Congress Must Pass Kate’s Law

In the following letter, TCC members encourage the Texas Congressional Delegation to enact Kate’s Law. Under the proposed law, previously deported individuals who return illegally to the United States would be subject to mandatory jail terms of five years upon conviction of an offense. The legislation is named for Kate Steinle, a young woman who was murdered by an illegal alien in San Francisco with multiple prior convictions and five previous deportations:

July 30, 2015

Dear Congressman,

We write to urge you to support and advance H.R. 3011, the “Establishing Mandatory Minimums for Illegal Reentry Act of 2015” or “Kate’s Law”. As you know, the legislation is named for Kate Steinle, a young woman who was murdered by an illegal alien in San Francisco who had multiple prior felony convictions and five previous deportations.

Under the proposed law, previously deported individuals who return illegally to the United States would be subject to mandatory jail terms of five years upon conviction of an offense. A recent Washington Post story highlighted three recent cases where illegal aliens with prior felony convictions, including one for armed robbery, received jail terms of just two years, 30 months, and 21 months, respectively. Under Kate’s Law, these aliens would have received mandatory sentences of at least five years. Continue reading

TCC Letter Applauding Gov. Abbott’s Investigation into Planned Parenthood

Following the recent revelations concerning Planned Parenthood allegedly harvesting and selling the organs of aborted children, please see this letter from members of the Texas Conservative Coalition applauding Governor Abbott for launching an investigation into Planned Parenthood’s activities in Texas:

July 17, 2015

The Honorable Greg Abbott

Office of the Governor

P.O. Box 12428

Austin, Texas 78711-2428

Dear Governor Abbott:

The Texas Conservative Coalition (TCC) is deeply concerned by the revelation that Planned Parenthood has been harvesting and possibly selling the body parts of aborted children. This abhorrent practice confirms that Texas made the correct decision to defund Planned Parenthood. Now we must take steps to ensure that the organization is not breaking or abusing any laws. We applaud and support your decision to launch an immediate investigation into its activities.

That Planned Parenthood supports late-term abortions and other reprehensible acts is no secret, but the recent video filmed by the Center for Medical Progress sheds light on just how callously the organization operates. In the video, Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Research, Deborah Nucatola, is seen discussing the method of “crushing” a fetus in order to keep desired internal organs intact for harvesting. She explains that Planned Parenthood has “been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.” Continue reading

King v. Burwell: TCC Letter Encouraging Congress to Repeal & Replace PPACA

In the light of the King v. Burwell Supreme Court decision, please see the following letter from  the Texas Conservative Coalition encouraging members of the Texas congressional delegation to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:

July 8, 2015

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515

Dear Congressman:

With it being clear now from two decisions that the Supreme Court will not defend the Constitution or enforce the law as written – instead, effectively, rewriting the Affordable Care Act from the bench – focus shifts back to Congress to repeal and replace the fundamentally flawed PPACA.

The Texas Conservative Coalition (TCC) thanks you for your repeated efforts to repeal the law and urges you to continue those efforts. Important votes such as H.R. 160 (The “Protect Medical Innovation Act”), which would repeal the 2.3% medical device tax in the PPACA, must continue to take place. Repealing the tax will help keep medical devices affordable for patients, but it will also allow companies to retain important resources which may be used for R&D and innovation. H.R. 160 passed the House by a 280-140 margin—one vote shy of the votes necessary to override a presidential veto.

For its part, the Texas Legislature refuses to be complicit in the implementation of the PPACA. We remain committed to letting the law fail on its own terms by not expanding Medicaid and by not establishing a state-based exchange. These are prudent moves, as evidence against the PPACA’s efficacy and efficiency continues to mount: Continue reading

TCC Letter In Support of Congressional Vote to Repeal IPAB

Please see the following letter from  the Texas Conservative Coalition thanking members of the Texas congressional delegation for their recent vote to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), an unelected bureaucracy created through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:

June 30, 2015

Dear Congressman:

The Texas Conservative Coalition (TCC) is writing to express our gratitude for your support of H.R. 1190, which would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) – a central feature of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  It is now urgent that the U.S. Senate acts.

In 2013, TCC joined hundreds of organizations around the nation in calling for the elimination of the IPAB, one of the worst provisions of the PPACA.

Tasked with the responsibility of recommending cost-saving Medicare reforms to Congress, the 15-member unelected board has the power to implement its recommendations even without Congress’s approval. Former Obama administration official Peter Orszag has publicly stated that IPAB’s authority was deliberately set up as a way to “counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a little less democratic.”  Yet, that is precisely the problem.

Former Senator Tom Coburn and Congressman Phil Roe (both physicians), writing late last year in the Wall Street Journal, got to the heart of the matter: “Why is this board dangerous? Because there is nothing “advisory” about its vast powers. IPAB’s mandate is to deliver on one of ObamaCare’s central promises: Medicare cost-containment. The law gives this board sweeping authority to do so, with virtually no constraints.”

Dissatisfaction and distrust of the IPAB is a bipartisan issue outside of the White House, and political figures as diverse ideologically as former Governors Sarah Palin and Howard Dean agree that it should be repealed. Indeed, Howard Dean explained his thoughts on the IPAB in a Wall Street Journal commentary in July 2013: Continue reading

TCC Letter In Support of Lawsuit Challenging President Obama’s Immigration Order

Conservative state legislators strongly support Texas’ lawsuit in response to the President’s unconstitutional executive order on immigration. Please see this letter of support:

December 3, 2014

The Honorable Greg Abbott

Governor-Elect

PO Box 12548

Austin, TX 78711-2548

Dear Governor-Elect Abbott:

You have our support in your legal challenge against President Barack Obama’s unconstitutional executive actions on immigration.   President Obama’s decree far exceeds his authority, bypassing 535 elected members of Congress who represent all Americans. The President’s challenge to our constitutional order must be met with a decisive legal challenge, just as you are now undertaking. Continue reading