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Governor Abbott Establishes Statewide Face Covering Requirement, Issues Proclamation To Limit Gatherings

Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions.

07.07.2020
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 Paycheck Protection Program Deadline Extended

Starting Monday, July 6th, small businesses can once again apply for loans through the PPP. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020. 

07.07.2020
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Governor Abbott, HHSC Secure $2.67 Billion In Federal Funding for Texas Hospitals

Governor Greg Abbott and the HHSC today announced that $2.67 billion in federal funding has been approved to support Texas hospitals that provide care for people receiving Medicaid.

07.06.2020
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Sen. Cruz on Violent Rioters: We Need Leaders to Stand up and Defend America Unapologetically

With violent crime on the rise and Democratic politicians allowing radical Leftists’ dangerous “defund the police” movement to gain steam, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) appeared on Fox News’ ‘Hannity’ and the ‘Joe Pags Show,’ where he slammed the violence and riots and urged U.S. officials and politicians to stand up and defend America.

07.06.2020
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Brady: We’ve Smashed Expectations and are on the Right Track.

The top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady (R-TX) released the following statement in response to the Labor Department’s June jobs report.

07.02.2020
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Patrick Statement on Fauci Criticism of Texas

It is notable that Dr. Fauci did not criticize Andrew Cuomo’s deadly decisions in New York or California’s strategy, whose months long draconian lock down has had no impact on case numbers there. Note that the death rate in New York is 161 per hundred thousand, while Texas is 8.3 per hundred thousand. The California death rate is almost twice that of Texas.

07.02.2020
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Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce $9 Million for Nursing Facility Infection Control Projects to Prevent COVID-19

Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) today announced $9 million in federal funding for nursing facilities to implement infection control projects to protect residents and staff from the spread of COVID-19.

07.01.2020
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Rep. Williams: USMCA Enters Into Force July 1

Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) statement as the United States Mexico Canada Agreement officially went into effect.

07.01.2020
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Governor Abbott Takes Executive Action To Contain Spread Of COVID-19; Secures Extension Of Federally-Supported Testing Sites In Texas

The targeted, measured directives in the executive order are based on links between certain types of businesses and services and the recent rise in positive cases throughout the state.

06.29.2020
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Babin Responds to the House Passage of the Justice in Policing Act

Although U.S. Congressman Brian Babin (TX-36) remains ready and willing to discuss potential police reform, Congressman Babin deeply opposes this particular legislation.

06.29.2020
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Will 'Trump Stealth Voters' be President's Secret Weapon in 2020, as Happened in 2016?

Stealth Trump voters are not ashamed of voting for the president. They just don’t want a target on their backs. "I support the president too, but I'm not as strong as some to come out and say it in public,” said one of those interviewed.

06.25.2020
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Gov. Abbott Announces Temporary Pause of Reopening Phases, Issues Exec. Order Expanding Hospital Capacity

Governor Greg Abbott announced that the State of Texas will pause any further phases to open Texas as the state responds to the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. He also issued an Executive Order to ensure hospital bed availability for patients

06.25.2020
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Sen. Cruz: The Chinese Communist Party Bears Enormous Responsibility for the Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz during a full committee hearing on Tuesday discussed the Chinese Communist Party’s culpability in allowing the coronavirus outbreak to become a global pandemic and examined legal actions the U.S. and international community could take to hold accountable the Chinese officials directly responsible.

06.25.2020
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Texas Workforce Commission Expands Training Grants and Child Care Funding

TWC took additional action to promote economic recovery and support the health of all Texans. These actions include expanding the eligibility for Skills Development Funds training grants and a federal waiver request to increase pre-kindergarten match allowance for child care centers.

06.25.2020
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Sen. Cruz Applauds FCC Decision to Reject Phoenix TV License Application

FCC rejected the application for a license enabling a radio station secretly “used and maintained” by a company owned by Phoenix TV, which is subject to control by the Chinese Communist Party, to broadcast Chinese programs into the U.S. from Mexico and specifically ordered operations to cease operations within 48 hours.

06.23.2020
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Governor Abbott Announces $123.6 Billion Economic Impact Of Military Bases In Texas

The Texas State Comptroller estimates these military installations contributed at least $123.6 billion to the Texas economy in 2019 and supported more than 630,000 jobs in communities across the state.

06.22.2020
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Texas Unemployment Rate 13.0 Percent

This is the first decrease in the state unemployment rate since March 2020 when the Texas economy was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Texas is below the national rate of 13.3 percent.

06.19.2020
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Congressman Brady Sponsors the JUSTICE Act

Congressman Kevin Brady (TX-08) becomes an original co-sponsor of the JUSTICE Act, legislation that offers real solutions to increase transparency, accountability, and performance in our nation’s law enforcement.

06.19.2020
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Texas Alliance of Energy Producers Taps Cye Wagner as 1st Woman Board Chair, Jason Modglin as new President

Boosting its legislative advocacy powers, the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers has named Jason Modglin as its new President, after earlier electing Cye Wagner as its new Board of Directors Chair. An operator and petroleum engineer, Wagner becomes the first woman to lead the association in its 90-year history.

06.19.2020
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Brady: Mnuchin is Right, Now Is Not the Time for Countries to Impose New Digital Taxes

Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX) agrees with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin sending a letter to four European finance ministers warning them not to press forward with plans for new digital taxes

06.18.2020
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06.25.2020

TEXAS INSIDER ON YOUTUBE

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06.22.2020
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06.19.2020
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