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Private Property Protections and Veterans Transportation - Mac's Video Mailbox

Dear Friends, I’d like to update you on two important pieces of legislation that will greatly impact many folks in our area. Private property rights are vital to our American way of life. It is the foundation for our homes, our livelihoods, and our opportunity to provide a better future for coming generations. That is why alarms sounded when rights to Texas land were called into question by the federal government. Senator Cornyn and I introduced legislation to help protect the property rights of landowners who own property along the Red River that was claimed by the Bureau of Land Management (... Read More »

A Step Forward for Landowners - Mac's Video Mailbox

Private property rights are vital to our American way of life. It is the foundation for our homes, our livelihoods, and our opportunity to provide a better future for coming generations. That is why alarms sounded when rights to Texas land were called into question by the federal government. Last December, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced it was reviewing and updating its management plan for any land the federal government might own along the Red River – land that has been in families for decades. To help settle the issue, I recently introduced legislation with Senator John Cornyn... Read More »

Crisis on the Border - Mac's Video Mailbox

Thousands of unaccompanied children and other migrants are flooding our southern border. As Texans, this is an issue that hits close to home and one that requires immediate attention and decisive action. It is the topic of this week's video mailbox. The first job of the federal government is to protect the country and part of that means knowing who and what comes across our borders. If we are unable to control the border, we put the safety of our own people at risk. Tens of thousands of children from Central America – particularly Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador – are flooding our borders... Read More »

Root Out VA Abuse - Mac's Video Mailbox

Across the political spectrum, there has been outrage at the mismanagement and coverup at the Veterans Administration (VA). These problems must be fixed – whatever it takes. Across party lines, we can agree that our country owes a debt to the men and women who risk their lives to keep us safe. After serving our country, our veterans deserve a government that will serve them when they come home. Stories of extended wait times and veterans failing to receive care – or, in some cases, even dying because they failed to receive care – shocks us all. Congress, as well as the Administration, has a re... Read More »

Building a safer, stronger America - Mac's Video Mailbox

In this edition of my video mailbox, I will update you on two important issues — our nation's security and government regulations. Last week the House Armed Services Committee approved the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4435) to allocate funding for our troops and other national security priorities. Specifically, the bill would authorize $521.3 billion for the Department of Defense and the nuclear weapons programs at the Department of Energy, plus $79.4 billion for the war in Afghanistan and other overseas operations. When any of us turn on the news, we can see that the threa... Read More »

Getting to the bottom of Benghazi - Mac's Video Mailbox

I continue to receive letters, phone calls, and emails from folks asking for the truth about Benghazi. Setting the facts straight is important to our national security and to ensure this never happens again. We owe it to the Americans who lost their lives, their families, and those who continue to bravely serve today. They deserve the whole truth, our complete support, and the assurance that their government has their best interests in mind. Congress will continue to hold hearings until we get to the bottom of Benghazi. Just recently, the House Intelligence Committee had former Deputy Director... Read More »

The Effort to Stop ObamaCare Will Continue - Mac's Video Mailbox September 25, 2013

Dear Friend, I continue to receive many letters, phone calls, and emails from folks about Obamacare. It is by far the number one issue that people are calling and writing into my offices about. Folks all over our district want to know what we can do to prevent it. In this edition of my video mailbox, I want to answer some of the questions and concerns that I have heard and read from people in our part of Texas about Obamacare. Stopping the President’s health care law has been a priority in the House since the day the Democrats forced the bill through the Congress over the objections of the Ame... Read More »

Stopping Obama's Blizzard of Regulations - Mac's Video Mailbox

Dear Friend, I continue to receive many letters, phone calls, and emails from folks about the blizzard of regulations we have seen from the Obama Administration. It seems that there is no aspect of our lives that Washington is not trying to reach into and regulate. This week the House will be voting on ten different bills meant to reduce or prevent much of this overreach by the federal government. In this edition of my video mailbox, I want to answer some of the questions and concerns that I have heard and read from people in our part of Texas about this important issue. You can watch by click... Read More »

Real Immigration Reform Begins with Border Security - Video Mailbox

Dear Friend, I have received many phone calls, letters, and emails recently about immigration reform. In this edition of my video mailbox, I want to answer some of the questions and concerns that I have heard and read from people in our part of Texas about this important issue. America is a nation of immigrants, and a nation of laws. It is clear that our immigration system is broken and that reform is vital to our country’s national security and economic future. But a rush to pass immigration reform just for the sake of doing so would be foolish. So the House will not be taking up the massive,... Read More »

Prairie-Chicken and Border Patrol - Mac's Video Mailbox

Dear Friend, In this edition of my video mailbox, I want to answer some of your questions about the potential closures of Border Patrol stations in Texas and the Fish and Wildlife Service's upcoming decision on the Lesser Prairie-Chicken. I continue to hear from many folks in our area who are concerned about the proposed Border Patrol station closures in Texas, including the one in Amarillo. Since last July, my office, along with other Texas House and Senate offices, has been working to prevent the proposed station closures. We have also been listening to local law enforcement officials' conce... Read More »