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Congress is moving forward with its Impeachment Investigation against Joe Biden.
Biden and his family must be held accountable for any crimes they may have committed. Even the President must obey the law.Do You Support Impeaching Joe Biden?
Following the devastating attack by Hamas on Israel, we've seen numerous hateful and evil statements from liberals directed toward the Israeli people. Recently, an extreme member of The Squad made unacceptable statements supporting the actions of Hamas.
This disgusting behavior has consequences. Do You Support Censuring Rep. Tlaib for her for Her Anti-Israel Comments?
As crises rage across the nation, House Republicans came together to elect a strong America First Speaker to tackle these pressing challenges. I am proud to have voted for Mike Johnson as Speaker of the House.
As a fellow member of the House Judiciary Committee, we have worked together to rein in big government and hold the Biden Administration accountable. Speaker Johnson has demonstrated he will always stand for conservative values.
Mike Johnson represents Shreveport, Louisiana, my wife’s hometown, and I’ve known him since before I was elected to Congress. He is a good man and just what we need to unite our party after many months of disunity.
House Republicans have many challenges to face, and I look forward to fighting for Texans and the American people alongside Mike Johnson.
Our southern border has seen an unprecedented surge in illegal crossings and apprehensions of individuals on our terror watchlist.
I have demanded answers from Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. I will continue to call for immediate attention, transparency, and a comprehensive strategy to protect our nation from these threats.
Today, I joined Sandra Smith on Fox News to explain the scope of the threat. Gooden (R-TX) Joins Cavuto Live to Discuss the Growing Threat Posed by Terrorists Crossing our Southern Border
On Thursday, Congressman Lance Gooden (R-Texas) joined Cavuto Live with Sandra Smith to discuss his letters to the DHS and DOS demanding action to address the growing threat posed by terrorists crossing our southern border.
Watch the full interview below.
Israel was recently subjected to one of the most ruthless attacks in their history.
Now, they're preparing to defend their borders and destroy Hamas in Gaza.
Soon, Congress will be asked to vote on an aid package for Israel.Do You Support Congress Sending Aid to Israel?
I am fighting in Congress to secure our border and hold Joe Biden accountable for his criminal activity.
I refuse to pass any government funding package that does not end this invasion at our southern border. Our nation has suffered long enough under the reign of elite powerbrokers in Washington who profit off our border crisis.
Joe and the Biden family must be held to account for their long history of influence peddling and illegal foreign business dealings. I am working with House Judiciary to shine light on Biden's criminal behavior and will not stop until the truth is revealed.
Today I joined Chris Salcedo on Newsmax to discuss these efforts.
The escalating crisis at our southern border demands immediate action. Each day our border remains porous, Americans face the burden of illegal immigration and the threat of drug and human trafficking.
Under this administration's policies over 5 million illegal aliens have crossed the border, including over 160 terrorists this year. Congress must step up using the power of the purse.
This may be our last chance to secure our border. Congress must withhold federal funding until the border is secure. Should Congress Demand Border Security Before Allowing the Government to be Funded?
Our illegal migrant crisis has been ignored by the uniparty in Congress long enough. We finally have a chance to demand true and meaningful reform by refusing to fund Joe Biden's radical government until our southern border is secured.
I joined Martha MacCallum on Fox News to make it clear: I will not vote in favor of government funding until border security is guaranteed.
Today, I joined Stuart Varney on Fox Business to draw a line in the sand. Congress must refuse to fund Biden's government until the Border Crisis is addressed.
The situation in our southern states has reached a boiling point. With the Biden administration's clear failure to close our borders, House Republicans must rise to the challenge, employing our most formidable tool: the power of the purse.
We must tell Biden: Either fortify our borders or prepare for a halt in governmental funding. The left-wing uniparty seeking to destroy America from within has left House Republicans with no choice.
During his 2020 presidential campaign, President Biden assured the American people he was not a part of his family members' multi-million-dollar global business deals. Investigations launched by House Republicans have unearthed evidence indicating this was a lie.
Subpoenaed bank transactions show the Biden family and their business partners received up to $20 million from international entities funneled through an intricate web of shell companies.
Further scrutiny of these transactions reveals a deliberate effort by Chinese nationals, with probable ties to the Chinese Communist Party and intelligence agencies, to bury the source of funds.
The White House has argued President Biden wasn’t "involved" in his son’s, or other family member’s, business dealings. The recent testimony of Devon Archer, a long-time family friend of the Bidens', paints a different picture. Archer unveiled how Hunter Biden used his father's influential roles to his business benefit.
Joe Biden and the Biden crime family must be held accountable, and I will continue fighting to shine a light on their corrupt dealings.
Recent polling data unequivocally shows President Trump's growing support in the Republican presidential primary race. His leadership, policies, and vision for America make him the clear front-runner for 2024.
I joined Stuart Varney on Fox Business to discuss the upcoming Republican presidential debates and the need for all Americans to unite behind a proven leader.
I am furious over the mishandling of our southern border. The situation has reached a breaking point and Congress must act.
