9:15 am CST - April 15, 2015
Posted under Quotes
“We’re probably not going to get much done with immigration just because we don’t trust the president.”
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – “If there is a #1 issue in my district, beyond the incompetence of the administration – and the district I represent goes all the way from Austin down to San Antonio – the number one issue is border security … and I’m beginning to start to think that every state is on the border, because every state cares about border security these days,” Cong. Lamar Smith tells Insider’s Jim Cardle.
“We cannot trust the president to enforce the immigration laws, and that’s probably why you’re not going to see any more laws passed in this Congress.
“The president has actually done his best to undermine laws, ignore laws, and make up new laws through his Executive Orders. So we’re probably not going to get much done with immigration just because we don’t trust the president,” Smith predicts.
– Don’t miss Insider’s conversation with Cong. Lamar Smith, founder of the House Border Security Caucus and now chairman of the House Science, Space & Technology Committee. Continue Reading.
Even Texans confused about the “Railroad” Commission
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – According to a recent survey conducted by the Dallas-based Breitling Energy Company, if given a choice the majority of Texans would trust the Texas Energy Commission to ensure safe and responsible oil and gas drilling. But there’s a problem: The agency does not exist. Not yet, at least. It’s the Texas Railroad Commission that actually regulates Oil & Gas in Texas. Read More
Arrest Highlights “Grave Threat” of Returning Jihadists
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – “This arrest highlights the grave threat we face from returning American jihadists. Terrorist groups like ISIS & al Qaeda are luring Americans to the combat zone in Syria and Iraq, and radicalized individuals are now clearly returning with the training and motivation to bring terror to our shores. The Obama Administration must ramp up its efforts to keep more Americans from traveling to terrorist sanctuaries — now,” said Cong. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX,) chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, after an Ohio man was arrested by federal authorities for training overseas and planning to commit terror on the homeland. Read More
Texas Legislature moves forward with SB 1819 efforts to repeal State Dream Act
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – While opposition to the Texas Dream Act repeal effort moving forward in the Texas Senate continues to mount, a growing number of forces from both within, and outside of Texas have begun speaking out against SB 1819 – a bill that promises to terminate in-state tuition rates to all undocumented students across the state. Saying it could be stalled during debate in the Senate, SB 1819 is expected to be debated on the floor of Texas Senate as soon as next week. Read More
Target, Home Depot, NeimanMarcus hacks designed to steal personal, private citizen info
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – “This cybersecurity bill, now headed for the House Floor, is the result of extensive coordination in Congress and months of bipartisan meetings and consultation with industry and privacy advocates. This bill is supported by Republicans and Democrats alike because it protects Americans’ private information,” said Cong. Michael McCaul (R-TX,) chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, as it unanimously passed McCaul’s National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015 to improve cybersecurity. Read More
Rate drops to lowest level since 1999
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Even as Hispanics grow their incomes and make up a larger share of the economy, they appear to be falling behind in that dream of home ownership. This comes even as Washington assures us that reforms such as Dodd-Frank will curb the large banks and help working Americans. It doesn’t seem to be working,” said Daniel Garza, Executive Director of The LIBRE Initiative. Read More
Abbott touts Franchise Tax Proposal on Tax Day
By Gov. Greg Abbott
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – This year, it is projected that Americans will pay well over $4 trillion in federal, state and local taxes. April 15th is an appropriate day to re-evaluate our tax structure, and to find ways to reduce taxes on our citizens.
While we are fortunate in Texas to not pay a personal income tax, we are paying as consumers and employees when it comes to the business franchise tax. The best job creation program is tax reduction. Read More
“No federal agency has the power to re-write the laws of Congress…”
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – “We will continue to defend Texas’ sovereignty, in this case to ensure that the Obama Administration’s effort to override our laws via federal rulemaking is permanently halted,” said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton following a hearing in which the U.S. District Court for the Northern Texas declined the Department of Labor’s request to dissolve its injunction preventing its unconstitutional revisions to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) from taking effect. The revisions sought to redefine “spouse” to include same-sex couples. Read More
HB 373 Provides $20 Billion More For Roads Without Increasing Any Taxes or Fees
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – State Representative Ron Simmons laid out House Bill 373 in the House Transportation Committee hearing on Thursday, April 9, 2015. If passed, HB 373 has the potential to add $20 billion to the state highway fund (SHF) by 2021. Read More
Edinburg campus of UT Rio Grande Valley
By David Díaz – Legislative Media
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – More than $30 million would be available to help build a proposed Interdisciplinary Engineering & Academic Studies Building at the Edinburg Campus – currently The University of Texas Pan American – of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Rep. Terry Canales (D-Edinburg,) and the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation have announced. Read More
2:35 pm CST - April 13, 2015
Posted under Opinion
By Katie Pavlich
In case you missed it yesterday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton finally announced the inevitable: she’s running for President of the United States.
The announcement, which came via video on her new campaign website, prompted an immediate reaction from GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who announced his own candidacy for president at Liberty University two weeks ago. Continue Reading.
11:41 am CST - April 13, 2015
Posted under Opinion
By John C. Goodman
By one estimate, 14 million people are newly insured because of the Affordable Care Act. In addition millions of others have more generous insurance, promising new benefits. So you might expect that doctors’ offices would be flooded with a host of new patients seeking more care than they had before.
It’s not happening. Continue Reading.
11:36 am CST - April 13, 2015
Posted under Opinion
By Ken Blackwell
Republicans have been in control of both ends of Capitol Hill for nearly four months and one would be hard-pressed to notice any change. Apart from votes on Keystone and overtures to tax reform, most lawmakers have adopted a status quo, business as usual attitude. It’s frustrating but not entirely unpredictable. Continue Reading.
2:40 pm CST - April 13, 2015
Posted under Cartoons