Honoring Those Who Serve


As we gather this weekend to celebrate Memorial Day with our friends and family, please take a moment to remember the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we may have freedom. America is a stronger country because of our Armed Service members. The 21st Congressional District is home to over 60,000 veterans, current members of the military and their families. Read more »

Using the Power of the Purse to Rein in the Federal Government


In my new assignment as Chairman of the CJS Appropriations Subcommittee, I am working to ensure that federal agencies under my jurisdiction uphold the law as written by Congress – not as the President wishes they were written. If federal agencies want our hard-earned tax dollars, they will have to carry out the law as Congress intended, respect the Constitutional authority granted to the States, and live within their means. Read more »

Finally: Mandatory drug-testing for welfare


Why is mandatory drug-testing for welfare not the law all around the country?

One would think that the people funding those on welfare would at least like to know that they are living a drug-free life. Why should taxpayers have to fund people’s vices or indulgences?

Highways I-95 and I-75 may soon be jammed as the lazy, self-indulgent depart the sunshine state. Read more »

Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA) Headed to President's Desk


Wednesday the House passed historic, bipartisan legislation to combat human trafficking in America. The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA) is now on its way to the President's desk to be signed into law. JVTA was sponsored in the House by myself and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney of New York, and in the Senate by Senator Cornyn. Read more »

The Facts Behind SPACE Act


House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today joined House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) in praising passage of H.R. 2262, the Spurring Private Aerospace Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship Act of 2015 or SPACE Act. Almost 50 Democrats joined Republicans to pass the bill with broad bipartisan support, 284-133. Read more »



KLRN broadcast the first round of the five planned debates between appointed Mayor Ivy Taylor and Leticia Van de Putte which aired last Friday night, May 15. Rick Casey was the moderator of the 18 minute bout on “Texas Week with Rick Casey”. Read more »

Waco Police Blast CNN for Spreading Information ‘That May Have Been Incorrect’


Waco Police Sergeant Patrick Swanton blasted CNN for putting as-yet unproven information out as verifiable fact. The news network posted a statement in an article earlier this week which asserted four of the nine people killed in Sunday’s shooting at Twin Peaks were killed by police officers. Read more »

Tribute to Houston Police Officer - Richard Martin


In the early morning hours of Monday, while most of the city was asleep, the diligent Houston Police Department responded to a robbery call at an Exxon service station.

The lawmen approach the scene, and they see a suspect speed off in what turned out to be a stolen U-Haul Truck. The police follow the truck and the high speed chase is on. Read more »

Farenthold Introduces Free Speech Legislation


Most of us have left a comment online or used platforms like Yelp or TripAdvisor to post a review of a restaurant or product. However did you know that leaving a comment or posting a review can actually lead to a lawsuit. One couple in Utah was sued by retailer KlearGear after the couple posted a bad review about their quality of service. These types of frivolous lawsuits are called SLAPPs or Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. Read more »

Patriot Act Has Never Been More Important

The protection of our liberties and homeland are not mutually exclusive


After the Sept. 11 attacks, Americans began to look at our national security in a different light. No longer were the lines of battle neatly drawn and enemies easily identified. In the 21st century, threats would be constantly evolving and growing even more complex. Read more »


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