The debt ceiling agreement recently passed by Congress and signed into law by the President, while not perfect, is a step in the right direction. Sensible spending cuts, not tax increases, are the right path to a balanced budget. Here's the quick outline of the plan:
Every year, as the wildflowers are blooming and the air begins to feel more and more like summer, it's graduation season in Texas. Students across the state will receive their diplomas and degrees, signifying the culmination of many years of hard work and the investment of time and energy to achieve long-sought goals.
One-hundred-and-seventy-five years ago, 59 brave men risked their lives to boldly put forward their belief that Texas must and ought to be a free nation. The signers, our state's forefathers, knew that by putting their name on this new declaration of independence, they were also putting their families and livelihoods in peril. But they were willing to risk it all for liberty.
It is often said that: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Congress would be mindful to remember these wise words as we move forward to address the country's most critical problems in the new session of Congress.
Late last year, when the Senate was debating the health care reform bill, my colleagues and I protested countless objectionable provisions that would undermine the quality and raise the costs of health care in America.
More than two months have passed since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, tragically killing 11 workers and causing a leak that is gushing up to 60,000 barrels of oil into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico each day.
On Christmas Eve, just as Americans were getting ready to celebrate the holiday with family and friends, Senate Democrats passed a partisan health care bill without a single Republican vote. It was crafted in secret and packed with sweetheart deals. A majority of Americans were rightly opposed to the bill, but it was rushed through without regard to the rising concerns raised by citizens throughout
Since President Obama took office on January 20, more than 3.5 million Americans Ã¯Â¿Â½ including 300,000 Texans - have lost their jobs, the federal budget has tripled to $1.4 trillion, and the federal debt as a portion of the U.S. economy has risen to its highest level since World War II. In light of this unprecedented economic uncertainty, many Texans are growing increasingly wary about the President's
There's something the Democratic lawmakers who are pushing cap and trade legislation don't want the public to know. The controversial climate change legislation winding its way through Congress will impose a massive new national gas tax, raising the cost of gasoline and diesel and jet fuels.
Just a few short months ago, President Obama summed up our responsibilities in Afghanistan when he said, "This will not be quick, nor easy. But we must never forget: This is not a war of choice. This is a war of necessity.... This is fundamental to the defense of our people."
As the summer winds down and the fall picks up, the Senate will return to a legislative agenda marked with more massive and misguided proposals being pushed by the Administration and Democratic Leadership.
Over 1,200 miles of international border snakes along the Rio Grande through Texas, giving our state the distinction of holding more international boundary than all other states on the Mexican border combined.
In one of history's more candid reflections, Henry Morgenthau Jr., Treasury Secretary under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, confessed, "We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work."