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Jimmie Don Aycock

"The current one-size-fits-all model for high school does not fit anyone, which is a problem for our students and our economy. Texas is a great place to do business, but our workforce is aging, and our schools aren’t producing nearly enough qualified skilled workers to fill the gap."

Jimmie Don Aycock *

Texas State Representative HD-54

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Sen. Cruz Files Pro-Growth, Pro-Jobs Keystone XL Pipeline Amendments

On Tuesday, I introduced three pro-growth, pro-jobs amendments to S. 1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, of which I am a cosponsor. The amendments would expedite liquid natural gas (LNG) exports to World Trade Organization (WTO) members, repeal the ban on U.S. crude oil exports, and implement the North American Energy Infrastructure Act, which removes barriers to cross-border energy development, including the need for presidential approval of cross-border energy infrastructure.   Read more »

at Jan 16, 2015 4:33 PM
       

Texas House offers budget blueprint that flat-lines spending and ends gas tax diversion

The following story originally appeared on The Quorum Report.  

As Gov. Perry was saying farewell to the Texas Legislature on Thursday in a speech largely about his accomplishments over the past 14 years, Texas House leadership was looking toward the future by offering a budget roadmap that would barely increase spending – essentially flat-lining it – and will leave plenty of room for a robust debate about tax relief, education funding, and more.   Read more »

at Jan 16, 2015 12:30 PM
       

Opening Ceremonies at the 84th Session of The Texas House of Representatives

As the 84th Texas Legislature opened, mixed emotions ran through my heart and my mind. I was sitting in the Texas House of Representatives' gallery looking down to a full floor of elected state representatives and their families.

This was the fifth time I have been present at a swearing in ceremony for the Texas Legislature session, having been to both the House and Senate ceremonies. I started attending the sessions at the 80th Texas Legislature, back in 2007, but this time was different- as I was there as a former candidate for the Texas State House for this specific term. Try to imagine my feelings as I was there watching and thinking that I could have been on that floor about to take an oath surrounded with my own family and making history as the second Hispanic woman in ALL history of Texas sitting as a Republican.

at Jan 16, 2015 9:12 AM
       

The French Fight Back

Around 11 a.m. on January 7, on a cold winter day in Paris, France, two men armed with AK-47s forced a woman entering the offices of a French newspaper to let them in.

After murdering the security guard in the lobby, they ran up to the second floor and shouted, "Where is Charb? Where is Charb?'' Charb is the nickname for thenewspaper's editor, Mr. Charbonnier.   Read more »

at Jan 15, 2015 5:10 PM
       

The Assault on Free Speech

Radical Anjem Choudary and Tanya Cohen have something in common, they hate free speech and want it controlled. In his essay in USA Today, Choudary made it clear that he doesn’t accept the Western concept of free speech as he stated, “The strict punishment if found guilty of this crime under sharia (Islamic law) is capital punishment implementable by an Islamic State. This is because the Messenger

at Jan 15, 2015 12:39 PM
       

Congressman Neugebauer Votes for Jobs and Regulatory Relief for Small Business

I released the following statement after voting for H.R. 37, the Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act.

As the American economy struggles to digest Dodd-Frank’s thousands of pages and hundreds of new regulations, small business owners and many individuals looking for good-paying jobs deserve regulatory relief from Washington.

at Jan 15, 2015 8:44 AM
       

Continuing to Take Care of Our Veterans

Providing for our Veterans has always been one of my top legislative priorities. Last Tuesday, the House made it easier for employers to hire veterans by passing H.R.22 by a vote of 412-0. This legislation would allow employers to hire veterans who receive health coverage with the

at Jan 14, 2015 4:52 PM
       

Strengthen Oversight of Taxpayer Funds

The Texas House of Representatives overwhelmingly elected Joe Straus as Speaker of the House at the opening of the 84th Legislature yesterday. 

Last week, Joe Straus announced that the House will soon release a budget proposal that significantly strengthens oversight of state agency contracts.   Read more »

at Jan 14, 2015 3:06 PM
       

A Strong Start to the 114th Congress

Last week I returned to Washington for the start of the 114th Congress. Americas New Congress is the beginning of change in Washington with Republicans gaining a majority in both the House and the Senate. It is my hope that this new dynamic will now end the gridlock that has frustrated so many

at Jan 14, 2015 1:01 PM
       

Congressman Smith Applauds Passage of the Regulatory Accountability Act

I applaud House passage of H.R. 185, the Regulatory Accountability Act. I first introduced the bill in 2011 during my time as House Judiciary Committee chairman and was a lead sponsor when the House passed it in the 113th Congress.

This White House has repeatedly bypassed Congress and the American people to pursue its extreme and aggressive regulatory agenda. The fact that the same White House is threatening to veto the Regulatory Accountability Act tells me we must be doing something right.   Read more »

at Jan 14, 2015 8:52 AM
       

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