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Olson Hosts Human Trafficking Focus Group

Photo Caption: L-R Andres Novoa (business owner and community leader), Kelly Litvak (founder of Childproof America), Shirley Leslie (representing Rescue Houston), Olson, & Gail Armatys (representing Traffick911) 

Yesterday, Rep. Pete Olson hosted a human trafficking focus group to further raise awareness of this growing problem and gather community leaders to discuss options to combat it. The group informed Olson about their efforts to combat trafficking in Fort Bend County and helped discuss different avenues for continuing to raise awareness. At least two of the organizations have worked with teenagers (and younger) who were trafficked out of their schools in Fort Bend County. […]

Sen. Cruz Issues Statement in Support of Senate Budget Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement tonight regarding his vote in favor of the Senate budget resolution: “Since day one in the Senate, my focus has been on jobs and economic growth,” Sen. Cruz said. “Fundamental tax reform, including bold, unapologetic tax cuts, is critical to unleashing the American economy, and creating more good-paying jobs for hardworking Americans. Tonight’s vote has laid an important foundation for us to deliver on that promise. While […]

Sen. Cruz Issues Statement On Situation Involving Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government and the Government of Iraq

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement regarding the situation involving the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government and the Government of Iraq: “Prime Minister Abadi and the Government of Iraq must maintain its focus on defeating the Islamic State, and halt all efforts that contribute to a regional escalation against the Kurdish people. They have demonstrated considerable gallantry in the face of the Islamic State and have more than earned […]

Sen. Cruz and Rep. Ratcliffe Advocate for VA IT Modernization in Dallas Morning News Op-Ed

‘We must and will continue our collective efforts alongside the Trump administration to ensure continued improvement of care for veterans, not just here in Texas, but all across the country’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) today penned an op-ed for the Dallas Morning News, regarding the VA Information Technology Restructuring Act, which they introduced in both the House and the Senate. The bill establishes that a Chief Information Officer (CIO) […]

AG Paxton: ACLU Cannot Turn Texas into a Sanctuary State for Abortions

Ken Paxton

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today praised a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to temporarily stay a lower federal court’s order that would have required the federal government to release a pregnant alien minor in federal custody in Texas for an abortion on Friday. The D.C. Circuit will hear oral argument in the case Friday morning at 10 a.m. EDT. Texas leads a coalition of nine states that […]

AG Paxton Reaches $120 Million Settlement with General Motors Company Over Defective Ignition Switch

Ken Paxton

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced a $120 million multi-state settlement with General Motors Company (GM) over allegations GM concealed safety issues related to ignition-switch-related defects in GM vehicles. The settlement, reached between the attorneys general of 49 states and the District of Columbia, concludes a multistate investigation into the auto manufacturer’s failure to timely disclose known safety defects associated with unintended key- rotation-related and/or ignition-switch-related issues in several models and model years of […]

Sens. Cruz and Leahy Pen Letter Urging Apple CEO Tim Cook to Stop Enabling the Great Firewall

‘As long as the Great Firewall operates and is enabled by American technology companies, Internet freedom in China will remain at risk’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Thursday released a letter addressed to Apple CEO, Tim Cook regarding reports that Apple has removed Virtual Private Network (VPN) applications (apps) from the version of Apple’s App Store available to users in the People’s Republic of China. “The threat that the Great Firewall […]

Sen. Sanders’ Claims That Repealing the Death Tax Benefits Only the Rich Couldn’t Be Further from the Truth

Removal of the death tax will rid all Americans of unfair and unaffordable tax burden WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tonight debated Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in a CNN Town Hall regarding tax reform. During the debate, Sen. Cruz called for eliminating the estate tax, also known as death tax, as a part of tax reform. Contrary to claims by Democrats, repealing the death tax will simplify the American tax system and provide needed tax relief for […]

Lt. Governor Patrick Congratulates the Texas Water Development Board for Providing Flood Mitigation Funding Assistance to Harris County

AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the Texas Water Development Board’s announcement that it will award a $47 million no interest loan to Harris County Flood Control for improvements to Brays Bayou: “I want to congratulate the Texas Water Development Board for providing these flood control resources to Harris County. This is just one of the mitigation steps I proposed following the deadly Memorial Day flood in Wimberley in 2015 and why I continue […]

Hurricane Survivors Use Harvey Facebook Page for Recovery Information

AUSTIN, Texas –Hurricane Harvey survivors looking for real-time information on recovery efforts in Texas can simply follow the FEMA Harvey Facebook page. The social media site, which launched Sep. 12, allows Facebook users to ask questions and receive answers from FEMA about disaster assistance and the recovery process. Followers of can find multilingual information and fact sheets on topics like how to apply for disaster assistance, how to move forward in the recovery process, how federal disaster assistance […]