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TPWD Reminds Boaters to ‘Clean, Drain and Dry’

AUSTIN – With the arrival of Memorial Day weekend and summertime temperatures, Texans may be getting out on the water. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) inland fisheries and law enforcement staff are urging boaters to do their part to fight back against aquatic invasive species, such as giant salvinia and zebra mussels, threatening Texas lakes. “There’s no doubt that Texans love their lakes,” said John Findeisen, TPWD Brookeland Aquatic Habitat Enhancement team lead. […]

Texas Comptroller’s Office Wins National Communications Award

(AUSTIN) — The Texas Comptroller’s office recently won first place at the National Association of Government Communicators’ (NAGC) Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards for its January 2019 edition of Fiscal Notes: Texas School Finance – Doing the Math on the State’s Biggest Expenditure. The agency also received an award of excellence for a video profiling Texas’ Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday. In its special report on Texas school finance, Fiscal Notes examined the history and intricacies of the […]

Sen. Cruz Applauds Trump Administration Announcement Enforcing Sanctions Against Two High Profile Members of Ortega Regime

HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today issued the following statements after the Trump administration announced sanctions against two high-profile Nicaraguan government officials, Julio César Avilés Castillo, the commander-in-chief of the Nicaraguan Army, and Iván Adolfo Acosta Montalván, the Ortega regime’s minister of finance for their involvement in serious human rights abuses: “These sanctions against the Ortega regime will send a clear message to the international community that the […]

Sen. Cruz, Colleagues Applaud Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for Rejecting Partisan Calls to Halt Review of Energy Infrastructure Projects

‘Slowing the approval process and delaying construction of [natural gas projects] at a time when millions of Americans are out of work is profoundly wrong’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and John Kennedy (R-La.) today sent a letter applauding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for continuing to process applications to improve America’s energy infrastructure – despite partisan requests from House Democrats and Democratic […]

Sen. Cruz Leads Calls for Fundamental Reassessment of U.S.-China Relationship

HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is leading the charge in the Senate to fundamentally reassess the U.S.-China relationship as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues to lie and engage in a massive coverup of the coronavirus outbreak, threatens to cut off U.S. access to life-saving medications made only in China, and squash Hong Kong’s autonomy. As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Cruz is working to: Hold China accountable for the type of medical censorship and suppression that fueled the coronavirus […]

DPS Reminds Drivers to Put Safety First this Memorial Day

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) encourages all Texans to practice safe driving habits this Memorial Day weekend. Beginning today, Friday, May 22, through Monday, May 25, Texas Highway Patrol Troopers will be patrolling Texas roadways looking for intoxicated drivers, people not wearing seat belts and drivers violating the speed limit and other traffic laws. Drivers are urged to follow these safety tips this Memorial Day weekend: Don’t drink and drive.Make alternate […]

Sens. Cruz, Scott, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Protect COVID-19 Vaccine Research from Communist China

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.), along with Sens. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) today introduced the COVID-19 Vaccine Protection Act to prevent the Communist Chinese Party from stealing or sabotaging American COVID-19 vaccine research. The bill requires a thorough national security evaluation and clearance by the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation of […]

Driver License Offices to Reopen by Appointment Only with Limited Services, Additional Safety Measures Enacted

AUSTIN – On Tuesday, May 26, at the direction of Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will begin reopening driver license (DL) offices by appointment only and with limited services. The reopening of DL offices will happen in a phased approach, in order to allow DPS to keep customers and our staff as safe as possible, while also adhering to new safety guidelines and social distancing practices in place due to COVID-19. […]

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Awards $3.71 Million in Recreational Trail Grants to Texas Communities

AUSTIN— The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved $3.71 million dollars in grants to fund 22 motorized and non-motorized recreational trail-related projects across the state. The National Recreational Trails Fund (NRTF) funds recreational trail construction, renovation and acquisition. The grants are funded from a portion of the federal gas tax generated by gasoline purchases for off-road motorcycles and four-wheelers. Thirty percent of the total NRTF grants must be earmarked for motorized recreational trails, while another […]

Sen. Cruz: ‘We Need To Stand Up and Deal Directly with the Threat China Poses’

Introduces three bills to counter Chinese propaganda and hold China accountable for medical censorship that allowed COVID-19 to go global WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered remarks on the Senate floor highlighting the acute need to counter Chinese propaganda and hold China accountable for the types of medical and political censorship that helped fuel the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. As Sen. Cruz said during his remarks: “We […]