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June 18, 2024

Children’s Hospital Association of Texas Honors Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. with Lifetime Achievement Award

AUSTIN, TEXAS – The Children’s Hospital Association of Texas (CHAT) honored Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. with the organization’s Children’s Health Care Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding, lifelong support of children’s health. The award is the first of its kind, celebrating Congressman Burgess’ exemplary contributions to and advocacy for children’s healthcare initiatives.

From Children's Hospital Association of Texas

June 18, 2024

Sen. Cruz Blasts Biden Executive Action to Give Amnesty to Illegal Aliens

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made the following statement blasting Biden’s executive action to give mass amnesty to illegal aliens:

From Senator Ted Cruz Press Office

June 18, 2024

Greater Harris County 9-1-1 Emergency Network Offers Reminder Before, During and Following Storms: 9-1-1 is ONLY for Emergencies

Greater Harris County 9-1-1 Emergency Network (GHC 9-1-1) reminds residents before, during and following a storm to ONLY contact 9-1-1 for in-progress emergencies for police, fire or medical assistance. It’s important not to overload the emergency call centers with non-emergency calls, especially during a storm. Non-emergency calls can delay residents with REAL life-threatening emergencies getting the response they need.

From Greater Harris County 9-1-1 Emergency Network

June 17, 2024

Texas Blue Chip Program Expands Statewide to Support Law Enforcement Mental Health?

DALLAS, TEXAS (June 17, 2024) – The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute in partnership with the Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT), local police leadership, and The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) today announced the statewide expansion of the Texas Blue Chip Program that supports law enforcement officers with self-directed, confidential, and no-cost clinical mental health services.??

From Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

June 14, 2024

Rep. Tony Gonzales Secures Key Wins to Support America’s Military

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Tony Gonzales (TX-23) voted to pass H.R. 8070, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25). This important legislation provides a pay raise for our troops, improves military housing, supports employment for military spouses, prioritizes quality of life initiatives for military families, and equips our armed services to defend against America's adversaries.

From Congressman Tony Gonzales - 23rd District of Texas

June 14, 2024

HUD Takes Action to Protect Families Against Extreme Heat

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced new guidance on the use of HUD funding to help mitigate the impacts of extreme heat for nearly 1.6 million residents in public housing especially for those most vulnerable, including older Americans, infants and young children, and people with chronic medical conditions. Effective today, HUD’s new guidance to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) helps to clarify the steps PHAs can take immediately to reduce the threat of extreme heat for residents by providing families with relief during severe or extreme heat periods, to help them afford to cool their homes.

From U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

June 13, 2024

Public Utility Commission of Texas Assesses $354,000 in Penalties for Electric Rule Violations

Austin, Texas – The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) assessed $354,000 in administrative penalties for violations of electric rules at its open meeting today. The Commission has primary oversight and economic regulatory authority over the state’s electricity, water, and telecommunications industries.

From Public Utility Commission of Texas

June 13, 2024

CORRECTED: US Supreme Court Allows FDA's Dangerous Chemical Abortion Regulations to Stand

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion in FDA v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, allowing the Biden Administration's dangerously relaxed chemical abortion drug regulations to stand. The Court ruled that the doctors and medical organizations who sued lacked standing in the case. Among the issues in the case was whether the FDA violated federal law by dropping specific safety regulations requiring in-person supervision of abortion drugs by physicians and whether the distribution of chemical abortion drugs by mail or common carrier violates a longstanding federal law.

From Texas Alliance for Life

June 13, 2024

Talarico Launches Big & Bright PAC

AUSTIN, TX – Representative James Talarico announced the launch of Big & Bright PAC, a political action committee dedicated to building the Democratic bench in Texas. Big & Bright PAC will recruit, train, and fund young candidates for public office — with an emphasis on candidates from service backgrounds, underrepresented communities, and those running for local office.

