Why Does The IRS Need Surveillance Equipment? To Spy On Americans

The Department of Justice has closed its investigation into Lois Lerner and her band of bungling bureaucrats at the IRS. Choosing political expediency, it won't prosecute the actors.

But according to recent news reports, not only did officials at the IRS abuse their power by targeting the administration's political enemies, now they possess spy equipment to do it. Read more »

House Approves READ Act for Dyslexia Research

The House of Representatives Monday unanimously approved the Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia Act (READ Act) (H.R. 3033), a bipartisan bill. The Caucus is comprised of over 100 Members of Congress and is dedicated to increasing public awareness about dyslexia and ensuring all students have equal educational opportunities. Read more »

A Push to Override the President's Veto

For more than 50 years, there has been one thing the House, the Senate, and the President of the United States have all agreed on: passing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is critical. But once again, President Obama is playing politics. This time with the defense of our nation and with the men and women who serve this country by vetoing the bipartisan NDAA. Read more »

House Acting to Prevent Default of American Debt


Last week I released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 692, The Default Prevention Act, by a vote of 235 to 194, which takes a potential default on U.S. debt off the table by requiring the Treasury Department to continue to pay U.S. debts fully and on time, including Social Security payments if the debt limit is reached. Read more »

Legislation to Curb Abusive ADA Lawsuits Introduced

Along with Congressmen David Jolly and Doug Collins, Wednesday I introduced H.R. 3765, The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2015. This legislation will curb frivolous lawsuits filed by cash-hungry attorneys and plaintiffs that abuse the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Read more »

Alleged Road Rage on New Mexico Highway Leaves Child Dead and Man in Jail


An apparent road rage incident on an interstate highway in Albuquerque, New Mexico, escalated to a shooting that killed a 4-year-old girl. A suspect in the shooting was arrested the following day and remains in custody on a litany of charges and a $650,000 cash only bond. Read more »

Cornyn-Backed Criminal Justice Reform Bill Passes Committee

Judiciary Committee approves bill based off successful reforms in Texas

The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill he cosponsored that passed the Judiciary Committee on a 15-5 vote. The legislation, largely based on the CORRECTIONS Act Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse and I introduced earlier this year, builds on successful reforms implemented in Texas that reduced crime and saved taxpayers more than $2 billion. Read more »

Hillary Clinton Lacks Truthfulness in Recent Hearing

Last week, the House Select Committee on Benghazi interviewed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on what she knew about the attacks that killed four Americans in Libya in 2012. The hearing comes more than three years after the death of U.S. Ambassador to Libya John Christopher Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith and two CIA contractors, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. Read more »

Leeson: A Politics of Place

West Texan Jay Leeson takes an in-depth look at how the far right has come to dominate many rural areas that have benefited from good government investment. He argues that “the more you vote against your place the less you have to come home to.”


A place carries a continuity of knowledge and passes it from generation to generation. How the place works, what makes it turn.

When there’s disruption in this continuity, learning transpires by costly lessons of what the place will and will not tolerate.

Such learning risks decline. Perhaps demise. Read more »

The U.S. Must Step Up and Lead


When Russian President Vladimir Putin recently addressed the United Nations in New York City, he publicly condemned the policies of the "one center of dominance" in the post-Cold War world: America. He went on to speak directly to all of Russia's critics saying: "It is not about Russia's ambitions. … but about the recognition of the fact that we can no longer tolerate the current state of affairs in the world." Read more »


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