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August 2, 2018

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Where to Find the Money to Support Public Education

Money matters in education. Funding high-quality public education is an investment in the next generation and the future prosperity of our state. Early education, high performing teachers, and engaging classroom experiences are all linked to greater student achievement, and all require sufficient resources to implement correctly.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

August 8, 2018

Dan Patrick Campaign: Patrick Endorses Peter Flores in Senate District 19 Runoff Election

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick reiterated his endorsement of Republican Peter Flores in the Senate District 19 Special Election and pledged his support in the upcoming runoff campaign. Senate District 19 is a sprawling 17-county district anchored in San Antonio.

From Dan Patrick Campaign

July 26, 2018

Dan Patrick Campaign: Patrick Endorses Peter Flores in Senate District 19

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick announced today he is endorsing Republican Peter Flores in the Senate District 19 Special Election slated for July 31. “I am endorsing Pete Flores in Senate District 19. Though Democrats have held this seat for decades, Pete has brought a common-sense conservative message to this sprawling, 18-county district and voters are responding with a big thumbs-up.

From Dan Patrick Campaign

August 10, 2018

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Jones Highlights Working Class Roots, Commitment to Expanding Opportunity in Latest Ad

Today, Gina Ortiz Jones’ campaign for Congress released its latest ad, “Dreams,” highlighting Jones’ pursuit of her dream of a career in the Air Force, and her commitment to making sure every person in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District can pursue their own dreams.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

July 20, 2018

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Will Hurd NYT Piece Leaves Out Hurd's Abdication On Protecting Us From Russian Interference

Congressman Hurd yesterday published a high-profile opinion piece for the New York Times, on the subject of Russian interference in American elections on behalf of Republicans and Donald Trump. On the same day the piece was published Congressman Hurd: • Skipped a House Intelligence Committee vote to subpoena the interpreter from the Helsinki Summit; Republicans present voted to block the subpoena.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

August 17, 2018

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Launches Website Exposing Will Hurd's Record

This week Gina Ortiz Jones for Congress launched the website “Hurd’s Hypocrisy” exposing Congressman Will Hurd’s true record in Congress - a Representative who says one thing and does another. Jones released the following statement:

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

July 30, 2018

Greg Abbott Campaign: Governor Abbott Endorses Pete Flores for State Senator in Senate District 19

Governor Greg Abbott today endorsed Pete Flores for State Senator in SD-19. Flores is a former leader of Texas Parks and Wildlife’s statewide law enforcement division, and has an extensive background in proactive leadership and community involvement.

From Greg Abbott Campaign

August 6, 2018

Insurance Council of Texas: Hotline in Place to Catch Arsonists

The hot, dry weather conditions have resulted in a number of wildfires across the state, stretching rural firefighters to their limits, and this is made worse when someone intentionally sets a fire. To combat the work of arsonists, all fire chiefs, fire marshals and local law enforcement officers are urged to take advantage of the Texas Arson Hotline.

From Insurance Council of Texas

August 9, 2018

Joseph Kopser Campaign: Kopser Welcomes Chip Roy to TX-21

Today, Joseph Kopser’s campaign in TX-21 released the following statement today about Chip Roy’s upcoming 21-stop tour. “After spending two decades playing partisan games and swimming in the Washington Swamp, Chip Roy ought to rename his tour the ‘Welcome to Texas Tour,” said Kopser.

From Joseph Kopser Campaign

August 9, 2018

Justin Nelson Campaign: Nelson Responds to Indicted Ken Paxton Meeting with President Trump to Discuss Criminal Justice Reform

“It’s absurd that Donald Trump would take advice from Ken Paxton–– who is staring down nearly a century in the Crow Bar Hotel–– on criminal justice reform. What’s next? Tax preparation from Al Capone?”

From Justin Nelson Campaign

August 8, 2018

Justin Nelson Campaign: Nelson Responds to Federal Court Hearing on Ken Paxton's Lawsuit to end DACA

“Today is a sad reminder that Indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is putting partisan ideology before the people of Texas. He is wasting Texas taxpayer resources on a lawsuit that would hurt so many Texans.

From Justin Nelson Campaign

August 17, 2018

Justin Nelson Campaign: Nelson Responds to Indicted Attorney General Ken Paxton's Continued Refusal to Defend the Texas Ethics Commission Against Empower Texans

Earlier today, the Houston Chronicle reported that Indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will again refuse to defend the Texas Ethics Commission in court against a lawsuit filed by Empower Texans. Because of this, the TEC has been forced to request an additional $600,000 in funding from state lawmakers.

From Justin Nelson Campaign

August 1, 2018

Justin Nelson Campaign: Nelson Responds to Lyceum Poll

A new Lyceum poll shows Justin Nelson within striking distance of indicted Attorney General Ken Paxton. “An incumbent at 35% is somewhere between blood in the water and six feet under. Voters are just starting to meet me and our numbers will change. What won't change? A statewide elected official who is facing 99 years in prison and an electorate that is clearly rejecting him.

From Justin Nelson Campaign

July 30, 2018

Kim Olson Campaign: Olson Ready to Debate Texas Agriculture Issues; Incumbent Denies Voters Opportunity to Hear from Candidates in Open Forum

According to the campaign of Kim Olson, Democratic nominee for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, she and her rival have been invited to multiple debates, but the Republican incumbent has refused each invitation. Meanwhile, Olson believes a debate is a critical opportunity for voters to better understand who best represents their interests. As such, Olson is prepared to debate her opponent at any point.

From Kim Olson Campaign

August 16, 2018

Laura Morrison Campaign: Morrison Files for Mayor

Today former Council Member Laura Morrison filed for Austin Mayor, securing a place on the November ballot. Morrison would be only the second woman ever elected Mayor of Austin since 1839. “I’ve seen polling that shows this is a winnable race,” said Morrison. “People from all over Austin want change in the mayor’s office.

From Laura Morrison Campaign

July 23, 2018

League of Women Voters: Election Security in Texas

The League of Women Voters of Texas strongly believes that in Texas and the entire United States of America, every single citizen should be able to vote with confidence that their vote will be properly counted.

