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April 6, 2020

Railroad Commission of Texas: Commissioner Craddick Asks Comptroller Hegar To Issue Delay On Severance Tax Collections

Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick sent a letter to Comptroller Glenn Hegar requesting he extend the monthly deadline to file crude oil and natural gas production taxes, as he has done with the state's franchise tax deadline.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

April 6, 2020

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: Texas WIC Expands Eligible Foods, Launches Updated App

Texas Health and Human Services announces Texas WIC, the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children, is expanding the number of food items eligible for purchase through the program. It is also updating the MyTexasWIC app to ensure Texans who need access to nutritious food will be able to find it in their local grocery stores.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

April 6, 2020

Texas Farm Bureau: Texas Farmers, Ranchers Answer The Call During COVID-19 Outbreak

Texas farmers and ranchers are in a unique position in regard to the COVID-19 outbreak and our nation's response. Each of us is battling the impacts of the pandemic on our own farm or ranch, while at the same time, committing ourselves to feeding our country at a time when food security matters most.

From Texas Farm Bureau

April 6, 2020

Conservative Texans For Energy Innovation: Dub Taylor Joins Advisory Board Of Conservative Texans For Energy Innovation

Conservative Texans for Energy Innovation (CTEI) announced today that Dub Taylor has joined the organization’s Advisory Board. For more than 25 years, Dub Taylor has helped advance cost-effective, clean energy technology and policy through his work in the public sector.

From Conservative Texans For Energy Innovation

April 6, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Supporting Texas’ Nonprofits Through The Coronavirus Pandemic

Sen. Cornyn has been working to provide relief for Texas nonprofits struggling to serve their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Texas’ extensive nonprofit network reaches all corners of our state, and Sen. Cornyn has successfully delivered multiple legislative solutions to keep them afloat, allowing them to serve their communities and their employees, during this crisis.

From Senator John Cornyn

April 6, 2020

League of Women Voters of Texas: Working To Expand Vote My Mail In Texas In Light Of COVID-19, Voters Need Flexibility To Vote Safely

Thursday April 2, 2020, the League of Women Voters of Texas and the League of Women Voters of Austin Area requested to join as intervenors in a lawsuit arguing that Texas law expressly permits expanded vote by mail options due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

From League of Women Voters of Texas

April 6, 2020

Texans Against High Speed Rail: A Financial Disaster

In the days since the COVID-19 pandemic has descended upon the US, the Texas Central High-Speed Rail proposal has suffered insurmountable setbacks and increasingly devastating financial news. On March 27, the company announced layoffs of “approximately 28 employees” and uncertainty about its financial future and construction timeline.

From Texans Against High Speed Rail

April 2, 2020

Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas: Members Donate $60,000 To TX Restaurant Relief Fund Initiative

Today, the Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas (WBDT) and its members donated $60,000 to the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation (TRAEF) TX Restaurant Relief Fund, an initiative that was established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to provide immediate financial support to Texas’ independent restauranteurs and their employees. As a collective group, wholesale beer distributors in Texas have a storied history of charitable donations in times of need for all Texans.

From Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas

April 2, 2020

Paul Bettencourt Campaign: Multiple Elected Harris County Officials Speak Out Against Judge Hidalgo's Order And Are Against Sheriff Gonzalez Releasing Inmates From Harris County Jail

In a recent public tweet, Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) is quoted as challenging both Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo (D-Harris County) and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez (D-Harris County) for answers regarding the Judge’s public policy of releasing inmates from the Harris County jail in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. From news report, apparently Sheriff Gonzalez has the final say over who is released or not.

From Paul Bettencourt Campaign

April 2, 2020

Railroad Commission of Texas: Chairman Christian Applauds President Trump On Energy Negotiations

Today, Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Wayne Christian (R) applauded President Donald Trump on his international negotiations to stabilize crude oil prices.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

April 2, 2020

TDP: Statement On The Unemployment Spike In Texas

Today, it was reported that the number of Texans filing for unemployment jumped 600% over the past month and 1600% over the past two weeks. Meanwhile, Governor Abbott bragged in his press conference on Tuesday that a mere “hundreds” of claims were being processed every day.

From Texas Democratic Party

April 2, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Austin Area To Receive $9.4M In Coronavirus Recovery Grants

Several Austin area cities and counties were awarded a total of $9,442,915 in federal grants to help recover from the economic fallout of the novel coronavirus outbreak, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced today. The funding, which was appropriated by Congress last month, comes through the Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of the CARES Act.

From Senator John Cornyn

April 2, 2020

Progress Texas: Secretary Of State's Office Responds To Texans' Vote-By-Mail Demands, But Clarity Is Needed

On Wednesday, Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs’s office responded to Progress Texas’ petition calling on Texas to implement universal vote-by-mail. So far, the petition has received roughly 3,000 signatures from voters across the state. In the response, the Secretary of State’s office hinted at the possibility that Texans who are concerned for their health may meet the disability requirements currently in place to apply for a ballot by mail.

From Progress Texas

April 2, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Supporting Texas Health Care Providers And Hospitals Through The Coronavirus Pandemic

Senator Cornyn has been working to provide support for hospitals, community health centers, and other health care providers combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. After extensive conversations with Texas hospital systems, frontline providers, and state and local health authorities, Sen. Cornyn successfully delivered significant resources to health care providers while reducing unnecessary barriers to care for Texans.

From Senator John Cornyn

April 2, 2020

Representative Terry Canales: Calls For End Of 2019-2020 K-12 Texas School Year To Focus On Preparing For Challenges Of Next School Year

Yesterday, Representative Terry Canales (D-Edinburg) sent a letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath, requesting that they consider ending the 2019-2020 K-12 instructional year across the State of Texas.

From Representative Terry Canales

April 2, 2020

Texas General Land Office: Cmr. George P. Bush Applauds HUD Approval Of The State Action Plan For $4.3 Billion In Disaster Mitigation Funds

Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush applauded the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) approval of the state action plan for Community Development Block Grant for Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funding. The plan was sent to HUD on February 3, 2020. With this approval, the Texas General Land Office (GLO) can now move forward in implementing the plan.

From Texas General Land Office

April 2, 2020

Railroad Commission of Texas: Increases Transparency In Hearings Process: New Online Portal Will Benefit The Public And Energy Industry

Today the Railroad Commission of Texas launched the Case Administration Service Electronic System (RRC CASES) public portal, reaching another milestone in increasing transparency of the agency's functions.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

April 2, 2020

TDP: As Texans Continue To Suffer And Can't Pay Their Rent Or Mortgages, John Cornyn Tried To Give Corporations A Slush Fund

Texans everywhere continue to struggle to pay rent or their mortgage payments and Texas Republicans like Greg Abbott continue to mismanage the coronavirus pandemic. A reminder that last week, John Cornyn was more worried about ensuring that his insider friends would retain their stock buybacks rather than helping out Texans suffering and needing relief the most.

From Texas Democratic Party

April 1, 2020

Dan Patrick Campaign: Lt. Gov. Patrick Statement On 5th Circuit Court Stay

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick issued the following statement today applauding Attorney General Ken Paxton for his quick appeal and win at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that stayed the block to Governor Abbott’s Executive Order to temporarily suspend non-essential elective surgeries, including abortion, except to save the life of the mother.

From Dan Patrick Campaign

April 1, 2020

TDP: Governor Greg Abbott's Mismanaged Response To The Coronavirus Pandemic Leaves Poor And Working-Class Families Behind

Yesterday, Governor Abbott held another press conference to update the state on measures to protect Texans from the spread of the coronavirus pandemic where he refused to call a statewide “stay-at-home” order. By doing this, Abbott created more confusion for local and county officials and refused to take the steps necessary to protect everyday Texans.

From Texas Democratic Party

April 1, 2020

TexPIRG: On The First Of The Month, Here's How To Address Bill Payments Challenges During COVID-19

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in job losses across the board, leaving many Americans wondering how they’re going to pay their monthly bills. TexPIRG Education Fund released a guide Tuesday with tips for how consumers can negotiate with their banks to lower interest rates, waive overdraft fees, and agree on payment plans to provide more financial peace of mind in the months to come.

From TexPIRG

April 1, 2020

Representative Mike McCaul: Asks FDA And HHS For Their Plan To Quickly Manufacture COVID-19 Treatments

As the United States braces for an increase of COVID-19 cases, Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10), Lead Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, addressed our country’s dire need for new treatments by asking Commissioner Stephan Hahn, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Secretary Alex Azar, Department of the Health and Human Services (HHS) for their plan to quickly approve, manufacture and distribute potential COVID-19 treatments and vaccines.

From Representative Mike McCaul

April 1, 2020

Jolt Initiative: Calls On Texas Latinos To Participate In 2020 Census

Today, April 1, 2020, is Census Day and determines who is counted in the 2020 U.S. Census. Since 2019, Jolt Initiative has led the innovative campaign “Contamos/We Count” to mobilize the largest number of Latino census-takers in Texas history through digital communications strategies, canvassing to reach Latino families on their door steps, in their houses of worship, and through direct mail in Texas.

From Jolt Initiative

April 1, 2020

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Donates $10,000 To Food Banks

Today, Senator Hinojosa donated $10,000 to food banks in his senatorial district. After conversations with the executive directors of the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley and the Coastal Bend Food Bank, it was clear that they had the same need, financial support. The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has increased the demand for food and it is expected to increase as more individuals are furloughed or laid off.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

April 1, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Demands The Governor Shut Down Schools For The Year, Take Other Steps To Protect Texans' Health

The Texas State Teachers Association today demanded that Gov. Greg Abbott order all of Texas’ schools to remain closed for the remainder of the school year and take other steps to protect the health and safety of students, educators, their families and the communities they serve, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen.

