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2:50 pm CST - December 04, 2012

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2:39 pm CST - December 04, 2012

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McCaul: Priorities from the Homeland Security Committee’s New Chairman

And, an update on the Fiscal Cliff

By Cong. Michael McCaul

Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week Speaker Boehner and the rest of my House Republican colleagues elected me to be the next Chairman of the full Homeland Security Committee when the 113th Congress convenes in January.  On my watch, we will make progress securing the border, and I have already conveyed this to Secretary Napolitano.   Continue Reading.

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2:25 pm CST - December 04, 2012

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Grusendorf, Keffer Launch Austin Government & Public Relations Firm

Former lawmakers bring unique expertise

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Former State Reps. Kent Grusendorf & Bill Keffer, association executive and political consultant Stephanie Gibson, and lobbyist Brad Shields have joined forces with the Austin-based public relations firm Noble Strategic Partners to launch a powerhouse new firm called Texas Legislative Associates (TLA), said to provide a wide range of government affairs and public relations & communications services.

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2:10 pm CST - December 04, 2012

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Let the States Fix Medicaid — Its Broken

Block-granting is best way to deliver better care to the most vulnerable Americans.

By Paul Howard & Russell Sykes

Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Medicaid, America’s safety-net program for more than 62 million low-income uninsured Americans, is broken. Medicaid’s pay-as-you-go, fragmented financing system — split 60/40, on average, between the states and the feds — has made the program a magnet for fraud.

The Government Accountability Office estimates that fraud, waste and abuse take close to 10% of annual program spending (over $428 billion in 2011). That’s over $34 billion annually.     Continue Reading.

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1:33 pm CST - December 04, 2012

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Congressmen McCaul, Cuellar Represent U.S., Deliver Message During Mexico Inauguration

Congressmen Encouraged by Pena Nieto’s Strategy Against Cartels

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Designated by U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner to represent the United States at the inauguration of President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico City, Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), incoming Homeland Security Committee Chairman, and Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) expressed encouragement about Mexico’s movement toward security and economic prosperity following meetings with the newly elected President and members of his cabinet.

“I have confidence that Mexico will continue working with the United States collaboratively on issues that affect both countries, including border security,” said Cuellar.

“I am pleased with President Nieto’s cabinet choices and the new administration’s commitments toward security and economic prosperity,” said Congressman McCaul. Continue Reading.

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