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Fighting Against Federal Overregulation of Texas Waters

You may remember this last spring when the EPA proposed a rule to expand their jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act of 1972. The law lets them regulate “navigable waters of the United States,” but their proposed rule would expand that to include even runoff ditches and stock ponds on our private property. And for us in Texas, that means severe limits on farming, ranching, and construction. That means more top-down federal regulation that ignores local efforts.   Read more »

at Oct 21, 2014 5:00 PM
       

President Inequality

Barack Obama is President Inequality. The stats are clear, and while President Obama talks about inequality, what is overlooked is his policies have made inequality even worse.

The reality is the average family and middle class incomes have not even reached the pre-recession numbers of 2007. We have been told that this recovery began in 2009 but yet, income is nearly 4% lower than the median income when the recession supposedly ended and nearly 8% lower than 2007.

As a Wall Street Journal article observed, while incomes modestly increased in 2013, they still lagged far behind where they should be five years into a recovery.

at Oct 16, 2014 10:54 AM
       

Guest Worker Visas and the Components to Make Them Politically, Economically, and Legally Successful

Expanding and liberalizing America’s lawful immigration system is the easiest way to boost economic growth and is also the key to stopping unlawful immigration. After a century of reforms that enhanced and centralized bureaucracy, federal immigration policy is a labyrinth of restriction and dysfunction. US immigration laws are now, as Associate Justice Harry E. Hull Jr. wrote, “second only to the Internal Revenue Code in complexity.”   Read more »

at Oct 15, 2014 4:30 PM
       

Congressman Randy Neugebauer: Home this Week in Texas

It’s a busy week ahead catching up with folks in West Texas and the Big Country. Here’s a little preview of where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing:

I appreciate that West Texas has such rich culture and diversity. I’m excited to stop by the Business Mercado in Lubbock to honor Hispanic heritage and support local Hispanic-run businesses and culture. This week is also the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce’s Hispanic Heritage Luncheon and Texas Tech’s Celebrate Diversity Awards Banquet. In Texas, we’re lucky to have such rich culture to celebrate.   Read more »

at Oct 15, 2014 9:57 AM
       

Congressman Farenthold Discusses His Time on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Our district is home to five ports and a portion of the Gulf Coast Waterway. It has been estimated that Texas waterways will transport over 766 million tons of cargo by 2030. This is why I am glad the President signed into law H.R.3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). I co-sponsored and provided language in this legislation that expands an Army Corps assessment of the operation and maintenance needs of the entire Gulf Intracostal Waterway System.   Read more »

at Oct 14, 2014 5:00 PM
       

Instead of the state’s commission, Gavin Newsom focuses on his own “economic development”

With the nation’s highest poverty rate and one of the nation’s worst unemployment rates, it’s pretty clear that California is in need of more economic development. This means generating sufficient private sector job growth to put large numbers of currently unemployed Californians back to work.

California has a commission with just such a mission. It’s chaired by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom. And it’s defunct.   Read more »

at Oct 10, 2014 10:08 AM
       

Congressman Sam Johnson Joins North Texans in Waving Goodbye to the Wright Amendment

It was almost a decade ago that Jeb Hensarling and I introduced The Right to Fly Act. And on October 13, our dream will be fully realized – North Texans will now be free to fly where they want to, from where they want, when they want to, on what airline they want to – and at more affordable prices.

While the repeal of the Wright Amendment is widely supported today, that wasn’t always the case.

at Oct 10, 2014 8:32 AM
       

387 Bills Stuck in the Senate

Here’s something you won’t hear about on the news: right now, there are 387 House-passed bills stuck in the Senate. These bills, many with broad bipartisan support, contain the policy changes needed to jump-start the American economy, secure our border, and rein in an out-of-control federal bureaucracy. Week after week, the House has drafted, debated, and passed bills that address the many crises facing our country. The overwhelming majority of these bills are collecting dust on Harry Reid’s desk.   Read more »

at Oct 9, 2014 8:53 AM
       

We Need to Uncap the Number of H-1B Visas

On Oct. 1, a new round of foreign H-1B guest workers will began to work in the United States. H-1B visas are for skilled workers in specialty occupations, mainly in engineering and computer occupations. H-1B visas are an important, albeit flawed, mechanism for highly skilled immigrants to enter the United States and contribute to our economy.

Only 85,000 H-1B visas are set aside for American firms to sponsor each year. The approval process begins on April 1 and the approved workers can begin working on Oct. 1. H-1B visas

at Oct 8, 2014 11:42 AM
       

Pete Sessions Statement on the September Jobs Report

While this month’s jobs report indicates some signs of job growth, the American economy is still not growing quickly enough or broadly enough. Since President Obama took the oath of office, nearly 60% of job gains have been in low wage work, not full time, well-paying careers. Sadly, 9.7 million Americans remain underemployed while another nearly 10 million Americans have given up looking for work altogether.

at Oct 3, 2014 9:07 AM
       

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