From Big & Bright PAC

June 13, 2024

Texas Workforce Commission Assists in Investigation of Decade-Long Unemployment Scheme

AUSTIN – A 41-year-old Edinburg man has been sentenced to 74 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $531,161 in restitution after leading a decade-long unemployment insurance (UI) scheme.

From Texas Workforce Commission

June 13, 2024

Sen. Cruz: FAA Must Guarantee Boeing Aircraft Safely Designed and Built

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In his opening statement at today’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing titled “FAA Oversight of Aviation Manufacturing,” Ranking Member Ted Cruz (R-Texas) highlighted how the recently passed FAA Reauthorization Act directs the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct risk-based inspections of aircraft manufacturers in the aftermath of concerning accidents with Boeing aircraft, like the decompression of Alaska Airlines flight 1282. Sen. Cruz also discussed how FAA Administrator Michael Whitaker will ensure their oversight of Boeing production is sufficient to prevent future incidents and assess Boeing’s plan in response to FAA’s audit. Lastly, Sen. Cruz reiterated his calls for Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun to testify before the Commerce Committee, the committee of jurisdiction for civil aviation and oversight.

From U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation

June 13, 2024

Sens. Cruz, Britt Lead Senate Republicans in Joint Statement Reaffirming Support for Continued Nationwide IVF Access

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Katie Britt (R-Ala.) led all Republican Senators in a joint statement supporting continued nationwide access to in vitro fertilization.

From Senator Ted Cruz Press Office

June 13, 2024

REP. WU ADDRESSES POWER OUTAGES AND PARENT CONCERNS AT BENAVIDEZ ELEMENTARY

Houston, TX – On Monday, May 13, Benavidez Elementary School in Southwest Houston lost power in the afternoon, due to a wiring issue. That outage extended through mid-day on Tuesday, May 14. The issue was brought to Representative Gene Wu's attention by parents at Benavidez, an elementary school comprised almost entirely of immigrant and refugee children.

From Texas House of Representatives

By Representative Gene Wu - District 137

June 12, 2024

MALC APPLAUDS DALLAS CITY COUNCIL'S REBUKE OF S.B.4

AUSTIN, TEXAS -- Today, the Dallas City Council approved a resolution authored by Councilmember Adam Bazaldua denouncing Senate Bill 4 (S.B. 4),. As noted in the resolution, immigrants in Dallas comprise almost 40% of the city's households, almost 30% of the workforce, and almost 40% of business owners.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

June 12, 2024

Rep. Tony Gonzales Advances Legislation to Make Improvements at Land Ports of Entry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Tony Gonzales (TX-23) advanced H.R. 8150, the Reducing Excessive Vetting Authorities to Maintain our Ports (REVAMP) Act, through the House Committee on Homeland Security.

From Congressman Tony Gonzales - 23rd District of Texas

June 11, 2024

Latest HHSC Data Numbers Confirm that Doctors Are Performing Abortions to Save Women's Lives Under Texas Abortion Law

AUSTIN, TX -- The latest data numbers for reported abortions from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) show that doctors performed 10 abortions in January 2024 under the medical necessity exception of the Human Life Protection Act. This brings the total reported under that exception to 91 beginning since July of 2022, the month following the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in Dobbs.

From Texas Alliance for Life

June 11, 2024

2024 Texas Truck Driving and Technician of the Year Contest Winners

AUSTIN, TX— The top professional truck drivers and technicians in Texas were recognized this past weekend at the 2024 State Truck Driving Championship and Technician of the Year Contest held at Texas State Technical College (TSTC) in Waco, TX. Regional winners from Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio competed in the truck driving championships across several vehicle classes. The first-place winner in each class will now advance to represent Texas at the American Trucking Associations' (ATA) National Truck Driving Championship in Indianapolis, Indiana later this year.

