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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Texas Newsletter for Sunday March 10, 2024 ( 53 items )  

430+ Faith Groups and Leaders Express Solidarity With Annunciation House
WASHINGTON, March 5 -- The Interfaith Immigration Coalition issued the following statement on March 4, 2024: * * * Last month, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton took action to shut down Annunciation House, a Catholic humanitarian organization in El Paso that has provided hospitality and other life-saving services to migrants for decades. In response, 268 faith leaders and 165 faith-based organizations have signed an interfaith statement to express solidarity with Annunciation House and decry t  more

AARC: Members in the News - Creating Scholarships, Sharing Career Opportunities, and More
IRVING, Texas, March 8 -- The American Association for Respiratory Care issued the following news wrapup entitled "AARC Members In The News": AARC member John Bush, RRT, was featured in articles in the Washington Examiner and on the Spectrum News 1 website about Damar Hamlin's Cincinnati Heroes Scholarships, one of which is named in honor of John. Read them Here (https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/2829794/news-damar-hamlin-foundation-begins-applications-cincinnati-scholarships/) and Here (  more

ABA Sues CFPB Over New Regulation Restricting Credit Card Late Fees
WASHINGTON, March 7 -- The American Bankers Association issued the following news release: The American Bankers Association today joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Longview Chamber of Commerce, Consumer Bankers Association, and Texas Association of Business in filing a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that challenges the CFPB's new rule limiting credit card late fees.   more

Adapting cities for heart-healthy, sustainable living requires integrated public policies
DALLAS, Texas, March 4 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: Statement Highlights: A new American Heart Association policy statement addresses the impact of urban provisioning systems - those that provide, energy, mobility, housing, green infrastructure, water and waste management - on the cardiovascular and metabolic health of urban dwellers nationwide. The statement identifies innovative urban spatial planning and infrastructure upgrade  more

American Association for Respiratory Care: Organizations Receive the Distinguished 2024-2025 Apex Award
IRVING, Texas, March 8 -- The American Association for Respiratory Care issued the following news: The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) established the Apex Recognition Program in 2017 to recognize respiratory therapy programs that achieve and consistently perform at the highest standards of education, quality, and patient care. Similar to the Magnet Program for the nursing profession, the Apex Program requires facilities to submit detailed documentation on a range of factors t  more

American Bankruptcy Institute: University of Texas School of Law Wins 32nd Annual Conrad B. Duberstein National Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, March 7 -- The American Bankruptcy Institute issued the following news release: The University of Texas School of Law won the 32nd Annual Conrad B. Duberstein National Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition, held March 2-4 in New York City. The competition is co-sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) and St. John's University School of Law. Florida International University College of Law took second place in the competition, and teams from Fordham University Schoo  more

American Institutes for Research Education Experts to Present at the Council for Exceptional Children Convention
ARLINGTON, Virginia, March 8 -- The American Institutes for Research issued the following news release: Education experts from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will participate in a variety of presentations, panel discussions, and poster sessions at the Council for Exceptional Children's (CEC) Convention and Expo. The annual convention will be in a hybrid format, with both in-person programming (March 13-16, in San Antonio, Texas) and virtual program components (April 9-10). AIR expe  more

Center for American Women & Politics: Nikki Haley Makes History
NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey, March 7 -- The Center for American Women and Politics issued the following news release on March 6, 2024: * * * California Will Have No Woman Senator * * * Primary elections for congressional and state races were held yesterday in Alabama, Arkansas, California, North Carolina, and Texas, with additional contests in the presidential primaries around the country, and the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Ru  more

CHAPLAINS, FAITH GROUPS, AND CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS OPPOSE PUBLIC-SCHOOL CHAPLAIN PROGRAMS
WASHINGTON, March 7 -- The Interfaith Alliance issued the following news release on March 6, 2024: In three open letters to state lawmakers, more than 200 individual chaplains, along with dozens of faith groups and civil rights organizations, are speaking out today against a wave of proposed state legislation seeking to install chaplains in public schools across the country. This year alone, bills in at least 14 states have proposed allowing public schools to employ (or accept as volunteers) c  more

