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Thu
13
Dec

Texas, nation mourn death of former president

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 3 proclaimed Dec. 5 as an official day of mourning across the Lone Star State in honor of former President George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, who died in Houston on Nov. 30.

In the proclamation, Abbott encouraged Texans to “gather, assemble and pay their respects to the memory of George Herbert Walker Bush through ceremonies in homes, businesses, public buildings, schools, places of worship or other appropriate places for public expression of grief and remembrance.”

The proclamation also allowed state employees to attend such observances. State agencies, offices and departments were closed on that day, with general government operations and services maintained by reduced-size work crews.

Thu
13
Dec

Remembering President Bush’s legacy

CONGRESSIONAL REPORT

Recently, I attended the Inauguration Ceremony of new Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in Mexico City. I also provided district media and members of the community with updates on current topics including trade, border security and appropriations impacting the district. In the district, my staff attended several events, including the Fifth Annual Lamar Bruni Vergara Trust IMPACT Economic Development Forum and presented several Congressional Certificates of Recognition to different outstanding constituents throughout the district. This week, we remember President George H.W. Bush and the incredible legacy that he leaves behind. His unyielding leadership, commitment and servitude to his family and to our country will be matched by none. My heartfelt condolences go to the Bush family during this difficult time. As always, please contact one of my offices if you need assistance with any federal agency.

 

Thu
06
Dec

Former President George H.W. Bush dies Nov. 30

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 1 issued the following statement on the Nov. 30 death of George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States:

“The state of Texas mourns with the nation at the passing of one of our greatest presidents. George H.W. Bush was an American hero and icon, he was a friend to all he met, he embodied class and dignity. Texans are genuinely honored that he called the Lone Star State home and we collectively grieve this monumental loss. On behalf of Texas, Cecilia and I offer our thoughts and prayers to the Bush family in their time of need.”

 

 

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Thu
06
Dec

Supporting our Military Families

HURD ON THE HILL

When South and West Texas come to mind, folks might think of mouthwatering breakfast tacos, breathtaking sunsets and a good worn-in pair of cowboy boots. And they’re not wrong. However, what is also synonymous with the 23rd District of Texas is the presence of our military bases. With Fort Bliss to the West, Joint Base San Antonio to the East and Laughlin Air Force Base in between, our congressional district has a uniquely special relationship with our servicemembers, veterans and their families. It is a continuous source of pride to represent in Congress over 4,600 active-duty military and 45,000 military veterans across 29 counties and two time zones of TX-23.

Thu
29
Nov

Texas unemployment rates hits lowest level since 1976

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

Texas has its lowest unemployment rate in more than 42 years. The Texas Workforce Commission on Nov. 16 announced that Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent in October, down from 3.8 percent the prior month.

It is the lowest level of unemployment the state has seen since January 1976.

 

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Thu
29
Nov

Weather Whys

Acid rain is rain that contains pollutants, says Brent McRoberts of Texas A&M University.

“The term has been around a long time, having been coined by an English scientist in 1872,” he reports. “Even then, scientists believed acid rain could lead to a natural destruction of many of Earth’s resources, which many still believe today. Much of the acid rain today comes from products of burning coal or other fuels and from industrial sources.

“If there is a significant concentration of these products, chemical reactions with water molecules will lead to acid rain.”

 

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Thu
22
Nov

Field of candidates for House speaker narrows to one

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

Eight members of the Texas Legislature filed papers with the Texas Ethics Commission to declare themselves candidates for speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, and as of last week, only one remained.

The candidacy of state Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, gained momentum in October, and Bonnen on Nov. 13 announced he had the support of 109 members of the 150-member House. At minimum, it takes 76 votes to elect a speaker, which is 50 percent, plus one, of the 150 members of the House.

 

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Thu
22
Nov

Weather Whys Different Thunderstorms

You hear about thunderstorms, severe storms and supercells. What’s the difference?

A thunderstorm by definition is a storm accompanied by lightning and thunder, while severe storms and supercells are the most intense types of thunderstorms, says Brent McRoberts of Texas A&M University.

“All can be responsible for rough weather such as tornadoes, hail, strong winds and flash floods, which are the biggest weather-related killer in the US,” he says. “Thunderstorms must have unstable air to form, and then need a push to give that air an upward shove, which is why most form in the spring and summer. A severe thunderstorm is one that has or is suspected of having winds of 58 miles per hour or faster and/or hail of at least one inch in diameter.

 

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Thu
15
Nov

Every veteran has a story

By WILL HURD

 

This week’s Hurd on the Hill column is a truly special edition. In honor of Veterans Day, I asked my Military and Veterans Liaison, Ashley Estep, to tell you why she joined the U.S. Air Force and what motivates her to continue to serve today. I hope you enjoy her story. - Will

 

Thu
15
Nov

Election results reveal larger than usual turnout

By ED STERLING

 

More than 8.3 million of Texas’ 15.8 million registered voters cast ballots in the Nov. 6 general election, as shown in results posted by the secretary of state.

 

The turnout of almost 53 percent was recognized widely as the highest in nearly 50 years for a Texas election without presidential candidates on the ballot.

 

U.S. Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, D-El Paso, garnered national attention in his quest to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Houston, but Cruz won the race with 4,244,204 votes (50.92 percent) to 4,024,777 (48.29 percent) for O’Rourke.

 

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