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.
The ability to afford a college degree is in jeopardy for too many. Outstanding student loans now total more than $1.5 trillion, surpassing even total credit card debt. More than half of 2016 Texas grads from 4-year institutions graduated with debt, pushing outstanding Texas student loan debt over $90 billion.
I will continue to stand up for equal rights and equal respect for all Americans, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
To grow our economy, we need to invest in our workforce, in education, and job training. We need to fix our crumbling infrastructure, bringing it into the 21st century. We need to invest in health care, research and development, and bolster small businesses and local manufacturers.
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. In terminating the Deferred Action Child Arrival (DACA) program, Donald Trump and Republicans have only viewed Dreamers as bargaining chips to impose other anti-immigrant proposals.
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 continue ignoring the critical challenges facing Texas, our country, and our planet caused by climate change. Encouraging the expansion of renewable energy is vital for protecting our world, strengthening our national security, and boosting our 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.