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 »

Federal Collections Set Two New Records


I made the following statement in reaction to the release of the Monthly Treasury Statement (MTS) last week showing that two new records had been set for inflation adjusted per person receipts by the federal government. Read more »

Leaders Are Called

True leaders are servant leaders, who answer the call to lead when challenges and crises arise.

German Foundation Brings Top Campaign Leaders Together for Insight on 2016 Race


European politicos got a rare inside view of political campaigns in Europe and the United States at a pivotal conference conducted this week by the prestigious Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Berlin. Read more »

Backing Paul Ryan’s Call to Unite Behind Next Speaker


Paul Ryan essentially challenged House Republicans to answer this question: Are we committed strongly enough to changing the direction of America that we will change how we do our work? Read more »

South Texas Town Hall Tour


Last week I traveled throughout the entire 27th District hosting get-togethers with the people I represent. These town halls give me the chance to meet with many of you and find out what is on your mind, answer your questions, and learn what things you want accomplished. Read more »

Judicial Supremacy


The Breitbart News Article of July 1, 2015, “Scalia in Gay Marriage Ruling Dissent: Where are The Protestants?” illustrates how this Court has morphed judicial independence to mean ‘judicial supremacy’. Read more »


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