Below are only a few of the federal issues that I am working on for Texans. By visiting my homepage, and viewing my latest news, Facebook, Twitter or videos, you can learn more about my efforts.
Outstanding student loans now total more than $1.2 trillion, surpassing even total credit card debt. Between 2004 and 2012, the average Texas student debt balance grew by 61 percent. The ability to afford a college degree is in jeopardy for too many. Public education is a right that, through hard work, provides a lifetime of benefits, not a privilege reserved for a fortunate, wealthy few.
I support efforts to bolster small businesses and local manufacturers to help grow our economy. I voted against the Republican tax bill, which will hurt middle-class families, balloon the national debt and lavishes tax breaks on those already atop the economic ladder. I discuss my concerns in this interview on PBS NewsHour.
Instead of building walls, we must build bridges. Passing comprehensive immigration reform will grow the Texas economy—it will mean more small business startups and more graduating students. I stand with our Dreamers, many of whom know America as their only home. President Trump’s heartless deportation measures only tear families apart and hurt local law enforcement’s ability to fight crime.
I will continue to stand up for equal rights and equal respect for all Americans. My efforts are reflected in the Equality Texas “Spirit of Texas” Lifetime Achievement Award for my work fighting for equality and against discrimination.
Whether you are an elderly member of our community, serving in our armed forces overseas, or a young university student whose personal documents are not with them at college, I firmly believe that all citizens should have equal access to the ballot box.
We cannot keep ignoring the critical challenges facing Texas, our country, and our planet. Encouraging the expansion of renewable energy is vital for protecting our world, strengthening our national security, and boosting the economy.
We should be seeking bipartisan legislation designed to encourage entrepreneurship, support small businesses, and grow jobs here in America. In San Antonio and Austin we have a number of incubators and accelerators with a wide range of hi-tech startups that are creating our economic future now.
So many veterans have planned their lives around the benefits promised to them as service members and they should not be forced to bear the burden of balancing our Nation's budget on their backs. We cannot afford to break our promises of retirement and health security they earned. Our obligation to those who served abroad does not end when they return home.