Texas State Senate Republican Caucus
Sen. Robert Nichols, ChairOpen Letter to TexansFor immediate release July 8, 2012Contact: Steven Albright 512-589-2270
Setting the Record Straight: An Open Letter to Texans
Dear Fellow Texans:In the U.S. Senate primary race, statements have been made that are untrueregarding the records of Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, the Republican TexasSenators, as well as Governor Rick Perry. This letter is to set the record straight.
The Anti-Sanctuary Cities Bill
Many members of the Texas Senate and the Lt. Governor felt strongly about
outlawing the practice of sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants. During the RegularSession, the Anti-Sanctuary Cities Bill was blocked by the Democrats through theuse of a parliamentary procedure. The Lt. Governor asked Governor Perry to call aspecial session, removed the parliamentary block, and the bill then passed theSenate along party lines early in Special Session on June 14th. The bill was sent tothe House early in the Special Session where it failed to move and died. We areconfident that the Senate will again pass the bill in the upcoming 2013 LegislativeSession.
Controlling & Cutting State Spending
Governor Perry, Lt. Governor Dewhurst and the Republican-led Texas Legislaturehave always been committed to balancing the state budget without raising taxes,and have repeatedly done so since 2003. Most recently, the state budget wasbalanced in 2011 by cutting $14 billion in overall spending. Budget watchdoggroups have repeatedly praised Texas for being a low tax, low spending state andspecifically for keeping state spending lower than the rate of population andinflation growth since 2003. To characterize the Texas record as one of recklessspending is simply untrue.