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The committee considered HB 2899 in its late-night Wednesday hearing.

Austin, Texas – Yesterday, the House Committee on State Affairs held a public hearing on State Rep. Ron Simmons’ HB 2899.

The legislation would ban municipalities and school districts from enacting or enforcing non-discriminatory bathroom, shower and changing facility policies, except in accordance with state and federal law.

State Representative Eddie Rodriguez

State Representative Eddie Rodriguez issued the following statement regarding HB 2899:

“SB 6 died in the Texas House for good reason. In addition to discriminating against folks based on their gender identity (as if it’s something they control), the bill would cost Texas billions of dollars in business in search of a problem that doesn’t exist.

“HB 2899 is the ‘bathroom bill’ reincarnated.

“Apparently, HB 2899’s proponents believe that such a bill is necessary because ‘bathroom privacy’ is an issue of great concern to folks across the state. But out of numerous calls to my office, merely a few were made in support of the discriminatory bill.

“There is no good ‘bathroom bill’ and we are running out of time in the 85th Legislative Session. We must avoid wasting our time on fighting over matters best left to local control at the expense of urgent and important issues like CPS/foster care reform.”

Rep. Phil King and House Members standing united for Israel.

AUSTIN – Today HB 89 authored by Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford) passed with unanimous support by the Texas House of Representatives.   This legislation boosts the state’s global economy by prohibiting state pension funds from being invested in companies that boycott Israel.  It also prohibits state and local governments from contracting with companies that boycott Israel.

“This bill sends a strong statement that Texas stands with its friends” King said. “We will not tolerate national-origin discrimination against Israel or use our taxpayer’s dollars to support those who wish to inflict economic harm against our fourth largest trading partner.”

This bill was joint authored by State Reps. Craig Goldman, Carol Alvarado, Sarah Davis and Byron Cook.

“I am proud to be a joint author on House Bill 89 which brought Republicans and Democrats together to stand in support of Israel,” said Rep. Sarah Davis (R-West University). “The bipartisan support indicates a major accomplishment for our constituencies across the state, including my own in House District 134.”

Israel is Texas’ fourth leading trade partner with numerous joint projects in agricultural research and development, science and technology and industrial research. The Lone Star State exports $495 million of product to Israel annually and, in 2012, had $118 million in military contracts alone. Nearly 300 Texas companies do business with Israel. The state also has more than $50 million in high-rated State of Israel Bonds.

Texas joins other states that have responded legislatively to this national origin discrimination.  However, the legislation passed by Texas is by far the strongest in the nation.

State Representative Eddie Rodriguez

Three-judge panel issues order on House maps in wake of recent ruling on Congressional maps.

Austin, Texas – Today, a three-judge panel of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas found that the Texas Legislature engaged in intentional vote dilution in drawing multiple Texas House districts in the 2011 redistricting plans.

State Representative Eddie Rodriguez issued the following statement regarding the order:

“Texas Republicans have admitted that they gerrymandered our electoral maps in 2011, maintaining that they did so for partisan advantage.

“But these days, mapmakers have access to interactive software tools that display granular, street-level detail and highly disaggregated information on both demographics and political behavior.

“And using this data, they carefully crafted districts to diminish Latino representation in the state and national legislative bodies. This tactic won the party nearly a decade of hegemony in Texas at the expense of our electoral system’s integrity.

“Today’s victory is the latest in a years-long struggle for justice by the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and our allies, including the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, MALDEF, NAACP-LDF and many others.

“For years, we have waged the fight against state-sponsored discrimination without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. Finally, the Texas House, Texas Senate and Congressional District electoral maps have all been found to be in violation of the Voting Rights Act as of today’s ruling.

“These victories would not have been possible without the tireless dedication of former MALC Chairman Trey Martinez Fischer, MALC Legal Counsel Ana Hernandez, and MALC Voting Rights Counsel Jose Garza, Martin Golando, and Michael Moran.”

Washington, DC – Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) invites TX-22 high school students to enter in the Congressional Art Competition. Beginning in 1982, this competition provides members of Congress the opportunity to encourage and recognize the artistic abilities of students in their districts. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved in this nationwide competition.

