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Blake Farenthold

"Immigration reform must provide for America’s needs by ensuring we have an adequate workforce to fill the jobs we have. That means increasing the cap on high skilled worker visas and visas for workers in high-demand fields like agriculture, construction, and even the medical field."

Blake Farenthold *

U.S. Representative (CD-27)

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Blog Posts

ISIS poses a grave threat to our freedom and security

It is a sad reality that President Obama refuses to come to Congress with a clear strategy to destroy ISIS and protect our U.S. security interests. It is my hope that Republicans can convince him to propose a clear plan, consistent with the Constitution, to keep Americans safe, and that it is not laden with impractical contingencies, such as resolving the Syrian civil war, reaching political reconciliation in Iraq or achieving “consensus” in the international community.   Read more »

at Sep 19, 2014 12:25 PM

Congressional Oversight Needed in Continuing Resolution

This week I voted in favor of a continuing resolution measure that would fund government operations. It also contained an amendment authored by House Armed Services Committee Chairman “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.) to authorize train-and-equip authority as part of the effort to defeat the Islamic State.   Read more »

at Sep 19, 2014 9:58 AM

Senate Committee Approves Cornyn’s Justice For Victims Of Trafficking Act

The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved legislation I sponsored to boost support for and protection of victims of human trafficking by increasing law enforcement resources, enhancing victims’ services and increasing penalties in an effort to combat child sex trafficking, child pornography, sexual exploitation and human trafficking.   Read more »

at Sep 18, 2014 4:52 PM

Immigration’s Real Impact on Wages and Employment

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has been releasing a series of reports claiming that immigrants are benefiting from the slightly recovering job market while natives are not. Of course, if immigrants were even less likely to gain jobs than Americans, CIS would use that as evidence that immigrants are a drain on the economy. No matter.   Read more »

at Sep 18, 2014 2:43 PM

Extensive Polling Data Released On 2014 Texas Governor’s Race & Other Statewide Elections

Austin, Texas — The 25th annual Texas Interested Citizens survey (organized by The Eppstein Group) conducted 1,200 live telephone interviews of general election voters who participated in either the 2010 or 2012 general elections. The survey has a +2.9% margin of error at a 95% level of confidence.   Read more »

at Sep 18, 2014 1:32 PM

The Senate Being Used As Incumbent Protection Program

More than a decade since I first came to this chamber, the United States Senate, it has become unrecognizable…Unfortunately, this chamber has devolved into one where not much gets done and when there are votes, they are frequently show-votes with the election clearly in mind.

We've had an experiment in big government over the last six years, and you know what? It hasn't worked out very well. Unemployment rates remain high;

at Sep 18, 2014 9:18 AM

Feds Cook Up New Rules For School Bake Sales

Turn off the ovens, the school bake sales are over.

Bake sales in schools are as American as apple pie and the flag. Parents like Janet Huberty in Atascocita, Texas and other parents in PTAs and PTOs use bake sales to raise money for the school band, cheerleading uniforms and iPads for students.

But now, the almighty federal government has cooked up new rules controlling public school bake sales. No more cupcakes, oatmeal raisin cookies,

at Sep 17, 2014 6:34 PM

Obama's Climate Action Plan

Today, I made the following statement at a hearing with the president’s top science advisor, Dr. John Holdren, and the top EPA air official, Janet McCabe, examining the Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan and proposed EPA power plant regulations.

Today we look at one of the most aggressive new government programs in our country’s history. The Obama administration calls it the Climate Action Plan.   Read more »

at Sep 17, 2014 2:00 PM

Happy Constitution Day!

On this day in 1787, the United States Constitution was signed, and our nation’s framework for government was created. Today, I’m proud to celebrate our Constitution which has served generations of Americans as a beacon for liberty and limited government. At a time when the federal government continues to overreach in just about every aspect of our lives, today should serve as a reminder of the Founders’ intentions and our system of checks and balances.   Read more »

at Sep 17, 2014 10:27 AM

A Republican Blueprint for Governing

More than a decade since I first arrived in the United States Senate, the chamber has become unrecognizable. What had traditionally been a forum for thoughtful debate of principled ideas has gradually devolved into a venue for carefully orchestrated theater.

Look no further than the Senate’s September agenda: Amid high unemployment and stagnant wages, widespread frustration over

at Sep 17, 2014 8:40 AM


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