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Senator Cornyn Invites VA Secretary to South Texas to Meet with Valley Veterans

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today wrote to Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert McDonald to invite him to visit the Rio Grande Valley to hear firsthand from South Texas veterans about the need for a full-service inpatient health care facility in the region:

I have introduced legislation to direct the VA Secretary to put a full-service inpatient health care facility in the South Texas VA Health Care Center in Harlingen, Texas. This bill would require the VA Secretary to include in the VA’s annual Strategic Capital Investment Planning process the resources necessary to expand the existing facility to provide

at Oct 25, 2014 12:00 PM

Congressman Poe Statement On Mek In Iraq

I am very concerned that we are not doing enough to get the MEK out of Iraq. The MEK are Iranians stuck in a camp in Iraq because they oppose the Supreme Leader of Iran. The Iraqi government has capitulated time and again to the Supreme Leader by allowing armed militants to attack the MEK camp, even though the MEK voluntarily gave up their weapons and have no way to defend themselves.   Read more »

at Oct 24, 2014 5:03 PM
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Congressman Smith Named Most Effective Lawmaker

Update: Today, it was confirmed that not only was Congressman Smith named the top Republican, but also the top lawmaker in all of Congress – Democrat or Republican.

Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) was recently identified as the most effective Republican lawmaker in the 112th Congress, according to a study conducted by political scientists at the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University.

Researchers assigned lawmakers “Legislative Effectiveness Scores” using an equation to measure the member’s ability to push bills “through the legislative process and into law.” According to the scores, Smith rated as the highest Republican out of 449 congressional representatives that were scored in the 112th Congress.   Read more »

at Oct 24, 2014 2:27 PM
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Why I am supporting “Prop 1” – the Transportation Funding Texas Constitutional Amendment

There has been much gnashing of teeth over “Prop 1” that in a nutshell, would divert a portion of extra revenues that come into the Texas treasury into road building instead of the general fund or being parked in an already large rainy day fund (RDF). (The revenues are a result of the booming oil and gas business in the state.)

In general, I do not like bonds or debt of any sort. (Government debt is fundamentally stealing from future generations—it is NOT the same as private debt.) However, Prop 1 provides for pay-as-you-go, not debt, and with our booming Texas population, we DO need some road work!

at Oct 24, 2014 1:41 PM

Obama Administration is Intentionally Misleading Americans on Proposed Water Rule

U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Ranking Member David Vitter (R-LA), and I led a group of 25 senators in calling out the Obama Administration for intentionally misleading Americans about the negative impacts of the proposed “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule.   Read more »

at Oct 24, 2014 10:03 AM

Early Voting Begins in Texas General Election

Early voting for Texas 2014 General Elections began Monday and runs through October 31st. The General Election date is November 4th. Across Texas, voters will go to the polls to cast votes in one of the most influential primary elections in at least a generation. Every statewide office in the Texas executive branch is up for grabs. Many high-profile legislative and judicial seats are also at stake in this election.   Read more »

at Oct 23, 2014 6:28 PM

We Stand in Solidarity with Israel and Canada

The attacks in Ottawa and Jerusalem yesterday are stark reminders that while radical Islamic terrorism may have originated in the Middle East, it is not confined to that region. Our great and good friends in Canada and Israel were targeted because both countries share the same core principles of tolerance and freedom that we in America hold so dear—and which are hated by the vicious terrorists whose ultimate goal is to destroy us all.   Read more »

at Oct 23, 2014 2:37 PM

President Must Involve Congress on Iran

I issued the following statement in response to a report that the President intends to bypass Congress on a nuclear agreement with Iran.

The American people will not tolerate a President who wheels and deals with a radical regime behind their backs and dodges congressional oversight every chance he gets. Any agreement with Iran to provide further relief from U.S. sanctions must be done in conjunction with Congress in an open and transparent way to ensure it advances America’s national security.   Read more »

at Oct 23, 2014 9:54 AM

How poaching fuels terrorism funding

Half a million dollars. That's how much it cost Osama bin Laden and his band of extremists to carry out the most deadly attack on U.S. soil since Pearl Harbor.

Fast forward 13 years, and bin Laden may be dead, but the threat from Islamic extremists has never been greater. But weapons, surveillance equipment, training, food, lodging and travel all cost money. That suggests that if we want to fight terrorism, then there's one important thing we need to do: Follow the money trail.   Read more »

at Oct 22, 2014 5:11 PM


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