“This competition showcases the talented budding artists from the 22nd District of Texas and across the country, conveying their unique experiences and perspectives,” Rep. Pete Olson said. “Their talent is a reflection of their hard work and artistic vision. Each year thousands of people visit the Capitol and have the opportunity to view and appreciate the artwork of creative students across the nation. I encourage them to submit artwork for this competition and share their talent with those throughout Texas and the country.”

The first place winner from TX-22 will have their artwork displayed in the US Capitol for an entire year. As part of this competition, the district first place winner receives complimentary airfare to fly to Washington, DC to see their art displayed in the Capitol Building during the unveiling ceremony.

Artwork is due to the Sugar Land office by Friday, May 5th. Artwork must be two-dimensional and be submitted unframed. In addition to the artwork, participants will need to submit the student release form. Rules, regulations and criteria can be found here.

Tours Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas facility and participates in roundtable discussion with the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today toured the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas plant and met with executives and employees, where he discussed his efforts to reduce the burden of federal regulations on manufacturers. Later in the day, Sen. Cruz attended a San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce roundtable discussion where he participated in a Q&A session with attendees, and discussed his efforts to create more good-paying jobs and expand opportunities for all Texans statewide.

At Toyota, Sen. Cruz said: “It was an honor to visit the hardworking men and women here at Toyota,” Sen. Cruz said. “Toyota is yet another example of Texas’ amazing economic success story. For more than 10 years, y’all have been producing Toyota Tundra and Toyota Tacoma pickups here, and if you drive around our state for just a little while, I think most folks can understand pretty clearly why you decided to produce your pickup trucks here in Texas. As Texans, we know the power of free enterprise and the economic growth that we can create when we get the government off the backs of the job creators and the working men and women of our state. Thank you for your leadership, and the hard work that each of you do here.”

At the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber roundtable, Sen. Cruz said: “I’m grateful for the opportunity to visit with each of you here in San Antonio,” Sen. Cruz said. “No country in the world offers the same opportunity to succeed, to live in freedom and achieve your dreams like the United States of America. I want to thank each of you for your leadership, here in the Hispanic Chamber, fighting for jobs, growth and opportunity. I’m optimistic about what we can do to help ensure every American has the opportunity to achieve the American dream.”

Still photos and video of Sen. Cruz’s tour at Toyota Motor Manufacturing may be viewed here.

Still photos of Sen. Cruz’s visit with the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce may be viewed here.

 

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) commended President Trump for his suspension, announced last week, of three flawed surveys conducted along the Red River by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that led to the attempted unconstitutional seizure of tens of thousands of acres of private property.

“This is a real victory for the State of Texas,” Sen. Cruz said. “For years under the Obama administration, innocent farmers, ranchers, and families faced unconstitutional affronts to their property and harassment from federal officials. I commend the President for recognizing Texas’ sovereign right to its borders as well as the private property rights of Texans.”

“I applaud the Trump Administration for stepping in to protect Texas landowners where the previous Administration refused,” said Sen. Cornyn. “Texans along the Red River should not be subject to the seizure of property they rightfully own, and Congress must now work to pass a solution that protects their rights.”

Sens. Cruz and Cornyn joined an amicus brief in Aderholt, et al. v. Bureau of Land Management, et. al., along with Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and 20 members of the Texas House delegation, to stand with Texas landowners against attempted unconstitutional land seizures by the federal government.  They also introduced the Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act, which would authorize the necessary gradient boundary survey of the 116-mile stretch of the Red River between Texas and Oklahoma.

 

 

 

Tours manufacturing facility in Denton and visits with employees

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today visited the Peterbilt Motors Company’s heavy-duty truck manufacturing plant in Denton. There, he met with executives and employees over lunch to hear their concerns and listen to their ideas on what can be done in Washington to further expand economic opportunity and reduce the burden of federal regulations on manufacturers across Texas.

“I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit the folks here at Peterbilt,” Sen. Cruz said. “My number one priority in the Senate from day one has been jobs and economic growth. And that’s true for a very simple reason: that’s the top priority for the hardworking men and women of Texas. Texas is home to some of the most innovative and successful companies in the world because we’ve embraced commonsense, free-market values that promote prosperity. I am committed to applying those same values in Washington and will continue to fight to tear down barriers to growth and opportunity for Texans.”

