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More Done in 6 Weeks, Than in 11 Years says Cong. Mayra Flores

South Texas Congresswoman Mayra Flores took on the case regarding a family’s application for death gratuity benefits from ICE, and after contacting the appropriate agencies multiple times in the following weeks, the Zapata family was promptly reimbursed the money they had paid to cover funeral expenses well over a decade ago.

09.20.2022
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Pax­ton Recov­ers Over $165 Mil­lion in Tax­pay­er Funds, Pro­tects the Integri­ty of the Texas Med­ic­aid Program

Under the terms of the settlement, Centene will pay over $165.6 million to resolve Attorney General Paxton’s investigation into whether certain of Centene’s business practices violated the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act.

09.20.2022
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Gov. Abbott Congratulates 31 Texas National Blue Ribbon Schools

“Being recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School is a distinguished honor. Texas is leading the nation in education because we continue to ensure our schools have the resources needed to foster a positive and promising future for young Texans,” said Abbott, announcing that Texas leads the nation with the most 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

09.20.2022
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Job Growth Continues in Texas' Upstream Oil & Natural Gas Sector

"The Texas oil and natural gas industry continues to play a huge leadership role in enhancing national and energy security in our nation," said TXOGA president Todd Staples after the Texas Workforce Commission said upstream oil & natural gas employment grew by 2,600 jobs in August. July’s gains were revised downward to a still-solid 3,100 jobs added. 

09.20.2022
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Pax­ton Secures Major Vic­to­ry for the Con­sti­tu­tion, Free Speech Against Big Tech

The Fifth Circuit reversed a federal district court’s ruling that blocked implementation of HB 20, a Texas law that prevents social media networks from censoring users based upon the viewpoint of their online postings.

09.19.2022
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Cuellar, Gonzales Lead Letter of Support for Renewal of NIH Award to Improve Health and Quality of Life for Uninsured, Underinsured, Rural and Minority Populations in South Texas

U.S. Congressmen Henry Cuellar and Tony Gonzales wrote a bipartisan letter to NIH) Acting Director Lawrence Tabak, requesting renewal of the CTSA and its academic home, the IIMS. Continuing the National Institutes of Health’s funding for the CTSA program will significantly advance the biomedical and healthcare sectors of the South Texas regional economy.

09.19.2022
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Texas Comptroller Announces Record $309 Million in Unclaimed Property Returned in Fiscal 2022

The Texas Comptroller’s office approved and paid out a record $309 million in unclaimed property during the past fiscal year, Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today.

09.19.2022
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Texas Leads Nation In Jobs Growth, Again Smashing Records

"Thanks to the strength of the Texas economy and the best workforce in America, Texas has surpassed three major employment milestones, smashing all previous records with more jobs than ever, more Texans working than ever, and the largest labor force ever in the state’s history.”

09.16.2022
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Sen. Cruz Praised for Ports-to-Plains Legislative Victory in Big Spring, Texas

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today spoke about his efforts to designate the portion of the Ports-to-Plains Corridor from Laredo, Texas up through New Mexico, as a future addition to the interstate highway system at the Ports-to-Plains Alliance annual conference.

09.16.2022
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Texas Continues Streak of Record-Setting Employment, Adds 16,400 Jobs in August

In August 2022, Texas added a total of 16,400 nonfarm jobs. For the tenth consecutive month, the state set new employment highs as total nonfarm employment reached 13,530,100. Texas has added a total of 726,900 positions since August 2021.

09.16.2022
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Cong. Tony Gonzales, Sen. Rubio Introduce Effort to Increase Consequences for Fentanyl Distribution

“Fentanyl is killing Americans at a record high. This deadly drug is widespread throughout our country and has left no community untouched,” said Cong. Tony Gonzales (TX-23,) introducing the "Felony Murder for Deadly Fentanyl Distribution Act" with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to make the distribution of fentanyl resulting in death punishable by federal murder charges.

09.16.2022
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Sen. Cruz Introduces SEVER Act to Ban Iranian President from Entering the U.S.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, joined by Sens. Cotton (R-Ark.), Hagerty (R-Tenn.), Ernst (R-Iowa), Barrasso (R-Wyo.), and Rubio (R-Fla.), introduced the "Strengthening Entry Visa Enforcement & Restrictions Act of 2022" (SEVER Act) to prevent Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi from entering the U.S. to attend the upcoming opening session of the United Nations General Assembly.

09.15.2022
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Cong. Mayra Flores to Speaker Pelosi: Bring 'Social Security Fairness Act' Up for a Vote

“Those who've sacrificed so much in service to our communities, while responsibly saving up for their retirement, should not be punished by Social Security or by Speaker Pelosi,” said Congresswoman Mayra Flores (TX-34,) joining 299 other House Members in cosponsoring the "Social Security Fairness Act" to repeal regulations that reduce Social Security Benefits for Americans who receive benefits from other, earned pensions.

09.15.2022
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State Rep. Harrison Exposes Biden Proposal for Harming Texas Women & Female Students

"The State of Texas has passed laws to protect women, and unelected D.C. bureaucrats must be defeated in this unconstitutional overreach," said State Rep. Brian Harrison and a coalition of Texas lawmakers who are calling on President Biden’s Dept. of Education to withdraw its proposed Title IX Rule to allow biological males in grades K-12 to play in female-only sports. They are seeking to expose the idea for what it is: An attack on Women’s Rights.

09.15.2022
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HENDERSON: A Tariff Is a Tax

A number of people who are against high taxes believe – at the same time – in substantial tariffs on goods from other countries. Here’s the problem: a tariff is a tax, a tax on imports. Americans and producers in that country share the burden of the tax. But is there some good news here? There is.

09.15.2022
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Sens. Cruz, Blackburn Introduce Bill to Combat Racist COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate in D.C. Schools

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) on Monday introduced a bill that will protect students in Washington, D.C. public schools from the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

09.13.2022
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Public School Withdrawals to Homeschool Rise 40%

According to the most recent data released by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in an open records request to the Texas Home School Coalition (THSC), withdrawals from public school to homeschool in the spring of 2021 were 40% up over the prior year.

09.13.2022
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Lt. Gov. Patrick Announces Marian Wallace as New Deputy Chief of Staff

"Marian Wallace is committed to conservative principles, and nobody knows education policy like she does. Her expertise will be a key asset in moving our legislative agenda forward this upcoming session," said Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, announcing the promotion of long-time Education Policy Advisor Marian Wallace to Deputy Chief of Staff. Wallace will serve under long-time Chief of Staff Darrell Davila.

09.13.2022
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Gonzales, Cornyn, Arrington Celebrate Renaming of Border Patrol Station After Fallen Agent

Representatives Tony Gonzales (TX-23) and Jodey Arrington (TX-19), and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) on Friday celebrated the official renaming of the Rocksprings Border Patrol Station as “the Donna M. Doss Border Patrol Station.

09.13.2022
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CRUZ: In Observance of 9-11's Terrorist Attacks, 'We Will Never Forget'

“On the somber anniversary of the most horrific terrorist attack in United States history, I stand with millions of Americans in memory of the nearly 3,000 lives lost. We must never forget the victims of the acts of hate and mass murder committed that day by radical Islamic terrorists. I will never forget. We will never forget," said Sen. Ted Cruz yesterday, remembering the lives lost 21 years ago during September 11th's terrorist attacks.

09.12.2022
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11.23.2022

TEXAS INSIDER ON YOUTUBE

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