From Texas State Teachers Association

March 31, 2020

TDP: Texas Democratic Party And Texas AFL-CIO Host Press Conference Call On Impact Of The Coronavirus Pandemic On Workers

Today working Texans, the Texas Democratic Party, and Texas AFL-CIO held a press conference call to discuss the devastating toll the coronavirus pandemic is having on workers in Texas. Governor Abbott’s mismanaged response to the coronavirus epidemic has put all Texas workers at risk.

From Texas Democratic Party

March 31, 2020

Texas House Democratic Caucus: Chair Chris Turner Statement On Gov. Abbott's Executive Order

Today, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a new executive order that essentially creates a floor for a statewide stay-at-home policy for all Texas counties, specifically for ones that had none in place prior to today. However, his order also appears to pre-empt what many local jurisdictions have established for large public gatherings at places of worship.

From Texas House Democratic Caucus

March 31, 2020

Progress Texas: Conservative State Lawmakers Continue To Attack Abortion Instead Of Focusing On Texans' Health & Safety

Progress Texas releases the following statement in response to today’s Fifth Circuit ruling that attacks abortion care in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic. “All patients accessing abortion deserve their care without delay,” said Tara Pohlmeyer, communications manager at Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

March 31, 2020

Texas Freedom Network: Ken Paxton Cynically Embraces Guns While Barring Essential Businesses

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller has the following statement regarding today’s decision by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily allowing Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to enforce his threat to fine or jail abortion providers who perform the procedure during the COVID-19 pandemic:

From Texas Freedom Network

March 31, 2020

TDP: Ten Ways Republicans Have Failed Everyday Texans During This Coronavirus Outbreak

As Governor Abbott prepares to deliver his latest update to his mismanaged response to the coronavirus epidemic, a rising number of Texans are filing for unemployment and unable to get testing for the coronavirus. This has led to dire predictions that Texas could be the next Italy.

From Texas Democratic Party

March 31, 2020

Progress Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott Fails To Lead, Follows Trump In Order To 'Limit Personal Interactions'

Progress Texas releases the following statement after Gov. Greg Abbott’s lack of clarity and leadership regarding a stay-at-home order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Instead, Abbott has issued executive order GA-14 to “limit personal interactions” across Texas while still allowing “essential” activities.

From Progress Texas

March 31, 2020

Environment Texas: Clean Cars Rollback Will Worsen Climate Crisis

The Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finalized the rule to rewrite federal clean car standards today. The program, which initially sought to double fuel economy, would have cut global warming pollution in half for cars sold in 2025. Weaker standards will set back climate progress and could result in more than 900 million additional metric tons of global warming pollution in our atmosphere.

From Environment Texas

March 31, 2020

Texas Freedom Network: Court Order Blocking Dallas Paid Sick Ordinance Is Especially Appalling During A Pandemic

Texas Rising Director Rae Martinez has the following statement after a federal court late Monday blocked a Dallas ordinance requiring businesses to provide earned paid sick leave to employees: “The political and legal assault on something as basic as earned paid sick leave is appalling, especially in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

From Texas Freedom Network

March 31, 2020

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: Launches Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line

Texas Health and Human Services has launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

March 31, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Coronavirus Crisis Not A Time To Push Partisan Agenda

Today on The Hugh Hewitt Show, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed Speaker Pelosi’s partisan agenda during the coronavirus pandemic and possible “Phase Four” legislation to address this public health crisis.

From Senator John Cornyn

March 31, 2020

Representative Terry Meza: Asks Texas HHSC Inspector General To Adjust Migrant Detention Facilities

In response to COVID-19 concerns, Rep. Terry Meza and several of her House Democratic Caucus colleagues have asked the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Inspector General Sylvia Hernandez Kauffman to perform an immediate audit of all migrant detention facilities contracted with the state of Texas.

From Representative Terry Meza

March 31, 2020

Texas DPS: Additional Locations Added To Quarantine Mandates For Air Travelers Coming Into Texas, Road Travel From Louisiana Now Impacted

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to prevent further spread into the state of Texas from hotspot areas, Governor Greg Abbott has tasked the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) with enforcing two Executive Orders surrounding travel into the state of Texas. GA-11 was issued on March 26 and specifically addresses air travel, while GA-12 was issued on March 29 and addresses travel by roadways from Louisiana into Texas.

From Texas DPS

March 30, 2020

Progress Texas: Secretary Of State Ruth Hughs Must Take Steps To Protect Texans' Health, Safety, And Right To Vote

Progress Texas joins dozens of other voting rights organizations across the state in urging Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs to protect the fundamental right of all Texans to vote in the upcoming elections. “We cannot get stuck in a situation where we are unprepared, that’s why it’s critical that our leaders act now to ensure free and fair elections during this pandemic,” said Ed Espinoza, executive director at Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

March 30, 2020

Texas TURF: Anti-toll Groups Press Abbott To Suspend Tolls, Criminal Penalties During Crisis

Today, Texans for Toll-free Highways and Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF) call on Governor Greg Abbott to suspend the collection of tolls and criminal penalties during the state of emergency due to the COVID-19 crisis.

From Texas TURF

March 30, 2020

Progress Texas: Federal Judge Rules In Favor Of Abortion Providers; Texans Are Able To Access Essential Abortion Care During Pandemic

Progress Texas releases the following statement in response to Monday’s judicial ruling granting a temporary restraining order that provides relief for abortion providers and patients, and protects abortion care as an essential procedure during the COVID-19 pandemic.

From Progress Texas

March 30, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Texas DSHS To Receive $2M Federal Grant For Hospital Preparedness

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will receive a $2,077,613 federal grant for its Hospital Preparedness Program, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) announced today. The Hospital Preparedness Program works with Texas’ 22 trauma service areas (TSAs) to develop and implement health care coalitions with the aim of better supporting state and local efforts in emergency preparedness and to integrate the work of the public health and first responder communities.

From Senator John Cornyn

March 30, 2020

Austin Creative Alliance: Government Financial Assistance Available To Austin Creative Community

The Austin Creative Alliance encourages musicians, artists, and other gig employees whose work has been affected by the coronavirus outbreak to apply for government financial assistance. State and federal rules regarding eligibility for unemployment benefits were recently changed to allow independent contractors like performing artists to apply for government assistance.

From Austin Creative Alliance

March 30, 2020

AARP Texas: To Fight Pandemic, AARP Texas Asks Governor To Expand Medicaid

To help Texas combat the COVID-19 healthcare crisis and to improve health outcomes for older persons, AARP Texas has called on Governor Greg Abbott to bolster health coverage statewide by seeking a temporary expansion of Medicaid.

From AARP Texas

March 30, 2020

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: Temporarily Waives Renewal Requirements For Medicaid, SNAP Clients During COVID-19 Crisis

Texas Health and Human Services announced today SNAP and Medicaid benefit renewals currently due will automatically be renewed so existing clients can maintain continuity of coverage during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

March 27, 2020

Texas Farm Bureau: CARES Act Provides Much-Needed Relief To Texas Farmers, Ranchers

The following statement may be attributed to Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening following today's signing by President Trump of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. "Today's signing by President Trump of the economic recovery package known as the CARES Act is welcome news for Texas farm and ranch families suffering economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

From Texas Farm Bureau

March 27, 2020

Representative Brian Babin: Statement On Passage Of The Phase III Coronavirus Relief Package

U.S. Congressman Brian Babin (TX-36) issued the following statement after the Phase III coronavirus relief package, the CARES Act (H.R. 748), was passed by voice vote in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier today and signed into law by President Trump hours later. “The Phase III coronavirus relief package was far from perfect, but the American people and the economy need immediate help to address this unprecedented crisis,” said Babin.

From Representative Brian Babin

March 27, 2020

Texas Telephone Association: Texas Telecommunications Industry Answering Call To Keep Texans Connected Amidst COVID-19

As the United States and Texas leaders grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Texas Telephone Association and the state’s telecommunications industry are answering the call to keep Texans and Americans connected.

From Texas Telephone Association

March 27, 2020

Senator Jane Nelson: Releases Statement Regarding The Denton State Supported Living Center

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today joined the Texas Health and Human Services Commission in announcing additional steps to protect residents and staff of the Denton State Supported Living Center as well as the surrounding community, and to slow the spread of COVID-19. Measures include stationing emergency medical resources on campus and coordinating with multiple hospitals in the region to accept residents that may require hospitalization for COVID-19.

From Senator Jane Nelson

March 27, 2020

Bryan Hughes Campaign: Donation Of Anti-Malarial Drug To Texas Important Victory In War Against COVID-19

Amneal Pharmaceuticals, one of the largest U.S.-based generics manufacturers, is donating 1,000,000 hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets to the State of Texas for potential use in treating COVID-19 patients. The Texas State Pharmacy will distribute the tablets directly to hospitals around the state.

From Bryan Hughes Campaign

March 27, 2020

Representative Lizzie Fletcher: Statement In Support Of Coronavirus Emergency Package

Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) issued the following statement in support of the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which just passed the House. “We are at an unprecedented moment—in our own lifetimes and in our country’s history. Our communities are facing a public health emergency that impacts every aspect of our lives.

