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Sens. Cruz, Cornyn, Colleagues Oppose Appointment of Chinese Official to UN Human Rights Group

HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Senate colleagues sent a letter on Tuesday to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres expressing opposition to the appointment of Minister of the Chinese Mission in Geneva Jiang Duan to the United Nations Human Rights Council Consultative Group. As the Senators wrote: “In this position, Jiang will provide China with the opportunity to play a central role in picking […]

Sen. Cruz on The Michael Berry Show: Once We Get This Pandemic Under Control, That’s When We Will Get the Economy Roaring Again  

HOUSTON, Texas – During his statewide tele-tour to connect with men and women on the frontlines combatting COVID-19, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called into Houston’s Michael Berry Show to talk about the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic to public health, the economy, and the energy industry. LISTEN: Cruz Talks Protecting Energy Jobs & Holding China Accountable for COVID-19 When asked about the White House energy roundtable he attended last week and protecting millions of energy sector jobs, Sen. Cruz explained the […]

AG Paxton: Fifth Circuit Upholds Governor’s Order Halting Unnecessary Medical Procedures During COVID-19 Disaster 

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today applauded the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for upholding Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA 09, which requires all health care facilities and professionals to postpone any unnecessary medical procedures to free up hospital beds and preserve precious medical supplies for those combating the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Several abortion providers challenged the Executive Order in court and sought a special exemption from its requirements that are applicable to all medical facilities […]

Sens. Cruz, Inhofe, Colleagues Applaud President Trump for Deeming Firearm Businesses Essential

HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Senate colleagues on Monday sent a letter to President Trump applauding the administration’s recent decision to include firearm retailers and manufacturers in the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) advisory memo to states and localities regarding America’s essential critical infrastructure workforce. The CISA advisory memo is used by many states to help determine which industries or businesses should be considered essential […]

Sens. Cruz, Hoeven & Reps. Fletcher, Burgess to Introduce Legislation Providing $3 Billion in Funding to Fill Strategic Petroleum Reserve With U.S. Crude Oil

HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.), along with Reps. Lizzie Fletcher (D-Texas) and Michael Burgess (R-Texas), and House and Senate colleagues today announced they are introducing bipartisan, bicameral legislation to provide $3 billion in funding to purchase crude oil produced in the United States for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). The legislation aligns with the request made by President Trump and Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette to fill the SPR. […]

Texas State Parks Temporarily Close to the Public

AUSTIN—At the direction of Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas State Parks will be closed to the public effective at the close of business Tuesday, April 7 in order to maintain the safest environment for visitors, volunteers and staff. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will continue to stay current with the latest public health recommendations and will announce when a definite reopening date has been determined. “Given the myriad of challenges and heightened risks of […]

Sen. Cruz and Rep. Graves on Fox News: Helping Airlines Take Wing Will Boost Entire Economy

HOUSTON, Texas – In an op-ed published on Fox News, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, and Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), ranking member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, discuss how the CARES Act will help the aviation industry and the hundreds of thousands of workers it supports recover and boost the entire economy. Read the full op-ed here and below. Coronavirus recovery – helping airlines take wing will boost […]

Sen. Cruz Launches Statewide Tele-Tour Connecting With Communities Combatting COVID-19

HOUSTON, Texas – As Texans work together to confront the two crises our country is facing, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today launched a virtual statewide tour to connect with men and women on the frontlines combatting COVID-19. “This pandemic has affected how we all live, work, and play – but it hasn’t changed the fact that in times of crisis, Texans always step up to help each other,” Sen. Cruz said ahead of his […]

Sen. Cruz Urges Secretary Azar to Mass Produce Serological Tests to Ensure Americans Can Return Safely to Work

HOUSTON, Texas – As millions of Americans file for unemployment assistance as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today urged Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar in a letter to procure and distribute serological tests from the Strategic National Stockpile to help determine whether an individual has previously contracted and recovered from the coronavirus and enable more Americans to safely return to work. In the letter, Sen. Cruz […]

AG Paxton Leads Multistate Amicus Urging SCOTUS to Allow People to Sue Corporations in the State Where They Were Injured

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison today led 40 attorneys general in an amicus brief filed with the United States Supreme Court in support of decisions by the Supreme Courts of Montana and Minnesota. Those state supreme courts correctly ruled in favor of allowing individuals to file personal injury lawsuits in the states in which they reside and were injured, regardless of where the defendant was located. The friend-of-the-court brief opposes an effort by large corporations to prevent individuals from filing lawsuits in their own local courts and to potentially […]