What Texans Are Saying About President Obama’s Visit to Texas
May 10, 2011

President Obama will make a quick swing through the Lone Star state today. His first stop is in El Paso where he will make a speech on immigration.  His second stop will be in Austin, where he will attend two political fundraisers.

A spokeswoman for Governor Perry told me Monday that the Governor requested a meet and greet with Mr. Obama in El Paso, but was turned down by the White House.  No surprise really. 

A longtime critic of  President Obama, Governor Perry has been turning up the heat ever since FEMA denied his request for a disaster declaration to help the victims of the Texas wildfires. Republicans released this video on Monday: 

http://youtu.be/ET6rOBSGCms

Meanwhile,  Congressman John Culberson (R-Houston) released a statement ahead of  President Obama’s visit:  “The President doesn’t often visit our state, so it is understandable that he would’ve missed the successful bipartisan work my colleagues and I have done to implement and fund Operation Streamline. Under this strict enforcement policy, everyone caught crossing the border illegally is arrested, prosecuted, and jailed for up to six months. We have had great success in the Del Rio and Laredo Sectors and are working to expand it from Brownsville to San Diego,” said Congressman Culberson.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Houston) has been invited to attend President Obama’s speech on immigration reform in El Paso.  She issued the following statement:

“The President will make a very important announcement…in my home state of Texas, and I am pleased to be invited.  Further, I am delighted to join Congressman Silvestre Reyes, the former Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, an expert on national security and border security, and who served for many years at the Customs and Border Protection agency, in his district.  I have worked for years on immigration reform, and I have continuously introduced the Save America Comprehensive Immigration Act, including in the 111th Congress.  That bill has a clear road map for access to citizenship, which includes penalties and fines, in addition to a waiting period along with the responsibility to not jump in front of other applicants for citizenship.”

I’m travelling to Austin today. Look for my live reports this afternoon on KPRC Local 2.

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Retired Shuttle Will Not Land In Houston
April 12, 2011

City of  Houston officials along with families of the Challenger and Columbia Shuttles are no doubt disappointed that NASA did not award a retiring orbiter to our area.

NASA announced the shuttles will go to Los Angeles, Florida, New York and the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.

UPDATES WITH STATEMENT FROM FAMILIES OF CHALLENGER AND COLUMBIA SHUTTLES: 

We are heartbroken to learn of the decision that the Space Shuttle will not be allowed to return home to Houston. Home is where the heart is, and Houston has served as the heart of the space shuttle program since its inception nearly four decades ago. All the astronauts lost were Houston’s residents. We again share a collective loss as a result of the political decision to send the space shuttle elsewhere. We had prayed that the incredible sacrifices this community has endured would have allowed the shuttle’s legacy to continue here. Although we disagree with this decision, we will persevere in our support of space exploration, just as we have done in the past. 

Evelyn Husband Thompson
Jonathan Clark
Sandy Anderson
Lorna Onizuka
Cheryl McNair

Houston Mayor Annise Parker along with Republicans Senator John Cornyn and Congressman John Culberson also released the following statements.

Mayor Parker Issues Statement on Shuttle Decision

“This is certainly disappointing, but not entirely unexpected as the Administration has been hinting that Houston would not be a winner in this political competition.  I am disappointed for Houston, the JSC family and the survivors of the Columbia and Challenger missions who paid the ultimate price for the advancement of space exploration.  There was no other city with our history of human space flight or more deserving of a retiring orbiter.  It is unfortunate that political calculations have prevailed in the final decision.”

Cornyn Statement On Administration’s Failure To Retire Orbiter To Rightful Home In Houston 

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, today issued the following statement regarding NASA’s rejection of the Johnson Space Center in Houston as one of the retirement locations for their orbiter fleet: 

“Like many Texans, I am disappointed with NASA’s decision to slight the Johnson Space Center as a permanent home for one of the Space Shuttle Orbiters. Houston has played a critical role throughout the life of the space shuttle, but it is clear political favors trumped common sense and fairness in the selection of the final locations for the orbiter fleet. 

“There is no question Houston should have been selected as a final home for one of the orbiters—even Administrator Bolden stated as much. Today’s announcement is an affront to the thousands of dedicated men and women at Johnson Space Center, the greater Houston community and the State of Texas, and I’m deeply disappointed with the Administration’s misguided decision.”

 Statement on Retiring Orbiters  

“For the last 50 years, Houston has been in the business of sending its citizens into space, and we’re proud of the vehicles that our men and women pilot into the unknown.  And so it is that Space City, USA is bereaved of one of its greatest contributions to humanity and the progress of science.”

Washington, DC – Congressman John Culberson (R-TX) issued the following statement on the placement of the retiring Space Shuttle Orbiters:

“Today NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden announced that Houston will not receive one of the retiring Space Shuttle Orbiters.  It is sad and unfortunate that politics played such an obvious role in the placement of theses retiring Orbiters. The thought of an Orbiter not coming home to rest at Space Center Houston is truly tragic.  It is analogous to Detroit without a Model-T, or Florence without a da Vinci. 

“For the last 50 years, Houston has been in the business of sending its citizens into space, and we’re proud of the vehicles that our men and women pilot into the unknown.  And so it is that Space City, USA is bereaved of one of its greatest contributions to humanity and the progress of science.”

House Republicans to Launch 10th Amendment Task Force.
May 3, 2010

The Task Force will work to decentralize power from Washington and restore it to the states, local governments and individuals.  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. John Culberson (TX-07) , Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) and nine other co-founding Members will officially launch the newly formed 10th Amendment Task Force during an event on Thursday, May 6th.  In an effort to answer America’s call to change Washington, the Task Force will work to decentralize power from Washington and restore it to the states, local governments and individuals.

The Task Force, a project of the RSC, aims to usher in a “New Era of Federalism” and will work to ensure that the principles of the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution serve as a framework for Republicans to fundamentally alter the way government interacts with and affects citizens.

Original “10” co-founders of the 10th Amendment Task Force: 

  1. Rob Bishop (UT-01)
  2. Marsha Blackburn (TN-07)
  3. Jason Chaffetz (UT-03)
  4. Michael Conaway (TX-11)
  5. John Culberson (TX–07)
  6. Scott Garrett (NJ-05)
  7. Doug Lamborn (CO-05)
  8. Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large)
  9. Tom McClintock (CA-04
  10.  Randy Neugebauer (TX-19)

Congressman Culberson Comments After Health Care Reform Passes
March 21, 2010

From the office of  Congressman John Culberson  R – Texas

Democrats’ Prescription for America: More Taxes and Less Liberty

Tonight the House of Representatives passed a health care “reform” bill that will cost the taxpayers another trillion dollars, fundamentally alter one-sixth of the nation’s economy, and subject millions of Americans to dependence on the federal government. I have been a fierce opponent of this bill from the beginning, and today cast a very strong “No” vote against it. It is often said that there are two things Americans should never see: sausage being made and a bill being passed.

Having witnessed Speaker Pelosi bring this bill to the floor, I’m hard pressed to tell the difference. With 34 Democrats joining Republicans in voting against this government takeover of health care, the only thing bipartisan about this bill was the opposition to it. The problem with American health care today isn’t quality; it’s cost. Thus, reform should focus on bringing down costs by making insurance tax deductible, portable, and available across state lines; by rooting out fraud, and by protecting doctors from frivolous lawsuits; not raising taxes by $569 billion during a recession and imposing an unconstitutional individual mandate. I am ashamed of the way the House of Representatives has conducted itself during this process, and remain committed to protecting the integrity of the institution and representing the 7th District of Texas as a fiscal conservative. ###