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It’s a privilege to serve you and the rest of Texas’ 19th District every day. I’m honored to represent you in Congress, and every time I cast my vote in the Capitol, I think about how that particular bill will affect us in West Texas and the Big Country. I really do appreciate it when you write, call, and email me. It helps me to know what y’all think so I can vote in our best interest.

But I want you to know that voting to shape a better Texas, and a better America, isn’t the only way I serve you. My office offers a number of services to help you navigate the federal government and celebrate your achievements.

at Sep 2, 2014 3:58 PM

Senator Cornyn Calls on President to Work with Congress on ISIL

The threat posed by ISIL should transcend partisan politics; with each passing day this terrorist group grows more capable and the danger to the U.S., our allies, and our interests becomes more serious.

The President, utilizing all levers of American power, must develop a clear strategy with achievable objectives and recruit a coalition of allies willing to defeat this terrorist threat. I encourage the President to communicate this strategy to the

at Sep 2, 2014 12:56 PM

Obama’s Cairo Speech vs His ‘No Strategy Yet’ Speech

Pres. Obama: 'We Don't Have a Strategy Yet' to Fight ISIS

Obama gave his now infamous Cairo speech on June 4, 2009, and I wrote my thoughts on his ‘New Beginning’ speech on June 9. After listening to Obama give his ‘no strategy yet’ speech of just a few days ago, I thought it time to compare his ‘no strategy yet’ speech with his ‘new beginning’ Cairo speech.

at Sep 2, 2014 10:07 AM

Today is National Empty Chair Day

Two years ago, I started the National Empty Chair Day as noted on the TexasGOPVote website.

I wrote two years ago that the empty chair represented the failed economic policies of Barack Obama. I noted then that the empty chair represented the 23 million Americans who were either unemployed or underemployed due to the disastrous economic calamity that Mr. Obama had led us in for the first four years

at Sep 1, 2014 2:28 PM

A Federal/Local Government Action That Makes Both Conservatives And Liberals Flinch

Those of you, who know me, know that I am not a real big “government conspiracy” guy. However, I always love to listen to any conspiratorial story. I can easily listen to most suggestions of government conspiracy to cover up and hide and take over various aspects of our daily lives. I may not agree with those who propose these theories, but my goal is to always leave all conversations with people as friends first, and then to be more informed second.   Read more »

at Aug 28, 2014 3:32 PM

Congressman Blake Farenthold introduces H.R.5308, the Justice Attributed to Wounded Sharks (JAWS) Act to halt foreign aid to countries that allow shark finning

A few weeks ago, I introduced H.R. 5308, the Justice Attributed to Wounded Sharks (JAWS) Act. The JAWS Act prohibits the granting of United States foreign assistance to countries that do not prohibit shark finning in the territorial waters of the country or the sale, possession, importation, or consumption of shark fins obtained as a result of shark finning.   Read more »

at Aug 28, 2014 8:05 AM

Celebrating 60 Years of the C-130

Sixty years ago Saturday, the first C-130 “Hercules” took off in Burbank, California. Since 1954, Lockheed Martin has created more than 2500 of the planes, and more than half of those are still in operation.

The “Hercules” is a durable yet versatile plane that kept U.S. airmen safe in Vietnam, and continues to serve us through humanitarian relief missions. It’s truly an impressive machine. We’re proud in Texas’ 19th District to be home to the 317th Airlift Group, which is the largest

at Aug 27, 2014 9:52 AM

The Administration is Waffling on Threat of ISIS

I think what the Administration needs to do is come forward with a plan.

Right now, they have no coordinated plan. We have no stated goals and objectives.

The Administration has made inconsistent statements as to whether or not even they see ISIS as a threat to the West or the United States.

British Prime Minister Cameron has clearly stated ISIS is a threat to the West.   Read more »

at Aug 26, 2014 5:09 PM

An Explanation of the Iraqi Conflict and the Role of the Islamic State

Violence is escalating in Iraq, and I don’t see an end in sight. The situation is unfolding fast, so I want to take a minute to explain the root of the current Iraq conflict and give you the most up-to-date facts on the situation as I received them from the House Armed Services Committee.   Read more »

at Aug 26, 2014 1:17 PM

No More Boots On The Ground In Iraq Or Syria

Has not enough American blood been shed in the Middle East already without the hoped for results? Let’s stop and think about why the culture of the Middle East cannot and will not be changed by more American military on the ground.

For centuries the conflict between warring tribes of Sunnis and Shiites have been unrelenting.

Temporary cessations of the fighting has been just that—temporary.   Read more »

at Aug 25, 2014 1:21 PM


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