From Texas Trucking Association

June 11, 2024

Spectrum of Solutions Joins Time to Care: Save Texas Caregivers Now Urges Texas Legislature to Increase Pay for Direct Support Professionals

AUSTIN, TX – In a resolute step towards championing those who care for Texans with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD), Time To Care: Save Texas Caregivers Now is proud to announce that Spectrum of Solutions has joined the coalition, further strengthening the statewide movement to address the urgent issue of underfunding faced by direct support professionals (DSPs) who tirelessly care individuals with IDD.

From Time To Care Texas

June 10, 2024

Community Leaders Demand Apology from Mayor Whitmire for Offensive Remarks About Gulfton

Houston, TX - A coalition of over 20 community leaders and organizations has released a letter (see attached PDF) calling on Mayor Whitmire to retract his recent offensive remarks about the Gulfton neighborhood and apologize to its residents. Mayor Whitmire described Gulfton as a community largely composed of "undocumented" immigrants who are uninterested in accessing amenities like the Galleria. These comments have been widely condemned as xenophobic and out of touch with the reality of this vibrant, diverse community.

From Indivisible Houston

By Karthik Soora

June 7, 2024

Public Utility Commission of Texas Emphasizes Consumer Protection Rules as Summer Heat Sets In

Austin, Texas – Amid rising summer temperatures, the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) is reminding Texans of its consumer protection rules that prohibit the disconnection of an individual’s electricity service for non-payment during extreme weather. PUCT rules also require electric providers to offer deferred payment plans for bills that become due during extreme weather.

From Public Utility Commission of Texas

June 7, 2024

Houston Democrats Call for Transparency re: Federal Assistance Application for HISD Storm Damage Recovery

Houston, TX – On Friday, June 7, ten State Representatives from Houston sent a letter to HISD’s state appointed Superintendent Mike Miles to request information on whether or not HISD plans to apply for federal disaster assistance funding to assist in the repairs following the recent derecho storm.

From Texas House of Representatives

By Representative Gene Wu - District 137

June 6, 2024

Divine Redeemer Presbyterian Church Hosts Gun Violence Awareness Installation

SAN ANTONIO - In honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Month, Divine Redeemer Presbyterian Church is joining a coalition of congregations, universities, and local advocates to display Vidas Robadas installations across San Antonio for the weekend of June 7th.

From Divine Redeemer Presbyterian Church

June 5, 2024

New Data Reveals Strong Economic Impact of Texas Biopharmaceutical Industry

AUSTIN, TEXAS – We Work For Health Texas is today sharing new data from vendors across the Lone Star State that shows the important impact the state’s biopharmaceutical industry has on local and national economies.

From ROSS Communications Inc.

June 5, 2024

Public education is not Sunday school

Texas State Teachers Association President Ovidia Molina released the following statement about the proposed instructional and curriculum materials that include biblical references:

From Texas State Teachers Association

June 5, 2024

UT institutions recognized for innovation – ranked No. 3 in annual patent rankings for U.S. universities for second straight year

AUSTIN, TX (June 5, 2024) – University of Texas institutions have once again been ranked among the most innovative in the United States, securing the No. 3 spot on the National Academy of Inventors’ (NAI) annual Top 100 U.S. Universities List for the second consecutive year. In 2023, UT institutions were granted 235 U.S. utility patents, surpassing the 225 patents granted in the previous year.

From The University of Texas System

June 3, 2024

Texas Senate Continues to Push for Unconstitutional, Exclusionary Policies Targeting AAPI Community

AUSTIN, TX – On Wednesday, May 29, the Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs held an interim hearing to discuss policies which would unconstitutionally strip property ownership rights from individuals who immigrated from certain countries, based solely on their national origin.

From Texas House of Representatives

By Representative Gene Wu - District 137

May 31, 2024

Public Utility Commission of Texas to Open Applications for the Texas Energy Fund In-ERCOT Generation Loan Program

Austin, Texas – The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) will open applications for the Texas Energy Fund (TEF) In-ERCOT Generation Loan Program tomorrow, June 1, 2024. To be considered for a loan, eligible entities must have previously submitted a notice of intent to apply and must submit a completed loan application on the TEF Portal between June 1 – July 27, 2024.