Yesterday I joined Fox News Live to break down how Congress should end the invasion at our southern border and efforts to impeach DHS Secretary Mayorkas.
Impeachment of Secretary Mayorkas is the right thing to do. Political considerations should never trump doing the right thing. Securing the border should always be valued over securing political wins.
On Sunday, Congressman Lance Gooden Joined Fox News Live to discuss House Judiciary questioning of DHS Secretary Mayorkas, and possible impeachment. Rep. Gooden also defended state efforts in Texas to secure the border against illegal immigrants.
Watch the full interview below. .
The crisis at our southern border is reaching alarming proportions. During this week's House Judiciary Committee hearing, I questioned Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas about the administration's nonexistent border control policies and DHS's close relationship with federally-funded NGOs. These NGOs actively encourage illegal aliens to cross our borders with promises of financial assistance, lodging, and even guidance on how to evade law enforcement.
Our own Homeland Security agency, tasked with protecting national security, is aiding those who help immigrants flout our laws.
The DHS is not just complacent, but complicit, in a system that facilitates an historic border crisis.
My Republican colleagues and I have been investigating potential misconduct involving Hunter and Joe Biden. Recent hearings have revealed significant findings.
The testimonies and evidence presented in these hearings indicate that Hunter Biden has been given special treatment due to his status as the President's son.
The investigation has also revealed a blatant disregard for standard operating procedures at the DOJ and IRS. Special Agent Joseph Ziegler and his supervisor, Gary Shapley, have brought to light how political considerations influenced prosecutorial decisions throughout the federal probe into Hunter Biden. The extent of this interference ranged from preventing certain lines of inquiry, slowing down the investigation process, and erecting unnecessary roadblocks that impeded the progress of the case.
In light of the failures of federal law enforcement to remain apolitical, Congress has a duty to hold Joe and Hunter Biden accountable for their web of lies and financial crimes.
The American people have a right to know the depths of the Bidens' criminal behavior. I am committed to pursuing the truth and will not rest until justice is served.
The battle to uphold our civil liberties and the rule of law is more critical now than ever. The recent congressional hearing featuring FBI Director Christopher Wray served as an important reminder of this fight against the dangerous trend of government weaponization.
The heart of this hearing revolved around a deeply concerning trend: the misuse of the FBI's law enforcement authority.
One of the most significant abuses is the alleged investigation into parents voicing their concerns about their children's education, raising severe questions about the encroachment on free speech.
Today I questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray during a House Judiciary Committee hearing, where I advocated for greater transparency and accountability within the Bureau.
I called on Director Wray to reveal key documents and information on FBI politicization, who within the FBI has been investigating Catholic parishioners, and the extent of liberal bias within the Bureau.
The fight is not over. I will continue to pressure the FBI to reveal just how deep the rot of left-wing partisanship has spread.
During the hearing, I also discussed the growing influence of China on American companies, specifically their infiltration and control of key American corporations.
In response to my questions, Director Wray agreed to actively work toward curtailing Chinese influence. This commitment is a critical step in ensuring the independence and integrity of our American businesses and protecting our national security.
I remain dedicated to fighting for transparency, justice, and the protection of our shared values from government encroachment.
Listen to my full questioning of FBI Director Wray, as well as my breakdown of the hearing on Fox News.
Independence Day is not just a celebration of our past but a reminder of the principles our nation was founded upon: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
These principles have inspired our nation for more than two centuries, shaping our democracy and guiding our decisions at every level of government.
I wish you and your family the very best on this Independence Day and thank you for the privilege of representing you in Congress.
Today I questioned Special Counsel Robert Durham on his investigation into Crossfire Hurricane, the FBI's code-named counterintelligence investigation, launched in July 2016, into potential links between Russia and associates of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The probe sought to determine whether individuals associated with Trump's campaign were involved in reported Russian efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
What Durham Revealed
Special Counsel Durham's report revealed damning facts about the Crossfire Hurricane investigation:
The investigation was initiated under questionable circumstances without adequate verification or justification. Central FBI figures openly exhibited bias against then-candidate Trump. Standard procedures for evaluating raw intelligence were grossly neglected. The FBI overly depended on uncorroborated information and disregarded exculpatory evidence. Even with glaring inconsistencies and errors in the initial FISA surveillance application against Trump aides, the FBI continued to push for renewals. The investigation was not only unfounded, but it also carried a clear partisan agenda.
The Special Counsel's Office conducted over 480 interviews, reviewed over six million pages, served over 190 subpoenas, executed seven search warrants, obtained five orders for communications, and made one request to a foreign government as part of its report.
Durham's report is an indictment of the FBI's flawed investigation, offering much-needed clarity and serving as a wake-up call on the need for reform and accountability.
Our Response: Holding the FBI Accountable
In light of these revelations, the FBI’s misconduct during the 2016 investigation was not just a breach of trust but a failure to uphold the integrity of our democracy.
House Republicans must consider referring those involved in Crossfire Hurricane to federal attorneys for prosecution, subpoenaing Democrat leaders who either knew about or facilitated the spread of the Trump-Russia collusion narrative, and work to fundamentally restructure the FBI into a nonpartisan law enforcement entity.
