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3:34 pm CST - March 27, 2015

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Budget UPDATE: Texas House to Consider Budget Next Week

And, Protecting Austin Energy Customers

paul-workmanBy State Rep. Paul Workman

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – Next week, the House will take up and consider House Bill 1, the proposed Texas State Budget. The $209.8 billion budget would keep overall growth at 4%, or about 2% per year. The Lone Star Texas Austin State Capitolbudget would leave $8.4 billion on the table (for tax cuts-reform consideration,) and is $2 billion under the state’s constitutional spending limit.   Continue Reading.

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11:25 am CST - March 27, 2015

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Smith: Protect American Seniors

Lamar.Smith0215Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), released the following statement after voting today in favor H.R. 2, a bill to permanently repeal Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate, or SGR. The bill would provide more stability for Medicare patients, and result in savings for the taxpayer. The bill passed by a vote of 392-37. Continue Reading.

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11:15 am CST - March 27, 2015

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Thornberry Introduces Major Defense Acquisition Reform Bill

mac.thornberryTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman and Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) today introduced the “Agile Acquisition to Retain Technological Edge Act,” H.R. 1597, a bill to reform the Department of Defense’s (DOD) broken acquisition system. Continue Reading.

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11:10 am CST - March 27, 2015

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House Ways & Means Committee Votes to Repeal Death Tax

Brady: “The Death Tax is the wrong tax at the wrong time and hurts the wrong people.”

kevin-bradyTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, DC – The House Committee on Ways and Means voted to approve H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, introduced by Representatives Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Sanford Bishop (D-GA). Supporters say the tax hurts America’s farmers, ranchers and small businesses while robbing the economy of $1.1 trillion in capital and generating barely enough revenue to cover one day of Washington spending. Continue Reading.

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10:57 am CST - March 27, 2015

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Olson Votes to Balance Our Budget

pete.olson1Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today voted to put America on a strong fiscal path by supporting a House budget that balances in ten years without raising taxes and strengthens our economy.  Olson voted in support of H. Con. Res. 27 – FY2016 Budget Resolution, the Balanced Budget for a Stronger America, which received 219 votes in the House.

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10:48 am CST - March 27, 2015

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Sessions: Repealing, Replacing SGR a Win for Docs, Patients, Taxpayers

Pete.SessionsTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement in response to the House’s  passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2), which repeals the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and replaces it with a long-term solution to Medicare repayment: Continue Reading.

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3:19 pm CST - March 26, 2015

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Futility & Feeding Tubes in Texas: Can We End the End-of-Life Impasse?

Breaking barrier indicates larger changes possible

BSpringer, State Rep. Drew3iy Jacqueline C. Harvey, Ph.D.

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) After five consecutive sessions of bitter battles over end-of-life bills, the Texas Legislature is finally poised to pass the first reform to the Texas Advance Directives Act (TADA) in 12 texas-4-lifeyears. An issue that created uncanny adversaries out of natural allies, and equally odd bedfellows, has finally found common ground in H.B. 3074 by State Rep. Drew Springer.   Continue Reading.

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11:08 am CST - March 26, 2015

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House Passes Republican Budget

Brady: “We have presented the Senate with the Cure for Washington’s Spending Problem.” 

kevin.brady1Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, DC – Today the U.S. House of Representatives approved its FY 2016 budget that tackles the nation’s deficit and spending problems while providing essential funds to America’s military and homeland security forces.  Continue Reading.

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11:05 am CST - March 26, 2015

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Flores Votes for a Stronger America

House Passes FY 2016 Budget

bill.flores.0315Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H. Con. Res. 27, the House Republican fiscal year 2016 budget. Following passage of the “Balanced Budget for a Stronger America” resolution, Congressman Bill Flores (R-Texas) issued the following statement: Continue Reading.

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11:03 am CST - March 26, 2015

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Republicans Learn to Play Hardball

By Kimberley A. Strassel  

McConnell draws the line as Senate Democrats filibuster human-trafficking bill

mcconnell.boehnerPolitics can be aspirational, though mostly it’s just transactional—a straight-up game of giving and getting. The left’s tantrum this week over the stalled nomination of Loretta Lynch is a reminder to Republicans that their best bet for notching any accomplishments during this Congress is to keep it nakedly transactional.  Continue Reading.

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