116th Congress

For more than a decade, the Debbie Smith Act has reduced the backlog of untested kits nationwide and taken predators off our streets. The Senate unanimously passed this critical legislation almost four months ago, and the...
MAP Act
It takes a lot of courage to make two grossly false claims in a respected publication in less than 40 words.  But as the national debt continues to grow—and as Republicans continue to offer bicameral solutions for tackling...
better off now
When Ronald Reagan took to the stage in his only debate against Jimmy Carter in 1980, he asked the American people one simple question: “are you better off than you were four years ago?”  The answer was a resounding “no!”...
We all know Washington doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem. Even with revenues increasing due to tax reform and our booming economy, our government spending is growing at an unsustainable pace. Congress...
The revenue earned from this Center would help finance infrastructure projects, provide hundreds of jobs and enrich the lives of the Pueblo. Most other federally-recognized tribes in the country can offer gaming under...
There’s no question border states like Texas have borne the brunt of our current immigration crisis, and it only makes sense to target federal resources where they’re needed most. Texans have gone above and beyond in...
I discussed the Senate’s efforts to lower prescription drug prices for patients and warned against the socialist agenda of the Democrat presidential candidates yesterday on Fox News.  Excerpts of my interview are below, and...
U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and I today introduced the Advancing Cybersecurity Continuing Diagnostics and Mitigation Act, which would update and improve federal agencies’ cybersecurity posture.
We have the second highest veteran population of all states, with an estimated 1.6 million veterans living in the Lone Star State. I’ve heard from these men and women about the daily challenges they face – both big and small...
I released the following statement after my Veteran STEM Scholarship Improvement Act, a bill to help veterans take full advantage of the scholarship provided to veterans studying science, technology, engineering,...
I issued the following statements discussing important issues the Democrat-led House has not addressed in the 116th Congress:
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U.S. Representative Bill Flores issued the following statements discussing additional legislative initiatives introduced in the 116th Congress:
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As the first weeks of August recess pass by, I’m thrilled to be back in the Eighth Congressional District of Texas. There’s no substitute for being home, traveling across my district and meeting with the great folks that I...
Once again, Washington finds itself paralyzed over immigration. Squabbles over funding a proposed wall along our southern border are emblematic of a larger issue that has seared any hands it has touched.
Washington doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem; and the best way for Congress to approach this issue is by committing to smarter federal spending caps. I introduced the MAP Act to put America’s budget...
This budget deal is yet another missed opportunity to rein in excessive government spending. 
Indexing capital gains to inflation would unlock capital for investment, increase wages, create new jobs, and grow the economy, benefiting Americans across all income levels. Any decrease in the effective tax rate on capital...
As the Lead Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Chairman Emeritus on the House Homeland Security Committee, I released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 549, the Venezuela TPS Act,...
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This bill is a great example of how Congress can and should continue to put aside the partisan differences to work on real solutions to solve the problems hardworking American families face each day.
Yesterday on the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the White House’s spending and budget caps deal and the conservative priorities it would advance. Excerpts of my floor remarks are below, and video can be...

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