Durham's report exposes Crossfire Hurricane as a politically-motivated investigation built on uncorroborated allegations. In the FBI's leadership, partisan biases wore a badge, and the target was Trump.
This week I reintroduced the "End Child Trafficking Now Act."(H.R.3968), legislation that will require DNA testing to verify the familial relationship between an illegal alien who presents at the southern border with a minor. Every child deserves protection, particularly those most vulnerable. DNA testing will assist our Customs and Border Patrol agents in combatting “child recycling,” a practice that repeatedly subjects a migrant child to smugglers so they can more easily cross the border. The exploitation of underage migrants by human traffickers is one of the most sickening results of the border crisis.
By requiring DNA testing, we will crack down on illegal border smuggling and close glaring loopholes opened by the Biden Administration.
This legislation will ensure young children are no longer viewed as "skip the line" tickets by cartel members. With this bill, we send a clear message that America's border is closed to illegal migrants, and child trafficking will not be permitted in this nation.
A Vote for Integrity In The House
This week, I voted to censure Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. For years, Schiff utilized his platform as the chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) as a megaphone to make unfounded assertions about alleged Trump-Russia collusion.
Schiff's false claims about collusion led to an expensive and ultimately fruitless federal investigation. This so-called "Russia hoax investigation" cost American taxpayers approximately $32 million.
My vote to censure Schiff was not made lightly. It was a direct response to a pattern of behavior that undermines the foundations of our democracy and belittles the position of trust Schiff was given. The notion of our elected officials using their positions for political gain at the expense of the American people is not only distressing—it's unacceptable.
This evening I voted NO on the Biden Debt Deal. Here's why:
Short-term Spending Freeze: only a two-year freeze on spending with apparent "cuts" of $128 billion. However, other areas of spending would expand the federal bureaucracy, negating these alleged cuts. This isn't fiscal responsibility, it's fiscal sleight-of-hand. Weak Work Requirements: minor work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), a.k.a. food stamps yet these created new exemptions and phase-outs, and disappointingly, imposed no work requirements for Medicaid. It also expands the number of individuals on SNAP increasing the cost of the program in the long term. Preservation of Massive Giveaways: kept every cent of the Democrats' green energy handouts, upheld Biden's student loan bailout, and gave a pet pipeline project to Sen. Joe Manchin. Expansion of the IRS: retained 98% of the planned $80 billion IRS expansion, risking the growth of a weaponized bureaucracy. Inadequate Reclaim of COVID Funds: reclaimed only $28 billion of unspent, unobligated COVID funds, leaving $400 billion of misused funding intact. No Border Security Measures: neglected border security entirely, but its construction also made it more difficult to address the border issue in the future. Debt Limit Concerns: did nothing to cap the debt limit, instead deferring it to a future lame duck session in 2025. Additionally, it was backstopped by a weak Continuing Resolution that would, at best, result in a cut of $15 billion.
A vote in favor of this debt ceiling increase would have been a vote for bigger government, higher taxes, and lower accountability. I am disappointed in the cheerleading that I witnessed from my Republican colleagues in support of this bad bill, and I could not in good conscious come home and defend a yes vote.
As we find ourselves once again staring down the barrel of a potential debt ceiling breach, it’s a critical time to revisit and reinforce our core values: the importance of small government, fiscal responsibility, and lowering spending.
Each time we hit that limit, we're faced with a stark reminder of our spending habits as a nation. The habit of continuously raising the debt ceiling merely kicks the can down the road.
House Republicans delivered a common-sense proposal to President Biden designed to reduce government waste and save you money. I will continue to oppose any increase in debt limits that don't include major cuts in spending.
The recent decision by the Biden administration to lift Title 42, a Trump border security initiative enacted in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, is a major cause for concern.
Texas bears a disproportionate burden from unchecked illegal immigration. Our law enforcement agencies, healthcare systems, schools, and communities are already stretched thin. The lifting of Title 42 will result in a significant increase in border crossings that will overwhelm our systems even more.
Lax border enforcement means an uptick in drug trafficking, human smuggling, and the entry of individuals with criminal backgrounds. The recent tragedy in Cleveland, Texas, where a Mexican national with a criminal record and multiple illegal re-entries shot five neighbors "execution style," underscores the risks of failing to secure our borders effectively.
In the face of this, I am working to advocate for strong border policies prioritizing the safety and well-being of Texans. I have urged President Biden to address the border crisis seriously and protect American communities.
I will continue to fight for effective border control, push back against careless open border policies, and stand for the interests of Texas and its people.
This bill includes significant spending cuts that align with our commitment to fiscal responsibility and is vital in preventing a debt crisis and maintaining our nation's economic stability.
President Biden has repeatedly called for a clean increase in the debt ceiling without any conditions. We cannot allow him to continue recklessly spending American tax dollars. Congress must address the growing federal deficit by implementing responsible spending reductions.
The House vote in favor of this bill sends a clear message that Republicans are committed to fiscal responsibility and willing to work toward a sustainable future for our nation.