From Representative Lizzie Fletcher

March 27, 2020

Senator Peter Flores: Texas Transportation Commission Approves County Transportation Infrastructure Fund

The Texas Transportation Commission, which governs the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), yesterday approved the program call for the County Transportation Infrastructure Fund (CTIF). This Fund was established by the Texas Legislature to serve counties in energy-producing areas to construct, repair, and maintain infrastructure.

From Senator Peter Flores

March 27, 2020

Genevieve Collins Campaign: Collins' Statement On Coronavirus Relief Package

Dallas Businesswoman and Republican nominee for Congress in Texas’ 32nd Congressional district Genevieve Collins released the following statement regarding the stimulus package that passed the House of Representatives earlier today: “I commend the administration and Congressional officials for working to get this deal done.

From Genevieve Collins Campaign

March 27, 2020

Representative Roger Williams: Supports Third Coronavirus Relief Package

Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today released the following statement after the United States House of Representatives approved the CARES Act (H.R. 748 or the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act). “The American people have always stepped up to the plate in times of need. Our job in Congress is to provide the reinforcements necessary to move forward – and I am proud that by passing the CARES Act, we have delivered.

From Representative Roger Williams

March 27, 2020

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement On CARES Act

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, today released the following statement in response to the CARES Act:

From Representative Joaquin Castro

March 27, 2020

Representative Michael McCaul: There Is "Merit" To Statewide Stay-At-Home Order

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, said there could be more efforts to prop up the economy even after the House is expected to pass a $2 trillion stimulus package on Friday. The Senate approved it Wednesday.

From Representative Michael McCaul

March 27, 2020

Representative Dustin Burrows: Statement Regarding Texas Attorney General's Opinion Affirming Forearm And Ammunition Sales, Gun Range Operations Are Essential Services

Texas Attorney General Paxton's response to Representative Burrows' request for opinion regarding the sales of firearms in Texas municipalities and counties, specifically, whether or not city and or county officials can prohibit the sales of firearms and close gun ranges by an emergency declaration, was released today by the AG's office.

From Representative Dustin Burrows

March 27, 2020

Environment Texas: Suspension Of EPA Enforcement During The Coronavirus Puts Our Health At Risk From Polluters

Late Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new policy that would suspend enforcement of key provisions of our nation’s environmental laws during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The decision came on the heels of requests from the oil and gas industry and others seeking exemptions.

From Environment Texas

March 27, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Background On The Coronavirus Relief Bill

Sen. Cornyn voted for the CARES Act in the Senate on Wednesday, and the House of Representatives will soon pass it and send it to the President’s desk for his signature. “With both the physical and economic health of our country in crisis, this bold legislation is our best path forward,” said Sen. Cornyn.

From Senator John Cornyn

March 26, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: VIDEO: Together, We Will #CombatCOVID19 And Ultimately Defeat It

After the Senate unanimously passed the third coronavirus relief package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, late Wednesday night, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released a new video, ‘Together, We Will #CombatCOVID19,’ highlighting Texans’ acts of heroism and kindness in the face of this crisis.

From Senator Ted Cruz

March 26, 2020

TDP: Moving State Convention To Virtual Experience

Last week, Bexar County approved an emergency public health declaration that prevents events hosting over 50 people from happening through the time we have scheduled our state convention in San Antonio.

From Texas Democratic Party

March 26, 2020

Representative Garnet Coleman: Statement On HHSC Request Of 1135 Medicaid Waiver

Today, Governor Greg Abbott announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has requested a Section 1135 Medicaid Waiver to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). This type of Medicaid Waiver is to be used in times of emergencies.

From Representative Garnet Coleman

March 26, 2020

Texas DPS: Limits Public Access To Building Due To COVID-19, Business Operations Still Remain Open

In response to COVID-19, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is limiting public access to department facilities to protect the public and our employees, promote social distancing and do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Despite limited physical access to our buildings, DPS remains open for business and continues to provide essential services to Texans as our employees conduct operations remotely; therefore, the public should experience minimal impact from this temporary change.

From Texas DPS

March 26, 2020

Progress Texas: Over 100 Organizations Demand Halt To Border Wall Construction During COVID-19 Pandemic

Progress Texas joins over 100 other statewide and national organizations in demanding that Attorney General William Barr, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and Acting-Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf immediately halt border wall construction to save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

From Progress Texas

March 26, 2020

Senator Jane Nelson: Joins Texas Woman's University In Announcing Grants To Help Women Entrepreneurs

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today joined the Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership at the Texas Woman's University (TWU) in announcing a grant program to support women-owned businesses amid COVID-19.

From Senator Jane Nelson

March 26, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Austin Health Center Receives Initial $58K In Coronavirus Relief Funds

Tejas Health Care in Austin was awarded a federal grant totaling $58,300 to help fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced today. The funding, which was appropriated by Congress earlier this month, comes through the Department of Health and Human Services.

From Senator John Cornyn

March 26, 2020

AARP Texas: Fighting For Older Texans During Coronavirus Outbreak

As a leading advocacy organization for older Texans and their families, AARP Texas is actively engaged in the response to the coronavirus outbreak and is calling on state officials to take specific steps to protect the public’s health and wellbeing.

From AARP Texas

March 26, 2020

Texas Farm Bureau: Senate Coronavirus Legislation Helps Texas Farmers, Ranchers

The following statement may be attributed to Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening following today's U.S. Senate passage of the "Phase Three" coronavirus legislation. "Texas Farm Bureau applauds today's efforts by the U.S. Senate. The 'Phase Three' legislation provides important relief to a wide range of Texans and businesses, including Texas farm and ranch families.

From Texas Farm Bureau

March 25, 2020

Texas Council On Family Violence: Says Agencies Will Remain Open, Expects Escalation Of Violence During Pandemic

While COVID-19 has disrupted society leaving more questions than answers, the Texas Council on Family Violence wants you to know two things. We are expecting an escalation of domestic violence in Texas during this stressful time. TCFV and domestic violence agencies across Texas are OPEN and ready to help you.

From Texas Council On Family Violence

March 25, 2020

TDP: The Five Most Disturbing Things To Come Out Of Cornyn's Conference Call Today

Today, John Cornyn held his weekly conference call with reporters where his unhinged views about the coronavirus pandemic continue to come into focus.

From Texas Democratic Party

March 25, 2020

TexPIRG Education Fund: Attorneys General Demand Online Marketplaces End Coronavirus Price Gouging

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton did not join in the call to the country’s top online marketplaces to crack down on price gouging amidst the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

From TexPIRG Education Fund

March 25, 2020

Representative John Bucy, III: Coordinating Food & Wellness Program

Working with Hill Country Community Ministries (HCCM) and local city leaders including Austin City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan, Cedar Park Mayor Pro Tem Mel Kirkland, and Cedar Park City Council Member Anne Duffy, Rep. John Bucy III is coordinating an initiative to help senior citizens aged 60 and over and people with a disability of any age in House District 136 who are homebound or otherwise have urgent food access needs in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.

From Representative John Bucy, III

March 25, 2020

Common Cause Texas: Texas To Receive $20M In Election Funding From Coronavirus Stimulus Package

Included in the $2 trillion federal coronavirus stimulus deal that was worked out last night and will be voted on in the senate today is $400m in election funding for states. This amount is nearly triple what Senate Republicans proposed in their initial bill.

From Common Cause Texas

March 25, 2020

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Provides Constituents Online Resource For COVID-19 Information

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) launched a webpage to provide information and resources related to the novel COVID-19 virus to keep his constituents informed and safe. The webpage can be accessed through this URL: https://www.brookslandgraf.com/covid_19_resources_info

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

March 25, 2020

Pritesh Gandhi Campaign: Planned Parenthood Action Fund Endorses Dr. Pritesh Gandhi In TX-10

Today, the Gandhi for Texas campaign announced that Dr. Pritesh Gandhi has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action Fund -- a nonprofit, non-partisan group backed by more than 13 million activists, donors, and supporters working to advance access to health care and defend reproductive rights.

From Pritesh Gandhi Campaign

March 25, 2020

Texas Medical Board: Passes Emergency Rules To Enforce Gov. Abbott's Executive Order GA-09

Following Governor Greg Abbott's issuance of Executive Order GA-09, the Texas Medical Board adopted rules late yesterday on an emergency basis to enforce the Executive Order's prohibition against performing surgeries and medical procedures that are not immediately medically necessary through April 21, 2020.

From Texas Medical Board

March 25, 2020

TDP: Shifts Organizing Efforts To Provide Information On Coronavirus

Yesterday, the Texas Democratic Party launched our innovative, groundbreaking “organizing during coronavirus” program that includes our new plan to engage Texans. Our new online community program named ConnectTexas will be a hub for all Texans to connect, share, and unite.

From Texas Democratic Party

March 24, 2020

Texas Alliance for Life: Statement On Governor Abbott's Executive Order To Postpone Non-Emergency Medical Procedures Due To COVID-19

On Sunday, March 22, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order to prevent a shortage of hospital capacity or personal protective equipment which would hinder efforts to cope with the COVID-19 disaster. That executive order states that "all licensed health care professionals and all licensed health care facilities shall postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not immediately medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition of, or to preserve the life of, a patient who without immediate performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death..." through April 21.

