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Cruz News: July 28, 2018

July 28, 2018




July 28, 2018


As Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, I chaired a hearing on Wednesday examining America’s future exploration of Mars – the focal point of our national space program. I am confident that the first foot that steps on Mars will be American. NASA has made incredible discoveries over the past few decades through the use of scientific robotic missions to Mars, and there are countless more opportunities on the horizon. This week, I was proud to introduce the Space Frontier Act with Sens. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.). Our legislation would support the continued development of a robust commercial space sector and extend our leadership in space by maximizing our utilization and operation of the International Space Station (ISS) through 2030. I am grateful for the broad, bipartisan support we have for the commercial space industry and America’s leadership in space.

On Tuesday, I was honored to speak at the 13th Annual Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Summit. I am thankful that we have a President and an administration who understand that Israel is our friend. At the Summit, I discussed my efforts to strengthen the ironclad alliance between the United States and Israel, including a bipartisan bill I introduced this week called the STOP Using Human Shields Act. America, Israel, and our other allies are engaged in a fight against radical Islamic terrorist organizations, from Hamas and Hezbollah to Al Qaeda and ISIS, who barbarically hide behind innocent civilians. This bill imposes tough sanctions on those who use or facilitate the use of human shields.

This week, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and I introduced the E-FRONTIER Act, which would protect commercial 5G broadband networks from nationalization without authorization from Congress. 5G has tremendous economic potential if driven by the private sector, with the ability to create millions of good paying jobs for hardworking Americans. Just this week, Verizon announced its plans to bring 5G to Houston. This is just one of many examples of what the private sector can accomplish to benefit Texans and all Americans. Our system of free enterprise has helped the United States become the global leader in mobile broadband technology since 2009, and it is best equipped to maintain our leadership moving forward.

As we continue to rebuild from the unprecedented devastation from Hurricane Harvey, we must also take all steps necessary to prepare for the hurricane season ahead. For those seeking information or assistance during the recovery and rebuilding process, please do not hesitate to contact my office or use the federal and state resources listed here. For those seeking preparedness information and resources, please refer to the federal and state resources listed here.

Please read below for an update from this last week.

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Ted Cruz

Sen. Cruz traveled last week to Rockport and Victoria to receive briefings from local officials and community leaders on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. Read more...

Sens. Cruz and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, introduced the Eliminate From Regulators Opportunities to Nationalize The Internet in Every Respect Act (E-FRONTIER Act), which would protect commercial 5G broadband networks from nationalization without authorization from Congress. Read more...

Sen. Cruz introduced a resolution to honor the memory of Dr. Liu Xiaobo as well as other victims of communism by commemorating the month of July as the ‘Liu Xiaobo Victims of Communism Month.’ Read more...

Sen. Cruz delivered remarks this week at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s ‘Rally for Religious Freedom in Asia,’ an event highlighting religious persecution by communist regimes across Asia. Read more...

Sens. Cruz, Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced an amendment to the minibus appropriations bill to maintain the right of individuals to make their own healthcare choices and stop federal funds from being used to reimplement Obamacare’s individual health insurance mandate in D.C. Read more...

Sen. Cruz delivered remarks at the 13th Annual Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Summit. Read more...

Sen. Cruz, joined by Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and David Perdue (R-Ga.), introduced the bipartisan STOP Using Human Shields Act. Read more...

Sen. Cruz appeared on Fox News’ ‘Your World With Neil Cavuto,’ to discuss his E-FRONTIER Act, which he introduced this week with Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.). Read more...

Sen. Cruz penned an op-ed for the Austin American-Statesman on Tuesday applauding the Army’s decision to select Austin as the host for the new Army Futures Command (AFC). Read more...

Sen. Cruz, member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, participated in a hearing titled: “The Race to 5G: Exploring Spectrum Needs to Maintain U.S. Global Leadership,” where he questioned leaders from the mobile technology industry on the potential economic impact of expanding commercial 5G broadband networks. Read more...

Sen. Cruz, chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, chaired a hearing examining the future of America’s leadership in space, and explored issues regarding our work to land an American on the surface of Mars in the 2030s. Read more...

Sen. Cruz joined 660 AM The Answer’s Mark Davis and KTSA San Antonio’s Trey Ware to discuss tariffs, trade negotiations and his efforts to shine a light on political dissidents oppressed by brutal totalitarian regimes, among other items. Read more...

Sens. Cruz, Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, on Wednesday introduced the Space Frontier Act (S. 3277). Read more...

Sen. Cruz along with nine senators sent a letter this week to the ambassadors of the EU3 – Britain, France, and Germany – calling on their governments to deepen Transatlantic cooperation against Iran and warning against efforts to evade U.S. sanctions, which are set to be re-imposed in the coming weeks. Read more...

Sen. Cruz and Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) led the filing of an amicus brief on behalf of 109 Members of Congress to the Supreme Court of the United States in American Humanist Association v. Maryland–National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Read more...

The full press releases may be viewed here.




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