From Public Utility Commission of Texas

May 31, 2024

Texas Supreme Court Upholds Texas Law Protecting Unborn Babies from Elective Abortion

AUSTIN, TX -- Today, the Supreme Court of Texas issued a ruling in Zurawski v. Texas (23-0629)a challenge brought by the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) against Texas' laws protecting unborn babies from elective abortion.

From Texas Alliance for Life

May 31, 2024

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick: Statement on the Overwhelming Response to the Texas Energy Fund Loan Program

"Since Winter Storm Uri in 2021, I have been abundantly clear that we must bring new dispatchable generation (primarily new natural gas plants) to Texas to ensure we maintain reliable power under any circumstance. Improving our grid is essential for the Texas Miracle to continue throughout the 21st century. Texas’ economy is the 8th largest in the world, larger than most countries, and we must have reliable generation to meet ever-increasing demand.

From The State of Texas Lieutenant Governor

By Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick

May 30, 2024

Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs Authorizes Subpoenas on "Big Tech"

Austin, TX – Wednesday, May 29th, Chairman Bryan Hughes and the Senate Committee on State Affairs held a hearing to identify threats to Texas’s election integrity, including those from “Big Tech” and foreign entities per the interim charge assigned by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. During the hearing, the Senate heard invited testimonials from whistleblowers from Facebook and Google, and key individuals involved in exposing the leftist bias of the national news media.

From State of Texas - Texas Senate

By Senator Paul Bettencourt - SD 7

May 28, 2024

James Talarico Responds to Primary Runoff Election Results

Austin, TX — Tonight, two billionaire mega-donors — Tim Dunn and Farris Wilks — failed to take out their biggest target: Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan.

From Texas House of Representatives

By Representative James Talarico

May 29, 2024

The University of Texas System to Host AI Symposium in Health Care

The University of Texas System will host its first-ever artificial intelligence (AI) Symposium in Health Care on May 30-31 at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. This event will bring together experts in artificial intelligence from across the UT System’s broad health care enterprise to explore the emergence of AI as it begins to reshape health care and revolutionize everything from scientific discovery and drug development to diagnosis and treatment to patient care and administrative processes

From The University of Texas System

May 29, 2024

American Business Groups Applaud Cruz Resolution on Gas Furnaces as It Moves to House Passage

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A range of industry groups today applauded a resolution authored and passed through the Senate last week by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ranking Member on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, as it advances to the House of Representatives. The resolution disapproves of and reverses a rule by the Biden administration’s Department of Energy on gas furnace efficiency standards, which would effectively ban non-condensing gas furnace models. After the vote, Sen. Cruz said “I urge the House to take up this Resolution expeditiously and pass it.”

From Senator Ted Cruz Press Office

May 29, 2024

Rep. Rhetta Andrews Bowers To Host "Recharging the Community" Lunch and Hydration drive in the City of Rowlett

Rowlett, TEXAS – State Representative Rhetta Andrews Bowers (HD 113) along with co-host Representative Angie Chen Button (HD112) will host an event titled "Recharging the community" Lunch and Hydration drive in the City of Rowlett, Texas.

From Texas House of Representatives

By Representative Rhetta Andres Bowers - HD 113

May 28, 2024

T.E.A.M. Abilities Inc. Joins Time to Care: Save Texas Caregivers Now

AUSTIN, TX – In a resolute step towards championing those who care for Texans with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD), Time To Care: Save Texas Caregivers Now is proud to announce that T.E.A.M. Abilities Inc. has joined the coalition, further strengthening the statewide movement to address the urgent issue of underfunding faced by direct support professionals (DSPs) who tirelessly care individuals with IDD.

