Congress

Immigration Reform
10:16 am
Wed May 21, 2014

House Will Consider Amendment To Admit DREAMers To Miltiary Academies

U.S. Rep Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio.
Credit U.S. Government

Immigration reform goes to the House floor this week, and San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro has introduced an amendment to the next military budget bill that would give students with Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) status the same rights given to many international students who apply to military academies.

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Immigration
1:27 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Mayor Castro Talks Immigration At Civil Rights Summit

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro joined former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour this week to kick off the Civil Rights Summit in Austin and to discuss the topic of immigration as a civil rights issue.   

Castro told the crowd that a reform of the United States immigration system will enhance civil rights by bringing people out of the shadows, creating situations where immigrants aren’t afraid to report crimes, send their kids to school and get the care they need for their families.

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Immigration
3:35 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Texas Business Groups Oppose Path To Citizenship, Support Work Program For Immigrants

A range of business associations in Texas came together today in Austin, hoping to catch the attention of Texas lawmakers in Washington, D.C., about the topic of immigration reform.

The group, which doesn't support amnesty or a pathway to citizenship, said they are running out of their unskilled labor force.

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Military
2:39 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Commission Deciding The Future Of Military Compensation & Retirement

Leadership of all branches of armed s ervices testified at Monday's hearing: [Left to Right] CMSgt Brian O'Mullan, CMSgt Craig Recker, Maj. Gen. Margaret Poore, Lt. Gen. Perry L. Wiggins, Brig. Gen. Robert LaBrutta, and CMSgt Rhonda Buening
Eileen Pace TPR News

Local military leaders are testifying before a congressional commission in San Antonio today in advance of modernizing the way the military -- and all uniformed services -- is compensated.

The Military Compensation and Retirement Commission was created in the recent National Defense Authorization Act, the annual bill that authorizes and funds the military. The commission is gathering comments from service members online and at public hearings around the country.

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U.S. Congress
9:34 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Castro Sees Challenges Ahead For Congress On Immigration & Farm Bill

Congressman Joaquín Castro (left) with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (center) and his brother, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro (right).
David Martin Davies TPR News

U.S. Congressman Joaquín Castro of San Antonio said he fears the nation will not see the passage of several key bills, including comprehensive immigration reform.

Castro said despite majority support for a comprehensive immigration bill, it will be tough to get something passed on Capitol Hill because of rulemaking.

"So really the big issue is: Is the speaker (Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio) going to stick to the Hastert Rule, which says he won’t allow a piece of legislation to come to the floor unless it has the support of the majority of the majority?" Castro said.

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Government
12:51 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Congressman Castro Calls On Lawmakers To Reinstate Unemployment Benefits

Congressman Joaquín Castro at a town hall meeting earlier this year.
Eileen Pace TPR News

One of the first things U.S. Congressman Joaquín Castro is hoping to accomplish for 2014 is to reinstate the country’s extended unemployment benefits that expired this past weekend.

Democrats on Capitol Hill are vowing to fight to reinstate those benefits for the 1.3 million Americans still struggling to find work. Castro told NBC's "Meet The Press" that Congress needs to make this a priority as a first order of business in 2014.

"In Texas alone we’ve got 66,000 people who lost their benefits, 235,000 people in all who will lose their benefits midway in 2014," Castro said.

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Sexual Assault In The Military
3:20 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Military Sexual Assault Bill Could Remove Chain Of Command From Legal Process

The investigation of sexual assault cases at Lackland has sparked calls for more overreaching action from Congress.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Military members around the country are watching today as the U.S. Senate takes up legislation aimed at curbing military sexual assault cases. The controversial bill would remove the chain of command in the legal system in such cases.

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Immigration Reform
11:57 am
Wed November 20, 2013

UT Students Protest For Immigration Reform

Ryan Poppe TPR News

A group of students from the University of Texas at Austin marched yesterday in front of the state capitol, calling on Congressman Roger Williams, R-Texas, to support a house resolution that would reform immigration policies.

The group University Leadership Initiative and other students against the Young Conservatives of Texas’ "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" game are hoping to somehow catch the eye of Williams, who they are asking to co-sponsor House Resolution 15, which is also known as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.

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2014 Election Campaign
9:51 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Dewhurst Asks Republicans In D.C. To Look Into Possible NSA Surveillance On Texas Gun Shows

Dewhurst is pushing his conservative credentials after losing the U.S. Senate race in 2012 to Ted Cruz, a tea party conservative.
David Dewhurst campaign

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst has sent Republican Texas lawmakers on Capitol Hill a letter, asking them to look into whether the National Security Administration’s surveillance program tapped Texas gun show phones, tracked gun purchases or attendance.

Professor Jim Henson heads up the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin and said Dewhurst’s request serves the purpose of wanting to be viewed as a staunch conservative.

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Border & Immigration
12:06 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Business Organizations Petition Congress For Immigration Reform

Richard Morgan Fronteras

Immigration reform may be on the back burner in congress since the end of the shutdown, but the Texas Association of Business, along with other organizations, are urging members of congress to pass an immigration compromise for the sake of the economy.

On Capitol Hill more than 600 people from business, law enforcement, and evangelical organizations nationwide are asking for a sensible path to citizenship so skilled workers can obtain employment.

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