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PAXTON: Court Denies Biden’s Effort to Dis­miss Texas Law­suit Against New 'Asy­lum Rule'

The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security – at the direction of Sect. Mayorkas & President Biden – is seeking to establish an "Asylum Rule Transfer" by moving authority given by Congress to U.S. Immigration Judges to the more lenient processing position known as an "Asylum Officer." Because this violates the statutory system Congress established, as well as the Appointments Clause of the Constitution, Texas sued to halt the move. The Federal Government then sought to have case dismissed, but a U.S. District Court has rejected that White House request.

02.15.2024
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Texas Once Again Leads the Nation in Truck Bottlenecks 

“Texans are no strangers to traffic congestion,” said Texas Trucking Association President John Esparza, adding, "unfortunately, all that congestion means our state’s economy takes a hit – as does our roadway safety and our environment." He made the comments as the American Transportation Research Institute released its 13th Annual List highlighting the most congested bottlenecks for trucks in America – and 13 Texas locations made the "Top 100."

02.14.2024
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On Behalf of Texas Ag, Sen. Cruz Secures Extension of Drought Warning Sensors

The federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) had planned to retire soil moisture sensors in Texas relied upon by the state’s agricultural community to spot potential droughts. However, NOAA has delayed any action on the sensors after an inquiry from Sen. Cruz, who sent an oversight letter to NOAA about its initial decision and upcoming plans.

02.13.2024
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Jeff Bezos Will Save $600 Million by Moving From Seattle to Florida

Jeff Bezos one of the 10 richest people on the planet — announced that he was moving his residence from Washington to Florida, we strongly suspected that taxes were a major factor in that decision. Florida has no capital gains tax and Washington recently enacted its first-ever capital gains tax at 7%. We calculated that Bezos would save hundreds of millions of dollars, but he denied taxes were a consideration.

02.13.2024
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Commissioner Buckingham Announces Results of Galveston County Vessel Turn-In Program

Texas Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham, M.D. announced the results of the Galveston County Vessel Turn-In Program (VTIP). During the VTIP, 52 boats were relinquished, totaling 927 linear feet, with 155 gallons of fuel recovered. The Texas GLO partnered with Galveston County and the TPWD to provide the residents of Galveston County with this free event to dispose of inoperable vessels.

02.13.2024
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Weber: Bipartisan Border Deal and Foreign Aid Package Was A Terrible Deal

The so-called 'shutdown' authority in the bill is anything but, riddled with loopholes that grant far too much discretionary authority to Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas – who has proven he will exploit every measure possible, in defiance of the law, to keep the border open. The bill also fails to stop the President's abuse of parole authority adequately. It provides taxpayer funds to fly and house illegal immigrants in hotels through FEMA Shelter and Services Program.

02.12.2024
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Sen. Cruz Introduces Bill to Prevent DHS from Halting Lawful U.S. Commerce, to Instead Process Illegal Aliens

The Biden White House closed four Border Ports of Entry in December, including 2 key railroad bridges in El Paso & Eagle Pass, Texas. The closures gave the appearance that Customs & Border Protection (CBP) was assisting Border Patrol to apprehend illegal immigrants – however, the CBP’s latest monthly update admits that the agents were used to “quickly process individuals.” Shutting down lawful commerce to welcome illegal aliens is unacceptable – and must be prevented.

02.12.2024
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Governor Abbott Champions Texas Energy At NAPE Summit In Houston

Governor Greg Abbott yesterday championed Texas’ booming energy industry and highlighted ways the state can continue to defend this critical industry from federal government overreach during a fireside chat at the 2024 NAPE Summit in Houston. The Governor was joined by Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt during the fireside chat moderated by Jacki Deason.

02.12.2024
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Gov. Abbott, Texas House Members Stand Strong to Secure & Expand Border Efforts

"Working together, we will expand Texas' current operations to decrease illegal immigration and add more soldiers in other areas of the border region," said Gov. Greg Abbott, as he was joined at a press conference in Eagle Pass's Shelby Park by State Reps. Greg Bonnen, Ben Bumgarner, Dustin Burrows, Briscoe Cain, Giovanni Capriglione, Mano DeAyala, Stan Gerdes, Cody Harris, Cole Hefner, Lacey Hull, Stan Kitzman, Stephanie Klick, Jeff Leach, Candy Noble, Matt Shaheen, John Smithee, David Spiller, Lynn Stucky, Kronda Thimesch & Ellen Troxclair.

02.09.2024
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Court Denies Biden’s Effort to Dis­miss Texas' Law­suit Against Admin's Uncon­sti­tu­tion­al 'Asy­lum Rule'

“The Biden White House must not be permitted to ignore Congress and violate the Constitution. We take every opportunity to hold Mr. Biden accountable for his unlawful overreach,” said Texas Att. Gen. Ken Paxton, after a court ruled in Texas' favor that Mr. Biden's proposed "Asylum Rule" violates both the statutory system Congress established, and the Constitution – a significant development that could provide future precedent for other courts to find Texas has standing to challenge Biden’s unlawful immigration policies.