I will continue to work diligently on efforts to end reckless spending in Washington, rein in government overreach, and hold this radical left-wing administration accountable.
This week, I urgently called on Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the Department of State to take immediate action to intervene on behalf of the Chinese and American Christians who had been detained by Thai police. These detainees, members of the Shenzhen Holy Reformed Church, also known as the Mayflower Church, face the grim prospect of deportation back to China, where they would likely be subjected to imprisonment, torture, and further persecution for their faith.
I demanded that the Biden administration recognize the gravity of the situation and act swiftly to secure the safety and well-being of these individuals. I firmly believe that under no circumstances should the members of the Mayflower Church be allowed to face persecution again in China. It is our moral duty as a nation that champions religious freedom and human rights to stand up for these vulnerable individuals and take decisive action to ensure their safety.
There are 14 constitutional amendments on the ballot. In order to make the ballot, these measures received a vote of 2/3 of all members of the legislature. It is up to you to determine whether these measures ultimately go into effect. Below is a brief summary of each proposition:Proposition Number 1 (HJR126)
HJR 126 proposes a constitutional amendment to protect a person’s right to engage in generally accepted farm, ranch, timber production, horticulture, or wildlife management practices on real property that the person owns or leases. The proposed amendment would not affect the authority of the legislature to authorize the regulation of these practices by: (1) a state agency or political subdivision as necessary to protect the public health and safety from imminent danger;
(2) a state agency to prevent a danger to animal health or crop production; or (3) a state agency or political subdivision to preserve or conserve the natural resources of the state under the Texas Constitution. Additionally, the proposed amendment would not affect the legislature’s authority to authorize the use or acquisition of property for a public use, including the development of natural resources under the Texas Constitution.
The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment protecting the right to engage in farming, ranching, timber production, horticulture, and wildlife management.”
Proposition Number 2 (SJR64)
SJR 64 proposes a constitutional amendment to allow the governing body of a county or municipality to exempt from property taxation all or part of the appraised value of real property used to operate a child-care facility. The proposed amendment would authorize the governing body to adopt the exemption as a percentage of the appraised value of the property, but that percentage could not be less than 50% of the appraised value of the property. The proposed amendment also would allow the legislature to define the term “child-care facility” and to establish additional eligibility requirements to receive the property tax exemption. The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment authorizing a local option exemption from ad valorem taxation by a county or municipality of all or part of the appraised value of real property used to operate a child-care facility.”
Proposition Number 3 (HJR132)HJR 132 proposes a constitutional amendment to prohibit the legislature from imposing a tax based on the wealth or net worth of an individual or family. The proposed amendment also would prohibit the legislature from imposing a tax based on the difference between the assets and liabilities of an individual or family.
The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows:“ The constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual wealth or net worth tax, including a tax on the difference between the assets and liabilities of an individual or family.” Proposition Number 4 (HJR2-Second Special Session)HJR 2 proposes a constitutional amendment to modify certain provisions of the Texas Constitution related to property taxes. The proposed amendment would authorize the legislature to temporarily limit the maximum appraised value of real property for property tax purposes in a tax year. The proposed amendment also would increase the mandatory homestead exemption for school district property taxation from $40,000 to $100,000. The proposed amendment would require the legislature to provide for a reduction in the amount of the limitation on school district property taxes imposed on the residence homestead of the elderly or disabled. Additionally, the amendment would exempt appropriations not dedicated by the Texas Constitution and used for property tax relief from being considered as appropriations when determining whether the rate of growth of appropriations in a biennium has exceeded the constitutional tax spending limit. The proposed amendment would further authorize the legislature to provide that members serving on an appraisal board in a county with a population of at least 75,000 serve terms not to exceed four years. The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to establish a temporary limit on the maximum appraised value of real property other than a residence homestead for ad valorem tax purposes; to increase the amount of the exemption from ad valorem taxation by a school district applicable to residence homesteads from $40,000 to $100,000; to adjust the amount of the limitation on school district ad valorem taxes imposed on the residence homesteads of the elderly or disabled to reflect increases in certain exemption amounts; to except certain appropriations to pay for ad valorem tax relief from the constitutional limitation on the rate of growth of appropriations; and to authorize the legislature to provide for a four-year term of office for a member of the board of directors of certain appraisal districts.” Proposition Number 5 (HJR3)HJR 3 proposes a constitutional amendment to redesignate the national research university fund as the Texas University Fund (TUF), and to appropriate funds from the economic stabilization fund to the TUF. The proposed amendment would appropriate to the TUF an amount equal to the interest income, dividends, and investment earnings attributable to the economic stabilization fund for the preceding state fiscal year. The appropriation amount could not exceed $100 million for the state fiscal year beginning September 1, 2023, or an amount adjusted for the increase in the general price index, not to exceed two percent, in subsequent state fiscal years. The proposed amendment also would prohibit any state university that is entitled to participate in dedicated funding provided by Article VII, Section 18 of the Texas Constitution from receiving money from the TUF. The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment relating to the Texas University Fund, which provides funding to certain institutions of higher education to achieve national prominence as major research universities and drive the state economy.” Proposition Number 6 (SJR75)SJR 75 proposes a constitutional amendment to create the Texas water fund. The Texas water fund would be a special fund in the state treasury outside the general revenue fund, administered by the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) or its successor to assist in financing water projects in the state. The proposed amendment would direct the Texas water fund administrator to use the fund only to transfer money to other TWDB funds or accounts. The proposed amendment would authorize the legislature to appropriate money for deposit to the water fund to be available for permitted transfers. No further legislative appropriation would be required for the water fund administrator to transfer money from or restore money to the fund, including the transfer of money to or the restoration of money from certain designated TWDB funds and accounts. The water fund would consist of: (1) money transferred or deposited to the fund by general law; (2) other revenue that the legislature by statute dedicates for deposit to the fund; (3) investment earnings and interest earned on amounts credited to the fund; (4) money from gifts, grants, and donations to the fund; and (5) money returned from any authorized transfer. The proposed amendment would require the legislature, by general law, to provide for the manner in which money from the Texas water fund may be used. The proposed amendment also would require that at least 25% of the money initially appropriated to the Texas water fund be transferred to the New Water Supply for Texas Fund.