CII Elects Board Members for 2024-2025 - Members Also Approve Statement on Index Provider Consultation Processes
WASHINGTON, March 8 -- The Council of Institutional Investors issued the following news release: Aeisha Mastagni, California State Teachers' Retirement System, was re-elected as board chair of the Council of Institutional Investors (CII) March 6. The other board officers for 2024-2025 are: Margaret Foran, Prudential Financial, co-chair; Michael McCauley, Florida State Board of Administration, co-chair; Tejal Patel, SEIU Affiliates' Supplemental Retirement Savings Plan/SOC Investment Group, co-c  more

Civil Rights Groups Urge U.S. Supreme Court to Block Extreme Anti-Immigrant Law
AUSTIN, Texas, March 6 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas issued the following news release on March 4, 2024: Civil rights groups today filed an application to the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate an administrative stay from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that would have allowed the harmful anti-immigrant Texas law to go into effect this weekend. In response to our application, the Supreme Court issued its own administrative stay as it deliberates. The stay will prevent the law fro  more

Civil Rights Groups Urge U.S. Supreme Court to Block Extreme Anti-Immigrant Law S.B. 4 in Texas
AUSTIN, Texas, March 5 -- The American Civil Liberties Union, an organization that works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the U.S., issued the following joint statement on March 4, 2024, with 5 organizations: * * * Civil rights groups today filed an application to the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate an administrative stay from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that would have allowed the harmful anti-immigrant Texas law to go i  more

Club for Growth PAC Congratulates Brandon Gill on TX-26 Primary Victory
WASHINGTON, March 8 -- Club for Growth PAC issued the following news release: Club for Growth PAC congratulates Brandon Gill on his victory in Texas' 26th Congressional District. Gill avoided a runoff in the crowded 11-man primary field. "Brandon Gill embodies what it means to be a fiscal conservative and represents the next generation of Republican leaders in Washington," said Club for Growth PAC President David McIntosh. "We are proud to have played a role in his impressive primary win in a   more

Club for Growth: School Choice Opponents Held Accountable in Texas State House Primaries
WASHINGTON, March 8 -- Club for Growth Action, an arm of the Club for Growth, issued the following news release on March 6, 2024: Club for Growth Action affiliated School Freedom Fund President David McIntosh issued the following statement following the Texas State House primaries. School Freedom Fund spent nearly $4 million on the primaries against so-called "Republicans" who blocked Gov. Abbot's school freedom legislation, and we beat 7 incumbents on election day and 5 will go to a runoff. "  more

Consumer Energy Alliance: High Energy Costs Are Stealth Price Increases That Hit Americans Twice
HOUSTON, Texas, March 8 -- Consumer Energy Alliance issued the following news release: Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), the leading energy and environmental advocate for families and businesses, issued the following statement regarding President Biden's 2024 State of the Union Address. "High energy prices are the stealth cost that causes all other prices to go up, and no amount of deflection, blaming corporate greed, or wish-driven forecasting can change that. The cost of energy is factored int  more

EDF Will Defend Oil and Gas Methane Protections Now Facing Court Challenge
NEW YORK, March 9 -- The Environmental Defense Fund issued the following news release on March 8, 2024: * * * Statement of Rosalie Winn, EDF Director and Lead Counsel for Methane and Clean Air Policy * * * The state of Texas filed a lawsuit today to block the Environmental Protections Agency's protective limits on methane pollution from new and existing oil and gas sources - safeguards that will reduce tens of millions of tons of climate-damaging methane and other toxic, smog-forming polluti  more

First Liberty Institute Religious: Accommodation Process for All VA Employees Opposed to Abortion Included in New Rule After Nurse Practitioner Lawsuit
WASHINGTON, March 5 -- The First Liberty Institute issued the following news release: New regulations from the Department of Veterans Affairs ("VA") regarding "Reproductive Health Services" recognize a nationwide religious accommodation process for VA employees with religious objections to being forced to participate in abortions. The VA implemented the process last year, only after Texas nurse practitioner Stephanie Carter sued the VA when it twice failed to accommodate her religious objection  more

FSI, Coalition Challenges 2024 DOL Independent Contractor Rule
WASHINGTON, March 6 -- The Financial Services Institute issued the following news release on March 5, 2024: * * * Today, the Financial Services Institute (FSI), along with the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the American Trucking Association (ATA), the Coalition for Workforce Innovation (CWI), the National Retail Federation (NRF), the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce filed an amended complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eas  more

