Will President Obama Visit Parts of Texas Ravaged By Wildfires?
May 6, 2011

President Obama will visit Texas next week. His schedule calls for him to deliver a speech on immigration reform in El Paso and then attend a fundraiser in Austin.

Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn, both republicans, have invited President Obama to tour fire – damaged regions during his visit to Texas.

Earlier this week the President turned down Governor Perry’s request for a major disaster declaration for the areas of our state ravaged by the devastating fires.

No word yet from the White House on whether President Obama will accept the invitation to tour the area. He will see homes lost, land scorched and hear stories from property owners who have been devastated.

I’ve posted the full news release from Senators Hutchison and Cornyn.

 

News Release:

Sens. Hutchison, Cornyn Invite President To Tour Fire-Damaged Regions During Upcoming Visit to Texas

 

WASHINGTON— U.S. Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn, R-Texas, today sent the following letter to President Barack Obama inviting him to tour areas of Texas devastated by wildfires during his upcoming visit to the state. The White House has announced the President will visit Texas next week for a fundraising event in Austin and an event related to immigration in El Paso. The Senators hope President Obama will accept their invitation to see the fire damage firsthand and reconsider his recent denial of the State’s request for a federal disaster declaration.

Sens. Hutchison and Cornyn wrote, “We are hopeful that after seeing this devastation firsthand, you will reconsider your recent denial and provide the State and localities with the vital resources and funding required to fully support their work.”

May 6, 2011

 

The President

The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear President Obama:

We are writing to invite you to tour areas of Texas recently devastated by wildfires during your announced visit to the State next week.

We have written to you and your Administration on numerous occasions regarding our constituents and their struggle to combat and control the wildfires that have engulfed large portions of Texas.  The importance of issuing a federal disaster declaration at the state of Texas’ request in order to reduce the burden these wildfires have imposed on our constituents and communities cannot be overstated.    

We were disappointed to learn that your Administration denied the State’s request for federal assistance considering that over 7,000 individual wildfires have burned more than 2.2 million acres this year alone.  This has resulted in the destruction of homes, businesses, farms and ranches, and the death of two brave firefighters. 

Therefore, we invite you to tour fire-stricken areas and meet with the brave firefighters and other personnel working to stop the advance of the wildfires and save lives. We believe that a tour will reinforce the severity of the damage and threat that the wildfires pose to our State and constituents.  We are hopeful that after seeing this devastation firsthand, you will reconsider your recent denial and provide the State and localities with the vital resources and funding required to fully support their work.

Thank you in advance for your consideration of this request.  We look forward to hearing from you. 

Sincerely,

KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON                                                            JOHN CORNYN

United States Senator                                                                          United States Senator

Jason Fuller Gets The VIP Treatment
February 15, 2011

He’s the go-to-guy in the local office of  Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison – answering daily calls from the media, community members and other elected officials.

 

But in honor of his birthday on Sunday, Jason Fuller enjoyed the spotlight and VIP treatment.

The party room at Ciao Bell0 on San Felipe was packed with Jason’s close friends, colleagues and loving family members who were invited to celebrate his 41st birthday.

Hosted by super party planner Cindy Clifford, the party featured a live band, dancing, great conversation and a lot of political gossip!

The menu, of course,  was Italian food while dessert consisted of  cupcakes decorated in the colors and logo of  University of Houston, Jason’s alma mater.

Faces in the crowd:  Judge Ed and Gwen Emmett, Russ Frank, Bill and Melissa King, Janiece Longoria, Corbett Parker, Judge Zinetta Burney, Nick Anderson and many others.

Happy Birthday Jason!

Cornyn Statement on Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s Reelection Announcement
January 13, 2011

WASHINGTON —U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement today in response to U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s announcement that she will not seek reelection in 2012: 

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve with Senator Hutchison in the United States Senate. Kay has dedicated much of her life to serving Texas, and our entire country, and I am enormously grateful to be able to work alongside a woman of her vision, a woman of her energy, and someone who represents the very best of the State of Texas. Kay came to the Senate to make a difference, to work to find solutions to the complex problems of modern society, and to attain real and lasting change. She has succeeded in brilliant fashion.    

“Senator Hutchison serves as an example to us all. She has been a leader in Texas and here in the Senate. Senator Hutchison makes me proud to say I am from the Great State of Texas, and prouder still to call her my friend. I thank Senator Hutchison for her leadership, for her counsel, and for her steadfast service to the Great State of Texas and to the United States of America.  

“I wish her, her husband Ray, and her wonderful children Bailey and Houston, all the best.”

 Senator Cornyn serves on the Finance, Judiciary, Agriculture and Budget Committees.  He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.

Announcement by U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
January 13, 2011

(From the Senator’s Office) 

To my fellow Texans:7 years, it has been my greatest honor to serve the people of Texas in the United States Senate.  Working for the citizens and communities of our state is a privilege.   

For the past 1

  I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for re-election in 2012.  That should give the people of Texas ample time to consider who my successor will be.  In the next two years, you can be assured that I will pursue my duties, and my responsibilities to our state and people, with the same vigor that I have employed during my Senate service.