The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment creating the Texas water fund to assist in financing water projects in this state.” Proposition Number 7 (SJR93)SJR 93 proposes a constitutional amendment to establish the Texas energy fund. The Texas energy fund would be a special fund in the state treasury outside the general revenue fund, administered by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) or its successor. Money in the Texas energy fund could be used, without further appropriation, only by PUC or its successor to provide loans and grants to finance or incentivize the construction, maintenance, modernization, and operation of electric generating facilities necessary to ensure the reliability or adequacy of an electric power grid in the state. The proposed amendment would require PUC to allocate money from the fund for loans and grants to eligible projects for electric generating facilities that serve as backup power sources and in each region of the state that is part of an electric power grid in proportion to that region’s load share. The Texas energy fund would consist of: (1) money credited, appropriated, or transferred to the fund by or as authorized by the legislature; (2) revenue that the legislature dedicates for deposit to the fund; (3) the returns received from the investment of the money in the fund; and (4) gifts, grants, and donations contributed to the fund.
The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the Texas energy fund to support the construction, maintenance, modernization, and operation of electric generating facilities.” Proposition Number 8 (HJR125)HJR 125 proposes a constitutional amendment to create the broadband infrastructure fund. The broadband infrastructure fund would be a special fund in the state treasury outside the general revenue fund, administered by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (Comptroller). Money from the fund could be used, without further appropriation, only for the expansion of access to and adoption of broadband and telecommunications services. The broadband infrastructure fund would consist of: (1) money transferred or deposited to the fund by the Texas Constitution, general law, or the General Appropriations Act; (2) revenue that the legislature by general law dedicates for deposit to the fund; (3) investment earnings and interest earned on money in the fund; and (4) gifts, grants, and donations to the fund. The proposed amendment would authorize the Comptroller to transfer money from the broadband infrastructure fund to another fund as provided by general law, and the state agency that administers the fund to which any money is transferred could use the money without further appropriation only for the expansion of access to and adoption of broadband and telecommunications services. The broadband infrastructure fund would expire on September 1, 2035, unless extended by adoption of a joint resolution of the legislature. Immediately before the expiration of the fund, the Comptroller would be required to transfer any unexpended and unobligated balance remaining in the broadband infrastructure fund to the general revenue fund.
The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment creating the broadband infrastructure fund to expand high-speed broadband access and assist in the financing of connectivity projects.” Proposition Number 9 (HJR2)HJR 2 proposes a constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to provide a cost-of-living adjustment to eligible annuitants of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS). The proposed amendment also would authorize the legislature to appropriate money from the general revenue fund to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts to pay the cost-of-living adjustment. The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the 88th Legislature to provide a cost-of-living adjustment to certain annuitants of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.” Proposition Number 10 (SJR87)SJR 87 proposes a constitutional amendment to allow the legislature to exempt from property taxation tangible personal property held by a medical or biomedical manufacturer as a finished good or used in the manufacturing or processing of medical or biomedical products. The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation equipment or inventory held by a manufacturer of medical or biomedical products to protect the Texas healthcare network and strengthen our medical supply chain.” Proposition Number 11 (SJR32)SJR 32 proposes a constitutional amendment to expand the authority of the legislature with regard to conservation and reclamation districts in El Paso County. The Texas Constitution permits conservation and reclamation districts in certain counties across the state to issue bonds to fund the development and maintenance of parks and recreational facilities but does not currently provide this authority to El Paso County. The proposed amendment would add conservation and reclamation districts in El Paso County to those districts currently allowed, if authorized by general law, to issue bonds supported by property taxes to fund the development and maintenance of parks and recreational facilities. The proposed amendment would not limit the powers of the legislature or of a conservation and reclamation district with respect to parks and recreational facilities as those powers currently exist. The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit conservation and reclamation districts in El Paso County to issue bonds supported by ad valorem taxes to fund the development and maintenance of parks and recreational facilities.” Proposition Number 12 (HJR134)HJR 134 proposes a constitutional amendment to abolish the office of County Treasurer in Galveston County. The amendment would authorize the Galveston County Commissioners Court to employ or contract with a qualified person or designate another county officer to perform any functions that would have been performed by the County Treasurer. The proposed amendment would take effect only if a majority of the voters of Galveston County voting on the proposition favor the amendment. The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment providing for the abolition of the office of county treasurer in Galveston County.” Proposition Number 13 (HJR107) HJR 107 proposes a constitutional amendment to increase the mandatory retirement age for
