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America Deserves a Better Space Program

According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, two out of three Americans believe our country is on the wrong track and nearly six in 10 say that the economy has not even started to recover. Under President Obama, 20 million Americans are out of work, underemployed, or given up looking for a job.

Another recent poll found that a majority of Americans believe that the United States should “continue to be a world leader in manned space exploration.”

These two polls — one about Americans’ sense of our country being on the wrong track and the other about American leadership in space — have more in common than you might think.

at Mar 27, 2014 6:05 PM

Bipartisan Bill Reduces Frivolous Patent Lawsuits

I joined House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte yesterday in introducing legislation that reduces abusive litigation practices that plague our patent system. The bipartisan Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) builds on reforms that were made last Congress in the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, which I authored and President Obama signed into law. The Innovation Act addresses the problem of patent trolls, who file frivolous lawsuits based on weak patents in order to force settlements outside of court.   Read more »

at Oct 24, 2013 9:34 PM

Obamacare and the Rule of Law

With each passing day, it becomes more and more obvious that President Obama’s health-care law is simply unworkable. Yet rather than accept reality and support full congressional repeal of the law, the administration is instead violating Obamacare and applying it selectively.

Last month, for example, President Obama unilaterally delayed the requirement that large employers provide health insurance to their workers, and he also delayed various oversight provisions.

at Aug 17, 2013 2:05 PM

Congressman Lamar Smith to Senate: No Budget, No Pay

Today, I supported a bill that requires the Senate to pass a budget or forfeit their pay. The No Budget, No Pay Act (H.R. 325) passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 285-144. An overwhelming majority of Texas Republicans supported the measure.

Americans across the nation set budgets for their family’s expenses. They accomplish every single day a task that the Senate has neglected for four years. A fundamental responsibility of the government is to set budgets and stick to them.

at Jan 23, 2013 5:07 PM

Lessons to be Learned!

We just passed a tax increase so we can have more spending. It was hardly what we were promised, nor did the Middle Class get a tax cut. While tax rates remained the same, their overall taxes went up... The average Joe and Jan will see their taxes go up at least $1000 a year, and when that first pay check comes in, they will find their paycheck a little lighter. This is just a down payment for the coming Obama expansion of the entitlement state.   Read more »

at Jan 8, 2013 7:18 AM

Fiscal cliff negotiations: Bad on policy, worse on process

Welcome to 2013! May God smile on you, your families, your businesses, and our country.

If you can, please come with us to Austin this Tuesday to watch the noontime swearing in of our new Texas House representatives. It’ll be wonderful to celebrate the success of our election work, and to reaffirm our partnership with our conservative legislators when they vote our values. They need us, and we need them.

at Jan 7, 2013 9:49 AM

Congressman Pete Sessions Statement on December Jobs Report

Today I released the following statement regarding the Department of Labor’s unemployment report for the month of December:

As our nation continues to be burdened with chronic high unemployment and a sluggish economy, I remain committed to policies that will help North Texas families and small businesses. That is why I supported making critical parts of our tax code

at Jan 4, 2013 10:27 AM

Pete Sessions Statement on American Taxpayer Relief Act

U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-Dallas), a Member of House Republican Leadership, today released the following statement regarding House approval of the American Taxpayer Relief Act:

I am pleased to join my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to make critical parts of our tax code permanent for all North Texans. As job-destroying taxes from ObamaCare hit families and businesses this year, it is crucial to provide permanent tax certainty in the marketplace to allow our economy to grow and for small businesses to invest and hire.   Read more »

at Jan 2, 2013 5:30 PM

Congressman Poe Votes NO on Fiscal Cliff "Deal"

Here in Washington, Congress rang in the New Year, but it was certainly not a happy one. After months of debate, the House voted last night on the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.” I voted "no" because this so-called “deal” is toxic for American families and small businesses. Make no mistake about it: this bill is not intended to pay down the deficit. It is just another massive Washington spending bill in disguise. And the American people will once again be left to pick up the tab.

According to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center, this "deal" in effect would raise taxes on 77% of U.S. Households

at Jan 2, 2013 3:05 PM

Senate Passes Smith Bill to Reauthorize National Security Provisions

The Senate today approved legislation authored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) to reauthorize provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), a law that governs the surveillance of foreign terrorists and spies. The FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012 (H.R. 5949) passed the Senate by a vote of 73-23.

The FISA Amendments Act allows intelligence officials to more quickly and effectively monitor the communications of foreign terrorists and spies operating overseas. The bipartisan bill reauthorizes the FISA

at Dec 28, 2012 12:00 PM


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