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Texas Education Reforms are Key in Promoting the Middle Skills

Sweeping education reforms passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013 will be a great help to business leaders in Houston as they embark on an unprecedented push to promote “middle skills” jobs.  Those are well-paying jobs that require more than a high school diploma but less than a degree from a four-year college or university.  It’s estimated that a whopping 40 percent of jobs in the greater

at Nov 25, 2014 5:00 PM

Turner, Ryan Press House Leadership to Extend Health Coverage Tax Credit for Delphi Retirees

Today, Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) and I sent a bipartisan letter to House Leadership reaffirming their strong support for the passage of an extension of the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) as part of a year-end tax extenders bill before the 113th Congress adjourns for the year.

The HCTC helps struggling American families pay their health bills,

at Nov 22, 2014 9:57 AM

Obama and the 0.1 Percent

Barack Obama vowed to be for the little man, Mr. Main Street. Too bad the little man doesn’t throw $35,000 a plate fundraisers. And that is why the Average Joe suffers under Barack Obama.

When it comes to wealth inequality in the United States, it looks like 1929. That’s because in the late 1920s, the top 10 percent of Americans controlled 84 percent of the country’s wealth.   Read more »

at Nov 20, 2014 3:31 PM

A Plan for the New Majority

I’m excited at the prospects for the next two years. The recent election has brought about a historic change in Washington, increasing our Republican majority in the House and creating a new Republican majority in the Senate. With these majorities we’ll be able to place legislation on the President’s desk which will put American’s back to work, increase energy production, take care of our veterans, end Obamacare, and secure our border.   Read more »

at Nov 17, 2014 3:02 PM

House Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

The Keystone Pipeline project has sat awaiting approval for six years. It took less time to win World War II than it has for the Administration to approve the pipeline. The pipeline from Canada to Southeast Texas would bring in almost as much oil as America gets from Saudi Arabia. It would create at least 100,000 jobs in its lifetime, including 20,000 immediate construction and manufacturing jobs. Pipelines are proven to be an environmentally safe way to transport energy. This project should be a no-brainer for America, but sadly it has been continually delayed due to

at Nov 14, 2014 4:46 PM

President Obama is Standing in the Way of 40,000 Keystone Jobs

After the House approved it today, the president is the only one standing in the way of the Keystone XL pipeline and 40,000 new energy jobs. After six long years of thorough review – including hearings held by the House Science Committee – we know that this pipeline will enhance our energy independence with minimal impact to the environment.

at Nov 14, 2014 2:34 PM

October Unemployment Report

This morning the Department of Labor released the October jobs report. While I am always pleased to hear that some people were able to find employment, this week people across the nation made it very clear they are frustrated with the status quo and upset with the direction of our economy and the slow job growth that has come with it. Americans knows that there is still much more work to be done to ensure that all individuals have the opportunities to find good-paying, full-time jobs.   Read more »

at Nov 7, 2014 3:14 PM

Is Hillary Clinton Really This Ignorant?

Hillary Clinton recently gave a speech in which she gave her usual talking points, but there is one line that shows that Ms. Clinton has absolutely no clue about our economic system. She stated that “Don’t allow anyone to tell you corporations and business create jobs.” Much of the speech was her economic thesis, and this statement is the cherry on top of a speech that showed Clinton to be totally ignorant of the past forty years of economic history.

at Oct 30, 2014 3:17 PM

Good News for Farmers in West Texas

It looks like farmers this spring won’t be penalized for the crippling drought we’ve had in West Texas these past few years. After repeatedly claiming they could not follow the Farm Bill’s strict implementation schedule, USDA announced Tuesday that they will now update the Actual Production History (APH) exclusions for spring 2015.   Read more »

at Oct 29, 2014 9:05 AM

Barack Obama Should Thank North Dakota and Texas

Barack Obama should thank two states, North Dakota and Texas, for creating many of the jobs during his administration. Considering that Obama has done what he could to end much of the fossil fuels industry, it is ironic that during his administration, Obama presided over the rebirth of American energy and saw America become a leading energy producer.   Read more »

at Oct 27, 2014 10:25 AM


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