Smith: “Americans Deserve Right to Try”

Recently I voted in support of the Right to Try Act of 2018, which expands terminal patients’ access to experimental treatments that could potentially save their lives. H.R. 5247, formally the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2018, passed by a vote of 267-149.

Sens. Cruz, Hirono Call on Supreme Court to Release Same Day Audio of Oral Arguments in Trump v. Hawaii


U.S. Sens. Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and I called on the Supreme Court to make an audio recording of oral arguments in the highly-anticipated Trump v. Hawaii case available immediately after arguments conclude on April 25.

In our joint letter to Chief Justice John Roberts, we wrote: 

Cornyn Background Check Bill Heads to President’s Desk

Today I released the following statement after the Senate passed the Fix NICS Act as a part of the government funding bill. Fix NICS will strengthen the criminal background check system to ensure convicted felons and domestic abusers cannot illegally purchase a firearm. The bill has the support of a diverse range of victims’ rights, gun safety, law enforcement, and Second Amendment organizations:

A Tribute to Joye E. Frost


It is with great regret that we learned of the death on March 12, 2018 of a true advocate for crime victims and survivors. For most of her professional career, Joye Frost served crime victims through her efforts at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), our nation’s premiere agency dedicated to serving and advocating on behalf of victims of all types of crimes.

Hurricane Harvey’s Toxic Impact Deeper Than Public Told

Congressional Democrats, Republicans Should Stop Playing Games & Pass DACA Reform


We need to decide what is best for the United States, for the economy, and for safety of our country. But that decision needs to be made by Congress, not be left solely in the hands of the president — who still feels pressure from those who elected him.

“There You Go Again”

"There you go again," was the rebuke from former California Governor Ronald Reagan.

We all recall that moment during the October 28, 1980 debate when Reagan rebuked Carter over Carter’s misstatement of Reagan’s position on Medicare. The line “There you go again” became one of the many catch phrases that identified Reagan.

House Report: Immigration Crackdown and Lack of Infrastructure Spending Among Serious Threats to Texas Economy

A much-anticipated report on threats to the Texas economy finds that inadequate spending on things like infrastructure and public education coupled with debates about socially divisive legislation like a “bathroom bill” and anti-immigration measures are putting the state’s way of l

Poe: Bullet Train Builds a Better Future for Texas

As technology evolves, so does transportation. From the days of the horse and buggy and later steam engines, all the way to the hybrid cars of today, our modes of transportation have become faster, more efficient, and safer. Houstonians have seen our highways grow in numbers and expand in width, yet we still face traffic and long commutes.

Cornyn, Hatch, Sullivan, Fischer Introduce Bills to Streamline Permitting Process for Highway Projects


U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Deb Fischer (R-NE) and I introduced three bills today to streamline the permitting process for proposed federal highway projects, which would lower costs and reduce the length of the environmental review process without diminishing federal environmental protections or historic preservation standards by allowing states to assume certain permitting and review responsibilities.


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