Sep 12th - 1:04 pm
Texas’ two U.S. senators are moving forward with a bill to reclassify the Fort Hood shooting as a terrorist attack. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz introduced the Honoring the Fort Hood Heroes Act on Capitol Hill Thursday.
The shooting is currently classified as an act of workplace violence. Changing the designation would give the victims and their families the same benefits and honors as victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. It would provide life insurance, tax breaks for death in a combat zone and other combat-related pay.
The measure also has sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives. Reps. John Carter and Roger Williams are introducing similar legislation in the lower chamber. Lawmakers say they expect bipartisan support for the bill and hope to have it passed through Congress by the end of the year.
Last month Maj. Nidal Hasan was convicted of killing 13 people and injuring dozens more in the 2009 shooting. He is sitting on death row at Fort Leavenworth.
Jun 27th - 8:25 pm
Perry vs. Wendy
Gov. Rick Perry is giving his take on Tuesday’s failed bid to pass three bills before the special session deadline.
Speaking at the National Right to Life convention in Dallas, Perry talked about Sen. Wendy Davis’ filibuster, which effectively killed abortion restrictions he’d been pushing for. He referred to the night’s events as the “hijacking of the democratic process,” then made a comment about Senator Davis herself that some say went too far.
Going after Dewhurst
Sen. Dan Patrick is looking to move up the political ladder. He announced his bid Thursday as the “authentic conservative” candidate for lieutenant governor. It’s a move that could be seen as part of a bigger backlash against the current lieutenant governor.
After the Filibuster
Plus, immigration reform got a long-awaited vote in Congress, but despite the claims of both U.S. Senators from Texas, some local activists say the border security measures go too far.
Mar 29th - 12:23 pm
A Republican congressman’s racial slur against Hispanics is drawing swift condemnation from fellow lawmakers, including Sen. John Cornyn.
In an interview on Alaskan radio station KRBD, Republican Rep. Don Young used a derogatory term to describe migrant workers. He spoke about the changing nature of American industry, and used the term to describe workers on his father’s ranch.
Sen. Cornyn issued a statement in response:
“Migrant workers come to America looking for opportunity and a way to provide a better life for their families. They do not come to this country to hear ethnic slurs and derogatory language from elected officials. The comments used by Rep. Young do nothing to elevate our party, political discourse or the millions who come here looking for economic opportunity.”