Federal & State platform Issues important to Texas Republican candidates, can be found at the TX GOP website https://www.texasgop.org/platform/ ... and other locations.
I've taken the liberty to copy/paste the sections when the word "Federal" appeared in the section of the platform issues/portions ... below, from the TX GOP website. (Other areas may, likely contain Federal concerns too. That reasoning is why the link above allows you to view the entire body of literature.)
Business, Commerce, and Transportation
- 13. Carbon Tax: We oppose all efforts to classify carbon dioxide as a pollutant. We further urge the US Senate to defeat the “Cap-and-Trade” legislation, as it is outside the authority of the US Constitution. [Federal]
- 15. Energy Production: We support free-market solutions and immediate removal of government barriers and direct subsidies to the production, reformulation, refining, and distribution of energy. [Federal/State]
- 16. Environment: We oppose environmentalism that obstructs legitimate business interests and private property use, including the regulatory taking of property by governmental agencies. We oppose the abuse of the Endangered Species Act to confiscate and limit the use of personal property and infringement on a property owner’s livelihood. “Climate change” is a political agenda promoted to control every aspect of our lives. We support the defunding of “climate justice” initiatives, the abolition of the Environmental Protection Agency, and repeal of the Endangered Species Act. [Federal/State]
- 17. Ethanol: We support the repeal of legislation mandating ethanol as a fuel additive and/or primary fuel. [Federal]
- 18. Government Accountability: We call upon the State Legislature to eliminate all special collective bargaining statutes for public employees and to hold all public servants accountable to taxpayers through existing civil statutes. We oppose any distribution of taxpayer dollars to unions. [Federal/State/Local]
- 22. International Organizations: We support United States withdrawal from the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, and the World Bank. [Federal]
- 23. Intrastate Commerce: We believe that goods and services that are not transported across state lines should not be subject to federal regulations. [Federal]
- 25. Minimum Wage: We believe the Minimum Wage Act should be repealed. [Federal]
- 40. Small Business: We urge the federal and state legislatures to reduce regulations on small businesses and home-based work.
- 42. Tidelands/Water Resources and Rights to State Waters: We demand that the State of Texas and all coastal states enjoy and maintain jurisdiction and control of their offshore waters up to the international water boundaries as well as state inland waterways in regards to all natural resources therein, and that the federal government shall not set limits on harvesting or taking natural resources therein, nor allow foreign entities to harvest or take such natural resources therein, including minerals, game, fisheries, and hydrocarbons. Also, we demand that no entity shall usurp Texas’s original tideland boundaries.
- 45. Toll Projects: We oppose the use of taxpayer money to subsidize, guarantee, prop up, or bail out any toll projects, whether public or private, and we call upon both state and federal lawmakers to adequately fund our highways without hidden taxes, tolls, or raiding emergency funds.
- 51. Flooding Mitigation, Hurricane, and Early Warning of Impending Disaster: We support the immediate study, implementation, and construction of projects that will:
- Address river, bayou, reservoir, and other flood threats to public and private property.
- Seek the input of those most likely to be affected by a casualty to public and private property, to include infrastructure and facilities that affect national security.
- Address the risk of storm or tidal surge that affects the critical industries along the Gulf Coast.
- Immediately create an early warning system that will immediately alert residents to an impending flood, wind, or casualty weather event.
- Establish regional Flood Control Districts where necessary for counties to resolve joint flooding issues.
- Provide for funds to complete these projects from federal, state, and local funds, to include specifically targeted taxes for the purpose and never for any other purpose.
- 54. Article V Convention of States: We reaffirm our support for our Texas State Legislators’ call for a limited Article V Convention of States for the specific purpose of reducing the power of the federal government, including fiscal responsibility, balanced budget, and term limits. Any proposed amendments must be ratified by three-fourths of the states.
