Government Overreach

The start of a new year is always a good time to step back and take a look at things. I spent a lot of time listening and talking to peopleall around the 27th District to make sure your top priorities are my top priorities....
For the past seven years, we have listened to the "Lecturer-in-Chief" use his State of the Union address to paint a less-than-accurate picture of the state of our nation. Tonight was no different.
President Obama’s proposal to unilaterally thwart law abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights is a blatant abuse of his executive authority.
Today I joined fellow lawmakers in sponsoring a resolution to impeach Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen.
In 2012, the owners of a Port Lavaca business filed their taxes in the same manner they always had. Expecting a refund that would help them keep their business going, they were surprised when the refund was held and an audit...
I love it when an organic idea or a Facebook post turns into a blog, don't you? Well, that's what spawned this blog idea in particular. Well, that and a city election that just happened this past Tuesday.
The Department of Justice has closed its investigation into Lois Lerner and her band of bungling bureaucrats at the IRS. Choosing political expediency, it won't prosecute the actors.
In a letter to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornz, Texas Governor Greg Abbott wrote, “The BLM should demonstrate that the federal government still respects private property rights and end this unconscionable...
The 6th Circuit’s order to halt implementation of the EPA’s new "Waters of the United States" rule is a win for all Americans, but especially for farmers, ranchers, and landowners in the state of Texas.
The House and Senate Rs really do need to figure out a way to run things. Lead. Take charge.
I released the following statement today after a federal judge rejected President Obama’s claim that executive privilege gives the Justice Department the right to withhold records from Congress investigating Operation Fast...
The Obama administration has buried American families with burdensome regulations, costing each U.S. household roughly $15,000 per year. In addition to these appalling costs, numerous regulations have been worked out in...
The story of A Christmas Carol begins seven years after the death of his partner, Jacob Marley, and the opening scene shows Ebenezer Scrooge brushing off two gentlemen looking for donations and refusing yet another...
In addition to cost, another problem facing the energy industry is the Obama administration’s overreaching rules and regulations which are preventing the energy sector from growing. I believe the U.S.
Today I issued the following statement regarding the passage of S.1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act:
This Saturday, November 14, there is a potential game-changing event being held for the very first time in the Houston area.
Last week I released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 692, The Default Prevention Act, by a vote of 235 to 194, which takes a potential default on U.S. debt off the table by requiring the Treasury Department to...
I hate to admit it because so many dear friends are working to fight against the Houston's HERO proposition on the November ballot, but I hate the way most of the campaign is being handled. It's primarily been a target to...
Earlier this week, I joined the North American Gas Forum’s Legislative Panel to discuss energy opportunities in the United States. The panel was made up of members of Congress and energy industry experts.
Throughout the anemic Obama “recovery,” one of the bright spots in the economy has been the oil and gas sector. At a time when many Americans were struggling with unemployment or underemployment, this industry has provided...

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