From Texas Alliance for Life

March 24, 2020

Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S.: Creates A COVID-19 Hand Sanitizer Connection Portal

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today launched an online portal to assist hundreds of distillers who are producing hand sanitizer to help solve the national shortage created by the COVID-19 pandemic. DISCUS has worked closely with regulators to overcome regulatory hurdles, and distillers now have clear direction to follow TTB, FDA and WHO guidelines.

From Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S

March 24, 2020

Texas Workforce Commission: Executive Director Ed Serna To Host Facebook Live Q&A Addressing COVID-19 And Unemployment Insurance (UI) Questions

Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Executive Director Ed Serna will hold a Facebook Live Town Hall in which he will answer questions important to Texas and Texans about how the Unemployment Insurance Process works and how TWC is bolstering its resources to meet the unique challenges of COVID-19.

From Texas Workforce Commission

March 24, 2020

Senator Jose Rodriguez: It's Time For Governor To Issue Shelter-In-Place Order

Texas state Sen. José Rodríguez today sent a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott asking him to issue a shelter-in-place order to slow the spread of COVID-19, also referred to as "coronavirus." "I strongly support the executive orders issued last Thursday, but it is apparent that many are not heeding those orders, and further action is needed to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in our state," Rodríguez wrote.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

March 24, 2020

TDP: Local Democratic Officials Sign Orders To "Stay Home And Work Safe" To Prevent The Spread Of The Coronavirus

On Sunday, Governor Greg Abbott made the disappointing decision not to heed the expert opinions of medical and public health officials to increase efforts to flatten the curve statewide. Because of the Governor's inaction, local Democratic leaders have continued to act with deliberate speed to safeguard the health of their communities, this time by issuing “Stay Home and Work Safe” orders for all non-essential businesses and trips.

From Texas Democratic Party

March 24, 2020

Texas House Democratic Caucus: Calls On Gov. Abbott To Issue Statewide "Stay-At-Home" Order

Today, 65 members of the Texas House Democratic Caucus urged Governor Greg Abbott to issue an executive order implementing a statewide “stay-at-home” order to combat the growing threat of the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. The Caucus members’ letter mirrors similar requests from Texas hospital leaders, who warn of an impending overload of the health care system if immediate steps are not taken to slow the spread of COVID-19 and “flatten the curve.”

From Texas House Democratic Caucus

March 24, 2020

TDP: Statement On Dan Patrick Suggesting Seniors Die To Save The Economy

Yesterday, Texas Republican Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick suggested that seniors are willing to die during the coronavirus epidemic to “save the economy.” [FOX News, March 23, 2020] Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

From Texas Democratic Party

March 24, 2020

Texas Cable Association: Cable Launching New Steps To Keep Texans And U.S. Connected

The Texas Cable Association (TCA) is working with its company members that provide high-speed broadband to ensure that all Texans can stay connected at a time when being connected is more important and necessary than ever. TCA has issued the following statement, followed by a roundup of steps our member companies – Altice USA (Suddenlink services), Charter Communications (Spectrum Services), Comcast and Sparklight (formerly Cable One) – are taking.

From Texas Cable Association

March 24, 2020

League of Women Voters of Texas: Crystal Mason Ruling Undermines Provisional Ballot

The League of Women Voters of Texas is incredibly disappointed by the Fort Worth Court of Appeals’ ruling. "We are appalled that Crystal Mason’s five-year jail sentence was affirmed even though her provisional ballot had been rejected and was never counted," said Grace Chimene, President of the League of Women Voters of Texas.

From League of Women Voters of Texas

March 24, 2020

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Asks Direct Questions To County Judge Hidalgo Regarding Her Proposed Shut Down Of The Nation's 3rd Largest County

Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) is asking a series of direct questions to Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo (D-Harris County) about her proposed “Stay at Home” (or “Shelter in Place”) order to effectively shut down the nation’s third largest county, as it is not posted for the public to review.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

March 24, 2020

Texas Oil and Gas Association: Statement On Proration

The following can be attributed to Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association. “Although we face challenging and uncertain times, one thing remains certain, the world continues the need for abundant supplies of oil and natural gas. Our industry has proven nimble and innovative during challenging times, and we remain confident we can do so now.

From Texas Oil and Gas Association

March 24, 2020

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: AG Paxton Threatens Abortion Ban In Midst Of Public Health Emergency

Today, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued guidance warning that abortion providers are covered by Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order that “all licensed health care professionals and all licensed health care facilities shall postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not immediately medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition of, or to preserve the life of, a patient who without immediate performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death, as determined by the patient’s physician.”

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

March 24, 2020

TDP: The Texas Democratic Party Host Press Conference Call On The 10th Anniversary Of The Signing Of The Affordable Care Act

Today, Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa and U.S. Representatives Lloyd Doggett, Sheila Jackson Lee, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Lizzie Fletcher, Veronica Escobar, and Sylvia Garcia hosted a press conference call to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act and discuss the status of healthcare in Texas during the age of coronavirus.

From Texas Democratic Party

March 24, 2020

Lilith Fund: Lawmakers Should Focus On Health and Safety, Not Attacking Texans Who Need Abortions

During this unprecedented pandemic, our elected officials should be focused on our families’ health and safety. It’s unconscionable that politicians would use a national crisis to try to deny critical health care to anyone.

From Lilith Fund

March 24, 2020

Annie's List: Abortion Is Essential Healthcare

Annie’s List, the statewide political organization that works to elect pro-choice, progressive women to office in Texas, releases the following statement in response to the Texas GOP's ban on abortion amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

From Annie's List

March 23, 2020

Progress Texas: Texas GOP Lawmakers Use Abortion Care To District From Inaction On COVID-19

Progress Texas releases the following statement in response to Gov. Greg Abbott and indicted-Attorney General Ken Paxton’s efforts to use abortion care to distract during this public health crisis. “All patients accessing abortion care deserve their care without delay,” said Tara Pohlmeyer, communications manager at Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

March 23, 2020

Texas Freedom Network: Texas AG Paxton Misuses Health Crisis To Push Anti-Abortion Agenda

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller has the following statement on Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton essentially threatening abortion providers with fines and jail time if they provide abortion services following Gov. Abbott’s executive order temporarily barring elective surgeries and procedures:

From Texas Freedom Network

March 23, 2020

Texas Values: Texas Gov. Abbott Halts Abortions In COVID-19 Order; Says AG Paxton

Thanks to an Executive Order issued by Governor Greg Abbott that halts all elective surgeries in the state of Texas during the COVID-19 Crisis, abortion procedures will also be stopped in Texas. An elective, non-urgent surgery, as defined by the Texas Medical Board Guidance, is any surgery where there is no anticipated short-term or long-term negative impact because of delaying a procedure or surgery.

From Texas Values

March 23, 2020

Representative Dustin Burrows: Governor Abbott Announces Distribution Of Federal Funding For COVID-19 Response

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Texas has received $36.9 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of the state's initial allotment of funding from the first emergency coronavirus bill passed by Congress. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will distribute $19.5 million to 43 local health departments to aid in their COVID-19 response.

From Representative Dustin Burrows

March 23, 2020

Representative James Talarico: To Donate Legislative Salary To Local Food Bank

Today State Representative James Talarico (D - Round Rock) announced that he will not be accepting any legislative pay during the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, Rep. Talarico will be donating the entirety of his legislative salary to Shepherd's Heart Food Pantry, a local food bank in his district. “?As a State Representative, I’m still getting paid while my constituents lose their jobs. ?Starting today I will not accept any legislative pay as long as this crisis lasts. I’m donating it to our local food pantry instead.

From Representative James Talarico

March 23, 2020

TDP: Launches Innovative, Community-Based "Organizing In The Time Of Coronavirus" Program

Today, in light of the Coronavirus epidemic that has upended our lives in ways that were previously unimaginable, the Texas Democratic Party announced our new plan to engage Texans -- through shifting our organizing program to become a hub for all Texans to connect, share, and unite and through our new online community program named ConnectTexas.

From Texas Democratic Party

March 23, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Democrats Delaying Coronavirus Relief For Liberal Wish List

Today U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the delay of the CARES Act, critical legislation to get relief to Texans dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, by Senate Democrats on KFYO’s ‘The Chad Hasty Show.’ The Washington Times reported that Senate Democrats are demanding unrelated policy reforms, like solar and wind tax credits and new fuel emission standards, be included in the bill.

From Senator John Cornyn

March 23, 2020

Common Cause Texas: TX Primary Runoff Elections Delayed, More Steps Needed To Protect Public Health

Late last night, Governor Abbott issued a proclamation pushing the Texas primary runoff elections from May 26th to July 14th due to public health concerns. Following is a statement from Anthony Gutierrez, Executive Director of Common Cause Texas: "Pushing to July is a good first step towards making sure we keep our democratic system operating during this crisis, but more is needed.

From Common Cause Texas

March 23, 2020

Texas House Democratic Caucus: Dallas County Delegation Chair Rep. Victoria Neave, HDC Chair Chris Turner Praise Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins' Stay-At-Home Order

Today, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued an order to have all residents stay at home in order to combat the growing spread of COVID-19. The order will go into effect at 11:59pm on Monday, May 23rd. Rep. Victoria Neave, who is the Dallas County Delegation Co-Chair, issued the following statement in praise of Judge Jenkins’ order:

From Texas House Democratic Caucus

March 23, 2020

TDP: Files Lawsuit To Protect Vote-By-Mail Access

Today, the Texas Democratic Party filed a lawsuit against the Texas Secretary of State and Travis County Elections in Travis County District Court demanding a declaratory judgment that allows all eligible voters, who believe their health is in danger under the threat of COVID-19, the ability to cast their ballot by mail if they so choose.

