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after the shutdown, cornyn blames democrats for holding up disaster relief

photo: alex wong, staff image 1of/3captioncloseimage 1 of 3washington, dc - july 11: u.s. senate majority leader sen. mitch mcconnell (r-ky) (2nd l) speaks as (l-r) sen. john barrasso (r-wy), sen. john thune (r-sd), and senate majority whip sen. john cornyn (r-tx) listen during a news briefing after the weekly senate republican policy luncheon july 11, 2017 at the capitol in washington, dc. sen. mcconnell announced that senate will delay its recess to the third week of august. (photo by alex wong/getty images) lesswashington, dc - july 11: u.s. senate majority leader sen. mitch mcconnell (r-ky) (2nd l) speaks as (l-r) sen. john barrasso (r-wy), sen. john thune (r-sd), and senate majority whip sen. john cornyn (r-tx) ... more photo: alex wong, staff image 2 of 3senate minority leade...





democratic hopeful beto o'rourke outraises texas republican ted cruz in last quarter of 2017

photo: bill clark/cq-roll call, inc. image 1of/3captioncloseimage 1 of 3united states - august 1: rep. beto o'rourke, d-texas, speaks during the congressional hispanic caucus news conference on the child migrant humanitarian situation on friday, aug. 1, 2014, as house republicans work to come up with immigration legislation to pass before the august recess. (photo by bill clark/cq roll call) lessunited states - august 1: rep. beto o'rourke, d-texas, speaks during the congressional hispanic caucus news conference on the child migrant humanitarian situation on friday, aug. 1, 2014, as house republicans ... more photo: bill clark/cq-roll call, inc. image 2 of 3sen. ted cruz, r-texas, heads to a elevator on capitol hill in washington, tuesday, dec. 5, 2017. (ap photo/susan walsh)sen....





sutherland springs hero, houston 'dreamer' to attend state of the union

washington – stephen willeford, one of the heroes of last november's shooting rampage at the first baptist church in sutherland springs, texas, will be a guest at president donald trump's first state of the union speech tuesday.willeford and his wife pam were invited by u.s. rep. henry cuellar, a laredo democrat, and texas u.s. sen. ted cruz, a republican.following the tradition of state of the union addresses in which lawmakers honor various causes and values, u.s. rep. sheila jackson lee, a democrat, announced that she has invited houston "dreamer" cesar espinosa, founder of an immigrants' rights organization named fiel.now playing: now playingnew set of text messages between fbi officials releasedfox5dcinstitutions across europe welcome the german government’s new coalition dea...





houston democrat al green to boycott trump's first state of the union address

photo: godofredo a. vasquez, mbo image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1in this monday, may 15, 2017 photo, congressman al green speaks to media during a press conference in which he called for the impeachment of president donald trump at the houston congressional district office in houston. the black texas congressman said saturday, may 20, that he's been threatened with lynching by callers infuriated over him seeking impeachment of president trump. (godofredo a. vasquez/houston chronicle via ap) lessin this monday, may 15, 2017 photo, congressman al green speaks to media during a press conference in which he called for the impeachment of president donald trump at the houston congressional district office ... more photo: godofredo a. vasquez, mbo houston democrat al green to boycott ...





ted cruz sees a boost in trump's state of the union; beto o'rourke sees 'smallness...paranoia'

photo: susan walsh, stf image 1of/3captioncloseimage 1 of 3sen. ted cruz, r-texas, heads to a elevator on capitol hill in washington, tuesday, dec. 5, 2017. (ap photo/susan walsh)sen. ted cruz, r-texas, heads to a elevator on capitol hill in washington, tuesday, dec. 5, 2017. (ap photo/susan walsh) photo: susan walsh, stf image 2 of 3united states - august 1: rep. beto o'rourke, d-texas, speaks during the congressional hispanic caucus news conference on the child migrant humanitarian situation on friday, aug. 1, 2014, as house republicans work to come up with immigration legislation to pass before the august recess. (photo by bill clark/cq roll call) lessunited states - august 1: rep. beto o'rourke, d-texas, speaks during the congressional hispanic caucus news conference on the c...





houston congressional race in 'toss-up' culberson district gets a super bowl ad

image 1of/3captioncloseimage 1 of 3rep. john culberson (chronicle photo)rep. john culberson (chronicle photo)image 2 of 3u.s. rep. john culberson, r-houston, who chairs an appropriations subcommittee, believes earmakrs can serve a useful purpose. he is cosponsoring an amendment that would bring them back in limited circumstances. a sizeable number of his house colleagues, republican and democrat — including houston’s two green congressmen, gene and al — support his effort. (ap photo/carolyn kaster) lessu.s. rep. john culberson, r-houston, who chairs an appropriations subcommittee, believes earmakrs can serve a useful purpose. he is cosponsoring an amendment that would bring them back in limited circumstances. ... more photo: carolyn kaster, stf image 3 of 3houston congre...





