Economy

It is no accident that Texas consistently leads the nation in job creation. Some have described this economic powerhouse as a "Texas Miracle." But, we know better than that. The Texas Economic Experience is rooted in concepts and principles that will work anywhere they're tried: Keeping taxes low, creating a predictable regulatory climate, cracking down on lawsuit abuse, and investing in critical infrastructure like roads, water and schools in a fiscally responsible way.
While this month's jobs report reflects encouraging signs in our economy, it also shows that there are still too many Americans who remain out of work or underemployed.
Last week, I introduced legislation that would extend the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) for the Delphi Salaried Retirees.
Think your state and local taxes are too high? Well, so do Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and each has promised property and business tax cuts this session. “I will reject any budget that is sent to my desk that...
I filed a bill that provides that straight-ticket party balloting would no longer apply to non-policy making elected offices such as judges, district attorney and sheriffs. This bill will ensure that our judges and district...
Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) released a video on Monday in advance of his scheduled State of the State Address. The biennial event, the first for Gov. Abbott, will be delivered to a joint session of the Texas Legislature...
As part of my ongoing effort to protect taxpayer dollars by rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse, I introduced legislation (H.R. 918) to stop individuals from abusing the system by “double-dipping” unemployment and disability...
Our infrastructure is critical to sustaining economic growth and prosperity, and it is imperative that we continue to invest in the transportation projects that build America. 
Hard work and charitable giving are some of our nation’s core values, and we should be doing all we can to encourage strengthening and continuing these values – particularly when too many Americans are still struggling in...
It’s ironic in a lot of ways because the President came to the people's House to give his State of the Union speech. That's the House of Representatives. But his speech was anything but ‘for the people.’
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans:
The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released a report today saying that real GDP grew at annual rate of 2.2% during the fourth quarter of 2014, down 0.4 percentage point from the BEA’s first estimate on January 30th.
Currently, Texas law only allows consumers to purchase new vehicles from someone holding a “franchised dealer’s license.” The bill would allow Tesla to operate twelve dealerships in Texas but would protect franchise dealers...
Quite frankly, I believe this is one of those situations where the government wants a solution without a problem. As a business owner that founded a tech company, I have seen firsthand how keeping the Internet largely free...
A private company’s plan to build a high-speed rail line connecting Dallas and Houston came further into focus Tuesday as the company announced its preferred route for the multibillion-dollar project.
It’s been six years since the application to build the Keystone XL Pipeline was first submitted to the U.S. State Department. I have said time and time again that building the Keystone XL Pipeline is not only about jobs, but...
Hispanic voters should be treated as individuals, as opposed to a single monolithic group. Hispanics are made up of different groups, and within those groups there exist dividing lines that are often invisible.
I have always firmly believed that the economy does best when we get government out of the way so that the free-enterprise system can thrive. Today’s jobs report helps prove that this belief holds true today. Federal...
A report from a bipartisan panel of Texas lawmakers says companies that pretend their employees are independent subcontractors are undermining free markets and encouraging illegal immigration, among other serious problems....
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) just introduced the bipartisan Immigration Innovation Act (I-Squared), which aims to liberalize and expand the immigration system for highly skilled workers.As virtually all the research shows,...
For the past six years President Obama has repeated worn out liberal campaign slogans instead of putting forth common sense, realistic solutions to fix our nation’s biggest problems. Tonight’s State of the Union Address was...

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