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Sen. Cruz Issues Statement Marking One Year Since the El Paso Shooting

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), today issued a statement marking one year since the shooting at the Cielo Vista Walmart in El Paso that killed 23 people and harmed many more: “On August 3rd last year, a deranged white supremacist and domestic terrorist committed an act of unspeakable evil that shook El Paso and left the nation weeping. Twenty-three people died, and their families and the El Paso community were grieving. “In the days that followed, I remember […]

State Sales Tax Revenue Totaled Nearly $3 Billion in July

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today said state sales tax revenue totaled $2.98 billion in July, 4.3 percent more than in July 2019. The majority of July sales tax revenue is based on sales made in June and remitted to the agency in July. Widespread social distancing requirements were more relaxed across the state in June than in previous months. “State sales tax collections in July were better than expected, increasing despite the high unemployment due to […]

Sen. Cruz Urges Defense Secretary to Protect Religious Freedom in the Military

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today sent a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper raising concerns about the Department of Defense’s (DOD) overt religious discrimination, specifically pointing to the DOD’s decision to remove Lt. Col. Lorenzen as a presenter for the U.S. Marine Corps’ annual training simply because he is a religious individual. This letter comes as a follow up on the DOD’s failure to respond to a letter sent from Sen. Cruz in June of […]

O.H. Ivie and Grapevine Lake Status Changed to “Infested” with Invasive Zebra Mussels

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has upgraded O.H. Ivie Lake near San Angelo and Grapevine Lake located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, to fully “infested” with invasive zebra mussels.  The status change is a result of recent sampling efforts that revealed new evidence of reproducing and growing populations of zebra mussels in these lakes. Previously, individual zebra mussels had been found on separate occasions and the lakes were designated as “positive” for zebra mussels. Zebra mussels […]

Sen. Cruz Questions Secretary Pompeo Regarding Sanctions for Nord Stream 2 Pipeline and Iran’s Nuclear Program

Sec. Pompeo reaffirmed the U.S.’s commitment to using sanctions to halt pipeline’s construction WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to unequivocally affirm the administration’s commitment to imposing whatever sanctions are necessary to stop the completion of Vladimir Putin’s Nord Stream 2 Pipeline, in response to a campaign of Russian disinformation denying the Trump administration’s repeatedly stated intent. Sen. Cruz […]

Sens. Cruz, Lee, Colleagues Send Letter to President Trump Regarding Medicaid ‘MOE’ Concerns in FFCRA

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), along with Sens. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) on Thursday sent a letter to President Trump expressing their concerns regarding the constraints placed by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) on Texas’ ability to protect its Medicaid program. In the letter, they wrote: “The Medicaid ‘MOE’ provision, perhaps better described as state budget handcuffs, requires states to maintain all persons […]

AG Paxton Issues Guidance Letter on Postponed Elections   

Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued guidance stating that local officials cannot postpone local elections that were scheduled to be held on May 2, 2020 beyond November 3, 2020. This letter was addressed to Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan. After moving its May 2, 2020 local election to November 3, 2020, as permitted by the governor’s proclamation, the Round Rock City Council is attempting to postpone the election—again—to May 2021. The City’s attorney claimed that […]

Sen. Cruz: China’s Objectives Are Nothing Short of Global Domination  

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Tuesday delivered remarks at the Falkirk Center Freedom Summit about the enormous geopolitical threat China poses to the United States and the rest of the world, and the urgent need to fundamentally reassess the U.S.-China relationship, saying, “[China’s] objectives are nothing short of complete, global domination.” Excerpts of his remarks are below. On the enormous threat that China poses to the United States and the […]

Sen. Cruz Issues Statement on Herman Cain

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement on the passing of Herman Cain: “Our hearts are heavy as we bid farewell to Herman Cain. I was blessed to call him a friend. In his 74 years on earth, he lived the American dream to the fullest. A business pioneer whose advocacy of dramatic tax reform – nine-nine-nine – still resonates today, he will be remembered as a principled fighter whose leadership helped […]

Sen. Cruz in the Houston Chronicle: Good Riddance to the Houston Chinese Consulate

‘The most significant long-term foreign policy consequence of this global pandemic is that people on both sides of the political aisle are realizing what a threat communist China is to our national security’ As a Houstonian and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says “good riddance” to the Chinese consulate in Houston following its closure last week. In his latest op-ed for the Houston Chronicle, Sen. Cruz outlines the overwhelming […]