Based in Denton, Texas, Peterbilt Motors Company has for nearly 80 years developed a global reputation for industry-leading design, innovative engineering and fuel-efficient solutions. In addition to meeting with employees, Sen. Cruz toured the factory floor and had the opportunity to drive a brand new Peterbilt semi on the facility’s test track.

Photos and video of Sen. Cruz’s visit may be viewed here.

 

On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined radio show hosts across Texas local Texas Radio stations to discuss Syria, Healthcare, and the recent confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“This year we have the opportunity to do something historic,” Sen. Cruz said to Texas Weekend’s David Brown. “If we follow through this year with repealing Obamacare, major tax reform, major regulatory reform we could see millions of new high paying jobs being created and that’s what all my time and energy is focused on.“

On Syria:

“It is a dangerous world, and it has gotten much more dangerous in the last eight years. If you look at Syria, it is a complete mess. There are no good options in Syria. Bashar al-Assad is a monster,” Sen. Cruz said to KFYO’s Chad Hasty. “If the commander-in-chief comes to Congress seeking authorization for use of military force, I’m going to keep an open mind and hear the commander-in-chief fairly. Now, the question that I will ask and other members of congress will ask is how does this protect the national security interest of the United States. That is the central question that needs to be answered before we proceed any further.”

On Obamacare Repeal and Replace:

“Failure is not an option,” Sen. Cruz said to Texas Weekend’s David Brown. “There is no doubt that the initial forays to repealing Obamacare hit a rocky patch and my view is we have to get it done. Republicans have spent seven years promising the American people, if you elect us we will repeal Obamacare.”

On Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Confirmation:

“Justice Neil Gorusch’s confirmation is a cause for celebration,” Sen. Cruz said to KTSA’s Trey Ware. “After a year vacancy left by that by the passing of the great Justice Antonin Scalia, we have delivered on a campaign promise made to the American people of nominating and confirming a strong principled constitutionalist who will protect the Bill of Rights, free speech, religious liberty, second amendment.”

Audio from the radio interviews can be found below:

The Trey Ware Show:  https://youtu.be/D8yTeVM-KoQ

The Chad Hasty Show: https://youtu.be/Dh78wJz1Ug4

Texas Standard with David Brownhttps://youtu.be/SlFM066gz9U

The Chris Salcedo Show:  https://youtu.be/gzmstsaj4mM

Issues statement after voting to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch as the next associate justice of the Supreme Court:

“Today’s Senate vote was a historic one. Ten, 20, 30 years from now, this vote will still be having an ongoing impact on the liberty and constitutional rights of millions of Americans.

“Today, the Senate followed through on a promise made to the American people more than a year ago, after Justice Scalia passed away. Justice Scalia was a lion of the law, and a hero to many. His death transformed November’s election into a referendum on the Supreme Court.

“President Trump promised to nominate a principled jurist in the mold of Justice Scalia, not a liberal judicial activist who would undermine the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. And in November, millions of conservatives across this country showed up to protect the Constitution and protect that vacant seat for a principled originalist. Despite an unprecedented Democratic filibuster, today is a day that the Republican majority kept its promise to protect our fundamental rights, to protect free speech, to protect religious liberty, and to protect the Second Amendment. Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation is a critical step to defend the long-term liberty of millions of Americans, and for that reason, today is a day to celebrate.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement regarding tonight’s U.S.-launched missile strikes in Syria:

“Today, after eight years of Obama foreign policy failures, Syria is a humanitarian disaster. Bashar al-Assad is a monster, a puppet of Russia and Iran, and he has once again used chemical weapons against his own citizens, murdering innocent men, women, and children.

“Our prayers are with Assad’s victims, and with the victims of the ISIS and al Qaeda terrorists ripping Syria apart. And, as always, our support and prayers are with the brave Americans in uniform who carried out the military strike tonight.

“Any military action in Syria must be justified as protecting the vital national security interests of America – including decisive action to prevent chemical weapons from falling into the hands of radical Islamic terrorists – and I look forward to our Commander-in-Chief making the case to Congress and the American people how we should do so in the days ahead.”