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Texas congressional leaders work to find common ground

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The Texas congressional delegation, once famous for Democrats and Republicans working together on state issues, got a little frayed after all those hard-fought redistricting battles.

But newbie Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, just finished organizing the third bipartisan breakfast get-together this year.

“Texans expect solutions,” Gallego said. “These breakfasts are an important venue for informal discussions on what we can do for Texas when we work together. All our families, especially military and middle-class families, are better served when we work towards a common goal.”

On the menu for discussion: federal funding for Texas, transportation issues, land and sea ports, and ports of entry.

A dozen members got together for some breakfast tacos, including Reps. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville; Roger Williams, R-Austin; Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas; Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas; and Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston.

Top issues?

Texans can finally have a direct voice in what issues should be addressed during the next legislative session.

Lt. Gov. Davis Dewhurst has announced a new effort, through www.YourTexasVoice.com, to let Texans weigh in on legislative issues

“A fast-growing state like ours will always have emerging issues that deserve our attention,” Dewhurst said. “I look forward to hearing sincere ideas about ways to further cut taxes, limit spending and further strengthen our top-ranked economy.”

Texans may submit their suggestions until Nov. 30. Dewhurst said he will consider asking lawmakers to study ideas submitted before the Legislature goes back to work in January 2015.

All-nighter

So, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, did not go it alone during the wee hours of his 20-plus hours holding the Senate floor (it was technically not a filibuster.)

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, came over and was in the Senate chamber all night for moral support, although he could not ask Cruz questions — that’s reserved for senators.

“It is an honor to be a part of an effort that does not merely joust at windmills, but focuses the nation’s attention on an absolutely critical issue like the Obamacare train wreck that has already caused massive suffering and stagnation,” Gohmert said. “Tuesday morning I got word that this was going to happen and that Ted could use the moral support, so I just wanted to be there for those truly serving as a voice for millions of Americans.”

U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, also went over in the morning for moral support for Cruz.

A helping hand

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, was recently named chairman of the National Finance Committee for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Williams, a Weatherford car dealer, will work with House members and committee staff and lead “fundraising strategies and development” for next year’s elections.

“I am very excited that Roger Williams will be filling this important role in our fight to grow the Republican majority,” NRCC Chairman Greg Walden said. “Roger’s level of enthusiasm, knowledge and sense of teamwork is exactly what it will take for us to win next November. With Roger’s help, I’m confident House Republicans will have the resources necessary to stay on offense.”

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