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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

This Week in the House

This week the House Rules Committee held a hearing on the draft resolution that would provide authority to initiate a lawsuit on behalf of the House of Representatives against the President for failing to carry out his constitutional duties. All elected federal officials take an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and it is our duty to ensure that it is vigorously protected. I believe that authorizing this lawsuit is a necessary step to hold the President accountable for failing to faithfully execute the law.

at Jul 19, 2014 6:49 PM

Legislation Passed This Past Week

On Wednesday the House of Representatives passed the 2015 Financial Services Appropriations Act. This common-sense legislation prioritizes effective financial programs, streamlines funding for the federal government, and reigns in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). It cuts total funding for the IRS by $341 million, prohibits the IRS from targeting Americas for exercising their First Amendment rights, and stops funding for further implementation of ObamaCare. I proudly supported this pro-growth legislation because it efficiently invests in programs essential to the financial health of our country and enforces regulations on government agencies that continue to work inefficiently and unlawfully such as the IRS.   Read more »

at Jul 18, 2014 2:31 PM

Congressman Neugebauer Bill to Reduce Windstorm Damage and Save Lives

The House of Representatives voted yesterday on my bill to reduce windstorm damage across America. It promotes research to help save lives, reduce injuries, and lessen communities’ damage from windstorms. Those of us who have experienced these disasters – like the 1970 storm I experienced in Lubbock that took 26 lives – know their devastating effects. And the U.S. averages about 1300 tornadoes a year.   Read more »

at Jul 16, 2014 1:21 PM

Texas Must Take Urgent Action on Migrant Children Crisis

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and I authored the following op-ed today in The Houston Chronicle:

It is no secret that we come from different political parties and differ on many issues. But we are Texans and we know that with the responsibility of public office comes the duty to take action when others will not - to find solutions for the problems facing our state.   Read more »

at Jul 16, 2014 10:15 AM

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

Reducing Tax Bias Against Investment

On Friday, I voted for a bill to encourage investment, growth, and a strong recovery of the U.S. economy. This bonus depreciation bill allows businesses to immediately deduct half the cost of new equipment they need to increase their production. It will work alongside the Section 179 expensing bill we passed last month that permanently increased expensing limits. Together, these two bills will provide flexibility to reduce the initial cost of growing a business. They free up resources for farmers and small business owners to invest in their employees and production.   Read more »

at Jul 15, 2014 9:16 AM

Cornyn, Cuellar Offer HUMANE Act to Solve Border Crisis

WASHINGTON— Tomorrow U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security, and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, will introduce the Helping Unaccompanied Minors and Alleviating National Emergency (HUMANE) Act, legislation designed to reform current law and solve the ongoing humanitarian crisis on our southern border.

“Congressman Cuellar and I are proposing a solution to the current crisis on our border,” said Sen. Cornyn. “Our proposal would improve the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2008, treating all unaccompanied minors equally and ensuring Due Process under the law in a timely, fair manner.”   Read more »

at Jul 14, 2014 12:33 PM

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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