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My Opening Talk at Mises University 2014

The Mises Institute’s week-long Mises University instructional program for students was the most significant academic event of my life as a student when I first attended it in 1993. It’s still going strong even today, and last night, for the second year in a row, I delivered the opening talk. The title I was given was “The Role of Austrian Economics in the Liberty Movement.” If you enjoy the talk and want to learn more about Austrian economics, check out my LearnAustrianEconomics.com resource. (And to attend as a virtual student, click here.)

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at Jul 27, 2014 8:03 PM
       

Congressman Sessions Participates in International Management Facility Association’s 9th Annual Public Policy Forum

Thursday morning I participated in the International Management Facility Association’s 9th Annual Public Policy Forum. I had the opportunity to speak with individuals from across the country about the necessity of getting Washington out of the way of the free market so that it can thrive and grow.   Read more »

at Jul 25, 2014 3:50 PM
       

Gavin Newsom and Kamala Harris choose politics over leadership on Central American children issue

The crisis resulting from tens of thousands of Central American children traversing dangerous territory to cross our porous border is one that demands leadership. But don’t look for it from those who currently occupy California’s highest offices.

In a Friday story, the Los Angeles Times discovered that for California governor aspirants Gavin Newsom (D) and Kamala Harris (D), politics trumps all.   Read more »

at Jul 24, 2014 9:42 AM
       

Senator Cornyn Introduces Bill To Boost Transparency Of Endangered Species Listings

Today, I introduced legislation to dramatically boost transparency of the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service’s listing process for endangered species. This legislation stands as the Senate companion to H.R. 4315, introduced by U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee. The legislation would require the Secretaries of the Interior and Commerce departments to make the best scientific and commercial data publicly available on the Internet as it relates to future listings and de-listings under the Endangered Species Act.   Read more »

at Jul 22, 2014 3:57 PM
       

Federal Spending Update

As you know, the House of Representatives controls the federal purse strings, and we’ve been the leaders in putting together a detailed spending plan for Fiscal Year 2015. We’re able to set guidelines on how each federal agency spends their money, so we’re setting national priorities for the coming year. For example, the Financial Services appropriations bill, which passed the House last week, cuts all funding for the IRS to implement Obamacare. We’ve prevented your tax dollars

at Jul 22, 2014 9:55 AM
       

Why Employers should encourage talk about salary

According to the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 (NLRA), all workers have the right to engage “concerted activity for mutual aid or protection” and “organize a union to negotiate with [their] employer concerning [their] wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment.”

The White House released salaries, and as this video shows these people make an average of $20K more than the average American:   Read more »

at Jul 18, 2014 1:21 PM
       

Congressman Smith STEM Bill Clears House

The House of Representatives approved the STEM Education Act of 2014 (H.R. 5031). The STEM Education Act of 2014 strengthens ongoing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education efforts and ensures computer science is included in these efforts.

We need to ensure that young adults have the scientific and mathematical skills to strive and thrive in a technology-based economy. But we have to capture and hold the desire of our nation’s youth to study science and engineering so they will want to pursue these careers.

at Jul 15, 2014 3:30 PM
       

What is Amnesty?

Alan Nash, author of the "10 for 10" Plan, gives the definition of amnesty.

What is amnesty?

Amnesty is the status quo.

Amnesty is allowing illegals to stay here, unidentified, uncounted, undocumented, and untaxed.

Amnesty is shouting for self-deportation, which is a fantasy, and which will never happen.

Amnesty is denouncing those who have real solutions. Those who want to eliminate the job magnet that creates this flood of illegals.

Amnesty is shouting but doing absolutely nothing to realistically solve the problems.   Read more »

at Jul 14, 2014 5:53 PM
       

The concerns expressed by Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, and Sheldon Adelson are shared by countless men and women across the country

The concerns expressed by these billionaires are shared by countless men and women I meet everyday trying to run small businesses. They cannot find workers. They are afraid of losing the tenured and trained employees they have now. Our current border crisis is the result of not having an immigration fix. We need Congress to act!   Read more »

at Jul 14, 2014 9:57 AM
       

Legislation Approved This Week

On Thursday the House passed H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which will reform our nation’s current workforce training system in order to make it more effective, modern, and accountable. At a time in which Americans are having trouble finding work, it is crucial that opportunities be available for individuals to improve themselves and remain competitive in the ever changing workforce. This legislation will promote the training programs necessary to help place American workers in American jobs, and take an important step towards increasing

at Jul 13, 2014 10:48 PM
       

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