From League of Women Voters

July 26, 2018

League of Women Voters of Texas: Celebrates 100 Years Since Texas Women Voted for the First Time

One hundred years ago today, Texas women voted in a primary election for the very first time. Join the League of Women Voters of Texas in celebrating this historic milestone by empowering voters in communities across Texas with a donation to support our nonpartisan Voters Guide, voter education and voter registration opportunities.

From League of Women Voters of Texas

August 15, 2018

League of Women Voters of Texas: Surveys High Schools Voter Registration Practices

The 2018 League of Women Voters of Texas's High School Voter Registration Survey provides insight into the many ways Texas schools - rural and urban, small and large - provide voter registration opportunities for their students. The survey found that 73% of the schools who responded to the survey reported that they offered voter registration opportunities twice a year, as required by Texas statute.

From League of Women Voters of Texas

August 8, 2018

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher: Culberson Must Explain His Stock Purchases Connected to Federal Insider Trading Indictment

In light of Congressman Chris Collins’ federal indictment on charges of insider trading today, Lizzie Fletcher released the following statement calling on Congressman Culberson to publicly explain what information he received from Collins relating to Innate Immunotherapeutics stock:

From Lizzie Pannill Fletcher

August 16, 2018

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign: Fletcher, Democratic Candidate for Texas' 7th Congressional District, Releases Vision For Moving Us Forward

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, Democratic candidate for Congress, today released her vision for Texas’ 7th Congressional District. Moving Us Forward lays out the policy priorities that Fletcher will focus on moving into the final months of this general election campaign.

From Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign

August 14, 2018

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign: Vice President Biden: I am Proud to Endorse Lizzie Fletcher for Congress

Democratic candidate Lizzie Pannill Fletcher announced today that she was endorsed by former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. “Lizzie Fletcher has spent her life improving the lives of people across her community. In Congress, she will put partisan politics aside and be the advocate for working families that her district needs in Washington," said Vice President Biden.

From Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign

August 14, 2018

Lubbock Chamber of Commerce: Launches Association Health Plan Made Possible by New Regulations

The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce today announced new health insurance plan options for small business members, made possible by Association Health Plan rules issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) last month. The Chamber is targeting an effective coverage date for the new West Texas Employer Health Plan as early as October 1.

From Lubbock Chamber of Commerce

August 13, 2018

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: State Officials Tour Tornillo Port of Entry Facility

Today, August 10, members of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus toured the ‘tent city’ at the Tornillo Port of Entry. Federal officials and facility operators confirmed today that the Tornillo facility would remain open passed the August 13 contract and extend to September 13.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

July 24, 2018

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Releases Recommendations On Family Separation Crisis

On Tuesday, July 24th, the Mexican American Legislative Caucus released recommendations put forth by the MALC Working Group in response to the family separation crisis. Last month in a public hearing and stakeholders meeting, legislators, immigration experts, health and child welfare advocates, child-facility operators, and state agency officials met to discuss the state’s role in addressing the current problems and urgent needs facing the children and families detained and separated at the border.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

July 24, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Lt. Governor Patrick Announces His Plan to Hide From Voters

TODAY, Texas Democratic Lt. Governor Nominee, Mike Collier reacts to Monday’s Texas Tribune article in which Lt. Governor Dan Patrick confirmed he refuses to face voters. This comes before any formal invitations have been sent by media outlets.

From Mike Collier Campaign

August 1, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: New Initiative Confirms That Collier is Right and Patrick is Wrong about Texas Property Taxes

TODAY, the Texas Association of Counties launched an initiative and petition called Protect Property Taxpayers, which provides facts and figures that confirm Democratic Nominee for Lt. Governor, Mike Collier's assertion that the state of Texas, under Dan Patrick, is the big driver of the property tax crisis in Texas.

From Mike Collier Campaign

July 25, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Collier Blasts Patrick for Blocking Red Flag Laws

TODAY, Democratic Lt. Governor Nominee, Mike Collier reacts to Lt. Governor Dan Patrick’s comments that the Texas Senate will not consider sensible gun laws if he is re-elected, making the Governor’s proposed Red Flag Laws a non-starter.

From Mike Collier Campaign

August 15, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: I Give TEA A-F Rating System For School Districts an "F"

TODAY, the Texas Education Agency is releasing the first A-F ratings for school districts across the state. While districts are receiving A-F grades, for this year only, individual schools are being graded on a pass/fail system. Democratic Lt. Governor Nominee, Mike Collier offers fierce criticism to the program and its methods.

From Mike Collier Campaign

August 6, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Another Dan Patrick Special - Senate Select Committee Report on SChool Gun Violence Contains No Action

TODAY, Democratic Lt. Governor Nominee, Mike Collier, condemns the recently released Texas Senate Select Committee Report commissioned by Dan Patrick for its failure to recommend concrete procedures to eliminate school gun violence.

From Mike Collier Campaign

August 13, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Collier Accepts Fox's Invitation To Live Lt. Governor Debate

TODAY, Democratic Lt. Governor Nominee, Mike Collier, formally accepted an invitation to debate Dan Patrick, issued by KRIV Fox 26 in Houston and to be aired across the state. Over the last several months, Lt. Governor Patrick has avoided nearly all press inquiries, with the exception of Fox News, on which he has appeared several times.

From Mike Collier Campaign

August 16, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Patrick Deflects Blame for Retired Teacher Benefit Cuts, Implies Cuts Are Permanent

Democratic Nominee for Texas Lt. Governor, Mike Collier, blasts his Republican opponent, Dan Patrick, for admonishing TRS-Care Trustees to halt planned premium increases, deliberately concealing the legislature’s role.

From Mike Collier Campaign

August 14, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Lt. Gov. Patrick's Public Campaign Appearance Schedule This Week

TODAY, Democratic Lt. Governor Nominee, Mike Collier announces Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s public campaign schedule for the week of August 13th - 17th. All event details come directly from the Lt. Governor’s website and Facebook Pages.