H&AD Adopts Bergamot Through ABC's Adopt-An-Herb Program
AUSTIN, Texas, March 9 -- The American Botanical Council issued the following news release: The nonprofit American Botanical Council (ABC) welcomes the adoption of bergamot (Citrus bergamia) by H&AD through ABC's Adopt-an-Herb botanical research and education program. Bergamot, sometimes called bergamot orange, and often called citrus bergamot in commerce, is a member of the citrus family (Rutaceae). The origin of the fruit is unclear. Currently it grows almost exclusively in the narrow coasta  more

HACU statement on State of the Union address
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, March 9 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release on March 8, 2024: * * * The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities has released the following statement on President Joe Biden's State of the Union address. "HACU supports President Biden's commitment to increase "record" investments in education, including Hispanic-Serving Institutions which educate over 5 million students, including two-thir  more

HACU Webinar: HACU Professional Leadership Programs-Preparing the Next Generation of Culturally Diverse Leaders
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, March 5 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities is hosting a webinar titled, "HACU Professional Leadership Programs-Preparing the Next Generation of Culturally Diverse Leaders," on April 4 at 10:00 a.m. CT. The webinar will be presented by Paul Machen, Ph.D., executive director of the Institute for Professional Leadership and Tito Guerrero, Ed.D., d  more

ICYMI: WaPo - Club for Growth Action Spend 8 Figures Supporting Cruz In TXSEN & New Digital Ad
WASHINGTON, March 8 -- Club for Growth Action, an arm of the Club for Growth, issued the following news release: The Washington Post's Patrick Svitek published an exclusive report on Club for Growth Action's announcement that the organization plans to spend 8 figures in support of Sen. Ted Cruz's reelection and his campaign against Colin Allred. The group also released a new digital ad, "Left Tackle," highlighting Allred's support of Biden's radical economic policies that are driving inflation   more

ISPA Announces Election of 2024 Board Officers
LEXINGTON, Kentucky, March 6 -- The International Spa Association issued the following news release: The International SPA Association (ISPA) has announced its 2024 ISPA Board officers. The newly elected leadership trio will begin their term during the 2024 ISPA Conference, to be held April 23-25 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The ISPA Board of Directors will be led by chair Kelleye Martin, with Jennifer Holzworth in the role of vice chair and Charlotte Prescott serving   more

Justice Action Center: Federal Court Upholds Biden Immigration Parole Policy, Allows Thousands of Americans to Welcome Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans to the U.S.
VICTORIA, Texas, March 9 -- Justice Action Center issued the following news release on March 8, 2024: The federal district court for the Southern District of Texas ruled against states today in Texas v. DHS, a lawsuit that attempted to curtail the Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, Venezuela Humanitarian Parole program. The court found that states lacked standing to sue. Below are statements from attorneys from Justice Action Center, RAICES, and the Center for Immigration Law and Policy (CILP) at the UCLA  more

LCV Action Fund Congratulates Endorsed Texas Candidates on Primary Election Victories
WASHINGTON, March 7 -- The League of Conservation Voters issued the following news release: The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund congratulates Representative Colin Allred, running for U.S. Senate, and Michelle Vallejo, running for Congressional District 15, on their victories in their respective Democratic primary elections in Texas, and to endorsed U.S. House members Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX-07), Veronica Escobar (D-TX-16), Sylvia Garcia (D-TX-29), Jasmine Crockett (D-TX-30), Marc   more

Meet the 2024-25 TASBO Board of Directors
AUSTIN, Texas, March 6 -- Texas Association of School Business Officials issued the following news on March 5, 2024: TASBO introduced the new board of directors at the 2024 TASBO Engage Conference in Houston. An online election for one officer position and three director positions was held in the weeks prior to the conference. Deputy Superintendent for Finance and Operations Elaine Cogburn from Dripping Springs ISD (pictured left) began her term as board president at the conclusion of the conf  more

Mothers Against Drunk Driving Unveils Sports During Pac-12 Tournament
DALLAS, Texas, March 6 -- Mothers Against Drunk Driving issued the following news release on March 5, 2024: Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is proud to announce the launch of MADD Sports, a groundbreaking initiative dedicated to leveraging the power of sports to raise awareness, inspire change, and eliminate impaired driving. Mothers Against Drunk Driving is launching its first-ever MADD Sports partnership with the University of Arizona's Women's Basketball team -- a creative collaboratio  more

