U.S. Senate News

Worried about the composition of the Supreme Court, two reforms might ease your angst

By Mike Thompson Jr. | Jul 24, 2018

As the Senate begins another round of debates on whether to appoint a Presidential nominee to the high court, the country deserves a continued debate on the proper role of the courts in our republic. During the last Presidential election Donald Trump campaigned on appointing judges who would follow in the mold of Antonin Scalia. In recent times, the democrats have argued that judges should apply something of an empathy standard when interpreting the constitution, creating a sort of living constitution to keep up with the times.

Opinion: Stop the Next Internet Power Grab

By By Sen. Ted Cruz and Michael O’Rielly | Nov 29, 2017

The internet has changed how we communicate, engage in commerce and live our lives. It not only provides a platform that can be used to promote free speech, but serves as a great equalizer when it comes to jobs and opportunity by dramatically reducing the barriers of entry for anyone with a new idea and broadband connection.

The Jones Act and the rebirth of the great American shipyard

By Stefano de Stefano, candidate for U.S. Senate from Texas | Nov 7, 2017

HOUSTON (November 7, 2017) -- Two years ago, I sold one of the last American offshore drilling vessels to a foreign buyer. The Ocean Titan was an obsolete jack-up rig, an equipment platform for deepwater exploration and development. Over its forty-year lifespan, American shipbuilding had been ravaged by rivals abroad and burdensome regulations at home. Today, the industry falls grievously short of the hope expressed by the drafters of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920: “that the United States shall have a merchant marine of the best equipped and most suitable types of vessels.”

Judge: FACT Act would prevent 'abuse' of double-dipping

By Angela Underwood | Aug 23, 2017

HOUSTON – Attorneys double-dipping from asbestos trusts funds that rightfully belong to affected veterans is unacceptable, according to a past American Legion National commander and judge.

It's Time to Modernize NAFTA and Texas Knows How

By U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz | Jul 7, 2017

When the North American Free Trade Agreement was enacted 23 years ago, an economic surge in Texas ensued thanks, in part, to a significant boost in trade with our neighbor to the south. Today, more than 380,000 Texas jobs hinge on free trade with Mexico. Agreements like NAFTA have strengthened our state's economy as a whole, too. More than a third of total goods, worth $92 billion, are exported from Texas to Mexico annually.

Lee, Cruz: In Trump era, it's time to reassess Western Hemisphere alliances

By U.S. Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz | Jul 7, 2017

As citizens of the United States, we recognize the rights of foreign peoples to live and govern themselves as they see fit. Just as the American people would not tolerate another nation dictating to us how to run our country, we believe other people should be able to make their own laws free from outside interference.

Whining About Article III

By Mark Pulliam | Apr 26, 2017

The latest tract by Erwin Chemerinsky, liberal law professor and dean of the University of California at Irvine School of Law, is depressingly familiar. Like his Enhancing Government: Federalism for the 21st Century (2008), The Conservative Assault on the Constitution (2011), and The Case Against the Supreme Court (2014), his new book is a diatribe masquerading as legal scholarship. The usual villains—conservative Supreme Court justices, malevolent government officials, rapacious corporations, racist police officers—are pitted against the wrongly accused, helpless consumers, and oppressed victims of discrimination.

Commemorating 75 Years Since the Texas Lost Battalion Went Missing

By U.S. Sen. John Cornyn | Apr 19, 2017

Texas is the proud home of more than 170,000 servicemembers and roughly 1.5 million veterans.

Open Letter to the U.S. Senate: Oppose All Campaign Finance Riders to Funding Bills

By Brennan Center for Justice | Nov 22, 2016

Our organizations strongly urge you to oppose all campaign finance riders and other “poison pill” riders to any CR or omnibus bill to be considered in the remaining days of this Congress.  

Academics express concern about pending patent reform

By Chandra Lye | Aug 11, 2016

A coalition of more than 25 academics has submitted a letter to members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives expressing concern over pending patent reform. The group said its concerns were largely with changes proposed to litigation venue rules.  

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