From Mike Collier Campaign

July 24, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Healthcare Experts Expecting Premium Increases in 2019

TODAY, an article posted by the Center for American Progress details how much healthcare premiums will increase following the Trump Administration’s dismantling of the Individual Mandate in the Affordable Care Act. Texas Democratic Lt. Governor Nominee, Mike Collier offers the following reaction:

From Mike Collier Campaign

August 17, 2018

Najvar Law Firm: Zimmerman's Petition Seeking U.S. Supreme Court Review of Austin Campaign Contribution Limits Gains Momentum as High Court Requests Response from City

This week, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an order requiring the City of Austin to respond to the request filed in July by Don Zimmerman, former District 6 Councilmember, seeking High Court review of two of Austin’s limits on campaign contributions.

From Najvar Law Firm

August 17, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Commends 5th Circuit Decision Upholding Campus Carry Law

Attorney General Ken Paxton today commended a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit after it upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit by three University of Texas at Austin professors who challenged Senate Bill 11, the campus carry law. The professors claimed that the legislation passed by the Texas Legislature in 2015 would have a “chilling effect” and stifle discussion in their classrooms.

From Office of the Attorney General

August 10, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Leads 12-State Coalition in Brief Supporting First Amendment in Public Policy Debates

Leading a 12-state coalition, Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a friend-of-the-court brief in defense of the First Amendment. The brief, filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, supports ExxonMobil Corporation’s appeal of a lower court ruling that dismissed its lawsuit against the Massachusetts and New York attorneys general.

From Office of the Attorney General

August 8, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Asks U.S. District Court for Nationwide Injunctions to Phase Out the Unlawful Obama-Era DACA Program

Attorney General Ken Paxton today asked a U.S. District Court for a nationwide injunction to stop the federal government from issuing or renewing any additional permits under the unlawful Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program while Texas’ multistate coalition lawsuit is pending and to ultimately set the program aside as unconstitutional.

From Office of the Attorney General

August 7, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Recovers $110 Million in Medicaid Fraud Settlements

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca agreed to pay $110 million to the state of Texas to settle lawsuits alleging that the company falsely and misleadingly marketed two of its drugs in violation of the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act.

From Office of the Attorney General

August 6, 2018

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Statement on Senate Select Committee Report on Violence in Schools and School Security

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today upon the release of the final report of the Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Security: “Immediately after the tragic school shooting in Santa Fe, I appointed a bi-partisan Select Committee, headed by Senate Education Committee Chairman, Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, to review comprehensive strategies to address school violence and increase security in our schools and provide me with a report by early August.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

July 24, 2018

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Commends Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Security

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick commended the Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Security today which has just concluded its final committee meeting. Chaired by Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, the committee has taken testimony from over 150 witnesses on school violence and security issues.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

August 15, 2018

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Letter to TRS Board: Don't Increase Health Care Premiums for Retired Teachers

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick sent the following letter today to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) Board urging them not to raise health care premiums for retired teachers next year. The lieutenant governor’s letter is copied here:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

August 1, 2018

Pete Flores Campaign: Flores Finishes in First Place in SD-19 Special Election

Pete Flores, Republican candidate for Texas Senate District 19, finished in first place in tonight’s special election and is well-positioned to win the vacant Texas Senate seat in the upcoming runoff. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Flores had 32.31 percent, with former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego in second place with 32.07 percent and State Rep. Roland Gutierrez in third place with 24.32 percent out of 31,510 votes cast.

From Pete Flores Campaign

July 25, 2018

Pete Flores Campaign: Republican Pete Flores Launches First TV Ad, "Not A Career Politician"

Pete Flores, the leading Republican candidate for the Texas Senate District 19 special election on July 31, announced today that his campaign has released its first TV ad entitled “Not A Career Politician”.

From Pete Flores Campaign

July 24, 2018

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes: Statement on State Senator Sylvia Garcia's Retirement

Today, State Senator Sylvia Garcia (SD-6, Houston) announced her retirement from the Texas legislature and uged Governor Greg Abbott to hold an election for her seat on November 6. Statement from Yvonne Gutierrez: “Sen. Garcia has fought relentlessly for women’s health and reproductive rights. Her commitment to advocate for all Texans, not just her own constituents, was evident in the legislation she successfully passed to protect our health and safety.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

July 26, 2018

Representative Brian Babin: Votes to Extend Flood Insurance Program

U.S. Representative Brian Babin (TX-36) released the following statement after the House passed the National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2018 (S.1182), legislation that will keep the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) authorized through the upcoming hurricane season.

From Representative Brian Babin

July 26, 2018

Representative Brian Babin: Applauds House Passage of 2019 NDAA Conference Report

U.S. Representative Brian Babin (TX-36) applauded today’s passage of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report in the House: “With countless threats around the world, it is crucial for Congress to provide the funds necessary to ensure that our military is able and ready to face whatever comes its way.

From Representative Brian Babin

August 10, 2018

Representative Brian Babin: Introduces the Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety (TAPS) Act

Today, Congressman Brian Babin (TX-36) introduced the Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety (TAPS) Act (H.R. 6664). The TAPS Act goes beyond political rhetoric to provide a national strategy to keep communities safe from targeted violence.

From Representative Brian Babin

August 15, 2018

Representative Cesar Blanco: Statement on El Paso VA Health Care System Ground Breaking Ceremony for New South Central Wellness Center

"Our service-members and veterans deserve nothing less than the best care we can provide for their service and sacrifice. "Our veterans are often faced with mental health issues that go undiagnosed or are not adequately treated.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

July 25, 2018

Representative Dustin Burrows: Statement on the Passing of Delwin Jones

"Delwin Jones was a true West Texan. As a Legislator, his commitment to his constituents in his District was extraordinary. Delwin was a remarkable public servant and decorated war veteran who worked hard to make Texas a better place to live and work. Elisabeth and I offer our condolences and prayers to Delwin's family."

