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#TexansHelpingTexans: Texas Communities Working Together to Combat Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As coronavirus continues to spread across the United States and throughout Texas, Texans from all walks of life are working together to meet the needs of their neighbors, friends, and communities. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today highlighted Texas’ communities and businesses working together in response to the coronavirus pandemic. “As our state and our nation face unprecedented challenges with many unknowns, I’m grateful for the first responders, medical professionals, community leaders, […]

Sen. Cruz to HHS: ‘Time Is of the Essence’ to Ensure Hospitals, Health Care Facilities Have Ventilators Critical to Treating COVID-19

Urges HHS Sec. Azar to use ‘significant powers of the Defense Production Act’ to immediately address scarcity of life-saving medical equipment WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar urging him to immediately use the powers delegated to him by President Trump to order the production and distribution of ventilators, which are critical to treating individuals infected by COVID-19. As Sen. Cruz […]

AG Paxton: Retail Supply Chains Will Be Held Liable for Price Gouging

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued a stern warning to retail suppliers, including those who supply grocery stores and pharmacies, that state law strictly prohibits price gouging in the wake of a declared disaster. Price gouging laws apply to any person or entity selling necessities at an exorbitant or excessive price after a disaster has been declared by the Governor or President. This prohibition includes those who supply retailers. Under the Texas Deceptive […]

Sen. Cruz Introduces Legislation to Increase Healthcare Capacity & Access, Speed Up FDA Approval for Certain Vaccines & Cures

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the spread of coronavirus continues to affect more communities across the country, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today introduced legislation focused on increasing access to healthcare and expediting the approval for vaccines and treatments already approved in other countries. To increase healthcare capacity and access, Sen. Cruz introduced the Creating Capacity for Communities in Need Act with Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) – legislation to allow physician-owned […]

Sen. Cruz Votes in Favor of Second Coronavirus Relief Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement after voting in favor of the second coronavirus relief proposal: “There is a vital role for the federal government to act in times of emergency and crisis. This is one of those times. While this bill is not perfect, it will provide much-needed relief for the men and women in Texas who right now are hurting as a result of this outbreak, including waivers to […]

When Captain Obvious visits                                                                                                    

Recently, the Captain showed up with me at an eatery. Three cash registers setting on the counter where I usually order had signs, “THIS REGISTER IS CLOSED.” Several employees rushed around stuffing food bowls into bags. Hmm. I looked around. The cash register on the dessert counter was open. Hmm. Being confused I asked the scurrying employees, “Are these registers closed?” Duh. A more astute question, “Where do I order?” So, I moseyed over to […]

CONSUMER ALERT: AG Paxton Reminds Texans to Be Aware of  Cyber Scams During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton continues to caution Texans about scams emerging during the statewide Coronavirus disaster declaration announced by Governor Abbott last Friday. Several cyber scams involving false emails or text messages have been reported, and Attorney General Paxton advises all Texans to be on alert for electronic communications with dangerous attachments or fraudulent website links. Unscrupulous actors send these messages with the intention of deceiving citizens into revealing sensitive information or donating to false charities. Any email or social media post with a […]

Come Spring memories

Another Spring arrives in Appalachia. It’s 2020. Both of my grandmothers reside in Heaven now, but the early flowers, budding trees, and frosty mornings bring remembrance of these two pioneer ladies. Strong as bark on a tree, yet as gentle as rose petals. Spring brings out the nostalgia in me. And I reread the prose of Jesse Stuart as the weather turns. His stories remind me of my grandmothers. And the Appalachian bubble my family […]

CONSUMER ALERT: AG Paxton Reminds Texans to Be Aware of  Cyber Scams During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton continues to caution Texans about scams emerging during the statewide Coronavirus disaster declaration announced by Governor Abbott last Friday. Several cyber scams involving false emails or text messages have been reported, and Attorney General Paxton advises all Texans to be on alert for electronic communications with dangerous attachments or fraudulent website links. Unscrupulous actors send these messages with the intention of deceiving citizens into revealing sensitive information or donating to false charities. Any email or social media post with a […]

The Office of the Attorney General’s Child Support Division Transitions to Virtual Services in Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)  

AUSTIN – Because the health and safety of our staff and customers is always our highest priority, effective immediately, local child support offices are in the process of transitioning to providing virtual child support establishment and enforcement services. During this time, while physical child support offices will be closed to customers and visitors, services will continue to be provided over the telephone and internet. We remain committed to continuing to support those we serve during […]