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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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June 19, 2020 Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Liberation Day, is an unofficial American holiday and an official Texas state holiday, celebrated annually on the 19th of June in the United States to commemorate Union army general Gordon Granger's reading of federal orders in the city of Galveston, Texas, on 19 June 1865, proclaiming all slaves in Texas were now free. Slavery had legally ended in 1863 but wasn’t announced in Galveston until 1865. Background of African Americans and Texas Politics Did you Know? • The Republican Party was formed in 1854 after the Democrats voted to protect and to extend slavery. • The 1860 Democrat platform declared its support for the Supreme Court’s infamous Dred Scott decision. • The 13th Amendment passed without a single Democrat vote in Congress for civil rights for African Americans. • The Republican Party of Texas emerged in Houston on July 4, 1867 with 150 African Americans and 20 Anglos. The same year, the Ku Klux Klan actively began to attack African Americans and Republicans. • Two of the first three statewide leaders of the Republican Party of Texas were African Americans. • The first 42 African Americans elected to the Texas Legislature were all Republicans. • From 1865-1869, Texas Democrats passed “Black Codes” to prohibit African Americans from voting, holding office, and serving on juries. They also refused to acknowledge Juneteenth and even drafted a new State constitution requiring that State Representatives and Senators only be “of the white race.” • When the Republicans gained the Texas Legislature in 1869, they established a system of free public schools to educate all the children of the State (something Democrats had refused to do) and started a Texas State Militia and a Texas State police in which African Americans proudly served. • When Democrats recaptured Texas government in 1872, Democrat Governor Richard Coke’s election was described as “the restoration of white supremacy and Democratic rule.” • Texas Democrats engaged in bizarre gerrymandering specifically to prevent African American members from being re-elected to the Legislature. When African American Republican legislator Robert L. Smith departed in 1897, no African American was elected in Texas until 1966, when the U.S. Supreme Court ordered Texas Democrats to redraw districts. • Texas Democrats enacted a poll tax that reduced African American voter turnout in Texas from 100,000 to only 5,000 and passed white-only primary laws as well as Jim Crow segregation laws. • As victims of Democrat racism and segregation, African Americans were loyal to the Republican Party they started. In fact, Republican President Herbert Hoover received more than three-fourths of the African American vote over his Democratic challenger Franklin D. Roosevelt. • Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first president to appoint an African American to an executive position on the White House staff. • A higher percentage of Republican Members of Congress voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 than did Democrats. • African Americans made their most significant political and civil rights progress while affiliated with the Republican Party. Happy Juneteenth!

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Yesterday I testified before the @China_TaskForce about H.R. 6885, a bill I introduced to move our pharmaceutical s… https://t.co/wgUUimUOzg