 I have loved visiting all 254 counties in Texas.  During my travels, I have been most touched by the constituents who have told me how my work in the Senate has personally impacted their lives.  From the man in Dallas who thanked me for passing my Homemaker IRA legislation which allowed him and his wife to save more for their retirement; the teacher and sheriff’s deputy in Houston who saved thousands each year because they knew I fought for my bill to relieve the marriage penalty tax; the military families who know I have been a champion of health care and housing for these heroes; and the many constituents that we have been privileged to assist with social security and veterans benefits. Knowing that I have been able to truly help my fellow Texans and make a positive difference in their lives is a public servant’s greatest reward.           

When my current term is up, I will have served Texas for 19 years in the United States Senate.  I intended to leave this office long before now, but I was persuaded to continue in order to avoid disadvantage to our state.   The last two years have been particularly difficult, especially for my family, but I felt it would be wrong to leave the Senate during such a critical period.  Instead of putting my seat into a special election, I felt it was my duty to use my experience to fight the massive spending that has increased our national debt; the government takeover of the our health care system; and the growth of the federal bureaucracy, which threatens our economy.  I will continue that fight until the end of my term in 2012.

  I will be forever grateful for the privilege of working for you in the United States Senate.  I will now look forward to living full-time in Texas with my family, and to keep working for our state’s interests as long as I live.    

God bless America and God bless Texas,

 Kay Bailey Hutchison

United States Senator, Texas

Sen. Hutchison Lauds Passage of Bill to Preserve America’s Future in Space
September 30, 2010

Late Wednesday, the House of  Representatives passed legislation negotiated by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) securing NASA’s $19 Billion  2011 fiscal budget.

It is designed to safeguard America’s human spaceflight capabilities, according to supporters, while balancing commercial space investment with a robust mission for NASA.

The bill now lands on President Barack Obama’s desk for his signature.

 “I am extremely pleased that the Houston delegation, including Reps. Pete Olson, Gene Green, John Culberson, Kevin Brady, Al Green, Sheila Jackson Lee, and Ted Poe, pulled together to gain approval of the Congressional initiative to preserve America’s future in space and protect our proud heritage of exploration,” said Sen. Hutchison.  “This bill represents months and months of hard work and reflects a complex compromise that forged a strong balance between investment in new technology and the evolution of the commercial space market with a continued robust mission for NASA.”  

“Six months ago we were faced with an Administration proposal that would have ended the era of U.S. dominance in space exploration, threatened our utilization of and investment in the International Space Station, and jeopardized America’s leadership in manned space flight.  

“This bill provides needed direction to NASA that will preserve many of the jobs and critical skills the agency would continue to lose amid budgetary uncertainty.  Preserving these skills and applying them directly to the new launch capability and other programs will allow our nation to continue to be the global leader in space,” Sen. Hutchison added. 

The NASA Authorization Act of 2010 addresses the following areas: 

International Space Station (ISS)

The bill would extend full utilization of the ISS through at least 2020 and promote safe and effective operation, maintenance, and maximum utilization of the space station by ensuring that replacement or spare parts are available for delivery and installation to assure sustained operations.  The bill also reserves research space for private entities to encourage a broader range of scientific research.

 Space Shuttle Retirement and Transition

The bill would authorize and direct NASA to fly the space shuttle Launch on Need (LON) flight pending results of a required assessment of safe means of return for astronauts if the shuttle is damaged or unable to return.  The bill also would preserve space shuttle capabilities through 2011 to complete the current manifest of scheduled flights.

 Commercial Crew and Cargo Transportation Capabilities

The bill would direct NASA to continue the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Program (COTS) in support of providing cargo services to the ISS and would establish requirements for the definition of milestones and minimum performance objectives to be achieved before procurement authority is granted for commercially developed crew transportation capability. 

Expansion of Human Space Flight Beyond the International Space Station and Low-Earth Orbit

The bill would direct NASA to initiate development of a government-owned, NASA-designed and operated “Space Launch System” (SLS) – a heavy lift launch capability –  as soon as practicable and would establish the end of 2016 as the goal for initial capability to deliver crew and cargo to the ISS.  To facilitate that schedule, the bill allows modification and/or extension of existing contracts.  The bill would require NASA to develop a multi-purpose crew transportation vehicle based on Orion for use with the Space Launch System.  

Rescoping and Revitalizing Institutional Capabilities

The bill would require a study to identify an approach for the most efficient use and maintenance of NASA facilities and infrastructure, paying specific attention to eliminating unneeded duplication of infrastructure.  It would also prohibit NASA from making any movement or termination of contractors or civil servants or any reorganization or Reduction in Force for reasons other than cause, until Congress receives the required reports and grants legislative authority to make such changes.

Senator KBH Becomes Victim of Cruel E-Mail Hoax
July 7, 2010

First let me assure you that the senior ranking United States Senator from Texas is alive and well.

