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Landrieu's Last Gasp!

The recent Senate vote on Keystone was the Democrats' way of sticking to one of their own, Mary Landrieu. In a desperate move to save Mary Landrieu’s career and pull out what now appears an insurmountable lead by her opponent Bill Cassidy, Harry Reid scheduled a vote on the Keystone pipeline to give Mary Landrieu one last chance to show she has clout and maybe by a miracle save her Senate seat.   Read more »

at Nov 26, 2014 4:55 PM

Foster: Executive action on immigration was precedented, right thing to do

Originally published in the Houston Chronicle.

President Barack Obama's Thursday night announcement constitutes historic, sweeping and necessary action to not only do what is the right and humanitarian thing for the potential beneficiaries, but also what is right for the U.S. and our economy.   Read more »

at Nov 26, 2014 9:51 AM

House Lawsuit Against Obamacare

On Friday, the House of Representatives officially filed a lawsuit against the Obama Administration for its unprecedented overreach. The lawsuit specifically challenges two facets of Obamacare: the two unlawful delays of the employer mandate, and the insurance subsidies the government hands out outside of the congressional appropriations process.

The Administration is “enforcing” rules that Congress didn’t include in the law – in fact, they’re acting outside of the law entirely. The lawyer taking our case, Jonathan Turley, summed up

at Nov 25, 2014 9:31 AM

Legislation passed this week in the House of Representatives

This week the House of Representatives acted to pass legislation that would provide much needed reform to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and that would help spur robust job growth in our manufacturing sector.

On Tuesday the House passed H.R. 1422, the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act, to ensure unbiased and balanced participation on the panel that provides the foundation for costly EPA regulations. On Wednesday the House passed H.R. 4012, the Secret Science Reform Act, which would require the EPA to base its regulations on science that is available to the public and subject to independent review. These two bills would serve as a critical step

at Nov 21, 2014 4:53 PM

Poe Hails Committee Passage Of The Paul Simon Water For The World Act

Today, I issued the following statement on the House Foreign Affairs Committee's passage of the Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2013.

When we are thirsty, we walk three feet to the nearest faucet or grab a bottle of water out of the fridge. Sadly, in the year 2014, there are over 750 million people without access to clean water. This bill uses taxpayer dollars more efficiently and effectively and makes water the priority it should be in any development discussion.   Read more »

at Nov 21, 2014 12:29 PM

Terrorist Poaching

The call of the wild from mammoth African elephants and rhinos has grown meek and blissfully silent.

The culprit: outlaw terrorists who are tracking and hunting down these massive creatures to fund their filthy, lucre terrorist enterprises. Our enemy is sophisticated and well-funded, but their weapons, surveillance equipment and training, food, lodging, and travel cost a lot of money.   Read more »

at Nov 20, 2014 12:27 PM

House Passes Bill to Usher in New Era of EPA Transparency

The House of Representatives today approved the Secret Science Reform Act of 2014 (H.R. 4012). The legislation requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to base its regulations on data that is public.

Costly environmental regulations should only be based upon data that is available to independent scientists and the public. However, the EPA does not adhere to this practice. Nearly every major air quality regulation from this administration has been justified by data that has been kept secret. This bill requires the EPA to base its decisions on information to which all scientists have access. This will promote sound science and confidence in the EPA decision making process. This bill ensures the transparency and accountability that the American people want and deserve.   Read more »

at Nov 19, 2014 8:12 PM

Red Revolution 2014 - Let Freedom Ring

It seems we got the attention of the Democrats and Liberals when America flashed RED on November 4. Some are still in disbelief or in total shock and are responding accordingly. The liberal pundits say this will help Hillary Clinton in her presidential run. I say nothing can help Hillary with all her baggage, Benghazi is way too heavy a bag to dismiss. The NYT editorial claims Republicans won on Negativity.   Read more »

at Nov 18, 2014 1:26 PM

Holding the EPA Accountable

With the goals of transparency, accountability, efficiency, and good representation of TX19, I’ve supported the Secret Science Reform Act of 2014 for the past nine months as a cosponsor. I voted for its passage through the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee in June, and now the entire House of Representatives will get a chance to vote for it when it comes to the floor this week.

It’s a common-sense bill. It requires the EPA to share the data it uses to legitimize regulations. It holds the EPA accountable – making sure they have to use fair and accurate science before they burden the American people with unnecessary hoops to jump through. It will stop the current inefficient

at Nov 18, 2014 10:23 AM

Rep. Smith Issues Subpoena to Uncover White House’s Role in Faulty HealthCare.gov Security

As chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I have repeatedly sought answers from the White House regarding the security of the ObamaCare website, Healthcare.gov. The Obama administration has failed to provide this Committee with information.

In fact, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, a top Assistant to President Obama, has refused on five different occasions to testify before the Science Committee about the

at Nov 16, 2014 6:09 PM


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