From Texas Democratic Party

March 20, 2020

Progress Texas: Texans Need A Consumer Bailout

Progress Texas releases the following statement calling on federal lawmakers, including Senator John Cornyn, to offer Texans a consumer bailout including deferred loan payments, a freeze on interest rates, and eliminated late fees.

From Progress Texas

March 20, 2020

Progress Texas: State Leaders Plan To Postpone May Runoffs, Instead Texans Need 100% Vote-By-Mail

On Friday morning, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick announced on a conservative talk radio show that the state plans to postpone May 26 runoffs to July. “Texas already has the infrastructure in place for vote-by-mail,” said Ed Espinoza, executive director of Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

March 20, 2020

Texas Education Agency: MealFinder Map For Texas Students Now Live

Texas parents can now visit the TXSchools.gov MealFinder Map to find locations near them where local school systems are offering free school meals—both breakfast and lunch—for pick-up while school buildings are closed because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

From Texas Education Agency

March 20, 2020

Representative Gene Wu: Applauds The Justices Of The Supreme Court Of Texas For Taking Quick Action To Keep Texans In Their Homes During This National Crisis

On Monday, Representative Gene Wu (D - Houston), along with 45 other members of the Texas Legislature sent a joint letter to Governor Abbott and Chief Justice Hecht urging them to help Texans stay in their homes during the COVID-19 crisis, and specifically, to halt eviction proceedings for those who have lost their jobs due to the actions taken to mitigate the spread of the disease.

From Representative Gene Wu

March 20, 2020

Railroad Commission of Texas: RRC Chairman Wayne Christian Comments On Oil Markets, Proration, And Filling SPR

As Saudi Arabia and Russia flood the international energy market with a glut of crude oil, prices have dropped to unsustainable levels that threaten the future of the Texas oil and gas industry, its associated benefits to the state economy, and American energy dominance.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

March 20, 2020

TDP: Texas Democrats On The Status Of The May Runoff Elections

This evening during Governor Abbott’s virtual town hall, when asked about the status of the May runoff elections, the governor said, both parties are working on this and that his office may weigh in as early as tomorrow.

From Texas Democratic Party

March 19, 2020

Southwest Pipe Trades Association: Statement

The Southwest Pipe Trades Association and Mechanical Contractors Associations applaud and thank Governor Abbott for his leadership and thoughtfulness during this time of crisis. We wholeheartedly agree that we as citizens need to maintain the CDC protocols and follow them as we conduct our business to assure the safety of all Texans.

From Southwest Pipe Trades Association

March 19, 2020

League of Women Voters of Texas: Keep Calm And Keep Texas Voting During COVID-19 Health Crisis

We are all very concerned about the growing COVID-19 health threat to our local communities, all of Texas, the nation, and all the nations of the world. The Leagues of Women Voters across the country and in Texas are particularly concerned about protecting our citizens’ ability to participate in elections and maintaining our democratic way of life. Voters should not have to choose between voting or protecting their health.

From League of Women Voters of Texas

March 19, 2020

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: MALC Chair And MALC Member Rep. Gene Wu Denounce Discrimination Towards Asian-American Community

Last Saturday, a racially-motivated stabbing occurred at the Midland, Texas Sam’s Club. The attack sent four individuals to the hospital, including two children. Reports show that the alleged suspect confirmed his intentions of killing an Asian-American family. State Representative Rafael Anchía, Chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC), released the following statement:

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

March 19, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: School Closures Necessary, Urges Districts To Pay Support Staff

Texas State Teachers Association President Noel Candelaria issued the following statement: We applaud the state’s action in ordering the closure of schools, at least temporarily, as a safety measure against the spread of the coronavirus because the health of all our students, school employees and their local communities is a top priority of the Texas State Teachers Association.

From Texas State Teachers Association

March 19, 2020

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: Texans Urged To Use 2-1-1 Texas Social Services Hotline For COVID-19 Information And Referrals

Texas Health and Human Services encourages all Texans in need of COVID-19 information and referrals to community resources to call the 2-1-1 Texas hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. “As we encourage people to use social distancing and to stay at home when possible, this state resource can help the public stay informed, stay calm and stay safe,” said Wayne Salter, HHS Deputy Executive Commissioner of Access and Eligibility Services.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

March 19, 2020

TexPIRG: Governor Abbott's Response To COVID-19 Is Mixed Bag

Governor Abbott announced an executive order today closing bars, restaurants and gyms, limiting groups to below 10 and temporarily closing schools. In response to Governor Abbott’s announcement, Texas Public Interest Research Group Associate, Lauren Banister, released the following statements:

From TexPIRG

March 19, 2020

TDP: Local Leaders Step Up In The Absence Of State And Federal Response To The Coronavirus

As Governor Abbott finally enacted new laws today to curb the spread of Coronavirus, a stark reminder that Texas is far behind other states in our response to Coronavirus. Meanwhile, city and county officials stepped up to layout aggressive measures to protect citizens and stop the spread of the Coronovisurs in their communities.

From Texas Democratic Party

March 19, 2020

Environment Texas: Land Development Code Ruling Will Prevent Needed Environmental Improvements In Austin

Last night, in a moment jeopardizing Austin’s effort to update the laws governing our land use and development practices, Judge Jan Soifer ruled against the City of Austin on the Land Development Code Rewrite process claiming that the city violated government code by not notifying individual landowners of zoning changes.

From Environment Texas

March 19, 2020

Texas Medical Board: TMB Waiver For Chronic Pain Patients Granted By Governor Abbott

Following Governor Greg Abbott's state disaster declaration, the Texas Medical Board, with direction and assistance from the Governor's Office, is implementing procedures to waive certain requirements to help the state's physicians, physician assistants and other health care professionals respond to COVID-19.

From Texas Medical Board

March 19, 2020

Representative Garnet Coleman: Statement On Passage Of The Families First Coronavirus Response Act & Need For Universal Coronavirus Coverage

Late yesterday Congress passed, and the President signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. It is being reported that Congress is already working on presenting another bill to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

From Representative Garnet Coleman

March 19, 2020

Texas General Land Office: Cmr. George P. Bush Commends President Trump And HUD For Suspending Foreclosures And Evictions Amid Covid-19 Response

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush issued the following statement commending President Donald Trump and U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson for authorizing the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to implement an immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for single family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages for the next 60 days:

From Texas General Land Office

March 19, 2020

TDP: Texas Ranks As Third Worst State In Response To Coronavirus

As states around the country are taking aggressive steps to control the coronavirus outbreak, Governor Greg Abbott’s response at the state level continues to lag. In fact, new reports rank Texas close to the bottom in responding to the pandemic.

From Texas Democratic Party

March 19, 2020

Representative Jeff Leach: Issues Statement On The Extension Of Plano ISD & Allen ISD School Closures

Today, following announcements from Plano ISD & Allen ISD to extend school closures through April 3, Representative Jeff Leach issued the following statement: "I fully agree with the decisions made by the leadership of Plano ISD and Allen ISD, as their utmost responsibility is to ensure the protection and safety of our schoolchildren, our educators, and all of their families.

From Representative Jeff Leach

March 19, 2020

Public Interest Legal Foundation: Harris County, TX Foreign Voter Record Lawsuit Ends

The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) reached a settlement with Harris County, Texas to disclose records of foreigners voting in Texas elections. The United States District Court entered a settlement order this week. (PILF v. Harris Bennett).

From Public Interest Legal Foundation

March 19, 2020

Representative Garnet Coleman: Calls For Emergency Coronavirus Coverage

Today, Representative Garnet F. Coleman (D-Houston) is calling for limited health coverage for testing, care, and treatment of the coronavirus during this time of disaster to be included in Texas’ 1135 Medicaid Waiver request to the Federal government. Representative Garnet F. Coleman, released the following Statement:

From Representative Garnet Coleman

March 19, 2020

League of Women Voters of Texas: Urges Governor Abbott: Act Quickly To Preserve Texas Elections

The COVID-19 virus response is rapidly shutting down almost every aspect of public life for the near-term future. The League of Women Voters of Texas urges Governor Abbott to act quickly to preserve Texas elections. Local Elections are scheduled for April and the Primary Run-off Elections are scheduled for May.

From League of Women Voters of Texas

March 19, 2020

Texas Home School Coalition: Responds To Public School Closures Amid COVID-19

With hundreds of school districts across Texas closing their doors indefinitely after spring break, the Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) is prepared to serve families in this time of crisis. THSC has served hundreds of thousands of homeschoolers in Texas for more than 30 years.

From Texas Home School Coalition

March 19, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO: Update! Voices Of Texas Working Families Persuade State To Remove Barriers To Coronavirus Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued this statement after the Texas Workforce Commission and Gov. Greg Abbott decided to waive waiting periods and work-search requirements for Texans who lose their jobs because of the coronavirus. Last week and earlier today, the Texas AFL-CIO called for these actions:

From Texas AFL-CIO

March 19, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: What The Families First Coronavirus Response Act Means For Texas

The Senate will soon vote on the Families Fist Coronavirus Response Act to help Americans deal with the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. Sen. Cornyn spoke about his support for the bill on the Senate floor earlier today, and below is a summary of its positive impact on Texas.

