Congress continues to debate issues on the war in Iraq and Immigration Reform. I am happy to report that the American people won another victory against the Senates Amnesty plan. Your voices were heard and the power of your calls, letters and emails made the difference in the defeat of the Amnesty bill for a second time, and hopefully final time. However, real immigration reform is not over it is only just begun and I will continue to fight for an enforcement-first policy that secures our border immediately and puts an end to the give-aways and incentives of illegal immigration.
Next month, I will be heading down to our nations southern border on another fact-finding mission. I urge every Member of Congress who has not seen firsthand the seriousness of the situation along our borders to do so. It is important for those making decisions on our border security and immigration policies to talk directly to the sheriffs and the people that are on the front lines in the war on the border.
God and Texas,
SENATE HEARINGS ON RAMOS AND COMPEAN
This week the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings looking into the prosecution of Border Agents Nacho Ramos and Joe Compean. I applaud my colleagues in the Senate for a job well done. Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein and Ranking Member, and fellow Texan, John Cornyn held US Attorney Johnny Sutton to the fire. The hearing proved once again that the US Attorneys office chose the wrong side of the law. Testimony showed that they had a choice that day to prosecute an illegal drug smuggler or two Texas lawmen defending our country and they went after our boys with both barrels.
The House will hold similar hearings in the coming weeks and we will pick up where the Senate left off to delve into the motives behind the prosecution of this case and those of Deputy Gilmer Hernandez, Border Agents Gary Brugman and Noe Aleman.
To read transcripts from the Senate hearings, please visit the Committee website:
FREE SPEECH V. FAIR SPEECH
It is written, ``Congress will make no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or bridging the freedom of speech or the freedom of press or the right of the people to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for redress of grievances.'' Of course, this is the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. It is first because, without these first principles, the rest of the following amendments are meaningless.
There are some in Washington that want to violate these rights because they simply dont like what they are hearing on talk radio and this is where the Fairness Doctrine comes into play or the Un-Fairness Doctrine if you really look at it. There is an effort to reinstate this law forcing equal time for liberal talk shows on the radio dial even though they have all failed to hold a following with the American public.
Because some doesn't like what they hear on the radio, they want the federal government to step in and stop it. The problem lies within their failed argument, that free speech must be fair speech. Fair is far too subjective a word. The Constitution protects free speech, not fair speech there is a big difference.
FOURTH OF JULY
America turned another year older, and another year better. I was recently asked by talk show host Sam Malone if I thought America was getting better or worse, would we leave the next generation a better country? I believe so. The American people are the best in the world and despite the frustrations with government bureaucracy, Americans believe in our country. The outcry from coast-to-coast to secure our borders and protect our culture is the best example of that.
I had a great time visiting with all the folks that came out to the Kingwood and Crosby Fourth of July Parades, Forest Cove BBQ and the Cleveland Fourth of July celebration the community was out in full support!
AWARDS AND HONORS
The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) recently honored me with their Taxpayer Hero Award for consistently voting to cut wasteful spending, reduce the tax burden, and make government more accountable to taxpayers.
I am also happy to announce that I was named Legislator of the Year by the Independent Electrical Contractors Association. This is a great group of local contractors and their recognition of my work is a great compliment.
I appeared on CNNs Lou Dobbs Tonight this week to discuss the Senate hearings on the Ramos and Compean case. For a recap, visit this link for a transcript of Tuesdays show:
Be sure to tune in and catch me every Monday morning at 7:15 discussing the latest issues. And - dont forget to tune in to Good Morning Southeast Texas every Wednesday at 6:30am on KBMT in the Beaumont/Port Arthur area and every other Monday on Fox 26 in Houston for my regular Congressional Updates.
A SPECIAL FAREWELL
This month we said good-bye to one of the finest southern ladies politics and Texas has ever had the pleasure of knowing, Lady Bird Johnson. Her legacy and influence will live on forever. I doubt that Texas, nor our country, will ever know a finer lady and patriot than we had in Lady Bird Johnson. May God bless Lady Bird as she has blessed us.
To read my tribute, Behind Every Man, Theres a Lady Bird, visit the following link: