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3/14/2017 U.S. House/Senate Votes & Upcoming Bills

March 14, 2017

In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Confirmation of Ryan Zinke to be Secretary of the Interior
  • Senate: Confirmation of Ben Carson to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • Senate: Confirmation of Rick Perry to be Secretary of Energy
  • Senate: Disapprove Labor Law Rule
  • Senate: Disapprove BLM Land Use Planning Rule
  • Senate: Disapprove Teacher Education Program Rule
  • Senate: Disapprove State Education Accountability Rule
  • Senate: Confirmation of Seema Verma to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • House: Review Federal Regulations for Repeal
  • House: OMB Regulatory Oversight
  • House: Disapprove OSHA Record-Keeping Rule
  • House: Disclose Agency Rule-Making Communications
  • House: Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations
  • House: Class Action Litigation
  • House: Civil Litigation Jurisdiction
  • House: Penalties for Frivolous Lawsuits

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Nomination of Dan Coats to be the Director of National Intelligence
  • Senate: Nomination of Herbert R. McMaster Jr. to be a Lieutenant General in the U.S. Army
  • House: Mentally Disabled Veterans and Guns
  • House: VA Personnel Accountability
  • House: VA Medical Professional Staffing

Recent Senate Votes
Confirmation of Ryan Zinke to be Secretary of the Interior – Vote Confirmed (68-31, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Montana Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke to be secretary of the Interior.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES
 


Confirmation of Ben Carson to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development – Vote Confirmed (58-41, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Ben Carson to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Confirmation of Rick Perry to be Secretary of Energy – Vote Confirmed (62-37, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Rick Perry to be secretary of Energy.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Disapprove Labor Law Rule – Vote Passed (49-48, 3 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove, under the Congressional Review Act, a Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA rule that requires federal contractors to self-certify violations of 14 specified federal labor laws and equivalent state laws. The laws include the Fair Labor Standards Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, National Labor Relations Act, Davis-Bacon Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act, among others.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Disapprove BLM Land Use Planning Rule – Vote Passed (51-48, 1 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Dec. 12, 2016, which modified the process under which BLM develops plans for the use of the public lands it manages, including by considering a wider variety of issues and possible impacts.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Disapprove Teacher Education Program Rule – Vote Passed (59-40, 1 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Education Department on Oct. 31, 2016, relating to teacher preparation programs that require states to annually evaluate the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher education and to publicly report this information, including the job placement and retention rates of graduates.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Disapprove State Education Accountability Rule – Vote Passed (50-49, 1 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Education Department on Nov. 29, 2016 which addresses implementation of a state’s accountability systems when receiving federal education funding under the Elementary and Secondary School Act (ESEA). Among other things, the rule requires states to identify low-performing schools for comprehensive or targeted support and improvement, and requires that each state’s statewide plan use multiple indicators of student success that are the same for all public schools (including charter schools).

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Confirmation of Seema Verma to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – Vote Confirmed (55-43, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Seema Verma to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Recent House Votes
Review Federal Regulations for Repeal – Vote Passed (240-185, 4 Not Voting)

The measure would establish a commission to review existing federal regulations and identify those that should be repealed in order to reduce costs on the U.S. economy — including those that should be repealed immediately and those that should be repealed over time through a new regulatory “cut-go” system under which agencies could not issue new rules unless the cost of a new rule was offset by repealing existing rules identified by the commission.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted NO
 


OMB Regulatory Oversight – Vote Passed (241-184, 4 Not Voting)

The bill would require proposed rules by federal departments and agencies, including independent agencies, to be reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget?s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), and it would direct OIRA to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of significant regulatory actions and to ensure that proposed rules are consistent with applicable law and that regulations do not conflict.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Disapprove OSHA Record-Keeping Rule – Vote Passed (231-191, 7 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Dec. 19, 2016, that extends to five years the period for which OSHA can cite an employer for failing to officially record a workplace injury or illness.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Disclose Agency Rule-Making Communications – Vote Passed (246-176, 7 Not Voting)

The bill would require each federal agency to maintain an online searchable list of its regulatory actions and all public communications it makes regarding those regulatory actions. It also would prohibit agencies from soliciting support for, or promoting, its regulatory actions.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations – Vote Passed (371-48, 10 Not Voting)

The legislation would provide full-year appropriations for Defense Department programs and activities for fiscal 2017, providing $577.9 billion in discretionary spending, $5.2 billion more than fiscal 2016. It would include $516.1 billion subject to spending caps for fiscal 2017 and $61.8 billion in uncapped Overseas Contingency Operations war and anti-terror funding.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Class Action Litigation – Vote Passed (220-201, 1 Present, 7 Not Voting)

The bill would prohibit federal courts from certifying proposed classes of individuals for a class-action lawsuit unless each member of the class has suffered the same type and degree of injury, and it would require quarterly reports by asbestos trusts of claims made against the trusts and any payouts made by the trusts for asbestos-related injuries.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Civil Litigation Jurisdiction – Vote Passed (224-194, 11 Not Voting)

The bill would establish national standards under which federal courts, when considering whether to remand back to state court a lawsuit against an out-of-state entity, must deny that motion and have the case decided in federal court because it determines that an in-state co-defendant should not have been joined to the case.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Penalties for Frivolous Lawsuits – Vote Passed (230-188, 11 Not Voting)

The bill would modify federal rules governing civil lawsuits to require federal courts to impose sanctions on parties that violate the existing prohibition on the filing of frivolous lawsuits, with such sanctions to include monetary penalties to cover the other party’s attorneys’ fees and other costs.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Upcoming Votes
Nomination of Dan Coats to be the Director of National Intelligence – PN41

The Senate will take up the nomination of Dan Coats to be the director of National Intelligence.
 


Nomination of Herbert R. McMaster Jr. to be a Lieutenant General in the U.S. Army – PN87

The Senate will take up the nomination of Herbert R. McMaster Jr. to be a lieutenant general in the U.S. Army.

 


Mentally Disabled Veterans and Guns – HR1181

The bill would clarify the conditions under which individuals who receive federal benefits from the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) may be declared mentally incompetent for purposes of being added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and thereby prevented from purchasing guns or ammunition ? requiring that an affirmative declaration be made by a judge that the person is dangerous.

 


VA Personnel Accountability – HR1259

The bill would provide the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) with additional tools to fire or demote VA employees based on performance or misconduct, and would modify the appeals process to provide for the appeals of decisions by administrative law judges. It also would include provisions to protect VA whistleblowers against retaliation by supervisors, authorize the department to recoup employee bonuses and relocation expenses, and allow the pensions of VA employees to be reduced if convicted of certain felonies.

 


VA Medical Professional Staffing – HR1367

The measure would establish new staffing, recruitment and retention programs at the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) to enable the VA to help recruit and retain a strong medical professional workforce. It would create a recruiting database to make high-quality potential employees aware of positions at the VA, provide for additional opportunities for career training and advancement for current VA employees through fellowship positions and establish a promotional track for technical experts. It also would require the department to train human resources employees in recruitment and retention methods.

2/23/2017 U.S. House/Senate Votes & Upcoming Bills

February 23, 2017

In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Confirmation of Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury
  • Senate: Confirmation of David Shulkin to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  • Senate: Confirmation of Linda McMahon to be the Administrator of the Small Business Administration
  • Senate: Disapprove Instant Criminal Background Check Rule
  • Senate: Confirmation of Mick Mulvaney to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget
  • Senate: Confirmation of Scott Pruitt to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
  • House: Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act
  • House: Disapprove Local Government Retirement Plan ERISA Exemption Rule
  • House: Disapprove State Retirement Plan ERISA Exemption Rule
  • House: Disapprove Unemployment Benefit Drug Testing Rule
  • House: Disapprove Alaska Predator Control Rule
  • House: Disapprove HHS Planned Parenthood Funding Rule

Editor’s Note: The House and Senate are not doing legislative business in their respective chambers this week.

