Preventing the Release of Dangerous Illegal Aliens
Like many of you, I was appalled by the murder of an innocent young woman on a San Francisco pier by a five-time deported illegal alien. This senseless tragedy has stuck with me - not only because an innocent young woman lay dying in her father’s arms, but also because it could have been avoided. We should not be turning these criminals loose so they can hide in America’s sanctuary cities. I included language in this year’s Homeland Security spending bill that stops federal law enforcement agencies from releasing known murderers, terrorists, gang members, drug dealers and rapists.
Restoring Parental Rights, Local Control Over Education
I do not believe that the federal government has a role in the education of our children. The House recently passed an education bill that contains language I authored restoring State and local control of public education. My language ensures States knowingly accept the strings attached to federal money and that the decision makers are held accountable by parents and teachers within their community. It is time to improve student performance by ensuring that parents, teachers, and local school districts have control over our children’s education.
Culberson Statement on Supreme Court’s Marriage Decision
I’m disappointed that the Court chose to override the will of Texans who define marriage as being between a man and a woman. As the dissent noted, the Court also overrode the will of the people in more than half of the other States. The 10th Amendment guarantees States the primary responsibility of providing for public safety, public health and public morality. Chief Justice Roberts correctly stated that marriage “has formed the basis of human society for millennia” and it is my firm belief that States – not the federal government – have the Constitutional right to define marriage.
Supreme Court Decision on Obamacare
The Supreme Court's ruling in "King v. Burwell" confirms that the only way America can repeal Obamacare is through the ballot box with a Republican President and a Republican Congress. The majority opinion openly admits that they have rejected this important challenge to Obamacare "because it would destabilize the individual insurance market in any State with a Federal Exchange, and likely create the very 'death spirals' that Congress designed the Act to avoid." Once again, the Roberts Court is legislating from the bench.
Trade Promotion Authority
I have always supported free trade, but I have been extra cautious about this trade agreement because Barack Obama is the most untrustworthy President in American history. With this in mind, I decided to vote for the TPA bill because it contains so many safeguards that guarantee only Congress can change U.S. law. I read the text of the bill and everything I read, both public and confidential, guarantee the supremacy of U.S. law and that only the U.S. Congress can change U.S. law. We will never surrender our sovereignty, nor will we surrender control of our immigration or other laws by agreeing to this very standard free trade agreement.