From Senator John Cornyn

March 17, 2020

Office of the Attorney General: Child Support Division Transitions To Virtual Services In Response To Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Because the health and safety of our staff and customers is always our highest priority, effective immediately, local child support offices are in the process of transitioning to providing virtual child support establishment and enforcement services.

From Office of the Attorney General

March 17, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO: Working People Are Rapidly Losing Jobs; Abbott Workforce Commission Should Act Now

As more and more working people are sidelined by the coronavirus, the Texas AFL-CIO called on Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Workforce Commission to act immediately to remove unnecessary barriers to eligibility for Unemployment Insurance benefits.

From Texas AFL-CIO

March 17, 2020

Progress Texas: Texans Deserve Safe Voting Access In May Elections

Progress Texas releases the following statement calling on Governor Greg Abbott and state leaders to institute universal vote-by-mail access to all voters for the May 2 and May 26 elections in order to protect Texans' health, safety, and voting rights. “The right to vote is critical and as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact our state, millions of Texans may be prevented from voting or have their health put at risk.

From Progress Texas

March 17, 2020

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: Encourages Texans To Apply Online For Benefits

Texas Health and Human Services is encouraging Texans to submit benefit applications and other paperwork online at YourTexasBenefits.com or via the Your Texas Benefits mobile app to reduce foot traffic in the state’s more than 250 eligibility offices.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

March 17, 2020

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Files Amicus Brief In Support Of Paid Sick Leave Policy

Last week, the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) filed an amicus brief in support of the Austin Paid Sick Leave Policy Ordinance currently in front of the Texas Supreme Court. 40% of the Texas workforce does not have access to paid sick leave and almost 80% of service industry workers in Texas cannot afford to miss work.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

March 17, 2020

Common Cause Texas: As COVID-19 Spreads, Protecting Public Health And The Right To Vote Are Paramount

Earlier today, Common Cause issued a lengthy list of emergency measures election administrators and lawmakers in every state should consider to protect public health and every Americans' right to vote.

From Common Cause Texas

March 17, 2020

Representative Jared Patterson: Pledges To Refile Virtual School Network Legislation

Governor Greg Abbott, in partnership with local officials, has taken swift and appropriate action to keep Texas students and teachers safe. With nearly half of Texas school districts now closed for Coronavirus containment, we are faced with finding alternatives to in-person instruction for an extended period of time.

From Representative Jared Patterson

March 17, 2020

Representative Steve Toth: Congressman Brady And State Representative Steve Toth Expect Federal Waivers To Standardized Testing By End Of Week

Monday, Congressman Kevin Brady (R-The Woodlands), working in collaboration with State Representative Steve Toth (R-Conroe), asked President Trump’s Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, to temporarily suspend the high-stakes testing requirements for federal school funding.

From Representative Steve Toth

March 17, 2020

TDP: Calls For All Mail-In Ballot Elections On May 2 And May 26

Today, to best protect public health and ensure the sanctity of the vote, Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa sent a letter to the Texas Secretary of State demanding an immediate move from in-person voting to all mail-in ballots for the May 2 and May 26 elections.

From Texas Democratic Party

March 17, 2020

Representative Gene Wu: Majority of House Democrats Ask State Leaders For Help To Keep Small Businesses Open And Families In Their Homes

Representative Gene Wu (D-Houston) and a majority of House Democrats today sent a letter to Governor Greg Abbot and Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, asking the Governor to review state collections for possible deferment, and the Chief Justice to temporarily halt evictions and foreclosures.

From Representative Gene Wu

March 16, 2020

Senator Peter Flores: Joins Governor Abbott And Other Leaders At San Antonio Press Conference On Coronavirus

Senator Peter P. Flores joined Governor Greg Abbott at a press conference regarding updates to the state’s response to coronavirus. Others in attendance included: San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Texas Senators Donna Campbell and Jose Menedez, Texas Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Rep. Will Hurd, and others.

From Senator Peter Flores

March 16, 2020

Texas Farm Bureau: Launches Eminent Domain Assistance Program For Landowners

Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) launched an Eminent Domain Assistance Program to provide Texas private property owners more information about the eminent domain process. The state's largest general farm and ranch organization says landowners across Texas are facing condemnation of their property for pipelines, transmission lines, railroads and other infrastructure projects, both public and private.

From Texas Farm Bureau

March 16, 2020

Texas Cable Association: Cable Prepared To Help Keep Texas, U.S. Connected

As Americans are increasingly turning to broadband for work, school and other activities during the country’s national COVID-19 (coronavirus) emergency, the Texas Cable Association (TCA) has issued the following statement, which can be attributed to TCA President Walt Baum:

From Texas Cable Association

March 16, 2020

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: Provides Expanded Guidance To Hospitals To Prevent Spread Of COVID-19 In Texas

To protect vulnerable hospital patients from COVID-19, Texas Health and Human Services has issued updated, expanded guidance to hospitals that now includes granting access only to essential visitors such as medical professionals and authorized caregivers acting specifically on a patient’s behalf.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

March 16, 2020

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses Scott Golemon For Chief Justice Of Ninth Court Of Appeals

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) today endorsed Scott Golemon of Conroe in his campaign for chief justice of the Ninth Court of Appeals, which serves southeast Texas. “Each election cycle, TLRPAC supports judicial candidates who respect the rule of law and understand the importance of a fair and efficient legal system in our state,” TLRPAC General Counsel Lee Parsley said. “Scott Golemon has spent more than 30 years handling civil law matters as an attorney in Texas.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

March 16, 2020

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: Monitors COVID-19, Provides New Guidance To Child Care Facilities

Texas Health and Human Services is providing updated guidance to the almost 17,000 regulated child care operations throughout the state – including new screening requirements for staff and visitors – as the agency continues to closely monitor the evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

March 16, 2020

Jerry Berry Campaign: Republican Legislative Candidate, Justin Berry, Endorses Lani Popp, Calls On Robert Morrow To Drop Out

Police Officer and Republican candidate for Texas House District 47 Justin Berry today announced his endorsement of Republican educator Lani Popp for State Board of Education District 5. Berry joins all nine current Republican State Board of Education members in endorsing Popp, who is in a runoff against Robert Morrow.

From Jerry Berry Campaign

March 16, 2020

Representative Jeff Leach: Issues Statement On STAAR Testing Waiver

Today, following Governor Abbott's announcement that he is waiving the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year, Representative Jeff Leach issued the following statement:

From Representative Jeff Leach

March 16, 2020

Representative Jared Patterson: Governor Greg Abbott Announces Waiver Of STAAR Testing Requirement

On the morning of Friday, March 13th, following a good conversation with my wife, Leslie, a former public school teacher, I sent a letter to Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath. Though the TEA had rightfully first focused on the health and safety of Texas students and teachers, I knew parents, teachers and administrators would be concerned about what was next.

From Representative Jared Patterson

March 16, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Urges State To Cancel STAAR Testing This Year

The Texas State Teachers Association urged Gov. Greg Abbott and Education Commissioner Mike Morath to seek a waiver from federal testing requirements and cancel STAAR testing this spring as schools plan closures and take other emergency steps to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

From Texas State Teachers Association

March 16, 2020

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: Provides Expanded Guidance To Nursing Facilities To Prevent Spread Of COVID-19 In Texas

To protect older, medically fragile individuals from COVID-19, Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued updated, expanded guidance to nursing homes that now includes restricting facility access to staff, certain medical professionals, and other providers of essential services.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

March 16, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: TSTA And NEA Recommend Joe Biden For President

TSTA President Noel Candelaria released the following statement: The Texas State Teachers Association and the National Education Association are proud to recommend Joe Biden for president of the United States. Joe Biden respects and values public education and educators. He will be our partner, not our adversary, in the White House, working with us to provide the necessary resources to give every American child an opportunity to succeed. These include smaller class sizes, expanded early learning programs, more assistance to students with special needs, competitive teacher salaries and improvements to school infrastructure.

From Texas State Teachers Association

March 16, 2020

Texas Medical Board: Responding To Gov. Abbott's State Disaster Declaration

Following Governor Greg Abbott's state disaster declaration, the Texas Medical Board, with direction and assistance from the Governor's Office, is implementing procedures to waive certain requirements to help the state's physicians, physician assistants and other health care professionals respond to COVID-19.

From Texas Medical Board

March 13, 2020

Roland Gutierrez Campaign: In Effort To Avoid Community Spread, Gutierrez For Senate Campaign Suspends Door-To-Door Activities

Today, in light of the Office of the Texas Governor declaring a statewide emergency related to the Coronavirus, State Representative and State Senate District 19 candidate Roland Gutierrez announced that his campaign will be suspending all door-to-door campaigning in an attempt to avoid community spread of the virus.

From Roland Gutierrez Campaign

March 13, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Announces Waiver To Allow Lunches For Low-Income Students To Continue During School Coronavirus Closures

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved the Texas Department of Agriculture’s request for a waiver that would allow them to continue to serve no-cost meals to low-income students during school closures.

From Senator John Cornyn

March 13, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Calls On Administration, Congress, Business Leaders To Take Four Concrete Steps To Combat Coronavirus

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today called on federal officials to take four immediate, concrete steps to detect, treat, and prevent the spread of coronavirus or COVID-19.

