116th Congress

Our criminal justice system is charged with caring for thousands of individuals with mental health issues. I’m grateful to my Senate colleagues for passing this legislation to help inmates get the care they need while...
Yesterday I celebrated the announcement that Mexico will fulfill its water delivery obligations to Texas in compliance with the 1944 U.S.-Mexico Water Treaty. 
The Senate had the opportunity to pass a bill with half a trillion dollars in additional relief for workers, schools, small businesses, and vaccine research. No controversial positions, nothing ‘Republican’ or ‘Democrat’...
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This legislation will better equip the State Department to combat the international trafficking of synthetic drugs across our borders by increasing information sharing with international drug agencies and creating a program...
I’m proud to introduce the National Child Identification Act, which would help law enforcement officers distribute child ID kits to parents in their communities. These kits remain in parents’ possession, keeping their...
As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I this week introduced the Sanctioning and Highlighting Authoritarian Medicine and Eugenics (SHAME) Act, legislation sanctioning Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials...
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I’m glad Speaker Pelosi finally recognizes how critical our airline workers are both to Texas and to the nation. Ensuring Texas airline workers can keep their jobs will help keep air travel safe and protect this vital sector...
Yesterday, Congressmen Eric Swalwell (CA-15) and I introduced the bipartisan Homicide Victims’ Families Rights Act of 2020, to equip the families of homicide victims with the tools to work with law enforcement in...
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Most Americans with a gross income under $99,000 received and benefitted from the economic impact payments included in the CARES Act passed in late March, but around 1.7 million Americans were denied benefits under the bill...
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The United States is the global leader in artificial intelligence. We have an innovative private sector, world class universities and remain the top destination for international AI talent. However, American leadership is no...
The bipartisan resolution rightly acknowledges that historic peace agreement, which I have repeatedly and enthusiastically celebrated. The resolution also, however, attempts to refocus American diplomacy on a Palestinian...
In the letter, we call for inclusion of the U.S. Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act, facilitation of cooperative research and manufacturing to combat COVID-19, and the establishment of a United-States-Israel...
We already passed $3.8 trillion worth of COVID-19 relief, and I believe we do need to do some more. That's why I was disappointed when Senate Democrats voted to block another half trillion dollar bill on September the 10th...
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Cybersecurity affects our everyday lives – including everything from virtual learning and working from home to managing election security.
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As former Vice President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress advocate for tax hikes on the wealthy and intrusive regulation on small businesses and workers, Americans know you can’t “Build Back Better” by dragging down the...
El Paso POE
DHS has provided little public insight into how it weighed the costs and benefits of these extended travel restrictions. We worry the longer lines at ports of entry and inability to social distance in pedestrian lanes may...
As we increasingly depend on digital communication to work, learn, and stay connected, we must not leave those without access to broadband in the dark.This bill will help bridge the digital divide and ensure Texans have...
On top of all the health scares we face right now, Texans should not have to fear being denied access to affordable health insurance because of a pre-existing condition. Despite the best efforts of Democrats to convince...
Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the Creating Hope Reauthorization Act by a voice vote.
As a school year unlike any other begins, I authored the following op-ed in the Austin American-Statesman about my bill to increase access to broadband so all Texas students have access to a safe and quality...

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