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9:29 am CST - December 17, 2014

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Cong. Michael McCaul Talks: Border Security & Amnesty Response Plans

“I know the president says the ‘War on Terror’ is over, and that everything’s hunky-dory … but the fact of texas Insider - McCaul, Cong. Michael 12-15-14athe matter is that it’s never been greater.”

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As Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Texas Cong. Michael McCaul receives the same Security Briefings as the President of the United States.

Following President Obama’s recent Executive Order on amnesty,  Cong. McCaul sat down with Insider’s Jim Cardle  earlier this week to talk about his immediate Border Security concerns, possible Homeland Security threats, and what response plans Congressional Republicans will soon try to advance to reverse or hold at bay President Obama’s amnesty decree.

As chairman of the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, I will use every tool at my texas Insider - McCaul, Cong. Michael 12-15-14b4disposal to stop the president’s unconstitutional actions from being implemented,” Cong. McCaul tells Texas Insider.

–  Don’t miss our fast-moving discussion with Cong. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House of Representatives’ powerful Homeland Security Committee.     Continue Reading.

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2:48 pm CST - December 12, 2014

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Roger Williams: ‘I cannot allow President Obama to usurp Congress & implement his amnesty-driven agenda.’

Hundreds of my constituents have called and written my office to express their outrage at the Administration’s neglect of our border and disregard for enforcing our current laws.”

Williams, Cong. Roger3e.jpgWASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) –

“Two weeks ago, when President Obama addressed the nation with his intentions to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, I pledged to do everything in my power to prevent his unlawful actions,” said Texas Cong. Roger Williams earlier today, addressing Thursday evening’s vote to keep the federal government funded.

“Yesterday, I voted against the Consolidated & Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015, referred to as the “CR/Omnibus” bill, because not only does it not do anything to thwart the President’s unilateral actions, it provides full funding for them.

“While there are many good provisions in this bill, I cannot allow President Williams, Cong. Roger CrestObama to receive funding to usurp Congress and implement his amnesty-driven agenda. Fully securing our border needs to be a top priority, and we can’t afford to take this huge step backwards,” Williams said.   Continue Reading.

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2:19 pm CST - December 03, 2014

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Abbott, Texas & 16 States Sue President Obama on Immigration Executive Order

Texas leads 17-State coalition in challenge to Obama’s Unconstitutional Executive Order on Immigration

Abbott, Greg ObamaExecOrder1a.jpgAUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) — The President’s unilateral executive action tramples the U.S. Constitution’s Take Care Clause, and federal law. The Constitution’s Take Care Clause limits the President’s power and ensures that he will faithfully execute Congress’s laws – not rewrite them under the guise of ‘prosecutorial discretion’,” said Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott after taking legal action to challenge President Barack Obama’s recent executive action on immigration.

“The Department of Homeland Security’s directive was issued without following the Administrative Procedure Act’s rulemaking guidelines, and is nothing but an unlawfully adopted legislative rule: an executive decree that requires federal agencies to award legal benefits to individuals whose conduct contradicts the priorities of Congress.

Obama White House 8-13The President is abdicating his responsibility to faithfully enforce laws that were duly enacted by Congress, and is attempting to rewrite immigration laws which he has no authority to do – something the President himself has previously admitted,” said Texas Attorney General Abbott, who will become governor of Texas in mid-January.

Watch Abbott’s News Conference & read the 17 state lawsuit challenging President Obama’s immigration executive action.     Continue Reading.

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10:44 am CST - November 25, 2014

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McCaul: “I will use every tool at my disposal to stop the president’s unconstitutional actions…”

House Homeland Security Committee chair says actions threaten our Democracy

McCaul, Cong. Michael Homeland Security Chrmn.11-22-14WASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report)  

“On Thursday night, President Obama decided to go it alone by issuing an Executive Order granting amnesty for millions of undocumented immigrants who crossed our borders illegally. This action is a politically motivated slap in the face to the American people and our Constitution, and he lacks the authority to do so,” said House Homeland Security Committee chairman, Cong. Michael McCaul, (R-TX,) immediately following President Obama’s executive actions announcement Thursday evening.

In fact 22 times throughout his presidency, President Obama has stated he lacked the authority to act on immigration without Congress,” said McCaul.

“As chairman of the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, I will use every tool at my disposal to stop the president’s unconstitutional actions from being implemented.”

   – Watch or read more of Cong. Michael McCaul’s comments in their entirety here.  Continue Reading.

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11:22 am CST - November 18, 2014

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Cornyn: President Obama Bypassing Congress on Amnesty, Immigration

“Just a few years ago, a prominent Democrat firmly, and unequivocally, rejected the idea that the President of the United States could single-handedly enact an amnesty for millions of Cornyn-Amesty-Illegal-Immigration-floor 11-17-14immigrants who entered the country without legal authorization.”

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“Now the president is threatening to authorize the exact type of action he previously said he did not have the authority to order. And he’s threatening to do so even after his go-it-alone-approach on immigration and so many other issues was so roundly repudiated in this most recent election,” said Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) on the Senate floor yesterday.

“In other words, he’s showing contempt for the Constitution, for the voters, and basically anyone who disagrees with him.

