e-Newsletter - Week of September 30th
It was another work week in Washington, D.C., but I was happy to kick things off over the weekend in the Lone Star State, where I welcomed President Karis of Estonia to Austin.
President Karis and I spoke about the energy interests and security of our respective nations, including the need to defeat Putin’s military aggression. Additionally, we discussed the ability of Texas as the energy leader of the United States to advance America’s national interests by exporting energy to Europe and being the massive energy provider that Europe needs.
To see what I had to say about Biden’s Border Crisis, click above ↑
Tuesday evening, I joined Jesse Watters on Jesse Watters Primetime to discuss the ongoing crisis on our southern border. For far too long, I have seen the suffering at the border, and I’ve seen it firsthand. While talking with Jesse, I called on President Biden and his administration to stop their lawlessness that’s allowing millions into our country illegally, endangering Texans, and undermining our national security.
To watch the full discussion, click above ↑
This past weekend, I joined The Washington Examiner’s David Drucker to discuss a multitude of topics at this year’s Texas TribFest in Austin. David and I were able to cover immigration, the Second Amendment, and more!
“Americans don’t want 87,000 new IRS agents. We need to use that funding to secure our southern border instead!”
The night before, I was privileged to speak to a group of Christian Texans at the Texas Faith, Family & Freedom Forum. We had an important discussion about what’s affecting Texas families, including educational disparities and gaps exacerbated by the Democrats’ decision to shut down schools amidst COVID-19, inflation, and the worst illegal immigration in 62 years.
Tuesday, I voted against the Electoral Count Reform Act. This is a bad bill that will decrease the ability of Congress to address the problem of voter fraud and undermine our democratic process.
To see what I had to say about my no vote on the ECRA, click above ↑
I have serious constitutional questions about the bill. The text of the Constitution, Article Two says, “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors.” This bill is Congress trying to intrude on the authority of the state legislatures to do that. But it’s also exceptionally bad policy. What this bill does is decreases the ability of Congress to address instances of fraud when it occurs, and I believe Congress has a responsibility to address fraud.
See my full statement here.
Wednesday, I accepted the George “Buck” Gillespie Congressional Award from the Blinded American Veterans Association. In my home state of Texas, we have 15 military bases, and veterans comprise seven percent of the Texas population of 30 million people. In the Senate, I take very seriously my responsibility to make sure our veterans and our active duty military are supported and have what they need to thrive. I think it’s one of our most important responsibilities to honor and support the brave men and women who wear our nation’s uniform while they are serving and when they come home.
See my full statement here.
Rest assured, I will always be a tireless leader in supporting Texas military and veterans communities, just as I will always be a fierce advocate for all Texans.
On Thursday, we saw Democrats employ the same scheme we’ve seen again and again: instead of doing the hard work of eliminating unnecessary spending—which would help lower inflation—and rather than making tough decisions that prioritize spending to meet the needs of the American people, Congress dithered for a year and is now passing a continuing resolution into December, which sets the stage for a lame duck spending bonanza. I could not support a bill that enables lame duck Democrats to spend over a trillion dollars at the end of the year and continue funding for 87,000 new IRS agents to go after hardworking American taxpayers. Instead of funding President Biden’s shadow IRS army, we should secure our southern border and stop illegal immigration.
Keep Texas Strong,