From Senator Ted Cruz

March 13, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO: We Are Heartened By Disaster Declaration; Action To Help Working Families Must Follow

Following Gov. Greg Abbott's Disaster Declaration, Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy today issued this statement on behalf of the state labor federation: We are heartened that Gov. Greg Abbott has listened to medical experts and taken the necessary step of proclaiming a health-related disaster for the entire State of Texas.

From Texas AFL-CIO

March 13, 2020

Don Zimmerman Campaign: Zimmerman Will Not Seek Primary Recount

After much consideration – even while being ahead and later behind by the thinnest of margins -- Texas House of Representatives candidate Don Zimmerman announces today he will not seek a recount in his race for HD 47 in western Travis County. Below is Zimmerman's statement.

From Don Zimmerman Campaign

March 13, 2020

Senator Peter Flores: Statement On Governor Abbott's Statewide Public Health Disaster Declaration For All Counties

Senator Peter P. Flores issued the following statement on Governor Greg Abbott's statewide public health disaster declaration: "Thank you Governor Greg Abbott for his leadership during this difficult time," said Sen. Flores. "Texas will respond in a robust and effective manner, working in conjunction with local governments and federal authorities.

From Senator Peter Flores

March 13, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Support Staffers Need To Be Paid While Schools Are Closed During The Coronavirus Outbreak

The Texas State Teachers Association today urged school districts that have closed schools or anticipate closing schools because of the coronavirus risk to take steps to ensure that non-professional support staffers, who are not on contracts, continue to get paid. “We support and appreciate the precautions taken in closing these schools to protect the health and safety of all our students, school employees and community, which is a top priority of the Texas State Teachers Association,” said TSTA President Noel Candelaria.

From Texas State Teachers Association

March 13, 2020

TDP: 10 Questions Abbott Needs To Answer During His Press ConferenceToday

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, Texas continues to lack basic testing, facilities, and laws to prevent spread and provide economic security. Governor Abbott is set to hold a press conference to give an update on the state’s inadequate response to COVID-19.

From Texas Democratic Party

March 13, 2020

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Nueces County Legislative Delegation Statement On Response To COVID-19

Our offices continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We are in constant communication with local, state, and federal officials to get the latest information about our response and preparedness.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

March 13, 2020

Royce West Campaign: Senator West Earned Two Key Endorsements

Today, Senator Royce West (D-Dallas) earned two key endorsements in advance of the May 26 Democratic Primary Runoff for United States Senate. Former United States Congressman and Houston City Council Member Chris Bell announced his endorsement of Royce West Thursday afternoon in Houston.

From Royce West Campaign

March 13, 2020

Representative Jeff Leach: Issues Statement Regarding Local Response To COVID-19

Today, following announcements from local educational leaders regarding the temporary extension of Spring Break among certain public school campuses and colleges throughout Collin County, Representative Jeff Leach issued the following statement:

From Representative Jeff Leach

March 12, 2020

Representative Lizzie Fletcher: Leads Texas Delegation Letter To Oppose Texas' Family Planning Waiver

Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) led members of the Texas delegation in opposition to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Healthy Texas Women (HTW) Section 1115 Demonstration waiver, which prohibits health care providers from receiving Medicaid funding if they offer abortion services. This waiver limits the ability of low-income Texas families to access essential family planning health care services and sets a dangerous, first-in-the nation precedent for other states to replicate.

From Representative Lizzie Fletcher

March 12, 2020

Senator Peter Flores: Joins Conference Call With State Leaders On Texas' Response To Coronavirus

Senator Peter P. Flores joined a conference call regarding Texas' response to coronavirus (COVID-19). "This virus poses a new threat to our state, but a threat we are capable of defeating," said Sen. Flores. "I encourage continued collaboration between local, state, and federal governments.

From Senator Peter Flores

March 12, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO: To Close Physical Office Temporarily, Continue Operations

The Texas AFL-CIO announced today its office would close to the public for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16, but the state federation would continue operations with officers and staff working remotely.

From Texas AFL-CIO

March 12, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Senate To Stay In Session To Address Bipartisan Coronavirus Response Bill

Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the need for the Senate to set aside partisan politics and work together on a bipartisan economic package to help Americans impacted by the coronavirus. The Senate canceled the previously-planned State Work Period next week to work on a bipartisan agreement.

From Senator John Cornyn

March 12, 2020

Texas Rising Action: Endorses Sara Stapleton-Barrera In Senate District 27

Texas Rising Action, the youth organizing arm of the Texas Freedom Network, today announced its support of Sara Stapleton-Barrera in her bid to oust Sen. Eddie Lucio in the May 26 Democratic runoff for Texas Senate District 27.

From Texas Rising Action

March 12, 2020

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: TWDB Approves Financial Assistance For North Alamo Water Supply Corporation From The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund

Today, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved $17.4 million in financial assistance for the North Alamo Water Supply Corporation ("North Alamo") consisting of a $14.8 million loan and $2.6 million in loan forgiveness from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

March 12, 2020

TDP: Announces New, Cutting-Edge Texas Partisanship Model

Today, the Texas Democratic Party announced our Texas Model. Our Texas Partisanship Model will allow us to predict the partisan affiliation of potential voters in Texas with an unprecedented degree of accuracy to build the biggest Democratic movement this state has ever seen and help campaigns across our state prioritize their resources and time.

From Texas Democratic Party

March 12, 2020

Representative Ron Reynolds: Joins AFL-CIO And Labor Leaders Across The State To Protect Our Working People During The COVID-19 Health Concerns

From Representative Ron Reynolds

March 11, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Announces Texas Will Receive $35M In Initial Coronavirus Funding

Today U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) announced that Texas will receive $35 million in funding in support of their response to the coronavirus disease from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It comes from the Emergency Funding legislation passed by Congress last week, which included money Sen. Cornyn advocated for to reimburse local communities in Texas that have responded to the virus.

From Senator John Cornyn

March 11, 2020

Eliz Markowitz Campaign: Suspends Public Events In Light Of Coronavirus

Out of an abundance of caution, Dr. Eliz Markowitz for House District 28 today will be suspending all future campaign events and rallies. As the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise in both Fort Bend and Harris counties, and taking cues from local public health officials, the campaign hopes to reduce the possibility of community spread by cancelling all future gatherings. The Markowitz campaign will continue to monitor the situation and determine the best course of action regarding future political events.

From Eliz Markowitz Campaign

March 11, 2020

Representative Shawn Thierry: Addresses The Spread of Coronavirus In Public Schools

On Tuesday, Representative Shawn Thierry (D-Houston) issued an emergency request to HISD Interim School Superintendent, Dr. Grenita Lathan, urging that the Superintendent exercise her authority to immediately mandate scheduled hand washing protocols district wide. Other hygienic protocols recommended by the Representative include: requiring that hand soap is available in every school restroom and daily sanitizing of students’ desks with disinfectant wipes or other cleaning agents.

From Representative Shawn Thierry

March 11, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO: Asks Gov. Abbott To Declare Public Health Emergency Over Coronavirus

The Texas AFL-CIO today asked Gov. Greg Abbott to declare a public health emergency involving COVID-19 to broaden state resources to help sick and healthy Texans alike. A letter containing the request is attached to this news release. The Texas AFL-CIO also sent a letter asking the Texas Workforce Commission to adjust its rules to make more working people who lose their jobs because of the coronavirus eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits.

From Texas AFL-CIO

March 11, 2020

LBJ School of Public Affairs: Launches Inaugural Bipartisan Campaign School For Women

The LBJ School of Public Affairs has launched the LBJ Women’s Campaign School, a new initiative training mid-career professional women how to run for office or manage a political campaign. This multiday program is scheduled for June 9-13, 2020 at The University of Texas at Austin.

From LBJ School of Public Affairs

March 11, 2020

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement On Additional Evacuees Arriving At JBSA-Lackland

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, today released the following statement upon the arrival of additional evacuees from the Grand Princess cruise ship in San Antonio:

From Representative Joaquin Castro

March 11, 2020

Senator Judith Zaffirini: Appointed To Senate Education And Higher Education Committees

Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, today (Tuesday) was appointed by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, R-Houston, to serve on the Senate Committees on Education and Higher Education. She will replace Senator Kirk Watson, D-Austin, who recently announced he would be resigning imminently (April 30) from the Texas Senate.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini

March 11, 2020

Sarah Eckhardt Campaign: Eckhardt Enter State Senate Special Election!

Sarah Eckhardt announced today that she is resigning as Travis County ?Judge to run in the special election for District 14 State Senator. ?Judge Eckhardt broke the news during a regular meeting of the Travis County ?

From Sarah Eckhardt Campaign

March 10, 2020

Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra: Statement On The Coronavirus Hearing

State Representative R. D. "Bobby" Guerra released the following statement following today's Texas House Public Health Committee hearing on the state's preparedness in addressing the Coronavirus: "Thank you Madam Chair Thompson for your leadership and calling for the Public Health Committee to hold a hearing so that we can examine the state's preparedness on the Coronavirus.

From Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra

March 10, 2020

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Appointments: Senate Redistricting, Education and Higher Education Committees

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced the following appointments to three Senate committees today: Sen. Pat Fallon, R-Prosper, to the Senate Redistricting Committee Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, to the Senate Education and Senate Higher Education Committees

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

March 10, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Praises Nomination Of Trey Trainor To The Federal Election Commission

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today submitted to the record the following statement on Trey Trainor to be a member of the Federal Election Commission (FEC): “Although I cannot be physically present to introduce my friend Trey Trainor at this hearing on his nomination to be a member of the Federal Election Commission, the nearly 1,500 miles that separate us at the moment cannot stop me from saying a few words on behalf of his nomination.

