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Talking Health Care, Jobs, and the Economy at the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of joining the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce to discuss health care and its impact on jobs and the economy. I heard from members of the community about the real-world consequences of Obamacare and how businesses continue to struggle navigating the new regulations.   Read more »

at Sep 25, 2014 10:25 AM
       

As terrorists again threaten America, is California prepared?

The rapid deterioration of several nations in the Middle East and North Africa has taken many Americans and our leaders by surprise. Iraq, Syria and Libya have all seen terrorist groups spread their influence and grow in both military power and sophistication. Yemen, Egypt and Nigeria each have a substantial Islamic terrorist presence. North Korea possesses nuclear weapons while Iran continues to develop them together with the means of delivering them.   Read more »

at Sep 24, 2014 3:43 PM
       

The Change Must Come From Within

The author of the following article, Anna Marion, is an advisor to leaders who wish to incorporate wholeness and healing into their decision making. Anna is trained in the Theophostic method of inner-healing, has an extensive background in media and communication, as well as a life of participation in the ministry of the Christian Church.

THE CHANGE MUST COME FROM WITHIN
RESPONSE TO ‘JONATHAN’S’ VIDEO ON THE REACTION BY BLACK PEOPLE IN FERGUSON, MO

In his viral video ‘Jonathan’ is clear in his opinion black people must change. Reacting to the events in Ferguson, MO, Jonathan has taken a look at how blacks perceive themselves or have been taught to perceive themselves,

at Sep 24, 2014 1:48 PM
       

U.S. Launches Airstrikes Against the Islamic State

Initial U.S. airstrikes have been conducted with coalition partners in Syria against the Islamic State and groups with ties to Al Qaeda.

Our first thought should be the safety and success of all our men and women in uniform now engaged in Iraq and Syria. In the coming days, I will closely monitor the progress of our coalition efforts with our allies. I also stand ready to return to Washington to continue a healthy debate of these issues.   Read more »

at Sep 23, 2014 1:21 PM
       

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Approves Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2014

On Wednesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where I serve as a Subcommittee Chairman, approved H.R. 5229, the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2014.

I am proud to see this bill, which I co-authored, pass out of committee on a bi-partisan basis. The bill now moves to the House Floor for final passage. This legislation provides disabled veterans that enter the federal workforce the opportunity to seek medical treatment for their service-related disabilities without being forced to take unpaid leave. We must support our veterans, especially those who suffered a disability protecting our freedom.   Read more »

at Sep 21, 2014 7:37 PM
       

Obama’s Agenda: Arming and Training Syrian Rebels While Disarming American Citizens

I find it interesting that so many of our legislators today support the idea of arming and training Syrian Rebels -  many of whom are the same people who support more gun control laws here at home.

Arming and training foreign troops has not worked so well for us, so why do Obama and his democrat buddies think this time will be different?   Read more »

at Sep 19, 2014 4:50 PM
       

Congressional Oversight Needed in Continuing Resolution

This week I voted in favor of a continuing resolution measure that would fund government operations. It also contained an amendment authored by House Armed Services Committee Chairman “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.) to authorize train-and-equip authority as part of the effort to defeat the Islamic State.   Read more »

at Sep 19, 2014 9:58 AM
       

Senate Committee Approves Cornyn’s Justice For Victims Of Trafficking Act

The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved legislation I sponsored to boost support for and protection of victims of human trafficking by increasing law enforcement resources, enhancing victims’ services and increasing penalties in an effort to combat child sex trafficking, child pornography, sexual exploitation and human trafficking.   Read more »

at Sep 18, 2014 4:52 PM
       

Eliminating the Global Threat of ISIL

The global threat of the terrorist group ISIL is real. And it’ll only increase if we allow ISIL to keep building support, resources, and arms. Based on the briefings I’ve received on the subject, I don’t see any current threat on our home turf. But there is certainly the potential for an attack in the future – especially with the still porous condition of our southern border.   Read more »

at Sep 16, 2014 1:50 PM
       

The Militarization Of Our Local Schools

On August 28, I wrote a piece questioning the militarization of our local police departments. In that article I asked some tough questions concerning the need for local law enforcement agencies to have military surplus items such as grenade launchers and mine resistant armored vehicles (the later are specifically known as a MRAP). I believe that

at Sep 16, 2014 9:19 AM
       

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