The Austin American-Statesman recently posted a letter to the Editor I wrote in response to an editorial about the judicial nomination process and alarming fact that one in eight federal trial courts, which consider 99 percent of cases never heard by the Supreme Court, are vacant—six in Texas.
As I discussed with students from across Central Texas at the downtown Austin campus of ACC (which was long the home of my old high school), the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act invests in our future through a historic commitment to students.
Today, on the House floor, I spoke in favor of the Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act, which includes provisions to spur investment in local rebuilding projects and to help our small businesses grow, fueling our Central Texas economy. Specifically, the bill includes a measure that I authored to crack down on foreign corporations using tax havens to dodge American taxes.
Today, the House of Representatives considered legislation intended to create jobs. In these difficult economic times, we should encourage the growth of American jobs, and it is also important that we get the most for every tax expenditure. But, as I noted in a House floor speech today, this provision does too little to create jobs and costs too much.
Today, I introduced a resolution strongly condemning the terror attack on IRS employees, recognizing Vernon Hunter, who was killed in the attack, and saluting the service of those first responders and employees who kept this event from becoming an even larger tragedy.
During a House Budget Hearing today, Congressman Lloyd Doggett recognized the life of Vernon Hunter, who was killed last Thursday in the suicide attack on IRS employees in Austin. Before beginning his questioning of U.S.
Every American knows about the speed limit. We proposed a Wall Street bankers tax for those exceeding the greed limit. In advance of President Obama's announcement of a fee on the nation's biggest banks, I announced a separate initiative that applies a 50-percent tax on Wall Street bank bonuses in excess of $50,000 paid by TARP-recipient firms: The Wall Street Bonus Tax Act.
On the floor of the House of Representatives, I expressed my strong support for the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, as envisioned by former U.T. Law Professor Elizabeth Warren. Today, we have the opportunity to create a new squad of financial cops who will work to protect those living on Main Street from the greed we've seen from Wall Street.
On the floor of the House of Representatives, I voiced my strong belief that before Congress ask working families to pay more in taxes, we must question why Congress has done so little to crack down on special interests getting special treatment, and to prevent billions of dollars in corporate tax avoidance.
Onion Creek Flood Control
To allow the City of Austin to be reimbursed for spending local funds above and beyond what is required for local governments in order to relocate families out of the Onion Creek flood zone.