J uly 11, 2014

Governor Rick Perry
Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst
Speaker J oe Straus
Members of the Legislative Budget Board

In response to the border crisis, Governor Perry on Wednesday called upon President
Obama to deploy an additional 1,000 National Guard troops to the border to immediately
enhance border security operations. An urgent request by the Commander of the Texas Military
Forces is something that Legislators take seriously. We ask members of Congress to answer
Gov. Perry’s call for action and funding. However, we acknowledge the likelihood that help
from Washington will be delayed, or absent altogether.
Texas must act where Washington will not. Gov. Perry has called for 1,000 additional
National Guard troops and we can act now to provide them. We urge Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov.
Dewhurst, and Speaker Straus to utilize all lawful budget authority to deploy additional members
of the Texas Military Forces to the border as the Governor requested. If budget execution
authority must be exercised by the Legislative Budget Board under section 317 of the
Government Code, then we offer our support for such a measure and ask that all steps needed to
exercise such authority be taken expeditiously.
We are thankful to all the men and women who are deployed on the border dealing with
this crisis. We pray for their success. May God grant wisdom to our leaders, and may He help
us all as we fulfill our responsibilities to Texans.


Rep. Bryan Hughes
Rep. Bill Zedler
Rep. J ames White
Rep. Stephanie Klick
Rep. Matt Krause
Rep. J eff Leach
Rep. Rick Miller
Rep. Scott Sanford

Rep. Matt Schaefer
Rep. J onathan Stickland
Rep. Steve Toth
Rep. Scott Turner
Rep. Pat Fallon
Matt Rinaldi, Republican Nominee Dist. 115
Matt Shaheen, Republican Nominee Dist. 66

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