 

Recent Senate Votes
Confirmation of Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury – Vote Confirmed (53-47)

The Senate confirmed Steven Mnuchin to be secretary of the Treasury.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES


Confirmation of David Shulkin to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs – Vote Confirmed (100-0)

The Senate confirmed David Shulkin to be secretary of Veterans Affairs

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Confirmation of Linda McMahon to be the Administrator of the Small Business Administration – Vote Confirmed (81-19)

The Senate confirmed Linda McMahon to be the administrator of the Small Business Administration.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Disapprove Instant Criminal Background Check Rule – Vote Passed (57-43)

The Senate passed legislation which would disapprove, under terms of the Congressional Review Act, a December 2016 Social Security Administration rule that could make it easier for certain mentally challenged individuals to be placed on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), thereby restricting them from purchasing firearms.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Confirmation of Mick Mulvaney to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget – Vote Confirmed (51-49)

The Senate confirmed South Carolina Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney to be the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Confirmation of Scott Pruitt to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency – Vote Confirmed (52-46, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to be the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Recent House Votes
Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act – Vote Passed (250-171, 10 Not Voting)

The bill would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to pay for a private survey to identify the south boundary line along the Red River separating Texas and Oklahoma with regards to land title and ownership, with the states of Texas and Oklahoma to determine which lands are federal lands and which are private.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Disapprove Local Government Retirement Plan ERISA Exemption Rule – Vote Passed (234-191, 6 Not Voting)

The measure would disapprove the rule issued by the Labor Department on Dec. 20, 2016, that exempts local government-administered retirement plans for workers at private sector businesses and nonprofit entities from certain restrictions and requirements under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Disapprove State Retirement Plan ERISA Exemption Rule – Vote Passed (231-193, 7 Not Voting)

The measure would disapprove the rule issued by the Labor Department on Aug. 30, 2016, that exempts state-administered retirement plans for workers at private sector businesses and nonprofit entities that don’t offer retirement plans from certain restrictions and requirements under ERISA.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Disapprove Unemployment Benefit Drug Testing Rule – Vote Passed (236-189, 6 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Labor Department on Aug. 1, 2016, that defines the occupations for which states can require individuals applying for unemployment benefits to undergo drug testing.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Disapprove Alaska Predator Control Rule – Vote Passed (225-193, 12 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Interior Department on Aug. 5, 2016, that prohibits certain predator control practices in national wildlife refuges in Alaska (such as the taking of mother bears and their cubs, the killing of wolves and their pups at den sites, and aerial shooting).

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Disapprove HHS Planned Parenthood Funding Rule – Vote Passed (230-188, 12 Not Voting)

The resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) on Dec. 19, 2016, that modifies eligibility requirements for Title X grants for family planning services to specify that states awarding funds cannot prohibit a health care provider from participating for reasons other than its ability to provide Title X services.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


 

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October 26, 2015

In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: “Sanctuary Cities” — Cloture
  • Senate: Cybersecurity Information Sharing — Cloture
  • House: Debt Prevention — Passage
  • House: District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program Reauthorization — Passage
  • House: National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production — Passage
  • House: Health Care Reconciliation — Passage

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Cybersecurity Information Sharing
  • House: Retail Investor Protection

Recent Senate Votes
“Sanctuary Cities” — Cloture – Vote Failed (54-45, 1 Not Voting)
The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that would withhold federal funds from cities and jurisdictions that do not comply with certain federal immigration laws. The measure would also set sentencing requirements for individuals who repeatedly re-enter the United States illegally after deportation.
Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES


Cybersecurity Information Sharing — Cloture – Vote Agreed to (83-14, 3 Not Voting)
The Senate agreed to the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the Burr, R-N.C., substitute amendment to the bill that would direct the federal government to develop procedures to facilitate information sharing, and would authorize the voluntary sharing and receipt of a cybersecurity threat and operation of defensive measures by private entities.
Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES


Recent House Votes
Debt Prevention — Passage – Vote Passed (235-194, 5 Not Voting)
The House passed legislation that allows the Treasury Department, once the statutory debt limit is reached, to continue borrowing above that limit in order to pay the principal and interest on both government debt held by the public as it comes due and on obligations held by the Social Security trust fund.
Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program Reauthorization — Passage – Vote Passed (240-191, 3 Not Voting)
The House passed a bill that reauthorizes the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results program for five years, through fiscal 2021. It is a federally funded program under which eligible students in Washington, D.C., can receive vouchers to attend private schools and is the nation’s only federally funded private school voucher program.
Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production — Passage – Vote Passed (254-177, 3 Not Voting)
The House passed legislation that reclassifies certain mining operations as “infrastructure projects” in order to allow the permitting for mining on federal lands to be conducted under a streamlined permitting process created for infrastructure projects by a 2012 presidential order.
Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Health Care Reconciliation — Passage – Vote Passed (240-189, 5 Not Voting)
The House passed a bill that repeals key elements of the 2010 health care overhaul law including the individual and employer mandates and the medical device and “Cadillac” taxes, and it blocks for one year federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Upcoming Votes
Cybersecurity Information Sharing – S754
The measure would direct the federal government to develop procedures to facilitate information sharing, and it would authorize the voluntary sharing and receipt of a cybersecurity threat and operation of defensive measures by private entities.