state justices and judges. Currently, the Texas Constitution establishes that justices and judges of the appellate courts, district courts, and criminal district courts must retire on the expiration of the term during which they reach the age of 75 years or an earlier age, not less than 70 years, as the legislature may prescribe. The proposed amendment would change the mandatory retirement age for justices and judges of the appellate courts, district courts, and criminal district courts to 79 years or an earlier age, not less than 75 years, as the legislature may prescribe. The proposed amendment also would remove the provision stating that justices and judges may only serve until December 31 of their fourth year in office if they reach the age of 75 years in the first four years of a six-year term. The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment to increase the mandatory age of retirement for state justices and judges.” Proposition Number 14 (SJR74) SJR 74 proposes a constitutional amendment to establish the centennial parks conservation fund as a trust fund outside the state treasury. The fund could be used, in accordance with general law, only for the creation and improvement of state parks. The centennial parks conservation fund would consist of: (1) money appropriated, credited, or transferred to the fund by the legislature; (2) gifts, grants, and donations received by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) or its successor for a purpose for which money in the fund may be used; and (3) investment earnings and interest earned on amounts credited to the fund. The proposed amendment would authorize the legislature to appropriate money from the centennial parks conservation fund to TPWD or its successor for the creation and improvement of state parks. The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the centennial parks conservation fund to be used for the creation and improvement of state parks.”
You can find information about the amendments and voting in Texas at VoteTexas.gov.
Please note the voter registration deadline for the November 7, 2023 Election is October 10, 2023.
Several very good bills failed to cross the finish line. These include vaccine freedom and hardening the grid against malicious attacks.Several bills were filed that center upon two key aspects of vaccine freedom: mandates and discrimination.
Largely, the most important issue was a measure to prohibit the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) from adding the COVID vaccine to the list of required childhood immunizations. While DSHS is not required to follow the CDC recommendations, for the most part, over the years they have adopted the recommended vaccines and immunization schedule issued by the CDC. This has to change. If we learned anything living through COVID, it was that the federal health agencies are controlled by big pharma and cannot be trusted.
Senate Bill 1177 , which I authored, would have prohibited DSHS from adding the COVID vaccine to the immunization schedule by removing their ability to add any new vaccine to the schedule. Any future changes to the vaccine schedule would have had to be made legislatively. This measure, in multiple forms, failed to pass, leaving young Texans at risk of unnecessary immunizations.
Vaccine discrimination was another hot topic that did not make it to the governor’s desk. Senate Bill 304, which I authored, would have prohibited discrimination against a person in employment, healthcare, school enrollment, and public accommodations based on their vaccine status. Given the appalling way the COVID vaccine was manufactured, tested (or more precisely, not tested) and forced upon the American people, with nothing short of coercion. This failure to protect Texans is truly disturbing. We must pass future legislation to ensure no one can be discriminated against based on their vaccination status.
Secondly, hardening the grid has been a priority of mine since I took office in 2015. Over the years, the version of the legislation has been tweaked, culminating in this session as the most tolerable version for both sides of the aisle. Changed from a sweeping regulatory bill, Senate Bill 330 ended up establishing the Texas Grid Security Commission to evaluate the risk of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and geomagnetic disturbances (GMD) threats to the grid, as well as to critical infrastructure and make recommendations to the legislature to mitigate the risks. Although this bill was widely-supported, it still failed to pass the House on one of the final calendars due to Democrats unnecessary chubbing.
Once again, Texas legislators failed to take action to protect Texans from an ever-increasing threat of a total grid collapse.
Team Hall will continue to work on these important issues to prepare for the next session, our constituents deserve nothing less. #PromisesMadePromisesKept #TXLege
Watch NOW as Laura Bartlett joins me again to discuss an initiative she and Greta Crawford began in response to hospitals choice to operate for profit over patient outcomes. Pastors of Power helps patients protect themselves by partnering with pastors and other groups to provide documents that will allow people to assert their right to bodily autonomy if they are put in the hospital.
With the rising in mistreatment occurring in hospitals, these documents that Laura and Greta are helping get in the hands of people who need them are vitally important. As I state in the video, these documents are your life insurance policy when you have a stay in the hospital. We can not always trust hospitals to have our best interest in mind.While the COVID pandemic was horribly mishandled by both government officials and the medical community, it did bring to light the lack of transparency that was occurring in Texas hospitals. We were able to take a look at how patients were being treated and how hospitals truly became operations of profit rather than centers of medical excellence. We saw malpractice and fraud from an institution that is sworn to protect and heal the people seeking their help.
