Let’s Get All Drivers Permitted and Insured

The Texas Association of Business would be happy to co-sponsor a debate about the issue between Norman Adams and Michael Quinn Sullivan


It is irresponsible to allow people to drive without a license or permit, no matter where they are from or their legal status, and it is unfortunate that this legislation never made it to the House floor for consideration. We must make this alternative available to keep our roads safe and our insurance rates in check. Read more »

Say Thank You on Memorial Day

In addition to having a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend, let's all take the chance to reflect upon and remember those who gave their lives so we can be free. Read more »

Creating Certainty for American Businesses


As our economy continues to lurch towards a recovery, I believe it is necessary for Congress to provide relief to American businesses and give them the economic certainty they need to succeed. Research and development allows companies in North Texas and across America to innovate and become more efficient. Read more »

Senate to Try Again After Bill on N.S.A. Collection of Phone Records Is Blocked

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 »

Senate approves $3 billion in construction bonds for colleges and universities


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