Retail Investor Protection – HR1090
The bill would prohibit the Labor Department from implementing a final rule on fiduciary standards for retirement investment advisers until after the Securities and Exchange Commission conducts a study and issues a final rule setting standards of conduct for broker-dealers.

 

Some New from U.S. Senator Ted Cruz

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October 2, 2015

Greetings,

This week we’ve seen, once again, why the American people are so frustrated with Washington. With the passage of a “dirty” continuing resolution spending bill, the American people are facing a setback in the fight to block funding for Planned Parenthood and the Iran nuclear deal. However, I have made it clear to my colleagues in the Senate that the fight is far from over. The funding bill passed this week will expire December 11, and until that time I am urging every Republican to stand together and do what we told the American people we would do. 

The corrupt rein of the Washington Cartel must come to an end, and I stand committed to fighting on behalf of the Lone Star State.

Please keep reading for an update on the latest in the Senate.

Keep Texas strong,

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Sen. Cruz: The Real Story of What Is Happening in Washington

Sen. Cruz on Monday delivered a speech on the Senate floor highlighting the many examples of Republican leadership surrendering to President Obama’s demands, including funding Planned Parenthood and the catastrophic Iran nuclear deal. Sen. Cruz’s speech followed an attempt to permit a vote on his amendment to end taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and the Iranian nuclear deal. His colleagues refused to allow him the courtesy of a roll-call vote on his motion, which would have allowed for consideration of his amendment.

“There is a reason the American people are frustrated. The frustration is not simply mild or passing or ephemeral. It is volcanic. Over and over again, the American people go to the ballot box, over and over again, the American people rise up and say the direction we’re going doesn’t make sense. We want change. Over and over again, the American people win elections. In 2010, a tidal wave election. In 2014, a tidal wave election. And yet, nothing changes in Washington.”

Read and watch the full statement here.

Sen Cruz Urges Republicans to Stand Together and Fight for the American People

On Wednesday, Sen. Cruz released the following statement upon the Senate’s passage of a short-term continuing resolution maintaining the use of taxpayer dollars to fund Planned Parenthood and the President’s disastrous nuclear deal with Iran:

“Today was a win for the Washington Cartel, and another setback for the American people.  Republican leadership chose to abandon its constitutional power of the purse and to fund 100 percent of President Obama’s failed agenda.  This was a mistake, and it’s why people are so frustrated with Washington.

“With Speaker Boehner’s resignation, we have a real opportunity for new leadership in Washington — leadership that actually leads. I encourage leaders in both Houses of Congress to actually honor the commitments we have made to the American people.”

Read the full statement here.

Sen. Cruz: The EPA’s New Ozone Standard Hurts American Families and the Economy

On Thursday, Sen. Cruz released the following statement upon the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement of a stricter standard for ozone levels, lowering the acceptable standard from 75 parts per billion to 70 parts per billion:

“The EPA’s new ozone standard is the latest in a multitude of back-breaking regulations the Obama Administration is intent on implementing, despite the great harm these regulations will inflict on American consumers, workers, and companies — all for little effect on our nation’s air quality.

“In Texas, we’re blessed to lead the nation in energy production, but this also means our state faces the greatest damage these job-killing regulations impose. President Obama and his army of regulatory bureaucrats should not further stifle our nation’s economic growth by penalizing one of its only booming sectors…” 

Read the full statement here.

Sen. Cruz Leads the Fight Against Iran’s State Sponsorship of Terrorism

This week, Sen. Cruz introduced S. 2094, the IRGC Terrorist Designation Act, urging the U.S. Department of State to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization. U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) also introduced companion legislation in the House, where it has received bipartisan support. The IRGC serves both a military and economic stronghold for the Iranian regime, and is their primary means to execute terrorist attacks.

