The Top 5 – February 18, 2019

Beto O’Rourke FINALLY declares what we all knew before – He is for OPEN BORDERS. Congressman Michael Cloud has a bill that really highlights the national debt and Property Tax Reform has an opponent.

Our top 5 for this week. Please make some calls and join the action. 

I may have crossed over into complete session nerd-dom.  I am now signed up on Texas Legislative Online (remember that was one of the assignments from the last several weeks) and I am receiving all the updates for every committee hearing and a really LONG list of bills moving in the Senate. So much going on, but it is so rewarding to help track it for you.

Meetings are starting in House committees this week. Some of these committees have bills in front of them, others are organizational hearings, and others are invited testimony. We are keeping an eye on these and when we see bills moving that we care about, we will alert you (or you, please, keep me informed on bills you think we should be paying attention to). 

We do have a few “study” items and action items this week. Some of these issues are items we as conservatives agree on, but we may not always agree on the best way forward. The action items are hopefully helpful suggestions and beneficial information.

Thank you for stepping up and being engaged. Every day during this session so far, we have heard something that makes us shake our heads; but also every day there are brave men and women like yourself standing up for life, virtue, and truth.

1.   Let’s continue to track what is going on with the Texas border. 

Congressman Dan Crenshaw issued a challenge to Beto O’Rourke this last week and Beto responded. It went viral as former Congressman Beto O’Rourke finally told the world what we always knew all along during the last campaign – He is for open borders, period. Watch this!

Action Alert: State Reps. Briscoe Cain (512-463-0733) and Kyle Biedermann

(512-463-0325) are proposing legislation to allocate $2.5 billion  from the Texas Rainy Day Fund (current balance of $11 billion) to fund construction of border wall on the Texas  border using Texas companies. If you support this, please call the offices of these two Freedom Caucus members and thank them.

2. Property Tax Reform (SB2) passed out of committee, but…..

Read this article about Senator Kel Seliger’s opposition to this bill and then let’s all call his office today. Big, BIG ACTION ALERT!

Time to let Sen. Kel Seliger’s HEAR from you!

Austin: (512) 463-0131 or his District office in Amarillo (806) 374-8994

Please share this action alert with friends. 

3. Federal Action Alert – Cost Estimates Improvement Act (H.R. 638) by Michael Cloud 

Along with our friends at Freedom Works, we want to urge you to support the Cost Estimates Improvement Act introduced by Rep. Michael Cloud (Republican – TX-27). The Cost Estimates Improvement Act would require the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation to provide the costs of servicing the public debt when producing cost-estimates of legislation and a list of any duplicative activities covered by a bill. We talk about the national debt but this a practical step to do something about it. Read the blog by Freedom Works here.

Congressman Michael Cloud’s op-ed on the bill is here. 

Call your U.S. Congressman or Congresswoman now and ask them to co-sponsor this bill TODAY.

4. The Fight for Life – It never stops

Senator Bob Hall (SD-2) had a great run down on the Fight For Life in his weekly update that he emails out to his district. I wanted to share it with you because it gives you information on pro-life legislation.  There are more bills coming and we will get you that information asap!  

5. Join us at Faith and Family Day in Austin on March 13th

Please Join us at Faith and Family Day this year!  You will be glad you did as WE stand up for our Christian values together in Austin. It is a fun, informative, and rewarding day as Texas Eagle Forum joins together with other organizations to lobby our legislators. Check out the schedule here on the website and register today. Here is the Facebook event to join and share as well. 

This is how we make a difference. Please consider financially supporting us at Texas Eagle Forum during this important legislative session. We know what we are doing together will make a difference for our state and our nation. 

Trayce Bradford, President of Texas Eagle Forum

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