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Put simply: We are for limited government that works. At TexasGOPVote, we will work as a watchdog to help our state lawmakers and our congressional delegation pull in the reins on unnecessary spending and government bureaucracy. You better believe we’ll expose politicians who seek to act outside the bounds set by the Forefathers in the Constitutions of Texas and the United States.
U.S. Sens. Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and I called on the Supreme Court to make an audio recording of oral arguments in the highly-anticipated Trump v. Hawaii case available immediately after arguments conclude on...
More than a half-year after Hurricane Harvey flooded America’s largest corridor of energy and petrochemical plants, records show the storm’s environmental assault was more widespread and severe than authorities publicly...
A much-anticipated report on threats to the Texas economy finds that inadequate spending on things like infrastructure and public education coupled with debates about socially divisi
U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Deb Fischer (R-NE) and I introduced three bills today to streamline the permitting process for proposed federal highway projects, which would lower costs and reduce the...
Recently, a bipartisan group of House members introduced legislation to promote more effective development in fragile and unstable countries, addressing the conditions that create safe havens for terrorists, criminal...
Last Monday, Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Interior, Energy and Environment, which I chair, held a field hearing titled, "The Historic 2017 Hurricane Season: Impacts on the U.S. Virgin Islands." 
I released the following statement applauding the passage of a critical measure to protect American students and campuses across the country:
Since Russia’s seizure of Crimea in early 2014, American and European efforts to resolve the standoff in Ukraine and reverse Russian aggression have failed. Despite talks, sanctions, and repeated ceasefire agreements,...
The Trump administration on Thursday imposed fresh financial sanctions on Russian government hackers and spy agencies to punish Moscow for interfering in the 2016 presidential election, and for a cyberattack against Ukraine...
Yesterday, representative Annie Kuster (D-NH) and I introduced the bipartisan Keep Young Athletes Safe Act of 2018, which creates a grant program to protect athletes under the jurisdiction of the United States Olympic...
Today I released the following statement after the Senate passed the Fix NICS Act as a part of the government funding bill. Fix NICS will strengthen the criminal background check system to ensure convicted felons and...
"There you go again," was the rebuke from former California Governor Ronald Reagan.
As technology evolves, so does transportation. From the days of the horse and buggy and later steam engines, all the way to the hybrid cars of today, our modes of transportation have become faster, more efficient, and safer...
Obviously everyone in this country should be aware of the FBI’s failure to function in a lawful way recently.  McCabe being fired is only the most recent casualty of the FBI.  But is this as a result of only a few ‘...
Shock and sadness resonated across the country when 38 people were found trapped in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer in the parking lot of a San Antonio Walmart last July. The lack of ventilation, food and water...
I’ve mentioned before that the talking heads of notoriety are now speaking out about communism in the United States.  Recently another great example of this newer phenomena has appeared in the NRA’s Freedom magazine...
I introduced an amendment to H.R. 1339 during the bill’s markup in the Oversight and Government Reform Committee today to protect army depots throughout the country, including the Corpus Christi Army Depot.
Along with Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), I introduced the Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act, legislation that would expand veterans’ access to mental health care services to former...
Along with Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), John Kennedy (R-LA), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Tim Kaine (D-VA), I introduced the bipartisan Support our Military Spouses Act to ease the relocation process frequently required...
I released the following statement in response to the announcement of Rex Tillerson's departure as Secretary of State: 

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