“For more than three decades, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has been a leading proponent of radical Islamic terrorism around the globe,” Sen. Cruz said. “Under the direction of the Ayatollah Khamenei, branches of the IRGC have murdered hundreds of Americans. They have attacked our allies, notably Israel.  They have provided material support for other designated terrorist groups, such as Hezbollah and Hamas. Yet for years the United States has sanctioned IRGC entities while leaving the organization itself untouched. This long-overdue designation simply recognizes reality and directs our government to remove this artificial distinction and hold the entire IRGC accountable.”

Read the full release here.

Sen. Cruz Leads Bicameral Letter Asking GAO to Determine Whether Obama Administration Has Power to Give Away the Internet

On Monday, Sen. Cruz, along with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting an affirmative determination of whether the Obama Administration’s plan to transfer U.S. oversight of the Internet violates the Constitution.

Sen. Cruz said: “Under Article IV, Section 3 of the Constitution, Congress has the exclusive power ‘to dispose of and make all needful rules and regulations respecting the territory or other property belonging to the United States.’ If the contract governing U.S. oversight of the Internet is indeed government property, the Administration’s intention to cede control to the ‘global stakeholder community’ — including nations like Iran, Russia and China that do not value free speech and in fact seek to stifle it — is in violation of the Constitution and should be stopped.”

Read the full release and letter here.

Sen. Cruz: America Should Not Be Complicit in Human Rights Violations

Sen. Cruz on Wednesday sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter seeking information on the appalling sexual abuse of children reportedly occurring in Afghanistan and requesting the Department of Defense’s (DoD) plan to eradicate this despicable violation of human rights. Sen. Cruz’s letter follows recent reports of potentially widespread sexual abuse of young boys in Afghanistan, a practice known as “Bacha Bazi.”

“Our Service Members must observe a demonstrable effort by the Afghan government to eradicate this abuse, or they will continue to perceive a lack of action and feel obligated to intervene personally to prevent the deplorable sexual abuse of children.  So long as Americans are expected to fight for the security of the Afghan government, the United States has every right to demand that such action be taken, and if the Afghan government proves unwilling to take the necessary action, then the United States should do so itself or be willing to withdraw our Service Members from this appalling situation,” Sen. Cruz wrote. “The United States of America cannot sit on the sidelines in Afghanistan and allow the deplorable practice of ‘Bacha Bazi’ to continue.  To do so would make America complicit in human rights violations of the worst sort and would dishonor the incredible sacrifice our men and women in arms have made on behalf of the Afghan people.”

Read the full release and letter here.

A Regional Update from North Texas Deputy Regional Director Michael Flusche

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This week, North Texas Deputy Regional Director Michael Flusche connected with conservatives throughout Texas that were willing to stand with Sen. Cruz in his effort to defund Planned Parenthood, including Elizabeth Graham, Director of Texas Right to Life. Michael also traveled across North Texas speaking with various groups about Sen. Cruz’s pro-life position and explaining the legislative process.

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House Speaker Boehner Resigns!

Breitbart:  Tea Party Activists Celebrate Boehner Resignation, Want Conservative Successor

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Tea Party activists across the country tell Breitbart News they are happy that Rep. John Boehner has announced he is stepping down as Speaker and resigning his seat in Congress, effective October 30.

“Back on March 1, 2011 I was the first Tea Party leader to call for Boehner to step down. Boehner’s departure from the Speakership is good for the GOP and for conservatives because as Speaker he had no agenda. We need a Speaker who will move forward with a conservative agenda and who is not afraid to fight Barack Obama,” Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips tells Breitbart News.

“This is a WIN for the Tea Party movement. We need to point that out,” long time Virginia Tea Party activist Mark Kevin Lloyd tells Breitbart News.

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Gohmert’s Statement on Speaker Boehner’s Resignation:

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today after Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation from the position of Speaker of the House and his plans to step down from the United States Congress at the end of October:

“America is at an incredibly perilous time in our history; we need bold leadership more than ever, and the Speaker now has graciously given us that opportunity.”

“Due in part to the massive shift in power away from the most accountable representatives of the people to a President and five judges, we have needed leadership with vision for the future that did not continue the downhill slide. A goal to simply slow the losses of liberty and opportunity is not what is needed.”