texans in spotlight as house moves shutdown showdown to senate

photo: al drago, stringer image 1of/4captioncloseimage 1 of 4senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., and sen. john cornyn, r-texas, speak to reporters about the alabama senate race during a news conference on capitol hill. (photo by al drago/getty images)senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., and sen. john cornyn, r-texas, speak to reporters about the alabama senate race during a news conference on capitol hill. (photo by al drago/getty images) photo: al drago, stringer image 2 of 4in this saturday, aug. 27, 2016 photo, first-term republican rep. will hurd, right, of texas, talks with a supporter at a campaign office, in san antonio. many house republican incumbents worry that blowback from republican presidential nominee donald trump's anti-hispanic rhetoric and pr...





texans in spotlight as house moves shutdown showdown to senate

photo: al drago, stringer image 1of/4captioncloseimage 1 of 4senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., and sen. john cornyn, r-texas, speak to reporters about the alabama senate race during a news conference on capitol hill. (photo by al drago/getty images)senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., and sen. john cornyn, r-texas, speak to reporters about the alabama senate race during a news conference on capitol hill. (photo by al drago/getty images) photo: al drago, stringer image 2 of 4in this saturday, aug. 27, 2016 photo, first-term republican rep. will hurd, right, of texas, talks with a supporter at a campaign office, in san antonio. many house republican incumbents worry that blowback from republican presidential nominee donald trump's anti-hispanic rhetoric and pr...





houston lawmakers press senate for action on harvey recovery funds

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texans in spotlight as house moves shutdown showdown to senate

photo: al drago, stringer image 1of/4captioncloseimage 1 of 4senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., and sen. john cornyn, r-texas, speak to reporters about the alabama senate race during a news conference on capitol hill. (photo by al drago/getty images)senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., and sen. john cornyn, r-texas, speak to reporters about the alabama senate race during a news conference on capitol hill. (photo by al drago/getty images) photo: al drago, stringer image 2 of 4in this saturday, aug. 27, 2016 photo, first-term republican rep. will hurd, right, of texas, talks with a supporter at a campaign office, in san antonio. many house republican incumbents worry that blowback from republican presidential nominee donald trump's anti-hispanic rhetoric and pr...





texans in spotlight as house moves shutdown showdown to senate

photo: al drago, stringer image 1of/4captioncloseimage 1 of 4senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., and sen. john cornyn, r-texas, speak to reporters about the alabama senate race during a news conference on capitol hill. (photo by al drago/getty images)senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., and sen. john cornyn, r-texas, speak to reporters about the alabama senate race during a news conference on capitol hill. (photo by al drago/getty images) photo: al drago, stringer image 2 of 4in this saturday, aug. 27, 2016 photo, first-term republican rep. will hurd, right, of texas, talks with a supporter at a campaign office, in san antonio. many house republican incumbents worry that blowback from republican presidential nominee donald trump's anti-hispanic rhetoric and pr...





texans in spotlight as house moves shutdown showdown to senate

photo: al drago, stringer image 1of/4captioncloseimage 1 of 4senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., and sen. john cornyn, r-texas, speak to reporters about the alabama senate race during a news conference on capitol hill. (photo by al drago/getty images)senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., and sen. john cornyn, r-texas, speak to reporters about the alabama senate race during a news conference on capitol hill. (photo by al drago/getty images) photo: al drago, stringer image 2 of 4in this saturday, aug. 27, 2016 photo, first-term republican rep. will hurd, right, of texas, talks with a supporter at a campaign office, in san antonio. many house republican incumbents worry that blowback from republican presidential nominee donald trump's anti-hispanic rhetoric and pr...





texans in spotlight as house moves shutdown showdown to senate

photo: al drago, stringer image 1of/4captioncloseimage 1 of 4senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., and sen. john cornyn, r-texas, speak to reporters about the alabama senate race during a news conference on capitol hill. (photo by al drago/getty images)senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., and sen. john cornyn, r-texas, speak to reporters about the alabama senate race during a news conference on capitol hill. (photo by al drago/getty images) photo: al drago, stringer image 2 of 4in this saturday, aug. 27, 2016 photo, first-term republican rep. will hurd, right, of texas, talks with a supporter at a campaign office, in san antonio. many house republican incumbents worry that blowback from republican presidential nominee donald trump's anti-hispanic rhetoric and pr...





