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.
Although President Trump tweeted “NO MORE DACA DEAL!,” and “DACA is dead because the Democrats didn’t care or act,” Representative Scott Taylor (R-VA) said there is still “a deal to be had." Trump has also
The new U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) is good for the American economy, good for American workers, and good for the U.S.-South Korean alliance. Under the updated trade pact, the U.S.
Last week, the House voted on an Omnibus bill that funded the government for the rest of the fiscal year. I voted against this horrible legislation. It went against almost everything I stand for (except strengthening our...
As technology evolves, so does transportation. From the days of the horse and buggy and later steam engines, all the way to the hybrid cars of today, our modes of transportation have become faster, more efficient, and safer...
The widening and deepening of the Port of Corpus Christi is a project I have worked tirelessly on throughout my time in Congress. While getting funding in the President's proposed budget for FY2019 is a huge step in the...
Last year, Congress passed landmark legislation, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This legislation cuts taxes in every income group.Now, Texans are seeing the impact of this pro-family, pro-growth tax reform. And so are the...
I authored the following Op-Ed in the Waco Tribune highlighting the historic reforms included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that are already making a di
President Trump announced Thursday he plans to institute tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum next week, arguing it will level the playing field for American companies and help them expand after plant closings in recent...
About 7,200 people will be working temporary jobs at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for the next three weeks. The jobs are in concessions, ticket booths, security and guest services to name just a few.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Chairman of the Freedom Caucus, visited Tri-Hishtil a greenhouse operation in Henderson County, NC. Mark Williams, the executive director of Agribusiness Henderson County, estimated that nearly 80...
Food manufacturing – bakers, confectioners, and retail candy shops – helps fuel our state’s economy, employing over 31,000 Texans across nearly 1,000 different businesses. But there is currently a federal sugar subsidy...
Yesterday, I visited local olive oil bar, The Oilerie in The Woodlands. I met with store owners, Greg and Jo Anna Zachary, to hear first-hand how tax reform positively impacted their business.
A much-anticipated report on threats to the Texas economy finds that inadequate spending on things like infrastructure and public education coupled with debates about socially divisi
With the topic of immigration rising to the forefront of American politics, misinformation and false narratives have been promulgated by self-serving politicians and special interests on both sides of the political spectrum...
I released the following statement in response to the President's announcement on steel and aluminum tariffs: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act helped unleash the free enterprise system, reinvigorate our economy, and created...
Gov. Greg Abbott has surprised many observers of Texas politics by actively campaigning to defeat three incumbent Republican members of the Texas House of Representatives in their bids for re-election – Lyle Larson from San...
I'd like to mention briefly two iconic companies that are showing their devotion to Texas in a much different but important manner.  Based in Tyler, they are spreading the good news of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the law that...
Hurricane Harvey unleashed torrential rainfall – greater than 60 inches in some places – killing 88 people and displacing 30,000. Slamming ashore about six months ago, Harvey caused an estimated $198 billion in damages,...
I issued the following statement after Ways and Means Committee Republicans concluded their annual retreat to lay out their policy agenda for 2018:
To truly reform the visa program, legislation should do away with the lottery entirely by mandating that visas be issued to the 85,000 H-1B applicants who would be paid the most.

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