“So often, after being elected to Congress, members have the goal drilled into their head that there is nothing nobler than being a ‘team player.’ Football and our military are deep passions of mine, but their metaphorical uses in Congress are often inappropriate. For an appropriate use of the sports metaphor, too often ‘being a team player’ has disguised the fact that a play has been called that has us running toward the wrong goal line.”

“As members of Congress, we should be accountable to our constituents and nation more than any earthly responsibility. For the vast majority, we understand that ultimately we will all kneel accountably before God.”

“As Speaker Boehner moves on to a new chapter in his life, I truly wish both him and his family well. I have nothing but best wishes for him, wherever he will be.”

“My fervent prayers are with the country at this defining moment. It’s past time that we, as a body, stand firmly for those who are being oppressed by government and take up the torch of liberty to ensure this flame of freedom is not extinguished for the generations that follow us.”

Important Senate Updates from U.S. Senator Ted Cruz


BELOW PLEASE FIND SEVERAL SENATE UPDATES FROM
U.S. SENATOR TED CRUZ FOR YOUR REVIEW.

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Greetings,

Last night, we watched an unfortunate scheme between the Washington Cartel and big businesses play out. The American people elected a Republican majority believing that a Republican majority would be somehow different from a Democratic majority in the United States Senate. Unfortunately, the way the current Senate operates, there is one party: the Washington party.

Rather than making backdoor deals, Republicans ought to be fighting for the conservative principles upon which they were elected – and that is exactly what I remain committed to doing.

Please keep reading for an update on the latest in the Senate.

Keep Texas strong,

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Sen. Cruz: The IRS’ Abuse of Power Is Profoundly Dangerous to Liberty

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today held a hearing on the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) targeting of conservative groups.

In his opening statement, Sen. Cruz remarked, “If the IRS has become a partisan arm of the Democratic National Committee, there can be no stronger argument for ending the IRS as we know it, so that no Administration, Democrat or Republican, can use the IRS to target its political opponents. If a Republican president did this, as Richard Nixon tried, I can assure you I would be every bit as loud and clear that it is an abuse of power. And for a Democratic Administration to do this and to find Democratic defenders of this abuse of power is profoundly dangerous to the liberty that is the basis for the incredible miracle we call the United States of America.”

Read full release here.

Sen. Cruz Calls on the U.S. Department of Justice to Enforce the Criminal Laws and Investigate Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today attended the Students for Life of America #WomenBetrayed Rally on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol and delivered the following remarks.

Watch Video of Cruz’s remarks is available here.

“We are here today rallying for life.

“The past several weeks we’ve seen a series of videos come out of Planned Parenthood that are nothing short of horrifying. These are videos of senior Planned Parenthood officials laughing, swilling chardonnay, and casually, callously, heartlessly, bartering and selling body parts of unborn children.

Read full release here.

Sen. Cruz: McConnell-Reid Leadership Team Pushed Through Another Win for the Washington Cartel

Sen. Cruz last night issued the following statement after a disappointing vote in the Senate to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, a Washington institution that has become synonymous with cronyism and corruption:

“Tonight, the McConnell-Reid leadership team pushed through another win for the Washington Cartel, and they did so at the taxpayers’ expense. By casting votes in favor of cronyism and special interests, the Senate made clear what group matters most to them… and the answer is not the American people.

Read the full release here.

Sen. Cruz: Today’s Events Show the McConnell-Reid Leadership Team Operates for One Party: The Washington Party

After speaking on the Senate floor on Sunday, Sen. Cruz issued the following statement:

“Senate leadership consists of the McConnell-Reid leadership team. They operate as a team. They support the same priorities. If you look at what has occurred in the United States Senate since the Republicans took a majority, we immediately returned after winning a historic majority to pass a trillion dollar ‘cromnibus’ bill filled with corporate welfare and pork. Then, the so-called Republican majority voted to fund Obamacare. Then, the so-called Republican majority voted to fund President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty. Then, the so-called Republican majority voted to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general. Then, just moments ago, the so-called Republican majority voted to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, an egregious example of cronyism and corporate welfare. 

Read the full release here.

Sen. Cruz: Corrupt Ex-Im Deal Proves We Have Government Of, By, and For the Lobbyists

On Friday, Sen. Cruz gave a powerful floor speech shining a light on the corrupt deal struck by Senate Republican leadership to allow the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.

