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Two sentences to the editor, Somehow the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives do not realize they are a major contribution to the dysfunction in electing a House leader. An automatic vote of NO to have a Republican is counterproductive to fulfilling their responsibility as members of the Congress[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] Opinions San Marcos News, San Marcossanmarcosrecord.com
After delay, U.S. Rep. Gonzalez sworn in to 118th Congress
After a few days of delay, U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-District 34, was sworn in Saturday as a member of the 118th Congress. Gonzalez returns to Congress for his fourth term after being elected, under new Congressional maps, the newest representative for the 34th Congressional District of Texas. “I am honored and humbled to continue representing the people of South Texas in Washington, D.C.,” stated Gonzalez in a news release. The district also runs north along U.S. Highway 77 encompassing Edcouch, Elsa, Raymondville, Kingsville. We must also continue to provide for our veterans and seniors and those looking to call America and South Texas home,” Gonzalez said in the news release.myrgv.com
After historic delay, De La Cruz sworn in as first Latina Republican to District 15
Following a chaotic and historic vote for House speaker that began Tuesday and stretched into early Saturday morning, Monica De La Cruz took the oath of office to become the first woman and first Republican to represent District 15 since its creation in 1903. De La Cruz voted for McCarthy each time. Just after 7 a.m. Saturday, De La Cruz issued a statement marking the occasion. “Those of us who are the children and grandchildren of immigrants know it is a blessing to live in a democracy where we can openly voice our differences,” De La Cruz said. “I thank everyone for their kind words and prayers,” De La Cruz said.myrgv.com
How Kevin McCarthy may have doomed his bid for House speaker
For the first time since 1923, the U.S. House of Representatives failed Tuesday to elect a new Speaker on the initial ballot, signaling the start of what could be a factitious, days-long drama to find a Republican successor to former Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.news.yahoo.com
House advances giant Texas storm surge project in water bill
HOUSTON (AP) — Fourteen years after Hurricane Ike ripped through thousands of homes and businesses near Galveston, Texas — but mostly spared the region’s oil refineries and chemical plants — the U.S.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
GOP heavyweights McCarthy, Gingrich back ‘triple threat’ candidates in McAllen
Republicans need to flip just five seats in the U.S. House of Representatives in order to take control of the chamber. The Valley’s rightward shift recently resulted in a huge win for the Republican Party when voters elected Flores this June to fill the unexpired term of Democrat Filemon Vela Jr., who resigned on March 31. “We made a little history this year with Mayra Flores getting elected,” McCarthy said. I promise you, we will introduce a bill to defund the 87,000 IRS agents, my friends,” Garcia said. “We don’t need 87,000 IRS agents, my friends, we need 87,000 Border Patrol agents, my friends,” she said, before similarly suggesting 87,000 U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, or 87,000 school security guards.myrgv.com
Groundhog gets caught stealing on security camera
A Delaware gardener named Jeff Premar noticed someone was stealing his vegetables. So, he set up a security camera – and realized the culprit was a groundhog. "He would get right up into the camera and chomp on the veggies in your face like, 'Yeah I’m eating your veggies, what are you gonna do about it, Gardener Jeff?'" Premar told CBS News. Eventually, have gave up and built the groundhog, whom he named Chunk, a mini table to dine at.news.yahoo.com
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert asked Trump for a pardon after insurrection, Jan. 6 committee reveals
Gohmert was mentioned several times during Thursday’s hearing, which focused on the coordinated effort by Trump and his allies to convince the Justice Department to investigate voter fraud and help overturn election results.
Texas Republicans Chip Roy and Louie Gohmert among few to vote against U.S. House bill to help poor mothers access formula
The bill, which passed in the House, would expand the formula brand choices available to mothers on a federal assistance program in an attempt to mitigate a disruptive baby formula shortage around the country.
Democrats are in danger of losing three congressional strongholds in South Texas
The seats in question are held by U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar of Laredo and Vicente Gonzalez of McAllen. A third vacant seat recently belonged to Filemon Vela of Brownsville, who stepped down to take a private sector lobbying job.
Retiring U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson looms large in crowded race to replace her
Johnson did not make her retirement official until November, setting off an abridged scramble to set up campaigns ahead of the December filing deadline but attracting a packed lineup of experienced candidates who are either well connected, well known or well funded.
Gov. Greg Abbott signs off on Texas’ new political maps, which protect GOP majorities while diluting voices of voters of color
Texas lawmakers drew new maps for the state House and Senate, congressional delegation and State Board of Education. Here’s what Texans should know about the 2021 redistricting outcomes.
Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher is about to find out how badly Texas Republicans want her out of Congress
The two-term Houston representative holds a congressional seat with a storied Republican lineage. With the GOP-controlled Legislature about to release new district maps, some expect they will try to wrest the seat back into their column.
National Republicans zero in on South Texas congressional race to oust Vicente Gonzalez
The Democratic incumbent, Rep. Vicente Gonzalez of McAllen, had a surprisingly close race last year as President Joe Biden underperformed across the region, and his 2020 challenger, Monica De La Cruz-Hernandez, is running again.
U.S. Sens. John Cornyn, Ted Cruz vote against infrastructure bill that could give Texas more than $30 billion
The Senate approved a $1 trillion, bipartisan bill that also earmarks money for broadband internet access. It’s not yet known how much money set aside for the country’s aging electricity infrastructure could go to Texas’ main power grid.
Texas lawmakers to testify as U.S. House oversight committee plans hearing on Texas voting bill
Three of the Democratic legislators who went to Washington, D.C., to deny the Texas House a quorum have been invited to detail their concerns at a specially called hearing on the contentious legislation that includes new restrictions on voting.
Texas House Democrat Michelle Beckley announces run against Republican U.S. Rep. Beth Van Duyne
Beckley unveiled her plans in a video filmed inside a hotel room in the nation’s capital, where state House Democrats fled earlier this month to break quorum in protest of Republicans’ priority elections bill.
U.S. House calls for Russia to free Texan who's been imprisoned since 2019
Trevor Reed, a 29-year-old resident of Granbury, was arrested in August 2019 on specious grounds, according to news reports and American diplomats, and his supporters say he’s being held on trumped-up charges because he’s a retired Marine.
Donald Trump denounces Chip Roy’s bid for U.S. House Republican leadership post: “He has not done a great job”
As U.S. Rep. Chip Roy made known his intent Thursday to become the third-ranking House Republican, former President Donald Trump released a statement of condemnation of the Austin Republican and endorsed his rival for the post.
U.S. House Oversight Committee investigating operator of Texas' power grid
The U.S. Capitol on Jan. 12, 2021. Credit: REUTERS/Joshua RobertsA U.S. House subcommittee is investigating the operator of Texas’ power grid for its role in leaving millions without electricity during the destructive winter storm that hammered the state two weeks ago. The subcommittee asked ERCOT to fork over documents by March 17. AdIn the letter, Khanna also highlighted the known risk that climate change poses to the United States based on scientific evidence. ERCOT and the State of Texas are well-aware of the weather predictions, yet you failed to prepare adequately for them,” Khanna said. The oversight committee is “the main investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives” and can investigate within its legislative jurisdiction as well as “any matter” within the jurisdiction of other standing committees, according to the committee’s website.