American ports are the backbone of our economy, with 99 percent of our overseas cargo moving through our ports and more than 67,000 jobs in the 27th District of Texas alone directly impacted by port activity. That’s why I authored language in the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act designed to improve our nation’s infrastructure. Last week, the WIIN Act passed the House with a vote of 360-61.
Texas is known for our thriving economy, robust job market, and booming energy resources. As Governor, Rick Perry welcomed dozens of companies to the Lone Star State, which created thousands of jobs for Texans and made our state the most prosperous in the nation.
President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act, which includes reforms to the mental health and criminal justice system based on the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act. Today is a monumental step forward towards reforming our mental health and criminal justice system in this country.
I wholeheartedly support President-elect Trump’s announcement to nominate one of Dallas’ favorite sons, Rex Tillerson, to serve as Secretary of State. I have known Rex for a number of years as a successful business professional, a dedicated Eagle Scout and proud supporter of the Boys Scouts of America, and a faithful patriot and friend.
With its gruesome beheadings, control of broad swaths of territory, inspiration of attacks on the West, and ability to recruit thousands of foreign fighters, it is no wonder that ISIS has been the terrorist group getting all the attention in the media. But there is a cold, hard reality that we must recognize: al-Qaeda is back.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statements after their Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act, legislation promoting public-private partnerships (P3) to boost staffing and make infrastructure improvements at U.S. ports of entry without adding to the national deficit, passed both the House and the Senate:
Facebook has announced a new partnership with Twitter, Microsoft and YouTube to battle the use of social media by terrorists. The new innovative program will be launched in early 2017. The companies will create a database of unique digital “fingerprints” to help automatically identify terrorist videos or images that will facilitate quick identification of the worst terrorist propaganda and prevent it from spreading online.
Obama Administration officials believe captured journalist Austin Tice is alive in Syria.
Recently I met with the parents of Austin Tice, a constituent of mine in Texas who has unfortunately been abducted in Syria a few years ago. And of course his parents have been keeping a flame alive, hoping that Austin has survived the circumstances of his capture.”