02.09.2024
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CLELAND: Will the Cost of Protecting Teens Online Be a Another Example of Weaponized Federal Government?

Both state and federal legislators are actively pushing legislation designed to “protect our children online.” There is, of course, already a federal Children’s Online Privacy Act regulating the online collection of personal information on children under 13 years of age – so the shift toward heavy regulation and liability has been leading some industry-watchers to speculate whether the real motive is to drive up costs for social media so the companies will be put out of business by a weaponized Federal Government.

02.09.2024
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Sens. Cruz, Paul Demand CIA Whistleblower Information on Allegations Involving Covid-19 Origins Investigation

​​​​​​​"The Agency’s refusal to cooperate with requests for information by Members of the U.S. Senate regarding whistleblower allegations is unacceptable. The CIA has an obligation to be responsive to Congressional Oversight Requests by all members of the Senate, regardless of what committees they are assigned to,” said Senators Ted Cruz & Rand Paul (R-KY,), along with several Republican colleagues in the Senate to CIA Director William J. Burns following a prior request for information related to the CIA’s investigation into the origins of COVID-19.

02.08.2024
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Land Comm. Buckingham Announces Veterans Land Board 'Continued Service Series'

"The 'Continued Service Series' provides a unique window into the lives of our Veterans who have gone on to serve their communities as elected officials in the Texas Legislature," said Texas Land Commissioner & Veterans Land Board (VLB) Chairwoman Dawn Buckingham, M.D., announcing the first installment of the VLB Series. The Texas General Land Office & VLB started the initiative with the goal of highlighting members of the Texas Legislature who are Veterans of the Armed Forces.

02.08.2024
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Comptroller Hegar Returns $1.3 Billion in Monthly Sales Tax Revenues to Local Governments

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today that he will be sending the state's cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose districts $1.3 billion in local sales tax allocations for February, a 1.6% increase over the February 2023 figures.

02.08.2024
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CONG. WEBER: Demands Biden End his Sudden Ban on America's Natural Gas, LNG Exports

“Southeast Texas is uniquely placed on the Gulf Coast, its full of the world's cleanest refineries and ports to ship our nation's Oil & Gas to allies across the world, the Sabine-Neches Waterway's projected to be the largest LNG exporter in the U.S. – but President Biden just killed this all with a stroke of his pen. We have the ability to produce energy cleaner, more efficiently, and at lower costs than any other nation in the world – and we need to start acting like it instead of hindering our own ability.”

02.07.2024
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CONG. CARTER: Accountability For Illegal Immigrants

Illegal immigrants are invading our country, evading our laws, and getting away with it under this Administration. I voted for four bills last week that would crack down on criminal illegal aliens and close loopholes that allow them to avoid deportation.

02.06.2024
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Over 39,000 Criminal Arrests: Operation Lone Star Marks 1 Year of Texas Border Czar’s Leadership

Since the launch of Operation Lone Star, the multi-agency effort has led to over 497,600 Illegal Immigrant Apprehensions, more than 39,000 Criminal Arrests – with more than 35,200 Felony Charges. In the fight against the fentanyl crisis, Texas Law Enforcement has seized over 458 million lethal doses of fentanyl during this Border Mission, as Operation Lone Star continues to fill the dangerous gaps created by Joe Biden's refusal to secure the border.

02.06.2024
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Comptroller Hegar Applauds Rural Law Enforcement Offices that Applied for Grant Programs

“The state of Texas is adding another layer of support to ensure our communities are safe through these Rural Grant Programs, and I’m extremely proud of the work done to help law enforcement offices across Texas get the additional financial tools they need,” said Comptroller Glenn Hegar, after more than 94% of the eligible rural sheriff’s offices and nearly 86% of the eligible prosecutor’s offices applied for grants created by Senate Bill 22 to provide financial assistance to eligible counties. ​​​​​

02.06.2024
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America’s Governors Hold Border Press Conf. to Stand With Texas & Gov. Abbott: Secure the Border

As of today, 14 states have stepped up to support Texas' right to defend itself against Joe Biden’s Border Crisis by deploying Personnel & Resources to help secure the border in Biden's absence – and 13 of those Governors stood in solidarity with Gov. Abbott for a press conference yesterday in Eagle Pass's Shelby Park. "Half of America’s Governors, including those here with me today, have banded together to make one thing clear: Americans stand with Texas and our right to protect & defend our state," said Abbott.

02.05.2024
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Sen. Cruz Launches Effort to Block Biden's Latest Rule Banning Inexpensive Gas Furnaces

“This administration doesn’t care that their radical climate agenda will have a catastrophic impact on American families and small businesses... further hurting families who're already struggling to get by," said Sen. Ted Cruz. The Biden White House’s rule will go into effect February 16th, forcing manufacturers to sell only furnaces that convert at least 95% of fuel into heat. The rule will effectively coerce a majority of American households to adopt electric heat pumps or pay 1,000s of dollars to renovate their homes.

02.05.2024
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05.22.2024

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05.20.2024
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