But, that didn’t stop some sicko  from circulating a very authentic looking email to the news media announcing the death of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, allegedly as a result of breast cancer.

KPRC Local 2 contacted Senator KHB’s spokesperson, Courtney Sanders, who confirmed the Senator is alive and the office is trying to track down the source of the cruel and *fake*  email, which you can read below:

Politics Daily is also reporting that Senators Leahy, Feinstein and others were targeted.http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/07/07/e-mail-hoax-reports-deaths-of-sens-leahy-feinstein-lautenberg/

****fake email/internet hoax****
From the office of United States Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

Media Contact – Courtney Sanders,

Dear  — Confidential.

We are in the process of notifying media nationwide of the passing of US Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) earlier this morning at her home in Dallas of breast cancer. She was 66. Our statement to the media is below. Should you have any questions of an urgent nature, please call our senate staff member Courtney Sanders at . We are extremely busy during this time of grief, but we welcome your calls of much needed support.
****fake email/internet hoax****
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

WASHINGTON, DC

United States Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), who built a reputation as an independent voice in the Senate and for working with both Democrats and Republicans to find common-sense solutions to the problems facing Texas and Washington, passed away of breast cancer at age 66 early Wednesday morning, July 7 at 5:46AM EST in her home in Dallas. The Republican Senator from Texas, known best for her national security and economic initiatives in the Senate, will be missed by all Americans regardless of their political colors or creed.

END RELEASE/****fake email/internet hoax****

 

Perry Campaign Releases New Ad – Calling Hutchison “The Queen”
February 22, 2010

Early voting is almost over and the March 2nd Primary is one week away. 

That isn’t stopping the Governor Rick Perry campaign from sharpening its attacks against Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.

A new television ad criticizes Senator Hutchison for voting for taxpayer-funded earmarks.  (you can watch the ad below)

I have one question – if Senator Hutchison is such a horrible Senator and a big wasteful spender, why did Republicans AND Governor Perry keep voting to send her to Washington for the last 16 years?

 

Texans for Rick Perry releases new ad, “The Queen”

Texans for Rick Perry has released a new television ad, “The Queen,” which is airing statewide and is available online at www.WashingtonKay.com.

Senator Hutchison Launches Independence Tour
February 15, 2010

One Day before the start of early voting across Texas, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison unveiled a new campaign theme at stops in Houston and Richmond, Fort Bend County.

Monday  she officially launched the “Declare Your Independence”  tour  and asked voters to declare their independence from  Governor Rick Perry “a governor who has trampled over their fundamental rights with mandates meant to benefit his political allies, ” said Hutchison.

The theme coincides with the March 2nd Republican primary which is also Texas Independence Day.

The Senator was animated during speeches at both locations, but the crowd in Houston lacked energy. (Earlier I quoted someone’s description of the crowd, but a KBH supporter pointed out that many in attendance were shocked to hear about a tragic and deadly accident involving the son of  one of  the Senator’s top supporters who was to serve as the event’s mc)  

In his absence, Congressman Ted Poe and Astros owner Drayton McLane did a nice  job trying to rally the troops at the Houston “conservatives for Kay” event.

At this point, it appears the Senator is working hard to make the runoff election against Governor Perry. All recent polls indicate she is trailing the incumbent governor and only slightly ahead of  Debra Medina.

On a personal note – Senator Hutchison must have also declared her independence from the news media. She would not answer questions and her staff said she had a tight schedule. I find it strange that a candidate would not give the press at least one minute on the day before the start of early voting.

Can Conservatives Help Senator Hutchison’s Campaign?
February 14, 2010

As early voting gets underway this week, nearly every poll shows  Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison trailing Governor Rick Perry in the Republican primary.

 

The Senator remains personally popular across Texas but likely primary voters  are supporting the Governor, while Debra Medina is polling only slightly behind the Senator.

But, could a last-minute push by conservative leaders make a difference in the campaign?

On Monday,  several  leaders endorsed the Senator for Governor of  Texas.  

The “Conservative Leaders for Kay” group includes Congressman Ted Poe (R-2nd), Astros Owner Drayton McLane, Judge Paul Pressler, Lakewood Church Pastor Dodie Osteen. Republican strategist Jessica Colon, and Sgt. Eddie Wright, USMC Ret.

This conservative push for Senator Hutchison follows several endorsements she received from major newspapers across Texas over the weekend.  The Houston Chronicle called her a “reliable and effective representative for her state and the Houston-Galveston area where she grew up.”

Senator Hutchison’s Campaign Comments on Perry-Palin Rally
February 7, 2010

 

“Despite today’s theatrics, there’s no covering-up Rick Perry’s decade long record of cronyism in office that brought us the Trans-Texas Corridor and HPV mandate. When she ran, Sarah Palin took on an incumbent Republican governor and his cronyism. Today, Kay Bailey Hutchison is doing the same and will clean-up Austin, strengthen education and improve transportation.” – Joe Pounder, Texans for Kay spokesman

 Joe Pounder

Dep. Communications Director

Texans For Kay