From Time To Care Texas

May 24, 2024

Family Freedom Project Urges Texas Supreme Court to Not Discard Parental Rights in Landmark Case

LUBBOCK, TX - The Family Freedom Project has filed an Amicus Curiae Brief in the case of Stary v Ethridge before the Supreme Court of Texas, urging the court to uphold fundamental parental rights in the care, custody, and control of their children.

From Family Freedom Project

May 22, 2024

KICKAPOO TRADITIONAL TRIBE OF TEXAS ENDORSES U.S. REPRESENTATIVE TONY GONZALES IN PRIMARY RUNOFF ELECTION

EAGLE PASS, TEXAS (May 21, 2024) – The Tribal Council of the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas proudly announces its endorsement of Congressman Tony Gonzales, who is currently seeking his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. This pivotal endorsement underscores Gonzales’ unwavering dedication to serving not only the constituents of South Texas District 23 but also the interests of Indigenous communities like the Kickapoo Tribe.

From McWilliams Governmental Affairs

By Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas

May 22, 2024

Rep. Wu Responds to the Texas Senate’s Ongoing Push for Unconstitutional, Racist Alien Land Law Legislation

AUSTIN, TX – On Wednesday, May 29, the Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs will hold an interim hearing on the “protection of Texas land and assets” by “foreign entities that threaten the safety and security of the United States.” This interim charge is a blatant attempt to advance the messaging behind Senator Lois Kolkhorst’s SB 147 from the 88th Regular Session, which discriminated against individuals from certain countries, labeling them as spies and traitors without any justification or evidence, and would have unconstitutionally stripped them of their right to own a home or business based solely on their national origin.

From Texas House of Representatives

By Representative Gene Wu - District 137

May 22, 2024

Chairman Bettencourt and Local Government Committee Heard Squatting Horror Stories

Austin, TX – Wednesday, May 15th, the Senate Committee on Local Government chaired by Senator Paul Bettencourt held a hearing to discuss securing Texas against "Squatters". Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick assigned this interim charge before the committee ahead of the 2025 legislative session. During the hearing, the Senate heard invited and public testimonials from victims of squatters and listened to proposed solutions.

From State of Texas - Texas Senate

By Senator Paul Bettencourt - SD 7

May 21, 2024

Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation Names Courtney Arbour as TDLR Executive Director

AUSTIN – Courtney Arbour has been named executive director of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, effective June 1, 2024. Arbour replaces Brian E. Francis, who has served as the interim executive director since January 2024.

From Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

May 21, 2024

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available in Seven Counties Impacted by Recent Severe Weather, Flooding

AUSTIN – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is now accepting applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) as a result of the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and flooding that began on April 26. Governor Greg Abbott requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration on May 15, 2024, which included a request for DUA benefits in seven counties.

From Texas Workforce Commission

May 21, 2024

Dallas Economic Development Corporation Unveils New Website: The Epicenter of Business Growth

Dallas, TX – May 21, 2024 – Dallas Economic Development Corporation (“Dallas EDC”) is proud to launch its new website, www.dallasedc.com, a vibrant, immersive platform aimed at promoting Dallas as the premier business destination in the U.S.

From Alpha Business Images

By Dallas Economic Development Corporation

May 21, 2024

TWC Kicks off Annual Program Connecting Students with Disabilities to Meaningful Employment

AUSTIN ? The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is announcing the launch of this year’s Summer Earn and Learn (SEAL) program for students aged 14-22 with disabilities. Through work-based learning, SEAL participants earn a paycheck as they learn new skills and gain professional experience. Employers participating in SEAL benefit from the addition of engaged and enthusiastic team members.

From Texas Workforce Commission

May 21, 2024

Zachry Corporation Clarifies No Involvement in Recent Chapter 11 Filing

SAN ANTONIO, TX (May 21, 2024) - Zachry Corporation wishes to address and clarify recent reports regarding a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by a similarly named entity, Zachry Holdings, Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries.

From Zachry Corporation

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