Archive for 'On The Record'
Senate ’Gang of 8″ bill tough for House R’s to swallow
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Can the Bi-Partisan Immigration Working Group of 8 House members develop a politically viable comprehensive plan? And, will the House chamber’s Republican majority embrace it, whether it’s moved in pieces as is likely, or one big package?
Well, get ready to watch the opponents play whack-a-mole as they seek to derail legislation that may have a legitimate shot of going the distance. Continue Reading.
IRS may well have violated criminal laws.
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — “The alleged actions by government employees to target conservative organizations are dangerous, unconstitutional and possibly criminal,” said Cong. Lamar Smith (R-TX) during a House Judiciary Committee hearing today, questioning Attorney Gen. Eric Holder about the Justice Department’s investigation into allegations that IRS employees intentionally targeted conservative organizations, including Tea Party-affiliated groups. Continue Reading.
By Jennifer C. Braceras
“Inappropriate” might be biggest understatement of the year.
Cong. Randy Neugebauer
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, IRS officials admitted they had targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny in 2012. As more information becomes public from an internal investigation, it seems the IRS targeted a wide range of groups, including those whose mission mentions government spending, debt, or making America a better place to live. An apology is not sufficient to address this issue. Continue Reading.
Using government to intimidate & control its citizenry?
By Allen Tharp
Texas Insider Report: SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Just before a very incriminating Inspector General Report was to be released that would confirm that the IRS had targeted political opponents of Obama, the IRS offers a mea culpa for doing just that very thing. Was anyone really surprised that the IRS had engaged in such a blatant and unconscionable abuse of power? Continue Reading.
Measures now go to Texas Senate
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – ”All too often, transparency is a second thought for our government. The people are entitled to more than a second thought. They are entitled to full transparency in how our state operates,” said House Committee on Transparency Co-Chairman Dan Flynn, as the Texas House of Representatives passed some of the most sweeping transparency legislation in the history of the State of Texas, authored by Flynn. Continue Reading.
5,893 Bills filed in House & Senate
By Senator Ken Paxton
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – May 10th is the last day the House can take up and consider House bills other than local bills (May 15th the last day for local bills), and May 22nd is the last day the Senate or the House can take up and consider any bills. With approximately two weeks left, here is an overview of what has happened so far during the 2013 Legislative Session. Continue Reading.
Why I Oppose the Internet Tax Bill
By Sen. Ted Cruz
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Basic tenets of economics dictate that when you tax something, you get less of it. Tax-hungry politicians view the Internet as yet another source of revenue to bail out their big-spending governments. That’s why it’s incomprehensible that the U.S. Senate is moving to raise taxes on one of the brightest sectors of our struggling economy. Continue Reading.
Battle over ‘biosimilar’ drugs shouldn’t block cheaper versions.
By Jim Cardle
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – At a time when Texans are shopping for bargains and desperately learning how to live on a budget, it hardly seems appropriate for legislators in Austin to do something that would guarantee health care costs remain high. But that’s exactly what some are planning to do. One of the undercards of the health care battle is the issue of affordable biotech drugs – It hasn’t gotten as much attention as the overall health care reform topic, but it should. Continue Reading.
With cloud, online privacy uncertain
By Cong. Ted Poe
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Back in 1986, lawmakers believed they could protect the privacy of Americans by restricting government’s authority to read their email without a search warrant to content older than 180 days. My, times have changed. Today, our right to privacy has been curtailed by a law written for a time that exists only in memory, For technology, that seems as outdated to us as the telegraph. Continue Reading.