From Senator Ted Cruz

March 10, 2020

Alliance for Securing and Strengthening the Economy in Texas: Statement On Paid Sick Leave

The Alliance for Securing and Strengthening the Economy in Texas (ASSET) today released the following statement to address misinformation about paid sick leave related to the spread of Coronavirus: “Texas employers are committed to keeping their employees safe and healthy, which is why 68 percent of Texans have paid time off, the highest percentage of all the states according to the Trust for America’s Health.

From Alliance for Securing and Strengthening the Economy in Texas

March 10, 2020

Texas House Democratic Caucus: Chair Chris Turner Joins Texas AFL-CIO In Call To Protect Working People Amid Growing Concerns Of COVID-19

Texas House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner issued the following statement in support of the Texas AFL-CIO’s demand that Texas leaders to do more to support and protect working people as concerns about COVID-19 continue to grow: “As Texas AFL-CIO leaders discussed today, there are tools the state of Texas could use to further protect the economic and health security of working families.

From Texas House Democratic Caucus

March 10, 2020

Re-Route The Route: Statement On Draft RPA Issuance

“This week, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a draft Rule for Particular Applicability, an obligatory step to assess the peculiar safety aspects of the proposed high-speed rail project in Texas.

From Re-Route The Route

March 10, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO: To Protect Communities From Coronavirus, Protect Working People

As the coronavirus threatens Texans, the Texas AFL-CIO today called on political and business leaders to take actions suggested by front-line union workers who face elevated risk of becoming ill.

From Texas AFL-CIO

March 10, 2020

Common Cause Texas: Partnering To Avoid Long Lines At The Polls In November

Earlier today, Common Cause Texas Executive Director Anthony Gutierrez met with Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman and several of her top aides who work on election administration. In an effort to determine what led to the long lines we saw in Texas on Super Tuesday - and find ways to avoid a repeat in November - Gutierrez and staff from Common Cause are meeting with election administrators around the state.

From Common Cause Texas

March 9, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Issues Update On COVID-19

The press office of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement: “Sen. Cruz feels great, has not exhibited any symptoms of the coronavirus in the last 11 days, and is not currently experiencing any symptoms. Sen. Cruz’s own decision to stay at home in Texas this week – until a full 14 days have passed since the interaction on February 27 – was made out of an abundance of caution and to give everyone peace of mind, not because it was medically recommended.

From Senator Ted Cruz

March 9, 2020

Representative Gene Wu: Calls On Houston Police Chief Acevedo To Release Details Of Special Prosecution Audit Of Narcotics Division

Last Wednesday, Representative Gene Wu (D-Houston) sent a letter to Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo urging that the details of the special prosecution audit of the narcotics division be released to the public.

From Representative Gene Wu

March 9, 2020

TDP: Launches Groundbreaking Community-Focused Statewide Organizing Program

Today, the Texas Democratic Party launched our innovative, relational, constituency-driven organizing program that will grow to be the most robust in Texas Democratic Party history. Volunteers are the heart and soul of the coordinated campaign, and their effort will help carry us to victory in November.

From Texas Democratic Party

March 9, 2020

Vianovo: Matt Hirsch Joins Vianovo As PArtner

Vianovo, a leading strategy consultancy at the intersection of business, policy and politics, today announced the addition of Matt Hirsch as a partner in the firm’s Austin office. Hirsch comes to Vianovo from the office of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, where he served five years as deputy chief of staff and communications director.

From Vianovo

March 9, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Statement On COVID-19

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement: “Last night, I was informed that 10 days ago at CPAC I briefly interacted with an individual who is currently symptomatic and has tested positive for COVID-19. That interaction consisted of a brief conversation and a handshake.

From Senator Ted Cruz

March 9, 2020

AARP: Survey: Two-thirds Of Texas Workers May Be Ill-Prepared For Retirement

An uncertain economic future may be in store for the two-thirds (66 percent) of private-sector workers without an employer-offered retirement plan, based on a survey of 501 small business owners in Texas released today by AARP.

From AARP

March 9, 2020

Eddie Rodriguez Campaign: Rep. Eddie Rodriguez: Announces Run For Texas Senate

Today, State Representative Eddie Rodriguez will announce that he is entering the race to be the next state senator for Senate District 14. Rep. Rodriguez will deliver his announcement at 11 AM at B.D. Reilly’s Irish Pub @ Mueller (1905 Aldrich St #130, Austin, TX 78723).

From Eddie Rodriguez Campaign

March 6, 2020

Representative Steve Toth: Cenotaph Letter To GLO

Dear Commissioner Bush, On the 184th anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo, I am writing to urge you to keep the Alamo Cenotaph in its original location. The day after celebrating Texas Independence Day, 97% of Republican voters statewide and 98% of Montgomery County Republicans overwhelmingly supported Proposition 7 to keep the Cenotaph where it is.

From Representative Steve Toth

March 6, 2020

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Appointed To The Windstorm Insurance Legislative Funding And Funding Structure Oversight Board By Lieutenant Governor Patrick

Today, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick appointed Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa to the Windstorm Insurance Legislative Funding and Funding Structure Oversight Board which was created this past session with the passage of House Bill 1900, co-sponsored by Senator Hinojosa. The board is charged with gathering information regarding how the association's current funding and funding structure operate and how the catastrophic risk pools of other states operate.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

March 6, 2020

TexPIRG: CapMetro Chooses Light Rail, Downtown Tunnel

Today, CapMetro’s plan for a generational investment in public transit for the city came out. The plan, the details of the long-awaited Project Connect vision map, include light rail recommendations for the two key high capacity corridors, one for the Guadalupe/Lamar corridor and one out to the airport, as well as an underground tunnel through the downtown business district.

From TexPIRG

March 6, 2020

Distilled Spirits Council of the United States: Oklahoma Expands Sunday Sales Of Spirits -- Texas Remains One Of Only Seven States To Keep Ban

On March 3, voters in seven Oklahoma counties overwhelmingly approved the sale of distilled spirits on Sundays, expanding access and consumer convenience in the state. Texas, however, remains one of only seven states that still bans the retail sale of spirits on Sundays.

From Distilled Spirits Council of the United States

March 6, 2020

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Appointments: Windstorm Insurance Legislative Funding And Funding Structure Oversight Board

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced the appointments of these senators to the Windstorm Insurance Legislative Funding and Funding Structure Oversight Board today: Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills - Co-Chairman Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

March 6, 2020

TDP: DSCC, TDP, and DCCC Challenge Unlawful Effort To Suppress VotesBy Ending Straight-Ticket Voting

The Texas Democratic Party, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced a new lawsuit to prevent the Texas Secretary of State from implementing a law that would eliminate straight-ticket voting.

From Texas Democratic Party

March 6, 2020

Representative Garnet Coleman: LSG, MALC, And TLBC To Hold Joint Hearing On Election Issues

Yesterday, the Texas Legislative Study Group (LSG) Caucus, the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) and Texas Legislative Black Caucus (TLBC) announced they would be conducting a joint hearing on the issues facing Texas voters.

From Representative Garnet Coleman

March 6, 2020

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick & Speaker Bonnen Announce New Legislative Budget Board Director

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen issued a joint statement today announcing their appointment of Jerry E. McGinty II, of Huntsville, as the next director of the Legislative Budget Board:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

March 6, 2020

Senator Borris Miles: Statement On Primary Election Voter Suppression

"Tuesday's Primary Election was horrifying and unacceptable. I was appalled and disgusted by the number of voting centers that had residents waiting in line from two to seven hours, malfunctioning equipment, and not enough staff to process voters. Upon receiving reports about the voting issues, I personally visited several voting centers throughout Harris County.

From Senator Borris Miles

March 6, 2020

Progress Texas: Progressive Voter Growth In Texas ContinuesTo Help Democrats

Progress Texas releases the following statement on the strong Democratic turnout during the Texas primary election. “Texas is the fastest-growing state in the nation and progressives are helping Democrats become the fastest-growing electorate, while Republican turnout is stagnating,” said Tara Pohlmeyer, communications manager of Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

March 6, 2020

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Three Texas Legislative Caucuses To Hold Joint Hearing

Today, the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) announced it is partnering with the Texas Legislative Black Caucus (TLBC) and the Legislative Study Group (LSG) to hold a hearing on the barriers that Texas voters experienced at the polls during the March 3rd, 2020 Primary Election.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

March 6, 2020

Dan Patrick Campaign: Patrick Challenges Direction Of Alamo Restoration Project

Dan Patrick, Texas Lt. Governor issued the following statement as Texans remember the final Battle of the Alamo: “184 years ago tomorrow, brave men fought and died to save the Alamo. It was a battle that changed the course of history for Texas, the United States and the world. Now it is time for Texans to come together to fight for it again.

From Dan Patrick Campaign

March 6, 2020

TDP: TotalTurnout Eclipses 2 Million Texas Democratic Primary Voters, Higher Than Republican Turnout

Texas’ Secretary of State election results show turnout in the Democratic Primary topped 2 million voters, making total turnout higher than that of Texans who casted a Republican ballot of the 99.5% of the Democratic precincts reporting and 99.6% of the Republican precincts that have reported.

From Texas Democratic Party

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