From the Capitol

Statement by Governor Rick Perry on Secretary Sebelius' Visit to Texas

August 8, 2013

“Today, Secretary Sebelius is back in Texas to again explain the increasingly-convoluted, and increasingly-delayed, implementation of the federal exchange system. With due respect, the secretary and our president are missing the point: It’s not that Americans don’t understand Obamacare, it’s that we understand it all too well. In Texas, we’ve been fighting Obamacare from the beginning, refusing to expand a broken Medicaid system and declining to set up a state health insurance exchange. We took these steps to minimize the damage Obamacare will cause to our economy and state budget, although we’re all too aware Obamacare will still cause our state immense budgetary challenges in the years ahead, just like it will to families and small businesses across our country.”

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Statement by Governor Perry on the Passage of HB1 and SJR1

August 5, 2013

"Today's action by the Texas Legislature moves our state closer to securing a strong economy well into the future by providing more resources for building and maintaining a transportation system that will keep our economy growing and our population moving."

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Texas’ Appeal for West Recovery Approved

August 2, 2013

"The approval of the state's appeal for a major disaster declaration is great and welcome news for the people of West. I appreciate everyone who joined me in standing with the people whose lives have been forever impacted to move this appeal forward, especially our congressional delegation," Gov. Perry said. "This, along with the disaster relief funding provided by the Texas Legislature, will help this community rebuild their infrastructure, school district and public works as quickly as possible."

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Governor Perry Calls Lawmakers Back for Third Special Session

July 30, 2013

"When it comes to transportation, the stakes facing our state could not be higher, and a failure to act now could take years – if not most of a decade – to correct, as traffic congestion increases and harms our quality of life,” Gov. Perry said.

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Statement by Governor Perry on Transportation Legislation

July 29, 2013

"It is disappointing that some members of the House today needlessly delayed our state's ability to deal with the added strain our increasing population and surging economy are placing on our roads and highways. Should the Legislature adjourn without addressing our growing transportation needs, they'll be abdicating one of the most essential roles of state government, potentially sapping our economic momentum."

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Statement by Governor Rick Perry on Protecting Texas' Voter Integrity Laws

July 25, 2013

"Once again, the Obama Administration is demonstrating utter contempt for our country's system of checks and balances, not to mention the U.S. Constitution. This end-run around the Supreme Court undermines the will of the people of Texas, and casts unfair aspersions on our state's common-sense efforts to preserve the integrity of our elections process."

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Governor Perry Signs Historic Pro-Life Legislation

July 18, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry today was joined by Texas legislators to stand for life and sign House Bill 2, which protects unborn babies after the fifth month of a pregnancy and raises standards for women's health care in Texas.

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New University a Beacon of Opportunity, Innovation, Potential in South Texas

July 16, 2013

“The Rio Grande Valley is growing rapidly, both in terms of population and economic power. This new university will be a beacon of opportunity, innovation and potential in the Valley, telling the story of the ongoing promise of the 21st Century and the growing role South Texas will play in our future.”

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Gov. Perry Announces TEF Investment in Chevron Creating More Than 1,700 Jobs in Houston

July 3, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry today announced Chevron will expand its Houston facilities, creating 1,752 jobs and a multi-million dollar capital investment. The state is providing $12 million through the Texas Enterprise Fund to close the deal on this expansion and job creation. Execution of the state's agreement is contingent upon finalization of a local incentive offer as required by program criteria.

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Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Start of Second Special Session

July 1, 2013

"The Texas Legislature is poised to finish its history-making work this year by passing legislation to protect the unborn and women's health, invest in our transportation infrastructure and ensure our justice system is fair but firm. This work will build on the historic steps we took during the 83rd Legislative session, addressing our needs for water, cutting the tax burden on Texans and establishing a new university in South Texas. As we open the second special session, we must remember the people of Texas hired us to do our job, and that's what we must do."

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