June 19th, 2015
As many Texans know, Juneteenth is a historical day for our state.150 years ago today, we celebrated the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas. Today we commemorate the announcement of the emancipation, not only...
May 29th, 2015
I know folks in West Texas can appreciate more than most the significant role agriculture plays in our state’s economy.Farming and ranching have been part of our livelihood for generations. Even as Texas continues to draw...
May 20th, 2015
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...
May 6th, 2015
Like most Americans, I was very disturbed by the scenes that unfolded across our TV sets and not too far away from here in Baltimore during the last couple of weeks.So the question arises: What can we do? What can we do...
April 23rd, 2015
Texas has been a national leader for prison reform, finding ways to partner with faith-based and community organizations to help prisoners change their lives instead of becoming career criminals.
April 14th, 2015
Today, I announced plans to offer an amendment to H.R. 2, House-passed legislation addressing the so-called “doc fix.” This amendment would fully pay for the legislation by repealing Obamacare’s individual mandate.
April 2nd, 2015
In response to media reports that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used personal email to conduct official business, today I sent a letter to the State Department Inspector General demanding answers to specific...
March 19th, 2015
In remarks on the Senate floor today, I asked Democrats to work with Republicans to pass a bill to help victims of human trafficking.I'm determined to keep our focus on the victims of human trafficking: the people this would...
March 11th, 2015
I was very glad to see finally we seem to be chipping away at the dysfunction of the Senate that we've experienced over the last few years, and in the new majority, given the opportunity for an open amendment process on a...
June 1st, 2015
Many Texans have experienced great loss. Some have lost their homes as the rivers came down without any warning and washed their houses from their foundations. But, of course, losing your home does not compare to the...
May 29th, 2015
On a recent visit to Dallas, I met a man named James. James started experimenting with drugs in high school and became addicted to methamphetamine. He spent the next decade in and out of jail and was arrested nearly 35 times...
May 13th, 2015
I expressed my disappointment Tuesday over Senate Democrats’ filibuster of Trade Promotion Authority legislation. This is one area where the President of the United States is absolutely correct. And we're here not to do what...
April 27th, 2015
Last week, Senate Republicans made headlines as the new Republican-controlled chamber passed 100 days in the 114th Congress. By many measures, the Senate seems to be back in business.
April 22nd, 2015
In remarks on the Senate floor yesterday, I thanked victim advocacy groups and his Senate colleagues for working together to end the impasse over the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act.
April 13th, 2015
Several important events happened this past week, and I wanted to share with you a few quick updates from them that will be shaping my priorities as the Senate goes back into session this week.
March 23rd, 2015
Writing and passing a budget is one of the most fundamental responsibilities of any legislative body.When it comes to the budget … our priority is clear. Our priority is to protect the hardworking taxpayers of this country.I...
March 17th, 2015
In remarks on the Senate floor yesterday, I continued to push Democrats to reconsider their threatened filibuster of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act.
March 9th, 2015
The people who purchase these services too often pay a fine and get on with their lives. Yet they are child rapists who should be treated as the sex traffickers they are.