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Sen. Cruz Condemns China’s Moves to Deepen Control Over Hong Kong

‘Now the U.S. must stand strong with our allies and hold the line against the spread of communism’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement in response to an escalation by the Chinese Communist Party and the People’s Republic of China to deepen their control over Hong Kong: “The Chinese Communist Party is fast moving to end what is left of Hong Kong’s autonomy, stripping away essential […]

Sen. Cruz Applauds Senate Confirmation of Rep. Ratcliffe for Director of National Intelligence

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement applauding the confirmation of Rep. Ratcliffe as the Director of National Intelligence: “I’m grateful the Senate has confirmed my friend John Ratcliffe to serve as the Director of National Intelligence. He has served the men and women of Texas with honor and distinction in the House, and I am confident he will continue to serve […]

Sens. Cruz Applauds Trump Administration’s Decision to Withdraw From the Open Skies Treaty, Calls for Further Action on Chinese Arms Control Exploitation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement applauding the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Treaty on Open Skies (OST): “It was long past time for the United States to withdraw from this treaty and stop allowing Russia to use our skies to spy on the American people. President Trump’s decision to withdraw is a win for U.S. national security and American taxpayers, and a blow to President Putin’s espionage operations.” He added: […]

Sens. Cruz, Cotton, Colleagues Urge DOJ to Investigate Improper PPP Funding for Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and their colleagues in the Senate today sent a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr urging the Department of Justice to investigate whether dozens of Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country applied for and received loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) despite knowing they were ineligible to apply. Under the statuary text of the CARES Act, organizations like these affiliates were expressly prohibited from receiving […]

Galveston Kicks Off Summer Tourism Season Memorial Day Weekend

  GALVESTON ISLAND, Texas (May 20, 2020) – Memorial Day weekend has long been considered the official start to summer in Galveston but amid the coronavirus pandemic, it looks and feels very different this year. While businesses and attractions are beginning to open, Galveston Island tourism officials are encouraging travelers to remain vigilant in their hygiene practices, maintaining safe social distances and wearing a mask when able. For those who intend to visit the island for […]

AG Paxton: Fifth Circuit Temporarily Stays District Court Decision Mandating  Universal Mail-In Balloting in Violation of Texas Law

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today commended the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for granting a temporary administrative stay in an unlawful decision by the federal district court in San Antonio that allowed anyone in Texas to vote by mail using protections specifically created to aid those with an actual disability or illness.   “I applaud the Fifth Circuit for issuing this temporary stay while the case proceeds. Protecting the integrity of elections is one of my top priorities, and allowing universal mail-in ballots would only lead […]

With Waterways Busy, Fatalities Up, Boating Safety Urged Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

AUSTIN – In 2019, 36 boating fatalities, and multiple boat accidents and injuries occurred on Texas waters. In conjunction with National Safe Boating Week May 16-22, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is reminding Texans to be safe this Memorial Day weekend and all summer long by following the law and taking basic safety precautions while on the water. “Texas Game Wardens will be out in full force this weekend to ensure the public […]

Sen. Cruz Applauds Senate Confirmation of Trey Trainor to Be a Member of the Federal Election Commission

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Rules Committee, today issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed Trey Trainor to be a member of the Federal Election Commission (FEC): “I’ve known Trey for more than two decades and, during that time, he has been a friend and an effective advocate for the rule of law. He is a Texan and a talented lawyer with deep experience in the issues […]

Sen. Cruz, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Let States Approve and Distribute Diagnostic Tests During Public Health Emergency

Right to Test Act will address testing delays; allow states to more rapidly respond to evolving needs of their communities as America works to defeat COVID-19 WASHINGTON, D.C. – As states begin to safely re-open and Americans return to work, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today introduced the Right to Test Act – legislation to let states approve and distribute diagnostic tests when the state or federal government has declared a public health emergency. Sens. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), […]

AG Paxton Files Appeal Urging the Fifth Circuit to Block    Unlawful Expansion of Mail-In Voting    

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed an appeal with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, opposing a ruling by a federal court in San Antonio that allows anyone to vote by mail using protections specifically created to aid those with a true disability or illness that renders them incapable of voting in-person.      “Mail-in ballots are vulnerable to fraud,” said Attorney General Paxton. “Two-thirds of all election fraud cases prosecuted […]