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House Passed: IRS Redesign

Recently, the House passed multiple bills to redesign the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for the first time in over two decades. I released the following statement: 

Free Speech for Me but not for Thee?

Alexander Hamilton was 21 years of age; Aaron Burr, 20 years of age; James Monroe, 18; James Madison, 25 years old. These young Founding Fathers, some of America’s most notable names, were college age when they stood against an opposing British monarch and demanded life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Cruz, Cornyn Bill Would Award Gold Medal to Founders of Texas Non-Profit Mercy Ships

Would Recognize Founders Don and Deyon Stephens for 40 Years of Global Humanitarian Service

U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and I recently introduced legislation to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Don and Deyon Stephens, founders of the non-profit Mercy Ships of Garden Valley, Texas, in recognition of their nearly 40 years of service. Mercy Ships transforms retired ocean liners and ferries into hospital ships that provide humanitarian aid across the world. 

Sen. Cruz Commemorates 70th Anniversary of Israel’s Independence Day

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Yesterday I delivered a floor speech recognizing the 70th anniversary of Israel’s Independence Day.

Watch my floor speech in its entirety here. The full text of my remarks is below:

Mr. President, I also rise today to join Israel and the Jewish people to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day.

Culberson, Quigley, Durbin, Rubio, Duckworth, Ruppersberger Introduce Bill to Help Homeowners & Businesses Prevent Flood Damage

Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Map Urban Flooding & Help FEMA Better Assess Risks

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After Harvey’s devastation caused the largest housing disaster in the history of the country, I worked relentlessly to ensure that Congress provided the necessary funding for our communities to recover.  Our neighbors and local businesses are rebuilding, but also remain extremely vulnerable to a future flooding event as we move into the 2018 hurricane season.

Sessions Votes to Reform the IRS

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I released the following statement applauding the passage of a bipartisan package to make bold reforms to the Internal Revenue Service:

Cornyn, Peters Introduce Authorization of Project Safe Neighborhoods Program to Reduce Violent Crime

U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and I recently introduced the Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2018 to authorize a nationwide law enforcement program focusing on the reduction of violent crime. A companion bill sponsored by U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10) unanimously passed the House of Representatives last month.  

House Likely to Vote on Four Immigration Proposals, Will Hurd's USA Act is the Best Deal for Americans

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On Wednesday April 18th, a bipartisan group of US Representatives, including Jeff Denham (R-CA) and Will Hurd (R-TX), held a press conference in front of the Capitol to announce that they have secured support from a sufficient number of Republican and Democratic representatives to pass a resolution that will force the house t

Turner Foster Care Housing Bill Gets Hearing

The Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act will increase access to housing for youth aging out of foster care, without increasing federal spending

Fighting Against Human Trafficking at the Border

As you may be aware, Texas has roughly 300,000 human trafficking victims, including nearly 79,000 minors who have been forced into prostitution or other forms of sex trafficking. Sadly, Houston has the highest number of trafficking victims nation-wide.

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