From Texas Standard:

Last week, Texas Rep. Kevin Brady won over the chairmanship of one of the most powerful groups of congressional lawmakers, the House Ways and Means Committee.

TX Rep. Bill Flores To Run For U.S. House Speaker

Oct 12, 2015
Chris Maddaloni / Texas Tribune

*Editor's note: This story has been updated to include details from an email sent out by Rep. Bill Flores.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, said Monday he intends to seek the gavel of the United States House of Representatives. 

Texas Tribune

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

WASHINGTON — Two Texans are positioning themselves for a run to become the next speaker of the U.S. House, according to sources with knowledge of the congressmen’s interest. 

U.S. Reps. Mike Conaway, R-Midland, and Bill Flores, R-Bryan, are considering bids for the gavel, in light of U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s withdrawal from the speaker’s race on Thursday. 

Ryan E. Poppe


A San Antonio representative is weighing in as Congress debates legislation that calls for withholding federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities.  In those cities local law enforcement typically do not ask whether people are in the country illegally.



The near financial meltdown in 2008 precipitated some of the biggest bank bailouts and government giveaways in history. That, in turn, paved the way for the largest reforms to the financial sector in several generations, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Dodd-Frank was tasked with creating more than 200 rules, along with it the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It celebrated its 5 year anniversary Tuesday and has completed only two-thirds of the rules mandated.