“Unfortunately, the president has shown that he has very little patience with Constitutional safeguards, especially when they hamper his agenda or complicate his political needs,” Cornyn said.

– Sen. Cornyn, soon to be the 2nd Ranking leader of the U.S. Senate, spoke on the Senate floor yesterday to address reports that President Obama may bypass Congress on amnesty or immigration reform. Video & excerpts of his remarks can be found here.     Continue Reading.

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10:28 am CST - November 05, 2014

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Cong. McCaul: “The American people expect us to get the country moving again.”

Republicans easily capture Senate majority, gain at least 14 House seats

McCaul, Michael3eAUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) –

“I’m encouraged that the American people have chosen a new direction for our country. It is clear the policies of the last six years are not working, and now the American people have spoken by entrusting Republicans with majorities in both houses of Congress.

“I look forward to working with a willing partner in the Senate to secure our border, ensure our national security is strong, and restoring America’s standing on the world stage.

“At home, the American people expect us to get the country moving again, and we can do this by reducing spending and reforming our broken tax code, creating jobs with commonsense legislation such as the Keystone XL pipeline, and repealing the burdensome healthcare laws this administration has forced upon the taxpayers of this nation.”

–  Cong. Michael McCaul, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, following election results showing that Republicans had easily swept to a majority in the U.S. Senate while gaining at least 14 House seats prior to the 114th Congress beginning in January.

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10:02 am CST - October 30, 2014

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State Rep. Jim Keffer Talks: Texas Oil & Gas Accounts for All of U.S. ‘Recovery’, experts now say

Predicts School Finance & Special Session possibilities as well

Texas Insider Keffer, State Rep. Jim 10-28-14AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – “The latest information we’re seeing says that without the Oil & Gas recovery, there would not be any ‘recovery’ in Texas.

“And, there would not be any ‘recovery’ in the nation were it not for the oil & gas recovery in Texas,” says House Energy Resources Committee Chairman Jim Keffer (R-HD 60.)

“There’s not another industry like the oil & gas industry, where it raises all boats,” Keffer tells Insider’s Jim Cardle.

Representative Keffer, who chaired the powerful Ways & Means Committee a decade ago during the last School Finance Special Session debates, knows what he’s talking about … and what’s driving Texas politically prior to next week’s November 4th Election.    Continue Reading.

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10:00 am CST - October 15, 2014

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FLASTER: “Economically, Ebola is more than just a scary movie.”

Voters now put Border, National Security above jobs & economy

Texas Insider Flaster, Marc Sandler O'Neill 10-14-14AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) –

“The confluence of Ebola fears, falling oil prices, poor reports on retail sales for September, U.S. inflation actually going down, a European Central Bank that cannot put on its pants one leg at a time, and falling inflation pressures worldwide has finally awakened the headline readers,” Sandler O’Neill + Partners’ Marc Flaster tells Insider’s Jim Cardle.

“And concerning Ebola, this is a serious thing (economically). It’s not just a scary movie, and now here it is … it’s now showed up on our doorstep. It’s really scary,” Flaster says of a potential impact on the U.S. economy.

– Wall Street Analyst & Texas Banking Industry Advisor Marc Flaster knows what he’s talking about … and what’s driving the Texas & U.S. politically prior to November 4th’s Election.     Continue Reading.

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9:58 am CST - October 10, 2014

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Cong. Lamar Smith Talks: Obama Amnesty Promises, Fighting ISIS & Eric Holder

Texas Insider - Smith Cong  Lamar 9-29-14a“… Forgive me for being cynical, but I look for him (President Obama) to do so (amnesty) a day or two before Thanksgiving or a day or two before Christmas,” Cong. Lamar Smith tells Insider’s Jim Cardle.

“The President, very cynically I thought, said he intended to issue Executive Orders to give legalization or amnesty to millions of people who are here in the country illegally,” said Smith.

“Then, when he saw the public opinion polls showing 75% of the American people disagreed with that, he said ‘I’m going to wait until after the November Election’.”

“Clearly this is an admission that he knew the Executive Orders were unpopular, and that he knew they would hurt democrats this election cycle,” Smith said.

 – Cong. Lamar Smith is the former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and now current chairman of the Science, Space & Technology Committee. Don’t miss Smith’s conversation with Insider’s Jim Cardle.       Continue Reading.

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6:01 pm CST - September 29, 2014

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The 2014 Hispanic Vote in Texas: “The Democratic Party has really over-reached…”

When it comes to their approach to immigration and the Hispanic Community, the Democratic Party has really over-reached.”

Texas Insider - Muniz, Temo 9-29-14AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) –

“The Democratic talking points that used to work, that were race-based or identity politics, they don’t work anymore,” Artemio “Temo” Muniz of the Federation of Hispanic Republicans tells Insider’s Jim Cardle.

“In Texas, within the hispanic community things are growing economically. There’s prosperity.

“The rise of Wendy Davis happened in an echo-chamber in Austin. I don’t think it transfers at all to the hispanic community, where she really does not have relationships. She’s sort of an artificial, astro-turf Texas Insider - Muniz, Temo 9-29-14bbuilt candidate. There is no passion.”

– Temo Muniz talks about how the 2014 Hispanic Vote in Texas will play out and tells Texas Insider the Federation of Hispanic Republicans’ election outlook.   Continue Reading.

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