Muslim Advocates and National Immigration Project Sue for Information on Targeting of Migrants From Muslim-Majority Countries at Southern Border
WASHINGTON, March 7 -- Muslim Advocates issued the following news release on March 6, 2024: This morning, the National Immigration Project and Muslim Advocates filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) against the US Department of Justice's (DOJ) Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for their failure to produce records reflecting the national origin and the prosecution and sentencing outcomes of individuals charged wit  more

National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research: The Daniela Finch Memorial Scholarship for High-Net-Worth Insurance Professionals
AUSTIN, Texas, March 5 -- The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research issued the following news release: The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research, a leading provider in insurance and risk management education, has collaborated with CIPC and MarketScout, a division of Novatae, to launch the Daniela Finch CPRM Memorial Scholarship. This initiative honors the late Daniela Finch, a trailblazer in the private client insurance sector and the former National Managing Dir  more

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: Marijuana Consumers No Less Likely To Exercise
DALLAS, Texas, March 8 (TNSres) -- The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws issued the following news release: Adults with a history of marijuana use engage in exercise and other physical activities at rates comparable to non-users, according to data published in the journal Preventive Medicine Reports. Researchers affiliated with the University of Texas and Ohio University compared exercise patterns in a nationally representative cohort of cannabis consumers and non-consumer  more

NFIB: Small Businesses File Lawsuit Challenging DOL's Independent Contractor Rule
BEAUMONT, Texas, March 6 -- The National Federation of Independent Business issued the following news release: NFIB joined a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas concerning the Department of Labor's (DOL) independent contractor rule. The case is Coalition for Workforce Innovation, et al. v. Julie Su. "The Department of Labor issued a new independent contractor rule in 2024, which included the same Administrative Procedures Act (APA) errors that this court previo  more

NMSDC Response to District Court Ruling on Jefferey Nuziard V Minority Business Development Agency
NEW YORK, March 8 -- The National Minority Supplier Development Council issued the following statement on March 7, 2024: * * * Yesterday, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas Judge Mark T. Pittman ruled that the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)'s presumption that businesses owned by Black, Latino, and other minorities are inherently disadvantaged violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection. While further legal analysis is needed to assess the im  more

Oil Change International: In Response to the State of the Union
WASHINGTON, March 8 -- Oil Change International issued the following statement on March 7, 2024: * * * In response to the State of the Union, Collin Rees, Oil Change International US Program Manager, said: "While fires rage in Texas and we prepare for yet another hottest year on record, Biden's mention of the climate crisis in the State of the Union could have been missed in a blink. Following a year of mass protest and a COP28 decision calling on countries to transition away from fossil fuel  more

Rep. Ellen Troxclair (R-TX) Receives FGA's Legislative Champion Award
NAPLES, Florida, March 6 -- The Foundation for Government Accountability issued the following news release: The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) presented Texas State Representative Ellen Troxclair with its Legislative Champion Award. Rep. Ellen Troxclair is a proven leader in Texas on sound budgeting, property tax cuts, limited government, and promoting the value of work. Last session, Rep. Troxclair led efforts to bring transparency to students seeking postsecondary education i  more

Right On Crime Welcomes Rachel Wright as National Policy Director
AUSTIN, Texas, March 7 -- Right on Crime, a national campaign of the Texas Public Policy Foundation that supports conservative solutions for reducing crime, restoring victims, reforming offenders and lowering taxpayer costs, issued the following news release: Right On Crime, a national criminal justice campaign of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, welcomes Rachel A. Wright as National Policy Director. With nearly a decade of prosecutorial and policy experience, Rachel brings a passionate expe  more

Social impact funding spurs Chicago enterprises advancing food security, economic resilience
DALLAS, Texas, March 5 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: CHICAGO - Last year, 1 in 5 Chicago Metro area households and 1 in 4 households with children were considered food insecure[1]. As a social determinant of health, food insecurity can lead to numerous health problems, such as heart disease or high blood pressure[2]. The American Heart Association, which is marking one hundred years of service saving lives, today announced the addi  more

