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Immigration talk simmers, but does not boil over, at Central Texas congressional town hall

BASTROP – Now that Congress is on recess following an ugly meltdown over immigration and border security last week, lawmakers in Texas and around the country are diving into the time-honored tradition of trying to explain what just happened and listening to voters’ frustrations during town halls in places big and small.

at Aug 8, 2014 10:13 AM

Bringing the Federal Government to the 21st Century

I recently chaired an Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee hearing on the outdated personnel system for federal employees. A lot has changed since 1949 when the General Schedule was established to classify federal workers according to their job duties and assign pay. Minimum wage was 70 cents an hour, the average yearly wage was just under $3000, and the federal government’s workforce consisted mainly of clerical staff. Sixty-five years later, the government continues to classify and pay 80 percent of its workforce using the same, antiquated system, ignoring the realities of the current labor market.   Read more »

at Aug 8, 2014 8:12 AM

Time to Remove Roadblocks to Energy Trade

The following was written by Congressman Joe Barton (TX-6):

America’s new found energy abundance creates incredible opportunities, but old laws are getting in the way of economic growth and the chance to strengthen security here and abroad.

Our nation is blessed with a bounty of natural resources, but until recently much of it remained out of reach.

at Aug 7, 2014 4:49 PM

Dr. Ben Carson: Ebola Patients Should NOT Be In The United States for Treatment

Dr. Ben Carson on Fox News says that he would NOT have brought the two medical missionaries in Africa back to America for treatment. His position is that viruses can undergo mutation and be transmittable in other ways..

He said the people who contracted this virus KNEW the risks when they agreed to the mission work they were involved in and also knew how to protect themselves yet they still contracted the virus.   Read more »

at Aug 7, 2014 2:09 PM

Preventing an Internet Tax on Americans

During the recent House debate on H.R.3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PIFTA), I went to the House floor to argue my support of Internet Tax Freedom.

I’m a believer in what the power of a free internet means for America – and for the world.

Because of our commitment to keeping Internet access largely unencumbered by taxes and government control, we have created something really amazing – a dynamic market for goods, services, and most importantly, ideas.   Read more »

at Aug 7, 2014 11:00 AM

Elizabeth Warren gains ground on Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton may suffer Election Disappointment 2.o, and might have to remain in the ranks of the “dead broke.”

In what looks like a replay of the 2008 election, Hillary Clinton will likely get a challenger, and again it will come at the behest of the Kennedy’s. In 2008, Teddy and Caroline Kennedy backed the completely obscure Barack Obama over Hillary Rodham Clinton, and it’s happening again.

at Aug 7, 2014 9:56 AM

Upcoming Veterans Summit in Victoria, Texas

I will be hosting the 2014 Victoria Veterans Summit at the University of Houston – Victoria from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM on Thursday, August 7, 2014.

Representatives from the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Texas Veterans Commission, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and other veterans support groups will be on hand to provide important information regarding

at Aug 6, 2014 4:47 PM

The Conservative Case for Immigration Reform

The debate over immigration reform, intensified by the surge of unaccompanied child migrants at the U.S.–Mexico border, has many conservatives worried. Republican strategist Lanhee Chen explained that conservative opposition to immigration reform in the United States “is a very visceral reaction to what America should be about.” According to conservative opponents of immigration reform, immigrants will change America.   Read more »

at Aug 6, 2014 1:33 PM

Obama Backs Corporate Welfare

To most Americans, the words "Export-Import Bank" don't mean very much. The DC insiders, cozy with international corporate interests putting taxpayers on the hook for hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies, want to keep it that way, too.

The Export-Import Bank is big businesses' big-government bank backed by U.S. taxpayers.

at Aug 6, 2014 10:50 AM

Elon Musk's Aerospace Startup, SpaceX, Finalizes Brownsville as its New Location to Build Spaceport

Brownsville, Texas has officially landed the spot as the place Elon Musk's startup company, SpaceX, will build its new spaceport. This is great news for Texas, as it has potential to bring in up to 1,000 new jobs. The launch site, spanning 56.5 acres, will launch twelve rockets a year into space, including two Falcon 9 Heavy rockets, which could begin flying as soon as 2015.    Read more »

at Aug 6, 2014 7:58 AM


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