From Representative Dustin Burrows

August 13, 2018

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Children Stuck In Temporary Shelter For Months Without Timeline For Release

Today, State Representative Eddie Rodriguez toured the Tornillo Port of Entry Shelter with colleagues from the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC). Rep. Rodriguez is Policy Chair for MALC, the oldest and largest Latino legislative caucus in the nation. MALC works on the forefront of issues related to immigration, family detention and border security in the Texas Legislature.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

August 9, 2018

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: MALC Policy Chair Rodriguez To Visit Ground-Zero In Family Separation Crisis

On Friday, August 10th, State Representative Eddie Rodriguez will visit the ‘tent city’ erected by the Trump administration at the Tornillo, Texas port of entry to observe conditions at what has become ground-zero in the ongoing family separation crisis.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

August 15, 2018

Representative Garnet Coleman: Statement on Release of HISD School Ratings

Today, August 15, 2018, Representative Garnet Coleman (D-147) released the following statement regarding the release of Houston Independent School District's (HISD) school accountability ratings: "I am proud that HISD's Achieve 180 initiative and interim Superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan have been successful in improving our schools.

From Representative Garnet Coleman

August 16, 2018

Representative Henry Cuellar: Helps Pass New HOPE Act, Eliminating Regulatory Burdens on Small Businesses

Congressman Cuellar helped pass the New Hope and Opportunity through the Power of Employment Act (New HOPE Act) into law as part of a bill to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

August 1, 2018

Representative Henry Cuellar: House Appropriations Committee Passes Harris & Cuellar Amendment Repairing H-2B Visa Program

Reps. Henry Cuellar (TX-28) and Andy Harris (MD-01) offered an amendment during the fiscal year 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations bill that permanently fixes the H-2B visa program. The H-2B visa program permits employers to hire foreign workers to come temporarily to the United States and perform temporary nonagricultural services or labor on a one-time, seasonal, peakload or intermittent basis.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

July 26, 2018

Representative Henry Cuellar: Cuellar, Newhouse H-2A Amendment Included in Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

Reps. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statements after the House Committee on Appropriations approved an amendment they offered to the Fiscal Year 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations Act. The legislation provides for critical programs such as border and immigration enforcement, customs activities, protection against cyberterrorism, aviation security, natural disaster response, border security, and temporary guest-workers.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

July 26, 2018

Representative Henry Cuellar: Fights Border Wall Funding

Yesterday, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) offered an amendment to the fiscal year 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations bill during full committee markup to fight the border wall. The amendment would:

From Representative Henry Cuellar

July 24, 2018

Representative Michael McCaul: Bill to Identify Threats Clears Committee

Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, applauds the committee passage of his legislation, H.R. 6439, the Biometric Identification Migration Alert Program (BITMAP) Authorization Act of 2018.

From Representative Michael McCaul

July 25, 2018

Representative Michael McCaul: Bill to Promote U.S. Energy Security Interests Abroad Passes House

Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, applauds the House passage of his legislation: H.R. 5535, the Energy Diplomacy Act.

From Representative Michael McCaul

August 7, 2018

Representative Nicole Collier: To Host Town Hall Thursday on Transportation

To provide clarity on the new Southeast Connector project slated to run through House District 95; shed light on the roles and responsibilities between the state and the city regarding management of state highways within the city of Fort Worth; and to familiarize constituents with dynamic toll roads, Representative Nicole Collier will hold a transportation town hall from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, August 16, 2018, at the Martin Luther King Community Center, located at 5565 Truman Drive, Fort Worth, 76112.

From Representative Nicole Collier

July 25, 2018

Representative Randy Weber: Statement On NFIP Solution

On Wednesday, July 25, 2018, the House voted on an amendment to S. 1182. The amendment incorporates a four-month extension of the current National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Following passage of the bill, Congressman Randy Weber (R – Friendswood) released the following statement:

From Representative Randy Weber

July 26, 2018

Representative Roger Williams: Recognizes the Bluebonnet Belle on the House Floor

Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) took to the House floor Wednesday evening to recognize the famed Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain, which has been in use since 1944. Williams’ remarks are below: “Mr. Speaker, today I want to recognize the famed Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain in Burnet, Texas, that I represent.

From Representative Roger Williams

July 31, 2018

Representative Ted Poe: Files Resolution Encouraging Internet Privacy

Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) filed House Resolution 1039, the Support Privacy on the Internet Resolution, encouraging edge internet companies and data service providers to include data protections in their policies.

From Representative Ted Poe

July 25, 2018

Representatives Ted Poe and Al Green: Celebrate Passage Of Legislation To Extend Veterans Educational Waivers After Natural Disasters

Today, Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX) and Al Green (D-TX), released the following statements after the House passage of the bipartisan Veterans Education Disaster Assistance Act, as part of H.R. 5649, the Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William `Bill' Mulder (Ret.) Transition Improvement Act of 2018. The Veterans Education Disaster Assistance Act ensures veterans continue to receive the housing stipends and supply fee payment waivers that they are entitled to receive when they face extended school closures due to natural disasters.

From Representative Ted Poe

July 20, 2018

Representative Ted Poe: Poe/Olson Amendment Passes House- Steps Taken To Save Battleship Texas

This week, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement on the passage of H.R. 6147, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2017, which included an amendment offered by Congressmen Poe and Olson.

From Representative Ted Poe

August 6, 2018

Representative Ted Poe: Applauds Reimplementation of Sanctions on Rogue Iranian Regime

Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, released the following statement in response to the United States sanctioning of the rogue Iranian regime.

From Representative Ted Poe

July 25, 2018

Representative Will Hurd: Continues Efforts to Restore National Parks

Today, U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) joined Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01), Energy and Water Development Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson (ID-02) and Ranking Member Raul Grijalva (AZ-03) to introduce the Restore Our Parks & Public Lands Act to jump start overdue maintenance projects in our national parks by directing 50% of unallocated federal mineral revenues to a newly established restoration fund.

