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Senate Finance Wraps Up First Round Of Hearings

(Austin) After four weeks of hearing agency requests for funding, the Senate Finance Committee will now move on to the next phase of developing the Senate proposal for state spending in 2020 and 2021.   Since January 22nd, the committee met 13 times publicly to consider the advice of the Legislative Budget Board and question agency representatives, offering praise for a job well done in many cases but in others, demanding answers on why long-term problems […]

AG Paxton Urges U.S. District Court to Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging Texas’ Electoral College System

AUSTIN – A legal team from Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office today urged the U.S. District Court in San Antonio to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the time-honored Electoral College system used in every presidential election since 1789. “My office’s legal team did a superb job defending the stable and successful presidential election system designed by our Founders and enshrined in our Constitution. That system has been used by the states for more than two centuries, […]

Sen. Cruz Praises Defense Intelligence Agency’s Report Supporting the Need for Space Force

‘The Defense Intelligence Agency’s report is a timely, clear-eyed, and accessible assessment of the national security threats we face in space from rivals’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released the following statement in response to the Defense Intelligence Agency’s report “Challenges to Security in Space”: “The Defense Intelligence Agency’s report is a timely, clear-eyed, and accessible assessment of the national security threats we face in space from rivals such as China and […]

AG Paxton: Texarkana Court of Appeals Issues Opinion Protecting Taxpayers in Kilgore ISD

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Texas 6th District Court of Appeals in Texarkana issued an opinion yesterday stating that Kilgore ISD had no right to reject or lower local option homestead exemptions for taxpayers in Gregg County. “Kilgore ISD cannot legally siphon money away from homeowners without their vote or consent. I’m grateful that the court recognized that local governments cannot simply brush off laws they do not like,” Attorney General Paxton […]

Finance Debates Education Funding

(Austin)  Members of the Senate Finance Committee on Monday considered the budget for the largest slice of state spending: public education.   The Senate budget proposes spending about $112 billion in general revenue over the next two years, and more than half of that goes to pay for public education.  The Senate budget bill, as filed, adds $2.4 billion to cover projected enrollment growth over the next two years, but also $6 billion above that to […]

Olson On The American Ai Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX), co-chair of the House Artificial Intelligence Caucus, released the following statement after President Trump signed an Executive Order launching the American Artificial Intelligence (AI) Initiative: “Artificial Intelligence continues to play an essential role in our world’s future. It’s encouraging that President Trump recognizes AI’s impact through the American AI Initiative. America’s national security and our global competitiveness depend on our ability to remain at the forefront of future technology […]

Olson Named To Space Subcommittee

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) was recently selected to serve on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee for the 116th Congress. He will remain on the House Energy and Commerce Committee as well. Olson was named to the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, where he will work directly on issues impacting our local Houston space workforce. “The Houston region has long been synonymous with American human […]

Olson Response To So-Called “Green New Deal”

WASHINGTON, DC – Today Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) issued the following statement in response to the so-called “Green New Deal” resolution introduced in Congress: “Thanks to technological advancements made by the private sector, America has made important strides in improving air quality and reducing emissions. I am confident that technological advancements will continue to open up new solutions that ensure a stable supply of energy without crippling our economy or pricing consumers out of basic energy […]

Olson Announces New Texas Office Locations

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) today announced that his Sugar Land and Pearland offices have moved. Please use the following updated information to visit our office:   Sugar Land Office Pearland Office 2277 Plaza Drive 6117 Broadway Street Suite 195 Pearland, TX 77581 Sugar Land, TX 77479 *The office is located inside of the Chamber of Commerce building. The office is open by appointment only< Olson’s Washington, D.C. office is still located at 2133 Rayburn […]

Olson Guests Frankie And Camille Rodriquez National Prayer Breakfast

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today welcomed Rosenberg, TX constituents Reverend Frankie and Camille Rodriquez as his guests at the National Prayer Breakfast. Frankie Rodriquez is the Lead Pastor of the Living Stones Church in Rosenberg, TX. Together, he and his wife Camille own and operate the Holy Roast Coffee House in Rosenberg. They also run a social media marketing company. “I’m honored that the Rodriquezs joined me for the National Prayer Breakfast this […]