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Martha McSally

"Getting our fiscal house in order is not just about budgets; it's an economic imperative. A government that spends within its means spurs growth, protects investments in critical government functions, and ensures we hand future generations a strong and secure country."

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A New National Debt Record

Those of you who have visited my website have seen the ticking national debt clock on the right-hand side. And if you checked out my website in the past week, you probably saw that the United States has hit a new record – and not a good one. Our national debt hit a whopping $18 trillion last week.

To give you a better idea of just how much money this is – that amounts to roughly $56,000 per citizen. At a time when American families are cutting and planning their budgets to make ends meet,

at Dec 9, 2014 9:56 AM
       

Senate Passes Cornyn, Leahy FOIA Improvement Act

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) hailed the Senate’s passage Monday of historic legislation that strengthens the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the nation’s premier open government law.

The FOIA Improvement Act of 2014, which was approved unanimously by the Judiciary Committee last month, requires Federal agencies to operate

at Dec 8, 2014 5:18 PM
       

Bill Filed to Crack Down on Worker Misclassification in Texas Construction Industry

Far too often, construction companies cheat taxpayers and their workers by pretending their employees are independent subcontractors when, by law, they should be paid as employees. It’s a practice known as worker misclassification. Some ethical contractors have called it a “cancer that is eating at the heart of our industry.”

If a person is paid as a subcontractor, that individual is on the hook for payroll taxes and benefits like health insurance. When they’re injured, uninsured workers are often dropped off at county hospitals and the rest of us end up paying more in health costs and local property taxes.   Read more »

at Dec 8, 2014 3:41 PM
       

Texas Republicans Set to Flex Their Muscles in 114th Congress

Texas will be sending 25 Republicans and two very powerful Senators to the 114th Congress which is set to kick-off in January, 2015. Key committee chairmanships for six of those House Republicans will give Texas control of nearly one-third of the House’s twenty-one committees. This positions Texas representatives to flex their muscle in the effort to extend the Texas model of success to the other 49 states.   Read more »

at Dec 8, 2014 1:15 PM
       

Critical Infrastructure Protection Act

On Tuesday Congressman Trent Franks’ bill, the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, passed by a voice vote in the House of Representatives. I proudly supported this vital piece of legislation which would protect our nation from a potentially catastrophic nationwide blackout. This legislation would direct the Department of Homeland Security to enhance our nation’s threat assessments of electromagnetic pulses (EMP) and implement plans on how to best protect and recover should an EMP event occur.   Read more »

at Dec 8, 2014 10:04 AM
       

Remembering Pearl Harbor

It was a bright Sunday morning in the islands of Hawaii. America was at peace and unprepared for war. Soon the rising sun was darkened by hundreds of Japanese planes as they strafed and bombed Pearl Harbor. The American battle ships were sunk. Over 2,400 United States military were killed. Most of the United States aircraft was destroyed while still sitting on the ground. It was December 7, 1941.   Read more »

at Dec 7, 2014 5:58 PM
       

Mary Landrieu Loses Senate Reelection Bid in Louisiana to Republican Challenger Bill Cassidy

Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy defeated Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu in Saturday's Louisiana Senate run-off race.

Under Louisiana's primary system, all candidates appear on the same ballot, despite political party. None of the candidates received 50% of the vote in the November 4th election, forcing this run-off election.   Read more »

at Dec 7, 2014 12:26 AM
       

Kolkhorst Wins Texas Senate Seat in Special Election

After a whirlwind campaign, Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, on Saturday night defeated four other candidates in a special election for a State Senate seat just vacated by the state's next Comptroller. Former Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, resigned the seat that represents a huge area spanning from Katy to Brenham to the coast.

Kolkhorst was able to win 55 percent of the vote, with her closest competitor Gary Gates receiving only 34 percent of the vote. The fact that Kolkhorst received over 50 percent means there will be no runoff and she is now Senator-Elect. The election happened quickly enough that Kolkhorst will be sworn in as a senator as the Legislature convenes in January.   Read more »

at Dec 6, 2014 11:57 PM
       

Congressman Pete Sessions Participating in the Weekly Republican Address

This week I was honored to join Congressman Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) in delivering the Weekly Republican Address. This week's video celebrates the passage of the ABLE Act, a critical piece of legislation that would break through the glass ceiling for millions of individuals with disabilities.   Read more »

at Dec 6, 2014 5:13 PM
       

Jorge Ramos Receives Award as the Most Influential Journalist in America and Encourages All: "We Have to Take a Stand"

This past Tuesday the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) — an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide—gave an award to the most influential journalist in America, Jorge Ramos. The award is called the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award, given for "lifetime achievement in defending press freedom."   Read more »

at Dec 5, 2014 5:10 PM
       

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