From Representative Will Hurd

August 15, 2018

Senator Borris Miles: Statement from Senator Miles on Houston ISD TEA Sanctions

"I am happy to see progress at Houston Independent School District and that the district has avoided possible sanctions by the Texas Education Agency. I am ecstatic that three of the schools requiring improvement in Senate District 13 -- Worthing, Mading and Woodson PK-5 -- have turned around student performance and now meet TEA standards.

From Senator Borris Miles

August 16, 2018

Senator Donna Campbell: Condemns California-sized Overreach of San Antonio City Council

"Today's vote by the San Antonio City Council is extremely disappointing and disheartening for the job creators, entrepreneurs, and multi-generational family-owned restaurants who represent the blood, sweat, and tears of our city.

From Senator Donna Campbell

August 13, 2018

Senator Donna Campbell: Campbell and Texas Conservative Coalition File Brief in Support of Applicants Challenging Austin's Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

State Senator Donna Campbell and members of the Texas Conservative Coalition filed an amicus curiae brief with the Texas Third Court of Appeals in support of business groups' appeal for a temporary injunction against the city's controversial paid sick leave ordinance. Austin's ordinance is scheduled to go into effect on October 1st and would apply to any eligible employee working within the city limits, regardless of where the employer is headquartered, its size, or how many workers are employed.

From Senator Donna Campbell

July 30, 2018

Senator Donna Campbell: Expresses Concerns over Potential Alamo Changes

Today State Senator Donna Campbell sent a letter to the Alamo Plaza Advisory Committee expressing concerns she shares with other Texans over potential changes to the cenotaph's location and public access to the state's most important historical site.

From Senator Donna Campbell

August 7, 2018

Senator Donna Campbell: In Letter to Mayor, Sen. Campbell Expresses Concerns Over Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Ahead of Wednesday's San Antonio City Council meeting, State Senator Donna Campbell sent a letter to Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Council Members reiterating the legal concerns expressed by Attorney General Ken Paxton and the economic fallout if the city adopts a mandatory paid sick leave policy.

From Senator Donna Campbell

August 1, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: What the Defense Bill Means for Texas

Today the final John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 conference report passed the Senate, and it will now head to the President’s desk for signature. You can read the final conference report here, and below is a summary of the bill’s impact on Texas:

From Senator John Cornyn

August 7, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Releases Letter to Texans on National Purple Heart Day

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following open letter to Texans on National Purple Heart Day

From Senator John Cornyn

July 31, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Votes to Extend National Flood Insurance Program

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after voting to extend the National Flood Insurance Program, which was set to expire at midnight: “With the 2018 hurricane season already underway and catastrophic storms from last year like Hurricane Harvey still fresh on our mind, I supported today’s effort,” said Sen. Cornyn.

From Senator John Cornyn

July 31, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Bill to Ease Burdensome Occupational Licensing Requirements Signed Into Law

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after President Trump signed his New Hope and Opportunity through the Power of Employment Act (New HOPE Act) into law as part of a bill to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act:

From Senator John Cornyn

July 24, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Senate Confirms New VA Secretary

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) spoke on the Senate floor about the nomination of Robert Wilkie to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs before he was confirmed today.

From Senator John Cornyn

July 24, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Bill to Ease Burdensome Occupational Licensing Requirements Passes Senate

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after his New Hope and Opportunity through the Power of Employment Act (New HOPE Act) passed the Senate yesterday as part of a bill to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act: “Burdensome licensing requirements can be a hurdle for Texans seeking a more fulfilling career with a higher wage,” said Sen. Cornyn.

From Senator John Cornyn

July 26, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Democrats Block Cornyn Family Reunification Bill Ahead of Deadline

On the eve of a deadline to reunite families who’ve been detained and separated at the border, Democrats yesterday blocked an effort by U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) to pass the Keep Families Together and Enforce the Law Act.

From Senator John Cornyn

August 13, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: What the Defense Law Means for Texas

Today President Trump signed the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 into law. You can read the final legislation here, and below is a summary of its impact on Texas: Raises troops’ pay by 2.6%, the largest pay raise for our military in nearly 10 years.

From Senator John Cornyn

August 10, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: New Cornyn Video: Working for Our Vets

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following video highlighting veterans legislation passed by the Senate in the 115th Congress.

From Senator John Cornyn

August 6, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Accomplishments Grow Under GOP Senate

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senate Republicans continue to build on their record of accomplishment in the 115th Congress by passing legislation to benefit Texans and the economy, as well as confirming President Trump’s judicial nominees at a record-setting pace.

From Senator John Cornyn

August 10, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Statement on Judge Kavanaugh Hearing Announcement

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after Chairman Grassley announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court beginning September 4th:

From Senator John Cornyn

August 17, 2018

Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz: Urge Air Force to Base B-21 Bombers at Dyess AFB in Abilene

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) sent a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson today urging the Air Force to select Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene as the principal base for the new B-21 Raider long-range strike bomber.

From Senator John Cornyn

August 14, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Renews Call to Bring Austin Tice Home

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement about Houston-native Austin Tice, a Marine veteran and journalist who was taken captive in Syria six years ago today: “For the Tice family, the absence of their son and brother has made for an unimaginable and devastating six years,” Sen. Cornyn said.

From Senator John Cornyn

July 31, 2018

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Statement on the Attempted Robbery at La Plaza Mall Encourages Texans to Download iWatchTexas App

Saturday, an attempted robbery took place at Deutsch and Deutsch inside La Plaza Mall, in McAllen, TX. Law enforcement responded to the situation in a timely manner and arrested all seven suspects. No injuries were associated with this attempted robbery, however this incident left shoppers in severe distraught as some were rushed to the hospital for anxiety attacks.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

July 25, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Chairs Hearing Focused on America's Future Exploration of Mars

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, today chaired a hearing examining the future of America’s leadership in space, and explored issues regarding our work to land an American on the surface of Mars in the 2030s.

From Senator Ted Cruz

August 6, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: America Must Do Everything Possible to Support the Iranian People, Including Fully Enforcing All American Sanctions

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement applauding the administration’s enforcement of U.S. sanctions on Iran. In July, Sen. Cruz led a letter signed by 10 senators to the ambassadors of the EU3 - Britain, France, and Germany – calling on their governments to deepen transatlantic cooperation against Iran and warning against efforts to evade U.S. sanctions.