This is why the work of Laura and Greta is of the utmost importance. Not just having a plan, but documents that detail your wishes before going into the hospital can lead to you being able to control your care. Laura and Greta stand ready to help you control your care if and when a hospital stay occurs.
Having recently wrapped up the 88th regular legislative session, it is time to recap what advancements were made in healthcare freedoms and patient protections.
Many bills were filed to address concerns in patient protection, licensure of physicians, and transparency in healthcare; issues that were brought to light by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Patient ProtectionsHouse Bill 1998, a bill I sponsored in the Senate that was authored by Rep. Julie Johnson, made improvements to the Texas Medical Board (TMB) by implementing continuous monitoring of licensed physicians through the National Practitioners Databank and requiring license suspension, and even revocation in certain cases, when a physician commits an act out-of-state that would be grounds for disciplinary action under Texas law. The bill will also prohibit out-of-state physicians from being licensed in Texas if they have committed an act out-of-state that is cause for license revocation in Texas.
These measures are meant to address the less-than-thorough review of applications from physicians coming to Texas from another state which has led to numerous doctors practicing in Texas when they have a record of harming patients in other states, and to also improve the ability of the TMB to act to safeguard patients from doctors that could cause them harm.
HB 1998 also expands which criminal offenses would allow for the temporary suspension or restriction of a medical license to include the offenses of criminal homicide, trafficking of persons, sexual or assaultive offenses if it is sexual or lewd in nature and committed against a patient of the license holder, a child, or an elderly or disabled person. The bill also closes a loophole by tightening the requirement for criminal history checks of license applicants.These steps provide measurable progress in improving patient safety for Texans.
Health Care TransparencyTo increase transparency, House Bill 49 will give people more access to hospital investigation and inspection results by requiring Health and Human Services to make publicly available on their website the name and location of each hospital with an alleged violation, the date and final outcome of the investigation as well as any investigative reports.
Senate Bill 490 requires that before a health care provider requests payment for a service or medical supplies, they must first provide the patient with an itemized bill with the cost of each item.
Together, these bills will add transparency to patient care and enable individuals to make informed decisions about where they choose to receive care and know exactly what they are being charged for medical services and supplies. Health Care FreedomHouse Bill 3162 addresses a controversial and contentious practice in Texas commonly referred to as the 10-day rule.
This rule states that when a hospital believes a patient will not benefit from continued treatment, they may discontinue life-sustaining treatment against the families wishes, even when an advanced directive is in place if the hospital provides a 10-day notice to the family.
This bill, while not perfect, makes significant improvements to this practice. During the 10-day notice period, the family is allowed to request a transfer of their loved-one to a different facility. However, currently there is no requirement that a hospital facilitate this request. This bill requires a hospital to perform a procedure necessary to transport a patient to a new facility at the family’s request, extends the 10-day notice to a 25-day notice, giving the family more time to arrange for a transfer, makes changes to the ethics committee review, prohibits a patient’s wishes regarding do-not-resuscitate orders from being overridden by medical decision-makers, and prohibits disabilities from being considered by the ethics committee when making decisions about ending life-saving treatment.
I was honored to co-sponsor this legislation and believe it will reform a process that has been too-long in the hospitals’ favor. With the ever-increasing shift to profits over patient care, this change is needed to ensure that families’ wishes regarding their loved-one’s care is honored and that a patient’s life is not ended prematurely.
While there will always be more work to do to improve patient protection, increase transparency in healthcare, and ensure Texans can access the highest quality healthcare, it is important to acknowledge the steps taken that bring us closer to these goals as we work to continue to make these additional improvements.
I am pleased to report that the rankings from Rice University and Texans for Fiscal Responsibility are out and both have me ranked as one of the most conservative Senators in Texas!
With me, Promises made have always been promises kept. This 88th Legislative Session has been no different. Once again, I did what I said I would do.
I do have to be honest with you - this session did not result in all of the conservative victories I wanted. However, I consistently fought to defend life, protect your rights, expand your liberties and preserve free markets in Texas. We had some victories, but there is so much that was left to be done. So now I need your help. Because I do not play the political game, I rely on support from the grassroots to keep our campaign funded. My pledge to you is that your donations will be used for good and to further the conservative cause. Please step up today and make a $25, $50 or $250 donation.
Senator Bob Hall
The Texas Deer Breeding industry will soon be exterminated if Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) and Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has its way. Unfortunately for Texans, TPWD and TAHC appear to have been weaponized and been given the mission of ending deer breeding in Texas.
The multimillion dollar Deer Breeder industry is an important one to Texas, providing thousands of jobs in rural areas and generating millions of dollars in revenue each year. Since 2014 however, the Deer Breeder population in Texas has declined by about 35 percent, and permits issued each year have declined by a similar number.TPWD would have the public believe that a disease unique to deer, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), is responsible for this decline. However, it is the TPWD/TAHC government response to the disease that has resulted in the death of thousands of breeder deer, not the disease itself. In fact, there is no evidence of anyone actually seeing a single deer die of the disease.