Sonex Health Announces First Patient Enrolled in Mission Clinical Registry to Collect Real-World Data on Patients Treated with Carpal Tunnel Release Using Ultrasound Guidace
ST. LOUIS PARK, Minnesota, March 7 [Category: Medical] -- Medical Alley issued the following news release: First patient enrolled by North Texas Hand Center in landmark US multi-center clinical study Eagan, Minn. -- Sonex Health, Inc. and The Institute of Advanced Ultrasound Guided Procedures today announced enrollment of the first patient in the Post-Market RegIStry of the Patient Experience when uSing UltraGuIdeCTR fOr Carpal TuNnel Release (MISSION) registry. Dr. Stuart Hilliard, with Nort  more

Sonex Health Announces First Patient Enrolled in Mission Clinical Registry to Collect Real-World Data on Patients Treated with Carpal Tunnel Release Using Ultrasound Guidace
ST. LOUIS PARK, Minnesota, March 6 [Category: Medical] -- Medical Alley posted the following news release: First patient enrolled by North Texas Hand Center in landmark US multi-center clinical study Eagan, Minn., March 6, 2024 -- Sonex Health, Inc. and The Institute of Advanced Ultrasound Guided Procedures today announced enrollment of the first patient in the Post-Market RegIStry of the Patient Experience when uSing UltraGuIdeCTR fOr Carpal TuNnel Release (MISSION) registry. Dr. Stuart Hill  more

Sonex Health Announces First Patient Enrolled in Mission Clinical Registry to Collect Real-World Data on Patients Treated with Carpal Tunnel Release Using Ultrasound Guidance
ST. LOUIS PARK, Minnesota, March 8 [Category: Medical] (TNSres) -- Medical Alley posted the following news release on March 6, 2024: First patient enrolled by North Texas Hand Center in landmark US multi-center clinical study Eagan, Minn. -- Sonex Health, Inc. and The Institute of Advanced Ultrasound Guided Procedures today announced enrollment of the first patient in the Post-Market RegIStry of the Patient Experience when uSing UltraGuIdeCTR fOr Carpal TuNnel Release (MISSION) registry. Dr. S  more

SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE: JUNO SPACECRAFT MEASURES OXYGEN PRODUCTION ON JUPITER'S MOON, EUROPA
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, March 6 (TNSres) -- Southwest Research Institute issued the following news release: NASA's Juno spacecraft has directly measured charged oxygen and hydrogen molecules from the atmosphere of one of Jupiter's largest moons, Europa. According to a new study co-authored by SwRI scientists and led by Princeton University, these observations provide key constraints on the potential oxygenation of its subsurface ocean. "These findings have direct implications on the potential habi  more

Statement on FIRE's Emergency SCOTUS Petition in West Texas A&M Lawsuit
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, March 5 -- The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression issued the following statement on March 4, 2024: * * * Today, the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression filed an emergency application asking the Supreme Court of the United States to immediately halt West Texas A&M University's unconstitutional ban on drag performances ahead of our clients' next annual show scheduled for March 22. Whether it's a fiery political speech, Bible study, or drag pe  more

SUSAN G. KOMEN: FROM HACKATHON TO HEALING - BIG DATA SOLUTIONS TO BREAST CANCER CHALLENGES
DALLAS, Texas, March 7 -- Susan G. Komen, an organization that says it addresses breast cancer on fronts such as research, community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives, issued the following news: When patients and scientists come together to fuel scientific discovery, advancements are possible in breast cancer research that can ultimately improve patient treatment and outcomes. Susan G. Komen(R), the world's leading breast cancer organization, plays a pivotal role as a conven  more

Susan G. Komen: Introduction of Breast Imaging Legislation Will Benefit Thousands of Kansans
DALLAS, Texas, March 8 (TNSres) -- Susan G. Komen, an organization that says it addresses breast cancer on fronts such as research, community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives, issued the following news: Susan G. Komen, the world's leading breast cancer organization, commends Representative Linda Featherston (D-Overland Park) and Representative Laura Williams (R-Lenexa) for working with Komen to eliminate financial barriers to earlier breast cancer detection by ensuring that  more

Sweetened drinks linked to atrial fibrillation risk
DALLAS, Texas, March 5 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: Research Highlights: An analysis of health data in the UK Biobank found a 20% higher risk of irregular heart rhythm, known as atrial fibrillation, among people who said they drank two liters or more per week (about 67 ounces) of artificially sweetened drinks. The risk was 10% higher among people who said they drank similar amounts of sugar-sweetened beverages. Drinking one liter  more

