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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
       

Sharing With Veterans

Last Week, I hosted the Annual Coastal Bend Veterans Summit in Corpus Christi. I appreciated the opportunity to discuss veteran’s issues with a group a veterans that spanned 7 decades of service. It continues to be clear to me that the VA is not the resource it should be for our veterans.

at Apr 8, 2014 2:58 PM
       

Natural Resources Hearing on ESA Reform

Last week, I told you about legislation I’ve introduced to reform the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to make it work better for landowners, communities, and species. The law is in need of reform—in the 40 years since it was enacted, only 2% of species have ever recovered to the point where they can be removed from the list. The ESA also imposes costly federal requirements on landowners, when there are more practical, voluntary conservation solutions that would work just as well to preserve species. It’s also problematic that instead of making listing decisions in a transparent manner,

at Apr 8, 2014 10:21 AM
       

Cornyn Introduces Bill To Protect Taxpayers From IRS Targeting

I issued the following statement after introducing The Eliminating Improper & Abusive IRS Audits Act of 2014 to provide further accountability and greater taxpayer protection against IRS abuse:

As we approach the deadline for this tax season, Americans are more skeptical than ever of the IRS after the gross violations of public trust that have come to light over the past year.   Read more »

at Apr 7, 2014 5:18 PM
       

Cleaning Up Our Beaches

Yesterday I met with U.S. Coast Guard Captain Ogyrdziak and others involved with cleaning the beaches after the March 22 Texas City Y bunker oil spill. The bulk of the oil came ashore along the environmentally sensitive Aransas Wildlife Refuge, but tar balls were found as far south as the 4 wheel drive area of the Padre Island National Seashore.   Read more »

at Apr 7, 2014 1:19 PM
       

Pete Sessions' Hill Report: Save American Workers Act

On Thursday the House approved H.R. 2575, the Save American Workers Act, which repeals ObamaCare’s misguided 30-hour rule. This rule redefines “full time” employment as 30 hours per week instead of 40. Due to the looming employer mandate, businesses are reducing workers’ hours to 29 hours per week or less to avoid ObamaCare’s high costs and taxes – leaving millions of middle and low-wage workers with less take home pay.

At a time when millions of Americans are unemployed or underemployed, I believe we should focus on getting Washington out of the way to promote job growth and economic prosperity instead of higher taxes.

at Apr 5, 2014 1:19 PM
       

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