“It’s not that this majority doesn’t get things done. It does get things done, but it listens to one and only one voice. That is the voice of the Washington Cartel, of the lobbyists on K Street, of  the big money and big corporations…,” Sen. Cruz said. 

Read the full statement here.

Sen. Cruz to Senate Leadership: Keep the Export-Import Bank Expired

Sen. Cruz on Wednesday called on Senate leadership to prove that there was no corrupt deal to allow the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank to be attached to S. 22, the highway reauthorization bill. Sen. Cruz also announced his intent to file eight amendments to the bill. The amendments would advance conservative policies addressing illegal immigration, Obamacare, Second Amendment rights, federal funding for Planned Parenthood, and the Iranian nuclear deal, among other policy priorities.

“I fully intend to take this opportunity to stand for liberty and to stand against cronyism and the Washington Cartel of career politicians and lobbyists in our nation’s capital,” said Sen. Cruz. “About a month ago, there was a great battle in Congress over Trade Promotion Authority. Leadership insisted there was no corrupt deal to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. That is great news, and I salute them for saying there is no corrupt deal. Now is the opportunity to prove it. I call on Senate leadership to stop any deal that would allow a reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank on this bill.”

Read the full release here.

Sen. Cruz: How Many Criminal Illegal Aliens Did the Obama Administration Release?

Sen. Cruz questioned U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah Saldaña on Tuesday in the Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing regarding the Administration’s failure to enforce immigration law against criminal illegal aliens. 

“Ms. Saldaña, I will note in your opening statement here, you said after listening to the victims’ families you were so sorry for their losses, and yet the Obama Administration keeps doing it. When I asked you how many murderers were released yesterday, you don’t know,” Sen. Cruz asked. “There is a reason the American people are upset. If President Obama had the courage of his convictions, he would come and look in the eyes of these men and women who have lost their sons, their daughters, their mothers, their sisters, their brothers, and the Administration would stop releasing murderers and rapists.”

Read the full release here. Full footage of Sen. Cruz’s questioning in today’s hearing can be found here.

Sen. Cruz and Rep. Salmon Introduce “Kate’s Law,” the Establishing Mandatory Minimums for Illegal Reentry Act

On Tuesday, Sen. Cruz introduced “Kate’s Law,” the Establishing Mandatory Minimums for Illegal Reentry Act of 2015 as a companion to legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.). The bill would amend federal law to impose a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for any illegal reentry offense. The bill is named for Kate Steinle, the 32-year-old woman who tragically died in the arms of her father on a San Francisco pier after being shot by an illegal alien who had several felony convictions and had been deported from the United States five times.

“Too many Americans have been victimized by illegal aliens who had previously been deported. We must send the message that defiance of our laws will no longer be tolerated. Of course, stiff penalties alone will not suffice. Congress must also discourage cities from harboring illegal aliens, and it must hold this Administration accountable for its failure—if not its outright refusal—to enforce federal immigration laws and ensure the safety and security of the American people. I am honored to work with Rep. Salmon on this legislation and look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate to address these problems,” Sen. Cruz said.

Read the full release here.

Sen. Cruz Files DOTCOM Act as Amendment to Highway Bill

Sen. Cruz on Thursday filed the DOTCOM Act as an amendment to the highway reauthorization bill. Cruz’s amendment is identical to the version of the DOTCOM Act being considered by the Senate with one exception: it requires Congress to have an affirmative up or down vote on the Obama Administration’s plan to give away the Internet.

“There has been a persistent pattern for a number of years of Congress acquiescing and handing over our authority. The Constitution gives legislative authority to this body, and over and over again members of this body have been willing to give away our Constitutional authority. If it is a good idea consistent with U.S. national security interests to hand over and give away the Internet, then Congress should debate that and approve it,” Sen. Cruz said.’’

Read the full release here.

Sen. Cruz: The Court Has Declared Itself a Super-Legislature

Sen. Cruz on Wednesday held a hearing, “With Prejudice: Supreme Court Activism and Possible Solutions,” in the Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts. The hearing focused on the Supreme Court’s recent lawless decisions ending traditional marriage and rewriting Obamacare to save it.

