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Friday, July 25, 2014

The News with Sen. Cruz - July 25, 2014 | Ted Cruz | U.S. Senator for Texas

As I toured the border in the Rio Grande Valley and met with border officials this past week, one thing remained clear – we must secure the border.
This week I introduced legislation that would stop Obama’s Amnesty, reform existing human trafficking laws, and also give Texas leaders more tools to protect our state.
Please keep reading for a further update on the latest in the Senate.
All the best,
TC Sig

Ted Cruz


The News with Sen. Cruz - July 25, 2014 | Ted Cruz | U.S. Senator for Texas

CBO Releases Updated and Complete Cost Estimate for H.R. 3230, the Veterans Access to Care Act of 2014, as Passed by the House - CBO

Today, as part of its ongoing work to assist the conference committee that is working on H.R. 3230, the Veterans Access to Care Act of 2014, CBO issued an updated and complete estimate of the version of the bill that was passed by the House of Representatives on June 18, 2014. That version of H.R. 3230 would authorize the appropriation of whatever sums are necessary for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to expand, for two years, its use of non-VA health care providers to provide medical services to veterans.



CBO Releases Updated and Complete Cost Estimate for H.R. 3230, the Veterans Access to Care Act of 2014, as Passed by the House - CBO

H.R. 3230, Veterans Access to Care Act of 2014 - CBO

The Congressional Budget Office has prepared an updated and complete estimate of H.R. 3230, the Veterans Access to Care Act of 2014, as passed in the House of Representatives on June 18, 2014. That version of H.R. 3230 would authorize the appropriation of whatever sums are necessary for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to expand, for two years, its use of non-VA health care providers to provide medical services to veterans. VA also would be authorized to use funds that were previously appropriated but have not yet been used to undertake that expansion. The agency would be required to arrange for independent assessments of the performance of the Veterans Health Administration and would face new limits on the amount of awards and bonuses it could pay certain VA employees.



H.R. 3230, Veterans Access to Care Act of 2014 - CBO

CORKER SAYS SL TENNESSEE, LLC ANNOUNCEMENT YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF AUTO JOBS MULTIPLIER EFFECT

Senator Bob Corker News Release:

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today applauded the announcement by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and SL Tennessee, LLC officials that the company will invest $80.5 million and create 1,000 new jobs in Anderson County.
“Today’s announcement is yet another example of Tennesseans benefiting from the auto jobs multiplier effect,” said Corker. “I am excited for the 1,000 families in Anderson County who will benefit from these new jobs, and I congratulate SL and Governor Haslam for strengthening an already successful partnership.”
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CORKER: CONGRESS MUST HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW VA BILL PRICE TAG BEFORE VOTING

Senator Bob Corker News Release:

As negotiations between the Senate and the House of Representatives over legislation to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) continue, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) urged that lawmakers have the opportunity to review a complete Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score on any final conference VA bill before taking a vote.
“Our veterans deserve solutions to the systemic problems that plague the VA, and they also deserve a Congress that has the discipline to pay for legislation rather than drive our country deeper into debt,” said Corker. “The way the Senate rushed the VA bill to the floor in June was a complete disgrace. Neither the House nor the Senate should take a vote on the conference legislation until there is a complete score from the Congressional Budget Office so members have the opportunity to review the impact the bill will have on future generations. I want to thank the conference committee for their work and continue to urge them to keep their assurances that they will find a way to improve the bill and ensure it is totally paid for during the same time the money is being spent.”
Earlier this month, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) revised its preliminary assessments of the Senate VA bill reporting that when fully implemented it would cost $38 billion each year. 

We need to expand opportunity in this country | U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan

This week, our economy received some bad news: The International Monetary Fund revised its projection for U.S. economic growth this year to just 1.7%. Working families will pay the price. Real median household income is still lower than before the recession. Deep poverty in America has reached record levels over the past three years.

We need to expand opportunity in this country. And to do that, we need Washington to get its act together. Each year, the federal government spends almost $800 billion on 92 programs to help struggling families. Yet the poverty rate is the highest in a generation.


We need to expand opportunity in this country | U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan