In the aftermath of 9/11, President Bush promised a fearful, grieving nation that those individuals responsible for this atrocity would be brought to justice. Now, nearly a decade after those horrific attacks, President Obama informs us that justice has finally been served. Let this serve as a grave reminder to all those who wish [...]
Too often dangerous prescription drugs fall into the wrong hands, feed addictions, or cause injury or death. Last year, I introduced the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act to help facilitate the safe disposal of these drugs and protect our nation’s youth. I hope that every American family sees the urgency in this issue, joins us [...]
Surely Davy Crockett, Sam Houston and Jim Bowie are rolling over in their graves. It is hard to believe that these patriots in the fight for a free and independent Texas would ever have foreseen that a legislature full of supposed conservatives would vote to permit warrantless searches of the homes of those folks who [...]
Along with the FY 2011 budget just passed, and the 2012 federal budget battle under way, the debt limit squabble will heat up in the next few weeks. This will cause a scrap; but here again the House Republicans must stand tall and firm, and demand fiscal responsibility in return for a small increase in [...]
Like many Texans, I am disappointed with NASA’s decision to slight the Johnson Space Center as a permanent home for one of the Space Shuttle Orbiters. Houston has played a critical role throughout the life of the space shuttle, but it is clear political favors trumped common sense and fairness in the selection of the [...]
Ennis Bluebonnet Trails season has arrived. The flowers are making a fantastic showing. This is the Ennis Garden Club’s 60th year to host this event and offer the bluebonnet trail maps during the whole month of April. The Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau has already been inundated with out of town guests. Every year we [...]
Will House Republican leaders grow a spine? A few weeks ago, President Obama released his vision for federal spending over the next 10 years that will double the National Debt in his first term and if he has his way, triple it by 2020. He will freeze discretionary spending at the bloated levels that he [...]
Bringing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-conspirators here for civilian trials would have put American lives at risk, demonstrating little had been learned from that horrific day nearly 10 years ago. The attacks of September 11 were an act of war, and the Administration needs to unconditionally abandon its irresponsible, pre-9/11 approach to terror. It [...]
As Texas lawmakers debate the budget and consider legislation that enhances cost-effective alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent offenders, Right on Crime today released a poll at a briefing held with Texans for Fiscal Responsibility President Michael Quinn Sullivan and Texas Association of Business President Bill Hammond. “Texas policymakers uphold the principles of limited government and accountability [...]
This past Saturday, March 26, was James Bowie Elementary’s annual fundraiser. Without the help of all of the volunteers and donations, the Spaghetti Supper would not have been such a success.
I stand with Mr. Williamson on the idea that Washington is overboard in spending, and that something needs to be done immediately. I also agree with Mr. Barton when, in the House of Representatives, he is doing what he can to cut spending in the house that is now led by the Republicans.
Today U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) joined Senate Republicans in introducing a consensus Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution to bring much-needed fiscal discipline back to Washington and reverse the course of running unsustainable deficits. The consensus amendment relies heavily on a proposal introduced earlier this year by Sen. Cornyn, who made this statement following today’s [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) today issued the following statement in response to an AP report that political operatives in the Obama Administration are screening Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests: Read the full story here: Insiders worry over political ‘meddling’ “Citizens have a fundamental right to know what their government is doing and [...]
It seems like just yesterday President Obama and Congressional Democrats promised the American people that ObamaCare would increase coverage and lower costs. Now, just one year after ramming it through we are discovering the truth. Costs are skyrocketing, the federal government is ballooning, our national debt is through the roof, 15 million Americans are still [...]
When the Deepwater Horizon undersea oil rig blew out in the Gulf of Mexico last year, adjacent Texas had an advantage no other coastal state can claim – an oil spill response program with prepositioned equipment, expertise and most importantly, well-rehearsed plans for protecting our state*s waters. On Monday, March 21, the Oil Spill Prevention and Response Program [...]
We are disappointed to learn that Texas will likely resort to using its rainy day fund this early in the legislative session. Legislators in both the House and Senate should heed Speaker Straus’ commitment to continue looking for budget savings that will reduce any draw on the rainy day fund. Having partially depleted the rainy [...]
Despite being the nation’s number one natural disaster, statistics continue to show that most people ignore the risks associated flooding and do not purchase flood insurance. In Texas, only eight percent of households have flood insurance. Out of more than eight million Texas households, just over half a million have purchased flood insurance policies through [...]
The American people have repeatedly called for Washington to cut spending now, yet Senate Democrats refuse to listen. President Obama is off campaigning, Vice President Biden is traveling 10,000 miles away, and congressional Democrats proposed a bill with meager spending cuts that included more failed stimulus spending, ObamaCare funding, taxpayer money for cowboy poetry festivals, and [...]
This measure is critical to ending the Obama Administration’s energy takeover as they continue to force their command and control agenda on states through backdoor EPA regulations, which are crippling businesses and economic development throughout the nation. The EPA has enacted rules on greenhouse gases which the Congress never intended. Unfortunately, Texas is no stranger [...]
This continuing resolution is a small step in the right direction and I am pleased that my Democratic colleagues joined Republicans in supporting much needed spending cuts. Now, we must build on this and work together in a bipartisan fashion to craft a long-term extension that seriously reins in out-of-control federal spending.