Statements from Washington
Says Chuck Hagel’s nomination as defense secretary "has been publicly celebrated by the Iranian government."
Says he "has repeatedly praised Chuck Hagel’s character, patriotism, bravery, and personal service defending our nation."
Says Texas high school "graduation rates are at an all-time high—the third-highest in the nation—which represents a significant turnaround from just a few short years ago."
Says the claim that 40 percent of guns are sold without background checks traces to information gathered before background checks were even required.
Says "the jurisdictions with the strictest gun control laws, almost without exception … have the highest crime rates and the highest murder rates."
"The last time Republicans held hostage a resolution to ensure that our country’s bills were paid cost us more than $1 billion in added interest and slowed the economic recovery."
Says 11 states have more people on welfare than employed.
Says that according to "many reports and even our own data," the state of Texas spent more through Medicaid on orthodontia than all other states combined.
Says Texas economy is about 30 percent larger than Australia’s.
Says the Senate will have a record number of female senators in 2013.
Says Texas has the 15th largest economy in the world.
Says Massachusetts has three state-mandated student tests and Finland just one.
Says the Obama administration plans to ban all weapons for U.S. citizens through international treaties.
Says real estate taxes were put in place to pay for Obamacare.
"The poverty level in" the Dallas school district "is one of the highest in the country, higher than New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Detroit and Newark."
Says veterans’ disability claims backlog doubled in Obama’s first term.
Says that under the new healthcare law, full- and part-time workers will be required to buy insurance costing $375 to $1,000 a month, starting in 2014.
Says 40 years ago, the U.S. placed Texas under Voting Rights Act for failing to print ballots in Spanish.
Says U.S. corporate tax rate is "highest in the world at 35 percent."
"We confer more PhDs each year than any other university in America except Berkeley."
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