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CONG. McCAUL: Historic Investment Will Bring 1,000s of High-Paying Jobs & Bolster Texas' Economy

Semiconductor chips are the backbone of U.S. National Security – the brains behind everything from toasters to our nation's most advanced weapons systems. I authored & introduced the "CHIPS for America Act" at the request of President Trump's national security team to onshore U.S. production of this critical asset – and since its passage, we've embarked on the greatest Tech Revolution since the Manhattan Project. I couldn’t be prouder to see Samsung leading the way right here in Central Texas.

04.23.2024
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Gov. Abbott Announces $34 Million Behavioral Health Campus Project in Uvalde

“Last year, I signed a law to provide funding for the construction of a new, modernized Behavioral Health Campus to support the entire Uvalde community and its neighboring counties. This new facility will provide Texans experiencing a mental health crisis with access to mental health professionals and around-the-clock treatment to address their needs," said Gov. Greg Abbott today, announcing a $34 million project that will serve 32 counties in the surrounding area.

04.23.2024
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Senators Cruz, Hirono Laud Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Maintain Access to Federal Courts

U.S. Senators Ted Cruz, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee & Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) celebrated the Senate passage of their bipartisan and bicameral "Federal Judiciary Stabilization Act" by unanimous consent. Their bill would transition 10 temporary federal judgeships to permanent status in order to maintain the current level of access to the federal court for millions of Americans across the nation.

04.23.2024
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Texas Commissioner Buckingham Continues Series on General Land Office’s Voices of Veterans Oral History Program

Texas Land Commissioner and Veterans Land Board (VLB) Chairwoman Dawn Buckingham, M.D. introduced the next series installment highlighting the VLB's Voices of Veterans oral history program. In this episode, we hear the story of Texas Veteran Victor Egger. For about 18 years, he volunteered at a Naval Air Station and Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, showing his love for helping service members.

04.23.2024
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With 36th Consecutive Month of Positive Growth, Texas Leads Nation in Job Creation

“This continued momentum is a testament to the strength of our young, skilled, diverse and growing workforce, our welcoming business climate, and the strategic investments that we continue to make as a state," said Gov. Greg Abbott, celebrating Texas again leading the nation in annual job creation following the release of March's employment numbers. With 270,700 jobs added from March 2023 to March 2024, Texas has added over 2.3 million jobs during Abbott’s time in office.

04.22.2024
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GONZALES: On Border Security & Foreign Aid Vote, 'We Don't Let Our Allies Bleed Out on the Battlefield'

"I strongly supported the End the Border Catastrophe Act because it would have closed asylum loopholes, reinforced Border Security Infrastructure, and delivered more resources to enforce against illegal immigration. As usual though, partisan politics got in the way, keeping many of my colleagues from voting yes to put America first and secure our border," said Cong. Gonzales after voting in favor of the End Border Catastrophe Act and foreign aid legislation to support America’s allies.

04.22.2024
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Babin Votes to Secure U.S. Borders and Support Israel, Tawain

These bills included the End the Border Catastrophe Act of 2024 (H.R. 3602), 21st Century Peace through Strength Act of 2024 (H.R. 8038), Indo-Pacific Security Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2024 (H.R. 8036), Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2024 (H.R. 8034), and Ukraine Security Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2024 (H.R. 8035).

04.22.2024
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Texas Oil & Gas Jobs Grow by 4,500 in March – Highest Single Month of Growth in Over a Decade

Since the COVID-low point in September of 2020, months of increase in upstream oil and gas employment in Texas have outnumbered months of decrease by 33 to 9. In that time, industry has added 39,500 Texas upstream jobs, an average growth of 940 jobs a month. These jobs pay among the highest wages in Texas, with employers in oil and natural gas paying an average salary of over $124,000 in 2023.

04.22.2024
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Rep. Tony Gonzales Introduces Border Security Measures in the U.S. House of Representatives  

"9.5 million illegal immigrants have been encountered at our borders, and over 2 million illegal immigrants are currently living in Texas. In South and West Texas, we know the dangers of the border crisis all too well. Republicans are focused on passing the End the Border Catastrophe Act this week. Every Member of Congress has the opportunity to submit amendments to this legislation."

04.19.2024
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Texas Labor Market Shows Steady Growth, Record High Levels for Jobs and Labor Force

The Texas labor market maintained its momentum in March to reach a 36th consecutive month of positive annual growth and once again set new record-high levels for jobs, Texans employed, and the civilian labor force. Texas’ seasonally adjusted total nonfarm job count increased to 14,115,700 after 19,100 jobs were added over the month in March, reflecting growth in 45 of the last 47 months. Texas also led the nation with the largest absolute over-the-year increase in total nonfarm employment, which grew by 270,700 jobs from March 2023 to March 2024.

