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  • Budget & the Economy

    Coming from the private sector to Congress, I know that America can regain its economic strength and millions of new private-sector jobs will be created if we return to our founding, free-market principles and end big government intrusion and wastefu...
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  • Defense and Foreign Affairs

    The Declaration of Independence reminds us that all people have inalienable rights – among them, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To secure these rights, our Founding Fathers believed that the federal government must provide f...
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  • Education

    I admire and am grateful for the dedication of our educators to our children and our community. The role teachers play in their students’ lives impacts them far beyond the years they spend in the classroom. My wife Gina and I value the importance of...
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  • Energy

    Prior to being elected to Congress, I was actively involved in finding solutions to America’s energy security, for over 30 years. Abundant, affordable, safe and efficient energy is one of the key "building blocks" for a vibrant economy and a healthy ...
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  • Family Issues

    I am proud to stand and defend the lives of the unborn. I am committed to the view that life is sacred, that it begins at conception and that the Founding Fathers were correct in placing life first among the list of rights the Constitution was writte...
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  • Health Care

    Since implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the insurance marketplace for Obamacare opened, I have heard scores of stories regarding the problems that people and employers are experiencing in finding coverage that is actually affordable. This...
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  • Homeland Security and Law Enforcement

    The protection of our borders, specifically the southern border, should be of concern to all Americans. It is imperative that Congress continue to provide federal, state, and local agencies and law enforcement officers with the resources and support ...
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  • Immigration

    I am proud and thankful that America is one of the most welcoming nations in the world to immigrants; especially considering my own family emigrated here from Spain in 1725. Our current immigration system, however, is broken and inadequate to meet th...
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  • Oversight and Government Reform

    I strongly believe that Congress should work to encourage private sector job growth, and not hinder it with unreasonable regulations. We risk losing more scarce jobs and more investment capital every single day due to the ever-increasing intrusions o...
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  • Second Amendment

    Democracy and freedom are cornerstones of our unique American heritage, and we must remain vigilant to ensure that our rights are protected. As a proud gun owner, a Concealed Handgun License holder and a Life Member of the National Rifle Association ...
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  • Taxes

    At more than 70,000 pages long, the current tax code is overly complicated and nearly impossible for families to navigate. Its implementation is overseen by a bloated federal bureaucracy that has lost the trust and confidence of the American people. ...
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  • Transportation and Infrastructure

    Our transportation infrastructure is vital to economic prosperity and has a significant impact on quality of life. The 17th Congressional District is home to the nationally-recognized Texas Transportation Institute, which conducts cutting-edge resear...
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  • Veterans

    Our Nation’s history is grounded in the efforts of our men and women who have served in uniform. We must continue to honor them after they have left the armed services by making sure that they have the access they need to educational, health and busi...
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