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e-Newsletter: Week of May 17th

Good Evening, 

As the Ranking Member on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, I couldn’t be prouder of the major bipartisan victory we secured for every Texan and every American following the passage of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act. This bill will not only produce thousands of jobs across the Lone Star State, but it will also bolster invest in aerospace technology to keep the flying public safe and give customers greater transparency. Any time an American gets on a flight, the number one priority is always safety. This comprehensive legislation truly delivers a safer and more convenient travel experience for Texans and consumers across the nation.


“There's a lot in this bill on the consumer side, but there's also a lot on the safety side because the most important thing and the top priority the FAA should be ensuring safety. When you and I get on a plane, and we put our kids on a plane, the number one thing we want is to know that we're going to land and our family's going to be safe. So, this is a major investment, not just in safety, but also in modernization. Modernization of air traffic control, but also some of the next stages of how air travel is changing.”

The FAA Reauthorization Act is a shining example of the success that can occur when we build bipartisan compromises in Congress. I was proud to lead the charge alongside the Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), to improve nation’s aerospace industry on a bipartisan basis.


“It really was building bipartisan compromise, and I have to say the way this bill moved forward, I think is a model for how legislation should move forward. … For months, I've been working with the Chairman of the committee, Maria Cantwell, a Democrat from Washington State. She and I have … negotiated this bill to reach a bipartisan compromise. In the process of drafting the bill., we solicited from our colleagues their priorities. This bill incorporates … over 200 different amendments that came from other senators [both] Republicans and Democrats addressing needs and concerns they have in their states. … Out of the entire Senate, there were only four ‘no’ votes out of all 100 senators.”

Creating greater investment in Texas is not only good for the Lone Star State, but it’s also good for the country, and one of these avenues for investment is cryptocurrency. I enjoyed sitting down with Tyler Page, CEO of Cipher Mining, at the Digital Chamber’s Blockchain Summit where we discussed the power of cryptocurrency to generate new jobs, encourage entrepreneurship, hedge against inflation, and present new opportunities for the Lone Star State.


“I want Texas to be the oasis for crypto in general, and for Bitcoin mining in particular. I want everyone in the Bitcoin world to come to Texas. Now, I will admit, we have competition right now primarily from Florida. I think that's a great thing. I actually like having competition. It would be bad if Texas were the only game in town. I want Florida to compete with us and say now we can create an environment that is even more welcoming to small businesses. … Texas is a state that was … founded by a bunch of guys with fourth grade educations, who began drilling holes in the ground. And one, after the other, they became the richest men on earth. That ethos is fundamentally who Texas is.”

I also joined Carl Higbie on Newsmax to discuss Joe Biden’s willful and wrongful use of executive privilege during interviews with Special Counsel Robert Hur who was appointed to investigate the president. Executive privilege is designed for conversations between the president and senior aides so they can have real, frank, and candid deliberations. It’s a very important protection of the presidency that was clearly abused in this case.


“Executive privilege is a very important protection of the presidency, [but] that was not what was happening here. If Joe Biden was having a conversation with Merrick Garland about what the administration's policy on X, Y or Z, that could be protected by executive privilege. In this instance, Joe Biden was there effectively as a criminal defendant. He was being investigated for whether or not he committed felonies – whether or not he violated the law. … He committed multiple felonies. He did so knowingly, willingly, [and] repeatedly but, the Biden Department of Justice concluded Joe Biden, the President of the United States, is too incompetent to stand trial. ... This is a joke. … They know the media will roll over, because the corporate media are cheerleaders and partisan propagandist.”

Rest assured, I am committed to fighting for what is in the best interests of the Lone Star State. God Bless!

Keep Texas Strong,



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