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Texans to Have Starring Role in Congressional Showdowns

From left: U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas; U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin; U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan; and U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis.
From left: U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas; U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin; U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan; and U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis.

When Congress reconvenes next week after its August recess, there are a couple of things you can count on: impassioned debate on domestic and foreign policy, and Texans having major parts in those debates.

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, urges Texas leaders to accept Medicaid expansion as U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, and then-San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro listen on April 1, 2013.
U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, urges Texas leaders to accept Medicaid expansion as U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, and then-San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro listen on April 1, 2013.

Texas Democrats Facing Fierce Debate on Iran Deal

 When Texas Democratic House members return to the nation's capital next week, they will be hit with a firestorm of a debate: the Iran deal. From the moment President Obama announced his nuclear deal with Iran, the issue became a consuming flashpoint in Congressional politics. Republicans howled, and many Democrats were - and continue to be - anxious. 

U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, Joe Barton, R-Ennis, and Michael McCaul, R-Austin.
U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, Joe Barton, R-Ennis, and Michael McCaul, R-Austin.

Texans in Congress Again Target Oil Export Ban

The nation’s capital is bracing for a frenetic fall. At best, Congress can expect a four-month legislative slog through everything from Iran to abortion; at worst, the government could shut down. It's anyone’s guess what that will mean for a renewed push to end the country's crude oil export ban.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn sits with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and wife Heidi Cruz at the Fort Hood Purple Heart ceremony on April 10, 2015.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn sits with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and wife Heidi Cruz at the Fort Hood Purple Heart ceremony on April 10, 2015.

Cruz and Cornyn Clash on Senate Floor

In the span of 10 minutes on Sunday afternoon, Texas's two senators engaged in what was — by Senate standards — a tough exchange on the chamber’s floor. 

Joined by Dave McIntosh (left), the president of the Washington, D.C-based Club for Growth, and U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke at a July 15, 2015, news conference in front the U.S. Capitol to call on U.S. House and Senate leaders to eliminate any path for the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.
Joined by Dave McIntosh (left), the president of the Washington, D.C-based Club for Growth, and U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke at a July 15, 2015, news conference in front the U.S. Capitol to call on U.S. House and Senate leaders to eliminate any path for the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.

Cruz Calls Senate Majority Leader McConnell a Liar

There are few places in modern life where strict decorum remains like the halls and the floor of the United States Senate. And on Friday morning, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz shattered one of the surest unwritten rules of the Upper Chamber: He called a colleague a liar.  

Joined by Dave McIntosh (left), the president of the Washington, D.C-based Club for Growth, and U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke at a July 15, 2015, news conference in front the U.S. Capitol to call on U.S. House and Senate leaders to eliminate any path for the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.
Joined by Dave McIntosh (left), the president of the Washington, D.C-based Club for Growth, and U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke at a July 15, 2015, news conference in front the U.S. Capitol to call on U.S. House and Senate leaders to eliminate any path for the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.

Ghost of Export-Import Bank Haunts Highway Bill

Two weeks after it was supposedly killed, the federal Export-Import Bank may soon be resuscitated by tagging its future to a massive highway funding bill. The congressional gamesmanship has conservatives vowing to kill the bank for good.

Of 38 members, only three women — U.S. Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, Eddie Bernice Johnson and Kay Granger — represent Texas in Congress.
Of 38 members, only three women — U.S. Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, Eddie Bernice Johnson and Kay Granger — represent Texas in Congress.

Why Are So Few Texas Women in Congress?

Texas has just three women in its 38-member congressional delegation, and hasn't sent a new long-term congresswoman to Washington in almost 20 years. Many in both parties wonder why the state's once-promising fount of woman candidates is running dry.

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro talks about the national 2016 political landscape during a TTEvents conversation with Evan Smith on Feb. 19, 2015.
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro talks about the national 2016 political landscape during a TTEvents conversation with Evan Smith on Feb. 19, 2015.

Texas Democrats Help Defeat Obama's Legacy Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday shot down President Obama's bid to negotiate the largest trade deal in American history. But unlike recent chapters in divided government, the people taking the knives to his agenda were members of his own party, including most of Texas' Democratic delegation.  

 

U.S. Speaker of the House, Jim Wright of Texas
U.S. Speaker of the House, Jim Wright of Texas

Former U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright Dies

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Jim Wright, a Fort Worth Democrat who spent 34 years in Congress and became the 48th speaker of the U.S. House, has died. 

Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul and son Rand speak at a Tea Party rally at the Texas Capitol on May 6, 2012.
Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul and son Rand speak at a Tea Party rally at the Texas Capitol on May 6, 2012.

Paul Skeptical of Senators' Motives in Iran Deal Demand

Former Texas Congressman Ron Paul on Saturday cast skepticism on the motives of senators who want a congressional review of President Barack Obama's emerging nuclear deal with Iran — a group that includes his son Rand Paul, a newly minted presidential candidate. 

 

U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio, at a Texas Tribune event on Dec. 18, 2014.
U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio, at a Texas Tribune event on Dec. 18, 2014.

Will Hurd Rakes in More Than $500,000 in First Quarter

Freshman U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio, raised over $500,000 in his first quarter in Congress, according to an aide. The figure comes just hours after the man Hurd ousted from office last November, Democrat Pete Gallego of Alpine, announced he would challenge Hurd to a rematch. 

Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion.
Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion.

Dallas Hospital Apologizes for "Mistakes" in Ebola Care

A representative of the Dallas hospital under scrutiny for its handling of the first Ebola case in the United States apologized on Thursday for mistakes he said the facility made when it initially misdiagnosed the patient.

 

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, Sen. Wendy Davis, and Sen. Royce West took part in the Stand with Texas Women Rally at the Capitol on July 1, 2013.
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, Sen. Wendy Davis, and Sen. Royce West took part in the Stand with Texas Women Rally at the Capitol on July 1, 2013.

Analysis: Democrats Found Candidates, if Not Voters

A year ago, Texas Democrats were still looking for candidates willing to jump into races Republicans have been winning for 20 years. Now the candidates are looking for Democrats, hoping there's a chance to break the pattern. 

Medicare Providers Want Permanent “Doc Fix”

Advocates for Texas doctors are renewing their calls for reform of a federal Medicare formula that leaves providers threatened with steep cuts to their payments year after year. Members of Texas' congressional delegation say that this year they got closer than ever to a permanent fix.