From Senator Ted Cruz

August 7, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: 'Lackland Equips Our Airmen to Defend Our Freedoms, Protect Our Interests, and Project American Strength Abroad'

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today kicked off the ‘Texas Defends America’ tour, a week-long tour of Texas military bases, with a visit to Military City, USA. There, he toured Lackland Air Force Base and received a briefing on training operations before visiting with the Airmen.

From Senator Ted Cruz

July 25, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Questions Mobile Technology Leaders on Economic Impact of Commercial 5G Broadband Deployment

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, participated in a hearing titled: “The Race to 5G: Exploring Spectrum Needs to Maintain U.S. Global Leadership,” where he questioned leaders from the mobile technology industry on the potential economic impact of expanding commercial 5G broadband networks.

From Senator Ted Cruz

August 15, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Releases 'Texas Defends America' Video

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released a video highlighting his statewide ‘Texas Defends America’ tour of Texas military bases in San Antonio, Houston, San Angelo, Abilene, and Killeen. On the tour, Sen. Cruz touted the over 30 provisions he secured in the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019, all of which directly benefit Texas and America’s national security interests at home and abroad.

From Senator Ted Cruz

August 14, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Applauds Department of Education's Federal Assistance for Displaced Texas Students Following Hurricane Harvey

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement applauding the Department of Education’s announcement allotting $174.2 million in federal funds to Texas to cover the costs of educating students who were displaced as a result of Hurricane Harvey.

From Senator Ted Cruz

July 20, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: There Is Simply No State in the Union That Supports the Military the Way Texas Does

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today joined KTRH’s ‘The Michael Berry Show,’ to discuss the Army’s selection of Austin, Texas to host the new Army Futures Command, his resolution to denounce Democrats’ radical calls to abolish ICE, and President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

From Senator Ted Cruz

August 13, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: NDAA Fortifies Texas' Position as a Pillar of America's Defense

Today President Trump signed into law the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019, comprised of numerous military necessities, including over $150 million in military construction funds for the state of Texas.

From Senator Ted Cruz

July 26, 2018

Sierra Club: Petrobras Settles Air Pollution Suit Against Pasadena Refinery

Sierra Club and Environment Texas announced today that they have filed a proposed consent decree in federal court to settle their citizen enforcement lawsuit against Pasadena Refining System, Inc. PRSI is owned by Petrobras (Petróleo Brasileiro S.A.), the state-controlled oil company of Brazil.

From Sierra Club

August 14, 2018

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses Pete Flores in Runoff for SD 19

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) has endorsed Pete Flores in the runoff election for Senate District 19, which covers Brewster, Crockett, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Kinney, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Real, Reeves, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde and Zavala counties, and parts of Atascosa and Bexar counties. The runoff election will occur on Tuesday, September 18.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

August 17, 2018

Texas AFL-CIO: San Antonio Paid Sick Leave Ordinance a Huge Win For Working Families

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and San Antonio Central Labor Council President Tom Cummings issued this joint statement in response to a 9-2 vote by the San Antonio City Council to enact an earned paid sick leave ordinance:

From Texas AFL-CIO

July 23, 2018

Texas AFL-CIO: Praises Sylvia Garcia on Plan to Resign From Texas Senate

The Texas AFL-CIO today saluted Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, on her plan to resign from the Texas Senate, saying she acted in the best interest of her district and the state of Texas.

From Texas AFL-CIO

August 17, 2018

Texas AFL-CIO COPE: Labor Endorses Key San Antonio Candidates

Congressional candidate Gina Ortiz Jones, Senate candidate Pete Gallego and other outstanding San Antonio-area candidates have earned the endorsement of the Texas AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education (COPE) and the San Antonio Central Labor Council ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

From Texas AFL-CIO COPE

August 8, 2018

Texas AFT: Statement on Texas House Committee Hearings on Teacher Compensation and Charter School Expansion

Average teacher pay in Texas lags more than $6,000 below the national average and about 20 percent below pay in Texas for other jobs demanding comparable education and expertise. Over the past 15 years, teacher pay in Texas has stagnated, and adjusted for inflation, teachers’ average pay actually has declined 2.7 percent since 2010.

From Texas AFT

August 15, 2018

Texas AFT: Statement on A-F Grading of School Districts

The new A-F accountability system moves Texas in the wrong direction by reinforcing the test-driven distortion of the classroom experiences of millions of Texas students. Put simply, a comprehensive picture of all students’ abilities and performance at a school or district is not reducible to a one-letter grade label.

From Texas AFT

August 7, 2018

Texas Alliance for Safe Communities: Statement Following Governor Abbott's Unveiling of New Bail Policies in Texas

Governor Abbott today held a press conference in Waco, Texas to unveil new proposals that will impact the bail system in the State of Texas. Governor Abbott’s proposed policies follow the murder of Texas State Trooper Damon Charles Allen, who was killed during a routine traffic stop on Thanksgiving Day in 2017 by a criminal who was out of jail just 15 days after being convicted of assaulting a different law enforcement officer.

From Texas Alliance for Safe Communities

August 1, 2018

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association: Cattle Raisers Refute Concerns on Cattle Fever Tick Spray Boxes

Robert McKnight, Jr., president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) issued the following statement in response to an announcement that the Texas Department of Agriculture is shutting down the use of cattle spray boxes to treat cattle fever ticks:

From Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

August 15, 2018

Texas Aspires: Recognizes The Value Of Accurate, Accessible, And Actionable A-F Ratings

Prior to the August 15th release of school district A-F ratings, Texas Aspires’ board chairman and former Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams released the following statement:

From Texas Aspires

August 15, 2018

Texas Charter Schools Association: Charter Schools Make Up Quarter of Top-Rated Schools in New A-F Grading System

Today the Texas Education Agency released results of campus and district A-F ratings of all public schools, including charter schools. This is the first year that all public schools will be rated with an A-F grade. The goal of this system is to help parents and the public more easily understand how a school is doing at preparing its students for the future.