04.19.2024
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Gov. Abbott, Samsung Executives Announce Establishment Plans for World-Class Semiconductor Hub Near Austin

“Just over two years ago here at the Governor's Mansion, I was proud to celebrate Samsung’s new semiconductor manufacturing facility in Taylor, Texas. Now we're building on that initial investment to make Texas the premier semiconductor hub in America. The future is full of microchips, and we’re proud that some of the world’s most advanced chips will be Made in Texas,” said Gov. Abbott, celebrating the company's massive new expansion of the cutting-edge facilities in Central Texas.

04.18.2024
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Rep. Tony Gonzales Presses VA Secretary for Progress on New San Antonio Veterans Hospital

"Last year I helped secure funding for the VA to begin the Planning & Design Process for a new facility in San Antonio. Secretary McDonough also visited Audie Murphy VA Medical Center with me in June, and it was important to get him in front of our community and see firsthand our needs,” said Cong. Gonzales, after asking VA Secretary Denis McDonough for an update on the agency’s plan to construct a new VA hospital in San Antonio during a House Appropriations Committee hearing.

04.18.2024
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Lt. Gov. Patrick to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ): 'I Cannot Support the Project.'

"I appreciate that TCEQ has a difficult job. You have a formula, and you follow it. However, as Lt. Governor, I must look at the bigger picture of what's best for our communities. The survival and strength of our Rural Communities is vital to the future of our state. And, I believe in free markets in Texas – however, in certain situations, when dealing with businesses that can potentially hurt our communities, we also have to weigh what's in the public’s best interest," says Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

04.18.2024
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Attor­ney Gen­er­al Ken Pax­ton Secures Unan­i­mous SCO­TUS Win on Texas Prop­er­ty Rights Case

Long committed to the importance of property rights, Texas argued to the U.S. Supreme Court that the landowners should be permitted to seek relief so long as they do so under Texas law. The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously agreed with Texas. The Court also specifically rejected the plaintiffs’ mistaken interpretation of existing caselaw that they claimed would allow them to sue directly under federal law.

04.18.2024
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Abbott, Fellow Governors Urge Biden: 'Reconsider & Immediately Disavow New Policies that Devastate Medicaid Safety Net for Elderly & Disabled'

"We urge you to reconsider – and immediately disavow – the policies included in a Final Informational Bulletin and a 'Proposed Rule' issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that would devastate the Medicaid Safety Net for Elderly & Disabled Adults, pregnant women, and millions of children in our states and across the country,” said Gov. Greg Abbott, joining governors from seven other states to urge President Biden to reverse his concerning policies to strip millions of Americans from access to crucial healthcare.

04.17.2024
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Sen. Cruz Applauds Major Investment in Texas Semiconductor Industry

Sen. Ted Cruz, the Ranking Member on the Senate 's Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, commended Samsung for securing funding to expand their semiconductor manufacturing facilities in Taylor & Austin, Texas – which is expected to create over 20,000 jobs. As part of his efforts to onshore the semiconductor industry, Cruz has been spearheading a bipartisan effort to streamline Federal Environmental Reviews for plant's construction across Texas, and the nation.

04.16.2024
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HEGAR: Sales 'Tax Holiday' for Certain Emergency Supplies Will Run from April 27-29

As Texas enters what is typically a severe weather season time of the year, Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding Texans they can purchase certain items "Tax Free" during the state’s upcoming Sales Tax Holiday for emergency preparation supplies – which runs from Saturday, April 27th through Monday, April 29th. The Comptroller’s office estimates shoppers will save some $2.1 million in State & Local Sales Taxes, and here's a list of items that are & aren't on the list.

04.16.2024
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Gov. Abbott Issues Disaster Declaration as East Texas Recovers from Flooding

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a "Disaster Declaration" for the following seven East Texas Counties impacted by Severe Storms & Flooding that began last week – and continues to affect homes, businesses, and the agriculture industry throughout the region. To assist with the damage assessment process, Texans are urged to self-report damage to homes and businesses using the Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT,) which can be accessed at damage.tdem.texas.gov.

04.16.2024
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Sen. Cruz Condemns Attack on Israel: 'Iran's Made a Huge Mistake Attacking America’s Closest Ally in Middle East'

“Iran has encircled Israel, has been attacking our Israeli allies from almost every front for months, and now has escalated launching attacks directly from Iran. These attacks are enabled & financed by deliberate policy choices made by Joe Biden and his officials, who've allowed roughly $100 billion to flow to Iran since 2021," said Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, after Iran attacked Israel over the weekend by launching munitions from within Iranian territory.

04.15.2024
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McCaul: More Damning Evidence from my Afghanistan Investigation

Simply put, the administration was unprepared for the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and it cost the lives of 13 U.S. service members and injured countless others, while demonstrating American weakness on the world stage. I’m proud that my investigation has yielded hard evidence that will hold the Biden administration accountable to make sure that this never happens again.

04.15.2024
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04.23.2024

TEXAS INSIDER ON YOUTUBE

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