In many Deer Breeder facilities throughout the state, the story is a similar one repeated over and over. A deer is found dead on the property. While the deer may have died with CWD, there is no evidence that the deer died because of CWD. A tissue sample is taken from the deer’s carcass, and the tissue sample tests positive for CWD.
From that moment onwards, the Deer Breeder and their whole deer population are in serious jeopardy of dying – not from the disease itself, but from TPWD and the TAHC mandatory herd execution policy. More often than not, the entire deer population is killed by TPWD, and the execution and disposal cost of these deer are billed to the Deer Breeder. Mind you, none of the other deer on the property are even tested for CWD before they are summarily executed. They are instead slaughtered by TPWD/AHC. An entire business is destroyed, and insult is added to injury by requiring the breeder to pay for the deer execution and disposal. Between 2015 and 2021, ten separate facilities were the subject of depopulation. Of the 2,598 deer killed, only 241 tested positive for CWD – a paltry 9.3% of the exterminated population. It is a travesty, but this is what your government is doing.
On December 6th of 2022, TPWD hosted a CWD Symposium in the Texas Capitol. The symposium was open to the public for questions, but not for presentation speakers. In fact, all of the speakers were carefully hand-picked to present one-side of the CWD issue - that of the rancher.
All of the speakers at the symposium presented only one side of the CWD issue in Texas, the side that favored the TPWD actions of killing deer for the supposed purpose of controlling the spread of the disease in the deer population.
And yet with all of the deer killed by TPWD, the department never seems to control the spread no matter how many deer are slaughtered. In fact, they have no answer as to why there is so much effort towards containing the spread amongst deer breeders and so little effort given to controlling CWD in the wild. They also cannot point to any deer that have actually been killed by CWD, only providing anecdotal evidence that the CWD kills deer indirectly, and so any detection of deer in a population immediately warrants the killing of all deer, whether they test positive or not.
TPWD’s stated goal is to have as few positive post-mortem tests as possible, even if that number is zero. That means that if they kill 100 deer because one tested positive and posthumous testing reveals no other deer in the herd was positive, TPWD considers the kill a success. As a result of such recklessness without reasonable goals, the actions of the state are directly resulting in the decline of a vital Texas industry with zero basis in scientific fact.
The true winners in this entire debacle are the ranchers where the wild deer are hunted. Why? Because ranchers compete with Deer Breeders for hunting on their property, from which there is a great profit. The difference is that deer located on a ranch are considered wild deer – a population completely unaffected by the TPWD and TAHC’s program to control CWD. During the entire symposium in December 2022, there was not even a mention of trying to control the spread of CWD in the wild. If the department was serious about controlling the spread of this supposedly devastating disease, they would at least consider the potential benefits of controlling it in the wild as well as on Deer Breeder property. Instead, what the department is interested in is the killing of deer on Deer Breeder property regardless of any facts to the contrary that their efforts are not succeeding. It is government tyranny, pure and simple.
TPWD’s real CWD mission was recently inadvertently revealed in the narrative explaining how they will spend the money being requested for CWD in this 2023 legislative session. TPWD stated the following: “If CWD is not contained and controlled, the implications of the disease for Texas and its multi-billion-dollar ranching, hunting, wildlife management and real estate economies may be significant.” Note that there is no mention whatsoever in that statement as to the impact that CWD and the TPWD response may have on Deer Breeders. The bias is explicit in their own words, it is clear that they do not care for the negative impact their entire program has on the breeder industry.
If, and that is a big if, there is any justification for a comprehensive Texas CWD effort, TPWD and TAHC should have a balanced approach for CWD with equal treatment of Deer Breeders and wild deer, and not side with one industry over the other. At a minimum, they must first test each deer and then only kill those that test positive. And should the department continue to kill breeder deer, they should be responsible for the total costs of execution and disposal. Otherwise we will witness the slow death of a vital Texas industry.
“There are several very real threats to the power grid, and the consequences would be so severe that we should address this now,” Hall said. “There are hostile countries that might cause this, but there are also natural forces that may also cause the same result soon. Either way, we need to be prepared.”
For over a decade, experts have warned that the U.S. electric grid is vulnerable to physical, cyber, and electromagnetic pulse (EMP) threats. However, unlike physical and cyber, the threat from an EMP to the nation’s electric grid has been all but ignored by the government and the electric industry.
The experts on the White House Commission on EMP concluded that one of the most likely high altitude nuclear (EMP) attacks would be delivered by a weather balloon. “I appreciate this threat not just as an electrical engineer, but also as a former U.S. Air Force officer who led a project team to protect the Minuteman missile system from this very same threat. We also know that other nations like Israel, China, South Korea, and Russia are taking the necessary steps to protect their electrical grids,” stated Hall.
We know for certain that the Chinese, as well as several other countries like Russia, Iran, and North Korea have in their war plans a pre-emptive EMP strike on the United States. They have told us this multiple times. As we move forward in ensuring we have the electrical generation capacity to meet the growing demand, Texans deserve all electric generation capacity to be resilient to all known threats; Natural and man-made.