From Texas Charter Schools Association

August 8, 2018

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Hegar Distributes $843 Million in Monthly Sales Tax Revenue to Local Governments

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $842.7 million in local sales tax allocations for August, 8.2 percent more than in August 2017.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

August 2, 2018

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: State Sales Tax Revenue Totaled $2.74 Billion in July

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today said state sales tax revenue totaled $2.74 billion in July, 6.9 percent more than in July 2017. “Sales tax receipts from almost all major economic sectors were up compared with last year,” Hegar said.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

August 9, 2018

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Texas Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend - Aug. 10-12

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds shoppers the annual sales tax holiday is scheduled for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-12. The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced below $100 from sales tax, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

August 10, 2018

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Hegar Announces Highest Ratings for Texas Short-Term Notes

Texas has once again received the highest credit ratings for this year’s Texas Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes (TRAN), which will allow the state to manage cash-flow needs for fiscal 2019.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

July 25, 2018

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Texas Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 10-12

Whether you’re in need of book bags, blackboard chalk or bell-bottom pants, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding shoppers they can save money on those and certain other items during the state’s sales tax holiday. This year, the sales tax holiday is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-12.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

August 1, 2018

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs: State Housing Agency's $76.6 Million Tax Credit Allocation to Expand Housing Options for Income-Eligible Texans

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (“TDHCA”) has announced awards through the 2018 Housing Tax Credit (“HTC”) Program allocation that will help finance the development of rental properties offering reduced rents and increased housing options.

From Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs

August 16, 2018

Texas DPS: Reminds Texans to Download Free iWatchTexas App

As the new school year begins, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding all Texans – including school staff, parents, students and community members – to download the new iWatchTexas mobile app to help law enforcement protect Texans.

From Texas DPS

August 15, 2018

Texas Education Agency: Commissioner Morath Commends Work of High-Performing Districts Statewide

Following release of 2018 state accountability ratings by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), Commissioner of Education Mike Morath today commended the work taking place in high-performing school districts statewide.

From Texas Education Agency

August 14, 2018

Texas Education Agency: More Than 300 School Districts Eligible for Hurricane Harvey Displacement Funding

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has been awarded more than $174 million in new federal assistance under the Temporary Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced Students program (Emergency Impact Aid).

From Texas Education Agency

August 15, 2018

Texas Education Agency: Releases 2018 Campus Accountability Ratings

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today released the 2018 state accountability ratings for more than 8,700 campuses statewide. Campuses receive one of three ratings under the accountability system: Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard, or Improvement Required. Campus ratings in 2018 are as follows:

From Texas Education Agency

August 8, 2018

Texas Education Agency: Releases Preliminary 2017-2018 Financial Accountability Ratings

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today released preliminary financial accountability ratings for more than 1,100 school districts and charters across the state, with 80 percent earning the highest preliminary rating possible for 2017-2018.

From Texas Education Agency

August 10, 2018

Texas Education Agency: Launches TEA Time Podcast

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has launched TEA Time, a podcast designed to provide information on TEA projects, initiatives, programs and specific public education issues.

From Texas Education Agency

August 7, 2018

Texas Education Agency: Establishes Answers Online Video Library

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has established an online video library to house its new Answers in About a Minute video series.

From Texas Education Agency

August 15, 2018

Texas Education Agency: Releases 2018 A-F District Accountability Ratings

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today released the 2018 state accountability ratings for 1,200 school districts and district charters. Beginning this year, all multi-campus school districts and charters receive an accountability rating based on an A–F scale.

From Texas Education Agency

July 24, 2018

Texas Farm Bureau: Administration Announces Aid to Help Farmers Hurt by Tariffs

Texas farmers and ranchers impacted by retaliatory tariffs welcome the temporary relief measures announced today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). A robust trade market, however, is still the ultimate goal, according to the president of the state's largest farm and ranch organization.

From Texas Farm Bureau

August 8, 2018

Texas Farm Bureau: Joins Farmers for Free Trade

Today, Texas Farm Bureau, the voice of more than 500,000 farmers and ranchers in Texas, announced it will join Farmers for Free Trade.

From Texas Farm Bureau

August 2, 2018

Texas Farm Bureau: Ranchers Hindered in Efforts to Combat Cattle Fever Ticks

Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) is disappointed in actions taken this week by the Texas Department of Agriculture that stopped the use of cattle spray boxes for the treatment of cattle fever ticks in South Texas.

From Texas Farm Bureau

August 9, 2018

Texas Farm Bureau: Current Status of Cattle Fever Tick Control Program

An agreement has been reached between Texas' cattle organizations, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the federal Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Texas Animal Health Commission that would allow spraying of cattle to resume in the fever tick control program for a limited time.

From Texas Farm Bureau

August 14, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Cmr. George P. Bush Announces Publication of HUD Guidance for Additional Harvey Long-Term Housing Assistance Recovery Funds

Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued its guidance for the administration of an additional $652 million award to the state of Texas to help with the long-term recovery following Hurricane Harvey.

From Texas General Land Office

August 17, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Cmr. George P. Bush Announces HUD Signing of Agreement Authorizing GLO Access to $5 Billion in Hurricane Harvey Housing Recover

Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson signed a grant agreement officially authorizing the Texas General Land Office (GLO) to begin spending $5.024 billion in Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds to help Texas recover from Hurricane Harvey.

From Texas General Land Office

July 31, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Cmr. George P.Bush Applauds GLO Team for "No Findings" Audit of FEMA Housing Recovery Funds

Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush applauded his team for their outstanding performance in achieving a "no findings" result in a recent audit of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) procurement and accounting requirements from the Hurricane Harvey direct housing response.

From Texas General Land Office

August 15, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Wins Award for Innovative STORM Tracking System Developed During Harvey

Today Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the Texas General Land Office (GLO) was awarded the Project Excellence Award by the Texas Association of State Systems for Computing and Communications (TASSCC) for the development of a disaster tracking program during Hurricane Harvey.

