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113th Congress Wrap Up

Congressman Poe holds Human Trafficking panel in Houston

As the 113th Congress comes to a close, here's a brief wrap up of some of my legislative accomplishments over the last two years:   Read more »

at Dec 22, 2014 5:03 PM
       

Sen. Cruz’s Measure Granting Purple Heart Eligibility to Fort Hood Victims Heads to President’s Desk

Recently, I announced that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2015 includes legislation I sponsored to allow the victims of the 2009 terrorist attack at Fort Hood to receive the Purple Heart.

The legislation, supported by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, will expand eligibility for the Purple Heart to include members of the Armed Forces who have been killed or wounded in an attack inspired or motivated by a foreign terrorist organization.   Read more »

at Dec 22, 2014 8:37 AM
       

A Piece Of Home This Christmas

The United States has our military all over the world, and we have for a good number of years. In fact, the United States has been at war for a long, long time.

This year, as we approach Christmas, families across America will gather around to enjoy homemade apple pie and turkey and each other's company, but our men and women in uniform, those volunteers, are still all over the world, protecting and representing the United States. These are America's best. It is the best we have in our country.   Read more »

at Dec 21, 2014 9:36 AM
       

Congressman Sessions Tours Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

Friday morning I toured the ICU and Emergency Department at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. In August the hospital admitted the individual with the first diagnosed case of Ebola in the United States. That experience prompted them to improve their hospital policies and ensure that the entire staff has the capability to deal with an infectious disease - such as Ebola - should another crisis arise in the future. I had the opportunity to learn about their efforts to strengthen their admittance process in the emergency room and bolster their protocol for response to infectious diseases.   Read more »

at Dec 20, 2014 9:58 AM
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Congressman Turner: We Must Ensure a Robust Ballistic Missile Defense Capability in Europe

Washington, DC: Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces and President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly released the following statement regarding the inclusion of $20 million in the recently passed Fiscal Year 2015 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act for the acceleration of a Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) site in Poland.

at Dec 19, 2014 5:15 PM
       

Sen. Cruz Bill to Aid Military Heroes Fighting Ebola Introduced in the House

Last week, the House of Representatives introduced companion legislation to my bill to ensure that members of the Armed Forces combatting the spread of Ebola in West Africa are entitled to appropriate tax benefits.

Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, filed the bipartisan companion legislation, H.R. 5804, in the House and it is co-sponsored by Texas Republican Reps. John Carter and Roger Williams. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, has signed on as a co-sponsor of my bill, S. 2965.   Read more »

at Dec 19, 2014 4:02 PM
       

8 False Claims About Joe Straus

The legislative record of the Texas Legislature during the six-year tenure of House Speaker Joe Straus draws high praise from national pro-life organizations and harsh criticism from pro-abortion organizations. Americans United for Life ranks Texas as the 6th most pro-life state and writes, “As a result of aggressive legislative action over the past several years,

at Dec 18, 2014 11:49 AM
       

Smith Statement on Changes to Cuba Policy

Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) released the following statement Wednesday in response to President Obama’s announced policy changes regarding the U.S. and Cuba.

Alan Gross should never have been held prisoner by Cuba. I’m disappointed by the president’s announcement yesterday. This continues a troubling trend of misguided foreign policy that does not make Americans safer, and that undermines our core values as an open and free democracy. The president’s policy rewards a dictator who has deprived the people of Cuba of their freedoms.   Read more »

at Dec 18, 2014 10:20 AM
       

First Russia, then Iran, now Cuba: One More Very Bad Deal Brokered by the Obama Administration

Editor's Note: Senator Ted Cruz repsonds to President Obama’s announcement today to change U.S. policy with Cuba and lift economic embargoes.

We rejoice that Alan Gross’ wrongful imprisonment by the brutal Castro regime has finally come to an end, and that he will be able to spend the holidays with his loved ones. But make no mistake, although we are glad Alan is now free, the agreement the Obama Administration has entered into with the Castro regime has done nothing to resolve the underlying problem. Indeed, it has made it worse.   Read more »

at Dec 17, 2014 4:58 PM
       

Terrorist Attack in Pakistan

Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing nearly 150 innocent civilians according to reports. The overwhelming majority of the victims were students at the school—children and teenagers in grades 1-10. This cowardly act was carried out by the Pakistani Taliban or TTP.   Read more »

at Dec 17, 2014 9:14 AM
       

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