Texas Association of School Business Officials: Profiling Great Leaders in Public Education
AUSTIN, Texas, March 8 -- Texas Association of School Business Officials issued the following news: To exemplify great leadership in public education, TASBO documented the journey of four volunteer leaders in the video series, "Profiles in Leadership." Shay Adams, Darrell Dodds, Jennifer Land, and Michele Trongaard were all honored at the 2024 TASBO Engage Conference, where the video series debuted. This series covers the day-to-day activities of four TASBO leaders, demonstrating their leaders  more

Texas Public Policy Foundation Announces Election Protection Panel for Texas Policy Summit
AUSTIN, Texas, March 7 -- The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following news release on March 6, 2024: Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation announced the election protection panel, taking place Friday, March 22nd at the Texas Policy Summit. As we enter another election year, it is more important than ever that Americans have a reliable election system that they can trust. This panel will examine current vulnerabilities in the federal elections process, and what rule and policy ch  more

Texas Public Policy Foundation Announces Energy Policy Priorities for the 89th Legislative Session
AUSTIN, Texas, March 5 -- The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following news release: The Texas Public Policy Foundation's Life:Powered campaign announced its policy priorities for the 2025 89th Texas Legislative Session. The campaign focuses on making energy more reliable and affordable, as well as improving Texans' energy IQ across the state. Life:Powered has worked on several successful reforms such as making the electric grid more reliable, combatting energy discrimination and har  more

Texas Public Policy Foundation Applauds Passage of Legislation to Expand Patients' Access to Primary Care
AUSTIN, Texas, March 7 -- The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following statement on March 6, 2024: * * * Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) issued the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of H.R. 3836, the Medicaid Primary Care Improvement Act, to clarify that state Medicaid programs have the authority to implement direct primary care (DPC) programs: "Allowing states to utilize DPC in Medicaid empowers patients to access dedicated doctors,  more

Texas Public Policy Foundation: School Choice Remains a Top Priority for 89th Legislative Session
AUSTIN, Texas, March 7 -- The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following news release: The Texas Public Policy Foundation's Next Generation Texas campaign announced its policy priorities for the 2025 89th Texas Legislative Session. The campaign focuses on reforming K-12 and higher education, empowering parents with more and better options, and developing the next generation workforce to keep Texas the world leader in job creation. NGT has worked on several successful reforms such as im  more

TPPF Statement on House of Representatives Budget Committee's FY2025 Budget Resolution
AUSTIN, Texas, March 8 -- The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following statement on March 7, 2024: * * * Following the unveiling of the House Budget Committee's Fiscal Year 2025 budget resolution, TPPF Director of Federal Affairs Matt Eagan released the following statement: "Today, the House Budget Committee will begin advancing its Fiscal Year 2025 budget resolution which aims to get our federal government and our nation back on track-even though the President is over a month late  more

U.S. Chamber Files Lawsuit Against Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to Protect Credit Card Users
WASHINGTON, March 8 -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release on March 7, 2024: Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of Texas seeking a preliminary injunction to stop the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) from implementing a rule that punishes responsible credit card users who pay their bills on time. In promulgating its rule to limit credit card late fees, the CFPB not only exceeded its statutory authority but did so by   more

U.S. Chamber Joins Coalition Lawsuit Challenging DOL's Independent Contractor Rule
WASHINGTON, March 6 -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release on March 5, 2024: Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce joined the Coalition for Workforce Innovation's lawsuit over the Department of Labor's (DOL) new independent contractor rule. The lawsuit, filed in the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division, challenges DOL's new test for classifying employees and independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The new rule replaces the 2021 rule's frame  more

UnidosUS: Ahead of Super Tuesday, Cost of Living, Wages and Housing Top of Mind for Texas Hispanic Voters
AUSTIN, Texas, March 5 -- UnidosUS issued the following news release on March 4, 2024: Heading into Super Tuesday, UnidosUS, the nation's largest Latino civil rights organization, is highlighting data on Texas' Hispanic electorate, part of the largest national poll of Hispanic voters this cycle. Latinos represented 25% of the votes cast in Texas in the last presidential election and play a decisive role in multiple contests at the local, state and federal levels. The poll results show cost of l  more