From Texas General Land Office

August 7, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Commissioner Bush Launches Most Extensive Conservation in Alamo HIstory

Today, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the Alamo Church and Long Barrack will undergo their most extensive conservation in more than a century. The General Land Office (GLO), the agency responsible for the Alamo on behalf of the people of Texas since 2011, has awarded a preservation contract to San Antonio firm Ford Powell & Carson and its partner, Preservation Design Partnership.

From Texas General Land Office

August 1, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Awards Nearly $50 Million to Rehabilitate 592 Units in Six Counties

Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced $45,980,638 in disaster recovery funds to rehabilitate, reconstruct and construct affordable multi-family rental housing damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

From Texas General Land Office

August 7, 2018

Texas Judicial Council: Supports Governor Abbott's Proposals to Modernize Texas' Bail System

“I applaud Governor Abbott for taking a hard look at a difficult issue that has been a concern of the Judiciary in recent years. Texas law limits judges’ power to detain high-risk defendants, while low-risk defendants are held unjustifiably at taxpayer expense under a faulty bail system.

From Texas Judicial Council

August 13, 2018

Texas Senate Republican Caucus: Unanimously Endorses Pete Flores For Texas Senate

Following the first place finish of Republican Pete Flores in Texas Senate District 19’s special election, Texas Republicans are poised to ride a wave of enthusiasm and win a district previously represented by Senator Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) who resigned after multiple felony convictions. Pete Flores shocked the political establishment by winning eight counties and receiving 48% of the vote on Election Day in this open special election.

From Texas Senate Republican Caucus

August 2, 2018

Texas Star Alliance: Adds Two Legislative Veterans

Texas Star Alliance announces today the addition of Janis Carter and Kerrick Henny, both longtime highly respected legislative, government and public affairs professionals, to its ranks as Principals.

From Texas Star Alliance

August 6, 2018

Texas State Teachers Association: Teachers Taking Extra Jobs and Subsidizing Under-Funded Education Budget

As Texas teachers and students return to school this month, about four of every 10 teachers expect to take extra jobs outside the classroom to meet family expenses, a new Texas State Teachers Association survey of its members indicates. Survey respondents also reported spending an average $738 a year on non-reimbursed school supplies.

From Texas State Teachers Association

August 6, 2018

Texas State Teachers Association: School Safety Recommendations Require More State Funding

Noel Candelaria, president of the Texas State Teachers Association, released the following statement on the report by the Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Security: “The Texas State Teachers Association agrees with proposed steps to strengthen school security infrastructure and procedures and to improve mental health services for students.

From Texas State Teachers Association

August 15, 2018

Texas State Teachers Association: Letter Grades Are A Way To Blame Children And Educators For The Failure Of State Leaders

Noel Candelaria, president of the Texas State Teachers Association, released the following statement: “We haven’t seen all the school district grades yet, but we remain strongly opposed to the new A-F grading system. It is based largely on STAAR scores, a misleading, incomplete way to gauge student success, and it was designed by the governor and the legislative majority to pass the blame for their own failures to children and educators.

From Texas State Teachers Association

August 1, 2018

Texas Values: Applauds Creation of Religious Liberty Task Force by Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Texas Values wishes to commend Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice for their commitment to religious liberty, as demonstrated recently by the creation of the Religious Liberty Task Force.

From Texas Values

July 20, 2018

Texas Values: Federal Court Should Uphold Texas Law Protecting Human Dignity of Aborted Children

This week, Judge David A. Ezra of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas heard oral arguments of Whole Woman’s Health v. Smith, a lawsuit challenging measures that recognize the human dignity of aborted children.

From Texas Values

July 26, 2018

Texas Water Development Board: Approves More Than $1.9 Billion in SWIFT Financial Assistance

Today, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved $1,955,800,000 in financial assistance from the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) program.* The SWIFT financing will be distributed to 12 project sponsors across the state.

From Texas Water Development Board

July 26, 2018

Texas Water Development Board: Today Approved Financial Assistance Totaling $21,050,000 for Water and Wastewater System Projects

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved financial assistance totaling $21,050,000 for water and wastewater system projects. Of this funding, $415,000 was approved for a rural water project.

From Texas Water Development Board

July 20, 2018

Texas Workforce Commission: Texas Economy Adds 27,200 Positions in June

The Texas economy added 27,200 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in June, which marked 24 consecutive months of employment growth. Over the year, Texas added 359,500 jobs for an annual employment growth rate of 2.9 percent. Private-sector employers added 26,400 positions over the month.

From Texas Workforce Commission

August 2, 2018

Texas Workforce Commission: Governor Abbott Names Ruth Ruggero Hughs Chair of Texas Workforce Commission

Governor Greg Abbott has named Ruth Ruggero Hughs Chair of the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), the agency announced today. Hughs has served as TWC Commissioner Representing Employers on the three-member Commission since being appointed by the Governor in July 2015.

From Texas Workforce Commission

August 10, 2018

TexPIRG: Volkswagen Mitigation Plan Suspiciously Absent on Details

In a plan released yesterday, the Governor’s Office and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) proposed spending the $209 million dollars the state of Texas received from the Volkswagen, “Dieselgate,” scandal on “fuel-neutral” buses, trucks, and other vehicles, while opting in to the full 15% made available for electric vehicle infrastructure.

From TexPIRG

August 17, 2018

TexPIRG: Victory in Chemical Disaster Rule case! Court orders EPA to implement Chemical Plant Safety Rule

The D.C. Circuit Court has blocked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to delay implementation of the Chemical Disaster Rule, which would protect both workers and neighboring communities by strengthening emergency preparedness and coordination with local first responders; requiring more thorough, prevention-focused investigations of accidents and near misses; and forcing plants with the worst accident records to assess whether they can implement available safety upgrades.

From TexPIRG

August 1, 2018

Tomas Uresti Campaign: Statement

I want to thank my family for the encouragement and support they provided as I traveled throughout the district visiting with hard working families across West Texas. Above all I want to thank all the dedicated men and women who made time to vote.

From Tomas Uresti Campaign

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