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The Texas delegation to the U.S. House, from right to left

February 28, 2017

In the 114th Congress (2015-16), the Texas delegation’s roll-call voting behavior once again demonstrated that Texas Republicans are, on average, notably more conservative than their fellow congressional Republicans. Likewise, Texas Democrats are on average notably more conservative than their fellow congressional Democrats. The data also reveal how the competitiveness of representatives’ congressional districts can influence their floor behavior. Separately, they show the quite different ideological profiles of two Texas Democrats considering 2018 U.S. Senate runs.

Hensarling ready to make final term as House Financial Services chairman count

February 19, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling has one more term left as House Financial Services chairman. With a Republican in the White House, he is ready to make it count.

The Dallas Republican is heading the GOP effort to gut Obama-era financial reforms as the head of the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services. And in a city where relationships mean everything, his best friends are two of the most powerful people in the government: Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan.

“I pick the best friends,” he said, smiling.

All three men share a passion for limited government, particularly in the American economy. And amid the early turbulence of the Trump era, this political trifecta is positioned to wield enormous influence over how money moves through the world economy.

How We’ll Stop a Rogue Federal Agency

By Jeb Hensarling

February 10, 2017

Congress can defund Elizabeth Warren's unaccountable and unconstitutional CFPB.

The Obama presidency placed no greater burden on America’s growth potential than the avalanche of regulations that smother the U.S. economic system. The most destructive and dangerous of the new regulatory bureaucracies created by the Democrat-dominated 111th Congress is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Earmarks weaken Congress, won't drain the swamp

February 9, 2017

In November the American people voted to give Republicans unified control over Congress and put Donald Trump in the White House because, in large part, we pledged to "drain the swamp" — that corrupt political culture prevailing in our nation's capital that enables elites to manipulate the levers of government to their advantage.

Changing business as usual in Washington is a tough fight. But we would be going the wrong way if Republicans were to lift the current ban on earmarks — those infamous provisos attached to spending bills that funnel taxpayer money to pet projects and parochial interests — as some have proposed.

Rep. Jeb Hensarling on financial reform: 'Dodd-Frank clogs the arteries of capitalism'

February 8, 2017

Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling, who chairs the powerful House Financial Services Committee, is pushing his broad-brush redo of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law to Wall Street and his congressional colleagues.

The Texas Republican introduced his Financial Choice Act last year, which would eliminate a ban on certain investments, the Financial Stability Oversight Council's ability to label firms that pose risks to the wider financial system, and regulators' ability to intervene when banks fail. He's set to unveil an updated version as soon as this week.

The bill never made it to the floor last year, but it's likely to become the starting point for their efforts this year.

Rep. Hensarling: Dodd-Frank is to household finances as Obamacare is to health care

February 7, 2017

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), House Financial Services Committee chair, discusses the efforts to dismantle financial regualtions.

Conservatives: Lead Us Not Into Temptation

February 1, 2017

Conservative lawmakers banded together Tuesday to send a message to their Republican colleagues: Don’t bring back earmarks.

"If you start going down this road, you will lose the House of Representatives," Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis said at an anti-earmark event hosted by the Republican Study Committee.

"I never thought I’d have to be part of getting the earmark ban band back together," said Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling, one of the Republican members who helped push for the earmark ban under former Speaker John A. Boehner.