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Simplifying the Tax Code for Families

As a parent and grandparent, I know there’s nothing more rewarding than building a family. But I also know having kids can come at a high cost. This week, the House will vote on two bills to streamline our current tax code to reduce the cost of starting a family and sending your kids to college. The Child Tax Credit Improvement Act of 2014 adjusts the child tax credit to account for recent inflation and eliminates our current tax code’s marriage penalty

at Jul 22, 2014 5:21 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

So, What Do You Think? Ben Carson For President?

Dr. Ben Carson is the antithesis of Barack Obama, which is to say, Dr. Carson is logical and competent. He doesn’t just work on brains, he actually USES his!

Dr. Carson make a lot of sense, and that vexes the Left.

Only the frivolous Left would argue that their policies have led to utter destruction of the black community, with the larger community on life support.   Read more »

at Jul 7, 2014 2:42 PM

The Texas House-Representing Voters or Subsidized Developers?

The other night at The MET Youth Building, State Representative Allen Fletcher faced a crowd of over 500 concerned, and might I add, a tad angry, constituency. The source of their anger? Two projected low-income housing units to be built in the Cypress area; one at Queenston and W. Little York called the Catalon, the other to the north of 290 near the Ravensway subdivision, named The Lodge of Huffmeister.

On hand to kick things off was James Hardin, president of The Cypress Coalition. He and his wife, Barbara Hardin have started this group in order to fight the possible construction of these two facilities.

at Jul 2, 2014 10:18 AM

Providing Certainty to Farmers and Small Business Owners

As a former small business owner, I understand the difficulties of long-term planning. That’s why I voted last week for a bill to provide more certainty in the U.S. tax code. America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2014 helps business owners and farmers expense new equipment and invest in growing their business. It sets permanent, higher expensing limits under Section 179 of the tax code. It allows small businesses to deduct up to $500,000 of investments in new equipment in one year,

at Jun 17, 2014 9:45 AM


The Republican State Convention was from June 5 – June 7, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. There were over 8,000 Delegate and Alternate attendees from throughout Texas working for a better tomorrow.   Read more »

at Jun 12, 2014 5:05 PM

How I Spent My Summer Vacation! Floor Fight at the Convention in Ft. Worth over Immigration Policy--What Just Happened?

[Editor’s Note: Mark Ramsey is a member of the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC), was a member of the 2014 State Platform and Resolutions Committee in Ft. Worth, and wrote the amendment that passed overwhelmingly, but was ultimately replaced by an amendment by substitution plank similar to the Minority Report.]

What a wild week at the largest GOP gathering on our planet! When I arrived Monday the Temporary Platform and Resolutions Committee – (TPARC) of the Republican Party of Texas (RPT) had about 3000 platform planks that

at Jun 11, 2014 7:40 AM

From Dark Horse To Race Horse – Gordy Bunch Leads The Pack

The following is a press release from the Gordy Bunch for Texas Senate campaign.

HOUSTON, April 18, 2014 – With the endorsement of the Houston Chronicle, Gordy Bunch takes the lead in the race for Texas State Senate, District 4. Recently recommended by the Texas Patriots PAC Tea Party, the Spring, TX Tea Party, the Professional Insurance Agents Association, and others, Bunch has reached the front-runner position in the campaign to fill the current vacancy in the state senate office vacated by Senator Tommy Williams.   Read more »

at Apr 18, 2014 11:18 AM

Congressman Farenthold Introduces “Contempt Act” to Prohibit Taxpayer-Funded Salaries for Government Officials Found in Contempt of Congress

Last week I officially introduced H.R. 4447, the “Contempt Act.” H.R. 4447 would simply prohibit any federal employee who is found in contempt of Congress from receiving his or her salary. More specifically, the bill would officially direct the employer of any officer or employee of the federal government who is in contempt of Congress to not pay compensation to the officer or employee while he or she remains in contempt.   Read more »

at Apr 17, 2014 1:08 PM

Helping Small Businesses and Farmers Invest in Growth

Every week, I hear from farmers, ranchers, and small business owners who are hoping for a simpler, fairer tax code that will help them grow their businesses. Tax reform can help us strengthen the economy and create jobs. How? Well, for one thing, small businesses waste about 1.7 billion hours each year on tax compliance. And small businesses spend more than $18 billion each year on tax compliance costs

at Apr 15, 2014 9:44 AM


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