texans in spotlight as house moves shutdown showdown to senate

photo: al drago, stringer image 1of/4captioncloseimage 1 of 4senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., and sen. john cornyn, r-texas, speak to reporters about the alabama senate race during a news conference on capitol hill. (photo by al drago/getty images)senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., and sen. john cornyn, r-texas, speak to reporters about the alabama senate race during a news conference on capitol hill. (photo by al drago/getty images) photo: al drago, stringer image 2 of 4in this saturday, aug. 27, 2016 photo, first-term republican rep. will hurd, right, of texas, talks with a supporter at a campaign office, in san antonio. many house republican incumbents worry that blowback from republican presidential nominee donald trump's anti-hispanic rhetoric and pr...





texans in spotlight as house moves shutdown showdown to senate

photo: al drago, stringer image 1of/4captioncloseimage 1 of 4senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., and sen. john cornyn, r-texas, speak to reporters about the alabama senate race during a news conference on capitol hill. (photo by al drago/getty images)senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., and sen. john cornyn, r-texas, speak to reporters about the alabama senate race during a news conference on capitol hill. (photo by al drago/getty images) photo: al drago, stringer image 2 of 4in this saturday, aug. 27, 2016 photo, first-term republican rep. will hurd, right, of texas, talks with a supporter at a campaign office, in san antonio. many house republican incumbents worry that blowback from republican presidential nominee donald trump's anti-hispanic rhetoric and pr...





texans in spotlight as house moves shutdown showdown to senate

photo: al drago, stringer image 1of/4captioncloseimage 1 of 4senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., and sen. john cornyn, r-texas, speak to reporters about the alabama senate race during a news conference on capitol hill. (photo by al drago/getty images)senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., and sen. john cornyn, r-texas, speak to reporters about the alabama senate race during a news conference on capitol hill. (photo by al drago/getty images) photo: al drago, stringer image 2 of 4in this saturday, aug. 27, 2016 photo, first-term republican rep. will hurd, right, of texas, talks with a supporter at a campaign office, in san antonio. many house republican incumbents worry that blowback from republican presidential nominee donald trump's anti-hispanic rhetoric and pr...





texans in spotlight as house moves shutdown showdown to senate

photo: al drago, stringer image 1of/4captioncloseimage 1 of 4senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., and sen. john cornyn, r-texas, speak to reporters about the alabama senate race during a news conference on capitol hill. (photo by al drago/getty images)senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., and sen. john cornyn, r-texas, speak to reporters about the alabama senate race during a news conference on capitol hill. (photo by al drago/getty images) photo: al drago, stringer image 2 of 4in this saturday, aug. 27, 2016 photo, first-term republican rep. will hurd, right, of texas, talks with a supporter at a campaign office, in san antonio. many house republican incumbents worry that blowback from republican presidential nominee donald trump's anti-hispanic rhetoric and pr...





texans in spotlight as house moves shutdown showdown to senate

photo: al drago, stringer image 1of/4captioncloseimage 1 of 4senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., and sen. john cornyn, r-texas, speak to reporters about the alabama senate race during a news conference on capitol hill. (photo by al drago/getty images)senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., and sen. john cornyn, r-texas, speak to reporters about the alabama senate race during a news conference on capitol hill. (photo by al drago/getty images) photo: al drago, stringer image 2 of 4in this saturday, aug. 27, 2016 photo, first-term republican rep. will hurd, right, of texas, talks with a supporter at a campaign office, in san antonio. many house republican incumbents worry that blowback from republican presidential nominee donald trump's anti-hispanic rhetoric and pr...





texans in spotlight as house moves shutdown showdown to senate

photo: al drago, stringer image 1of/4captioncloseimage 1 of 4senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., and sen. john cornyn, r-texas, speak to reporters about the alabama senate race during a news conference on capitol hill. (photo by al drago/getty images)senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., and sen. john cornyn, r-texas, speak to reporters about the alabama senate race during a news conference on capitol hill. (photo by al drago/getty images) photo: al drago, stringer image 2 of 4in this saturday, aug. 27, 2016 photo, first-term republican rep. will hurd, right, of texas, talks with a supporter at a campaign office, in san antonio. many house republican incumbents worry that blowback from republican presidential nominee donald trump's anti-hispanic rhetoric and pr...





texans in spotlight as house moves shutdown showdown to senate

photo: al drago, stringer image 1of/4captioncloseimage 1 of 4senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., and sen. john cornyn, r-texas, speak to reporters about the alabama senate race during a news conference on capitol hill. (photo by al drago/getty images)senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., and sen. john cornyn, r-texas, speak to reporters about the alabama senate race during a news conference on capitol hill. (photo by al drago/getty images) photo: al drago, stringer image 2 of 4in this saturday, aug. 27, 2016 photo, first-term republican rep. will hurd, right, of texas, talks with a supporter at a campaign office, in san antonio. many house republican incumbents worry that blowback from republican presidential nominee donald trump's anti-hispanic rhetoric and pr...