- 55. State Sovereignty: Pursuant to Article 1 Section 1 of the Texas Constitution, the federal government has impaired our right of local self-government. Therefore, federally mandated legislation that infringes upon the 10th Amendment rights of Texas, should be ignored, opposed, refused, and nullified. Regulation of Commerce in Article I Section 8 of the Constitution has exceeded the original intent. All attempts by the federal judiciary to rule in areas not expressly enumerated by the United States Constitution should be likewise nullified. Any federal enforcement activities that do occur in Texas should be conducted under the authority of the county sheriff. (SCOTUS Ruling in 1997 Mack-Prinz vs. US)
- 71. Intrastate Protection Act: We support an Intrastate Protection Act to clarify that guns made and sold in Texas are not subject to the Interstate Commerce Clause of the US Constitution, and legislation denying state funding to any state or local agencies that enforce federal weapons laws not also affirmed by the laws of the State of Texas
- 72. Gun-Free Zones: We oppose governmental prohibitions on citizens who have a constitutional right to own and carry firearms and knives from doing so. We oppose state-mandated location restrictions, the federal Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990, and the National Firearms Act.
- 81. Term Limits: We support term limits of twelve years for federal and state offices.
Criminal and Civil Justice
- 104. Indefinite Detention: We oppose the indefinite detention of United States citizens without due process. We urge our government to terminate detention without due process, including, but not limited to, any military enforcement of federal law within the State of Texas, under NDAA Sections 1021 and 1022.
- 109. Law Enforcement Equipment: We call upon the Texas Legislature to implement reporting and training standards to disclose how much military-grade material is sent to local law enforcement under the Department of Defense’s 1033 program and ensure that it is being used appropriately, and to require the local governing authority over a police force to approve, by vote, an application or grant request prior to the request being made to a federal agency.
- 116. Campus Speech: We urge the Texas Legislature to recognize the rights of those on college campuses to practice their faith and their right to free speech. We further urge that the Texas Legislature write legislation to protect the right of anyone who steps onto college campuses, to prohibit college campuses from stripping away their First Amendment rights of free speech and practicing their religion. We support withdrawal of public funding from any college or university within this state that actively or passively discriminates or permits discrimination against the free speech of either students or guest speakers. Student groups shall have the unfettered right to elect their leaders, choose their members, and set their organization’s mission, purpose, and standard of conduct. [Federal, State]
- 119. Abolish Department of Education: Since education is not an enumerated power of the federal government, we believe the Department of Education should be abolished, and prohibit the transfer of any of its functions to any other federal agency. [Federal]
- 128. Student Loans: Congress shall amend the law governing the underwriting of student loans to require that the amount of cumulative loans guaranteed for any individual by any government program shall be less than or equal to one year of the average annual earnings actually paid in the marketplace by those with that degree. [Federal]
- 136. National Core Curriculum: We oppose the use of national or international standards in the State of Texas (i.e., Common Core, CSCOPE, United Nations Inclusion, etc.) We also oppose the modification of college entrance exams to reflect any national core philosophies. Any school district that violates state law banning the use of a national core curriculum or standards shall lose all state funding until said curricula or standards are removed and no longer utilized in classrooms. [Federal, State, Local]
- 144. Government Spending: Government spending is out of control at the federal, state, and local levels, and action is needed. We urge Congress to become fiscally responsible by immediately enacting the following items:
- Adopt zero-based budgeting
- Adopt a policy of requiring a private sector efficiency commission for each governmental department.
- Oppose the use of “earmarks” as a part of the budget and spending process.
- Prohibit Congress from passing appropriations bills unless each appropriations group is considered and passed separately. [Federal]
- 148. Community Reinvestment Act: We support the repeal of the Community Reinvestment Act. [Federal]
- 149. Lending Institutions: We support the sale of the federal government’s interest in Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac). [Federal]
- 159. Real Estate Transaction Tax: We oppose any creation of a real estate transaction tax. [Federal, State]
- 170. Tax Burden: We in the Republican Party of Texas believe in the principles of constitutionally limited government based on federalist principles. To this end we encourage our elected officials at all levels of government to work to reverse the current trend of expanding government and the growing tax and debt burdens this places on “We the People.” We believe the most equitable system of taxation is one based on consumption and wish to see reforms toward that end at all levels of government.
Government and Foreign Affairs
- 178. Candidate Eligibility: A candidate running for office should be required to reside within the geographical boundaries of the office sought. The Secretary of State shall be required to certify that state and federal candidates placed on ballots proffered in Texas meet the statutory requirements for the office sought. For federal offices, all candidates must submit written authorization for the Secretary of State to obtain a certified copy of the candidate’s birth certificate from the original issuing authority, so as to prove they are constitutionally eligible, in order to have their name placed on the general election ballot.
