Economy

It is no accident that Texas consistently leads the nation in job creation. Some have described this economic powerhouse as a "Texas Miracle." But, we know better than that. The Texas Economic Experience is rooted in concepts and principles that will work anywhere they're tried: Keeping taxes low, creating a predictable regulatory climate, cracking down on lawsuit abuse, and investing in critical infrastructure like roads, water and schools in a fiscally responsible way.
Texas construction executives told state lawmakers this past week that there is an urgent need for more legal workers in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, a storm that worsened an already acute labor shortage along the Gulf...
In the last several weeks, both the House and Senate passed individual tax reform bills. Last week, a joint House and Senate conference committee worked tirelessly to bridge the differences between the two bills to create a...
The United States’ immigration system favors family reunification, even in the so-called employment-based categories.  The family members of immigrant workers must use employment-based green cards despite the text of the...
Recently I delivered the following opening statement at the conference committee hearing on H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The legislation will deliver a tax cut to middle-class families, raise wages, grow the economy,...
Recently at a press conference, I discussed the importance of passing tax reform to round out a successful year for the Senate. Excerpts of my remarks are below, and video of my remarks can be found here. 
I released the following statement after sending a letter to Members of Leadership urging them to keep the income exclusion for graduate tuition waivers in the tax reform package: 
Houston is touting what we know is special about this city: The people, the diversity, the business climate, being world renowned in energy, medicine, space, and manufacturing.
Yesterday, I  filed an amendment to the Senate’s tax reform bill that seeks to expand 529 College Savings Plans to include K-12 elementary and secondary school tuition for public, private, and religious schools, including K-...
The Congressional PORTS Caucus, Co-Chaired by Reps. Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) and I, hosted a Congressional briefing to discuss how our nation’s ports prepare for hurricanes, their relief efforts, and the federal government’s...
Whether immigrants ever threatened the jobs and wages of the native-born once upon a time, they probably don’t threaten them now. There’s plenty of evidence that high-skilled foreigners raise the wages of high-skilled and...
Today on the Senate floor, I discussed the Democrats’ refusal to help pass the first real tax reform in more than three decades despite their support of key provisions in the proposal. Excerpts of my remarks are below, and...
After more than three decades waiting for comprehensive tax reform, Congress is poised to accomplish a rare feat in Washington: pass meaningful legislation that provides a real boost for American families and businesses....
Yesterday I delivered the following opening statement at a meeting of the House-Senate Conference Committee on H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
On the Senate floor, I discussed the importance of tax reform to helping middle class families keep more of their hard earned money. 
U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Pat Toomey (R-PA) and I introduced the Prioritizing the Most Vulnerable Over Lottery Winners Act of 2017 to help ensure states are able to focus Medicaid assistance on our most...
On the Senate floor, I praised Republicans for pushing past Democrats’ hypocritical attempts to stall efforts to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Excerpts of my remarks are below, and video of my remarks can be found...
The U.S. Senate took a major step forward for tax reform and the American people early Saturday morning. For the first time in 31 years, the House and the Senate have each passed legislation that will deliver real tax relief...
The Senate passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act today.
Today at a press conference, I discussed what tax reform legislation means for the American economy and the importance of passing the Senate’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Excerpts of my remarks are below, and video of my remarks...

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