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A Political Delay for Keystone

The Keystone XL pipeline could deliver safe and affordable energy supplies from Canada to Texas refineries, bringing in 830,000 barrels of oil a day and helping to create or support 20,000 American jobs.

For five years, however, the Obama Administration has been dragging its feet. On Friday, they announced

at Apr 23, 2014 9:11 AM
       

Obama Signs Ted Cruz’s Anti-Terrorist Ambassador Bill

The White House quietly announced that President Obama signed Senator Ted Cruz’s anti-terrorist ambassador bill into law. The bill was written to prevent the admission into the United States, any representative to the United Nations who has engaged in espionage or terrorist activities against the United States. Senator Cruz offered his gratitude to the White House in a public statement.   Read more »

at Apr 19, 2014 6:02 PM
       

The State Department's Spending Spree

The United States State Department is on an art spending spree.

First, it spent $1 million for a granite statue at the London Embassy. It is modern art. It looks like a stack of bricks.

Now it has spent $400,000 for a statue of a camel that will be sent to the Embassy in Pakistan. Is this really necessary? I mean, a camel?   Read more »

at Apr 18, 2014 10:16 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
       

Senator Cornyn Demands Answers on DOJ’s Proposed Firearm Tracking Technology

Eric HolderI sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding answers about the Department of Justice’s exploration of “smart gun” technology. Earlier this month, the Attorney General testified before the House of Representatives that DOJ is looking into new technologies that could raise constitutional concerns, including requiring firearms to contain biometric equipment that could store or transmit the personal identifying information of American citizens.   Read more »

at Apr 17, 2014 9:12 AM
       

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
       

Ted Cruz's Anti-Terrorist Ambassador Bill Heads to Obama's 'Pen'

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill originally pushed by U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) that will prohibit any country from appointing a known terrorist to be an ambassador from that country to the United Nations. Sen. Cruz and House sponsor Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) called on President Obama to sign the bill into law.

In a rare showing of bi-partisan support, the bill received unanimous support in both the House and the Senate.   Read more »

at Apr 11, 2014 6:06 PM
       

IRS Scandal Update

Over the past several months, the House of Representatives has investigated the IRS’s intentional targeting of conservative groups and political opponents of the president. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Congressman Darrell Issa, has worked diligently to pursue the truth and found that former IRS Exempt Organizations division Director Lois Lerner played a central role in the scandal.   Read more »

at Apr 11, 2014 2:56 PM
       

Congressman Neugebauer Votes for Plan to Balance Budget

I released the following statement after the House passed Rep. Paul Ryan’s 2015 budget proposal, the Path to Prosperity. The budget cuts spending by $5.1 trillion over time, and balances in ten years.

Our country can’t go on spending more than we take in. That’s not fair to American families who work hard to balance their own budgets and pay their taxes. We owe it to them to make responsible decisions.   Read more »

at Apr 10, 2014 5:22 PM
       

The Latest on Ukraine

The situation in Ukraine is worsening. On Friday, Vladimir Putin recalled the Russian ambassador to NATO, and Russia’s military chief warned that Russian troops could move further into Ukraine in just 12 hours. The world cannot sit idly by and allow another country to be invaded.   Read more »

at Apr 9, 2014 5:05 PM
       

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