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.
Hoping to block Gov. Greg Abbott’s Friday decision ordering Texas bars to close due to a rise in coronavirus cases, more than 30 bar owners filed a lawsuit Monday challenging Abbott’s emergency order.
ICYMI, I joined KPRC's Khambrel Marshall on Houston Newsmakers to discuss Texas' response to COVID-19, the need to get unemployed American back to work, and what Republicans are doing to enact meaningful police...
Pat Kiley
In a recent Rational Middle podcast, Pat Kiley, a founding principal of Kiley Advisors LLC, and former Chief Staff Executive for the Houston Chapter of Associated General Contractors (AGC), talked with host Loren
The innovation and research park could help the next great American innovation come to life, or it could provide an entrepreneur with their first big break. The potential for this park is endless, and I am proud to see our...
I released the following statement after the Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act of 2020, a bill to extend the amount of time businesses can use PPP funds from eight to 24 weeks and...
Texas is working its way out of the fog, from the ‘panic’ pandemic, and will hopefully see a clearing by the end of May.  This great state has got to survive and bring the economy back and stand in its proper place in the...
I sent a letter to Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza urging her to make 501(c)3 nonprofit educational institutions eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under the CARES Act. 
Texas has been focused on reopening responsibly, and our efforts to increase testing capacity and contact tracing efforts have allowed our citizens to safely return to work. Because of increased testing, we have seen an...
U.S. Representatives Henry Cuellar (TX-28) and I sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Mexico’s Foreign Secretary Marcel Ebrard calling for a coordinated definition of “essential” in order for businesses...
Yesterday on the floor, I discussed the impact frivolous lawsuits would have on small businesses’ ability to survive the coronavirus pandemic and the need for litigation protection legislation. Excerpts of my floor remarks...
America’s economy will only grow stronger now that USMCA goes into effect this week. This trade deal will help Texas farmers, small businesses and manufacturers. The promise of increased free trade in our region will help us...
Between the Reagan County Airport, Del Rio International Airport and Pecos Municipal Airport, more than 35,000 aircraft operations happen annually. This additional $5 million will provide the opportunity for these airports...
You can take the girl out of politics, but you can't take the politics out of the girl. Or something like that.  I have almost always been one to focus on local government like school boards and MUD boards, etc..  It should...
She would have reopened on June 1, but the looting changed all that. Now she’s making a list for her insurance adjuster and working with a contractor who’s putting in new shelving free of charge.
Yesterday, I joined the Sam Malone Show to discuss the right to peacefully protest, how Texas is recovering from COVID-19, and new legislation I introduced to ensure rural communities get the federal funding they need.
Because of the pandemic and its forced closures, many of Texas’ agricultural producers have experienced a lapse in demand or added logistical challenges that have greatly affected their bottom line. Through legislation,...
Yesterday on the floor, I discussed the threat frivolous litigation poses to health care workers and small businesses as states begin to reopen their economies. Excerpts of my floor remarks are below, and video can be found ...
U.S. Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and I, along with 26 Republican colleagues in the Senate, today sent a letter urging leadership to provide businesses with regulatory relief in the wake of the economic crisis caused by...
ID and tax
In April, President Trump issued a proclamation suspending most methods of legal immigration.
How far will the Chinese government go to make its economy the most influential in the world? That’s a question national security experts have been discussing for years, and we now know.

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