soldiers adopt innovative solutions to counteract President Biden’s reckless decision to end Title 42 expulsions," said Gov. Greg Abbott, having received a briefing from Operation Lone Star leaders and touring the increased assets Texas has deployed along the border ahead of President Biden’s ending Title 42 expulsions this week on December 21.

12.19.2022
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Pax­ton Leads States Coali­tion to Defeat DACA: Biden White House Attempts Sal­vage of Their Ille­gal Immi­gra­tion Policy

“The Biden White House is once again attempting to ignore the Rule of Law by abusing executive authority to implement its own version of amnesty,” said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, after the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirmed that the Office of the President lacks the authority to institute what many believe is an illegal "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program." Paxton is leading a coalition of states pushing back against Biden’s attempts to save DACA.

12.19.2022
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With Latest Employment Report, Texas Achieves More Than One Full Year of Employment Highs

In November 2022, Texas added a total of 33,600 jobs to reach 13,672,900, one year after first hitting an all-time high and surpassing the pre-pandemic jobs count in November 2021.

12.19.2022
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Texas Leads Nation with Fastest Annual Jobs Growth Rate

"Despite economic pressures that are evident across the country, Texas employers grew jobs at the fastest rate in the nation the past 12 months. More Texans are working than ever before, and in the months ahead we will continue working to safeguard the freedoms found only in the Lone Star State – we will expand opportunity for all Texans,” said Gov. Greg Abbott.

12.16.2022
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Gonzales & Cuellar, Cornyn & Manchin Urge Biden to Extend Title 42 Order in Bi-Partisan Plea

Congressmen Tony Gonzales (TX-R) and Henry Cuellar (TX-D,) and Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and John Cornyn (R-TX) have jointly signed and sent a bi-partisan letter to President Joe Biden urging him to extend the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Title 42 Border Control Order beyond its soon to expire December 21st deadline.

12.16.2022
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State Rep. Harrison in Wall Street Journal: Fighting to Protect Texans from FDA’s Illegal Lab-Test Power Grab

As a former Chief of Staff at the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services (HHS,) Rep. Brian Harrison has filed House Bill 1023 in Austin after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) – unbeknownst to HHS leadership which oversees the FDA – recently went against HHS's specified instruction and created a new regulatory barrier requiring laboratories to seek FDA approval prior to testing for COVID-19. This illegal regulatory overreach effectively banned COVID-19 testing in the crucial early days of the pandemic.

12.16.2022
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FRANK: Parental Rights Constitutional Amendment is Family Freedom Project’s Top Priority for 2023 Session

Over the last year, the importance of "Parental Rights" has captured the attention of the country, has galvanized parents, inspired lawmakers, and decided the outcome of important campaigns during November's elections. To further the effort in Texas, State Representative James Frank has filed HJR 58 – an amendment to the Texas Constitution – to help protect the right of Texas parents to raise their children, and he says it will be the Family Freedom Project’s top priority in the 2023 Legislative Session.

12.16.2022
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Gov. Abbott Calls for Attorney General to Investigate Non-Profit Groups Aiding In Illegal Border Surge

“There've been recent reports that Non-Governmental Organizations may have assisted in illegal border crossings near El Paso. We further understand NGOs may be engaged in unlawfully orchestrating other crossings – through activities on both sides of the border – including in sectors other than El Paso. As a result, I am calling on the Texas Attorney General’s Office to investigate the role of NGOs in planning & facilitating the illegal transportation of illegal immigrants across our borders," said Gov. Greg Abbott earlier today.

12.15.2022
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COMPTROLLER HEGAR: There's a Drought in Texas – It's Costing the State's Economy Plenty

Texas is currently experiencing the worst drought since 2011, and it's costing the Texas economy plenty – some $7.62 billion in agricultural losses, and nearly $17 billion in total. “With the population ballooning, and businesses booming, it comes as no surprise that Texas will need a lot of water to stay afloat,” said Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar. ​​​​​​​“And planning for Texas’ future water needs will require the dedication and resourcefulness of organizations and passionate individuals” in the upcoming 2023 Legislative Session.

12.15.2022
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Christi Craddick Elected Chairman of Texas Railroad Commission

“Chairman Christian has led this agency through serious rulemakings related to Winter Storm Uri, and I'm proud of the work this agency has completed to keep gas flowing in this state,” said Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick, after she was unanimously elected Chairman during today’s RRC open meeting.

12.15.2022
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Brady Launches Bi-Partisan Solutions Effort to Replace Unfair 'Windfall Elimination Provision'

Congressman Kevin Brady (TX-08) joined Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal and a bi-partisan group of Members of Congress from Texas to discuss solutions to replace the unfair "Windfall Elimination Provision" (WEP) with a fair, proportional formula that treats our Teachers, Firefighters & Police Officers just like the rest of America’s workers.

12.15.2022
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Gov. Abbott Activates State Emergency Response for Statewide Severe Weather Threats

According to the National Weather Service, severe storms with damaging winds, large hail, tornadoes, heavy rainfall and flash flooding are expected to impact large regions of North, Central and East Texas. Portions of West Texas may experience severe winter weather impacts, including snow. Here's a list of the State Agencies that have placed resources on standby to support severe weather response operations across the state.

12.13.2022
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Cruz Praises U.S. Army for Choosing Ft. Worth’s Bell Textron to Build New Assault Helicopter

“The Army’s decision to give Bell Textron the contract to build the next generation assault helicopter is a clear recognition of Bell’s quality craftsmanship and state-of-the-art technology. Bell Textron is a premier aerospace manufacturer providing 5,500 good jobs to Texans," said Senator Ted Cruz of the U.S. Army’s decision to give Bell Textron the contract to replace the Black Hawk helicopter with a new assault helicopter for military use.

12.13.2022
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Pax­ton Sues Biden to Defend Reli­gious­ly-Affil­i­at­ed Adop­tion Agen­cies from Fed­er­al Government’s ​“Sex­u­al Ori­en­ta­tion” and ​“Gen­der Iden­ti­ty” Rules

Attorney General Paxton filed a lawsuit today defending faith-based groups and the State of Texas from being forced to adopt woke political views that violate the religious liberty and moral conscience of faith-based organizations and limit Texas’s ability to help at-risk children. 

12.13.2022
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ARRINGTON: A Commitment to Secure the Border - the Texas GOP's Congressional Plan 

"We have a responsibility as the Texas delegation to represent the Spirit of Texas – which is one that runs to the fight, always fights for what is right, and never gives up," said Cong. Jodey Arrington, as he and others held a Capitol Hill Press Conference releasing their detailed plan for 2023. House Republicans have made a "Commitment to America" to secure the southern border as part of their new majority’s priority to create a nation that’s safe.

12.12.2022
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02.02.2023

TEXAS INSIDER ON YOUTUBE

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02.02.2023
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01.31.2023
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