“The Court today is not a body of jurists. It is not a body of judges following the law, but rather it has declared itself, in effect, a super-legislature,” Sen. Cruz said. “Justice Scalia powerfully wrote in dissent that the decisions of the Court this term are a fundamental threat to our democracy, that five unelected lawyers have declared themselves the rulers of 320 million Americans.”

Read the full release here.

Sen. Cruz Introduces Bill Renaming Block In Front of Cuban Embassy after Oswaldo Payá

Following last week’s opening of the Cuban Embassy, Sen. Cruz on Wednesday introduced legislation to rename the street where the embassy is located as “Oswaldo Payá Way” in honor of Cuba’s late leader in democratic movements. The bill serves as a tribute to those who have contested the cruelty and oppression of the Castro regime.

“The opening of the Cuban Embassy is yet another example of the Administration’s long, slow capitulation to oppressive dictatorships around the globe. The Castros may have come to power before the President was born, but they remain at heart the same brutal thugs they were when they imprisoned and tortured my Tía Sonia 50 years ago,” Sen. Cruz said. “There is absolutely no reason to legitimize and enrich them now, and it is my hope that this gesture will reassure those fighting for freedom in Cuba that there are still some in the United States who stand with them.”

Sen. Cruz, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) also sent a letter to Sec. John Kerry on Wednesday requesting an investigation into potentially aggressive behavior toward Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo and Rosa María Paya, daughter of Orlando Payá, by a member of the State Department.

Read the full release here.

 Sen. Cruz Sends Letters to NIH, StemExpress about Potential Violations of Federal Law

In light of recent revelations that a senior official with Planned Parenthood admitted to working with abortion providers to potentially violate federal and state laws, Sen. Cruz sent letters last Monday to Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Cate Dyer, CEO of StemExpress. The letters request documents and additional information from NIH and StemExpress in order to determine their potential involvement in Planned Parenthood’s possible illegal conduct.

After sending the letters, Sen. Cruz remarked, “The recent revelation by Planned Parenthood that it encourages its affiliates to perform abortions in certain ways in order to maximize profit is not only abhorrent, it may also violate federal law. 

Read the full release and letters in their entirety here.

Sen. Cruz and Rep. Ratcliffe Introduce Bill to Abolish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

On the fourth anniversary of the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Sen. Cruz and Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas-04) introduced legislation to eliminate it. The CFPB, like the Dodd-Frank legislation which created it, is just another example of the cronyism that infects our nation’s capital. The CFPB was sold as an entity to help consumers by regulating and reining in larger financial institutions. Ironically, the Bureau has had the opposite effect. Now five years after Dodd-Frank’s passage, big banks have only gotten bigger and the number of smaller banks and options for consumers have only decreased. 

“Don’t let the name fool you, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau does little to protect consumers. The agency continues to grow in power and magnitude without any accountability to Congress and the people. The only way to stop this runaway agency is by eliminating it altogether,” Sen. Cruz stated.

Read the full release here.

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Recent Congressional Votes & Upcoming Votes

April 27, 2015In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Human Trafficking Victims’ Fund – Passage
  • Senate: Lynch Nomination ? Cloture
  • House: Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards ? Passage

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act
  • House: Fiscal 2016 Senate Budget Resolution

Recent Senate Votes
Human Trafficking Victims’ Fund – Passage – Vote Passed (99-0, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would establish a Domestic Trafficking Victims’ Fund, to which both new criminal penalties and, as amended, matching funds from already appropriated money for community health centers would be transferred. Amounts originating from criminal fines would be prohibited from being used for health care or medical services.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted Not Voting
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES


Lynch Nomination ? Cloture – Vote Agreed to (66-34)

The Senate agreed to a motion to invoke cloture, thus limiting debate, on President Obama’s nomination of Loretta E. Lynch of New York to be Attorney General.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted NO
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES


Recent House Votes
Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards ? Passage – Vote Passed (235-183, 13 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would formally establish three advisory boards with which the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) must consult on matters regarding small businesses, credit unions and community banks. The measure is offset by limiting funding for the CFPB in future years.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Upcoming Votes
Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act – H.R.1191

The bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to ensure that emergency services volunteers are not taken into account as employees under the shared responsibility requirements contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


Fiscal 2016 Senate Budget Resolution – S.CON.RES.11

The House may take up the conference report for the concurrent resolution that would set forth the congressional budget for the United States government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025.