- 201. Government Authority: We believe any government authority that has the ability to level a tax or fee on the people should be accountable to those who pay the taxes via the electoral process, from the local level to the federal level.
- 214. Federal Land in Texas: All federal land in Texas should be returned to and administered by Texas, except for land specifically authorized in the Constitution (military bases, federal buildings, post offices).
- 215. Federal Offices Location: Offices attached to the seat of the federal government should not be required to exercise their offices in the District of Columbia. It is no longer necessary for all federal agencies to be located in the District of Columbia, and we call on both the Senate and Congress to expunge Chapter 3 of 4 U.S.C. § 72 and the President to sign such change.
- 216. Lobbying Limitation: We support legislation to prohibit former officials and government employees from lobbying for a foreign government and/or any business for five years after leaving public service. We support legislation to prevent lobbying by any organization receiving federal grants except that relating to its tax status.
- 226. Texas Protecting Texans: We support federal legislation remanding all authority over abortion back to the individual states and removing all standing on this issue from the federal judiciary as given by Article III in the US Constitution. We also support family control of end-of-life decisions.
- 237. Federal Welfare Programs: We support the abolition of all federal welfare programs, as they are not an appropriate role of the federal government.
- 251. Medical Records and Informed Consent: We oppose any state or federal medical record computer database or registry (with exception to diseases that are a public health threat, i.e., HIV and/or tuberculosis) that stores personal identifiable records on citizens without their written consent.
- 254. Texas HSA: We recommend the creation of the State of Texas Health Savings Account, with funds in excess of those needed in the “rainy day fund,” with the purpose of enabling the state to develop reserves sufficient to exit the federal Medicaid program.
- 257. Parental Rights and Responsibilities: Local, state, or federal laws, regulations, or policies that limit parental rights in the rearing of both biological and adopted children shall not be enacted. Parents have the God-given right and responsibility to direct and guide their children’s moral education.
- 268. Toxic Exposure: We support the passage of the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015, which will ensure that the federal government will establish a database on all exposed veterans and their families.
- 274. Reject NDAA: We reject the unconstitutional provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which include (but are not limited to) indefinite detention without trial and detention in military custody. We demand the state’s congressional delegation to immediately commence efforts to repeal the unconstitutional provisions contained in this act, which are repugnant to the sovereign rights of the citizens of this state and are usurpations of authority by the federal government.
- 281. Defeat Terrorism: We support an aggressive war on terrorism, including radical Islamic terrorists, [which consists of] cooperating with our allies and sanctioning nations that sponsor terrorists. We support the reasonable use of profiling, the prosecution of national security breaches, and the revision of laws or executive orders that erode our liberties. We call on the federal government to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization, and we call on governmental agencies to avoid and suspend all activities with all radical Islamic organizations, such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
- 293. Sanctuary Cities: State and federal funds shall be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.
- 294. Immigration System: We demand that state and federal law enforcement officers enforce our immigration laws, implement an entry/exit tracking system for visa holders, and expedite hearings on deporting both violent and non-violent illegal immigrants and visa overstays. Chain migration and the diversity visa lottery should be eliminated. Our legal immigration system should be strictly merit based, and the total number of new immigrants should be limited to a level that facilitates assimilation.
- 304. Public Accommodations: We support legislation at the state and federal levels that concretely defines public accommodations as originally defined and understood in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, that it prohibit any expansion of that legal definition by any federal, state, or local law to expand government control to restrict any First Amendment rights; and to proscribe any law that requires any private business or individual to create or provide a custom product or service, or any kind of expressive work, or enter into a contract, or be coerced into any speech that is not their own.
- 309. Fairness Doctrine: We oppose any attempt by Congress or any federal agency to implement any policy comparable to the Fairness Doctrine as terminated in 1987.
- 318. State Authority over Marriage: We support withholding jurisdiction from the federal courts in cases involving family law, especially any changes in the definition of marriage.
- 323. State Authority over Abortion: We urge the federal congressional delegation from Texas to take immediate action, under the authority extended to them in Article III of the Constitution of the United States, to put forth legislation remanding all authority over abortion to the individual states and removing all standing on the issue of abortion from the federal judiciary.
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Jeron Liverman for Congress
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Bedford, TX 76095
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